You may have seen, over in the 'Fluence' forum, Paul and I nattering about timers, and what a total bug it is not to have control over charge timing.
I have suggested that I might rig up a manual actuator that turns the key on and off.
Today I have been investigating the current drawn by the unit - originally to look at consumption of the car. However, it turns out that the unit itself is drawing 16 W all on its own, in standby mode.
(I don't usually worry too much about standby mode on appliances, because most of the year the excess waste heat generated arguably heats the house up anyway, so is not altogether 'wasted'. But this charger is in my garage, so is therefore a pure waste.)
This changes things, because that means in the course of a year it will have drawn 140 kWh, whereas I am planning on doing 6,000 miles or so to a total of 1,400 kWh - viz. the wall charger is consuming 10% of my EV's total usage, just on standby
Paul had suggested a timer on the input power, which I thought may conflict with some grant requirement in data logging.
However, if I am stuck with a unit consuming 10% of my electricity spend all by itself, then I will do what I need to do.
I am thinking through how I would go about having someone add a relay into the circuit, a relay such as;
(Do these need heat sinks? Is it better to use a mechanical relay, for continuous high currents?)
If I can't get what I want from the people who should be thinking through these issues for me, then I guess I'll just have to find a way to 'fix' it for myself!