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110 volt charger cord and plug getting very hot


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#1 OFFLINE   John A Smith

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Posted 29 September 2014 - 10:49 PM

My short cord and the 15 amp 110 volt plug get very hot.  The long cord from the reel to the vehicle seems fine. Is anyone else experiencing this? 









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#2 OFFLINE   komondor

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 04:52 AM

Well as we have asked before how do you define very hot do you have a non contact thermometer or even a probe type you could tape to it for an actual number, do you have an corrosion on the male part of the plug or is it loose?



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 06:30 AM

R u using an extension or is it in an outlet?   If in an outlet did you try another outlet to see what happens?

 

If using an extension try without it and see what happens.

 

My extension was getting hot but then I replaced the end plug with a 20a plug from home depot and the heat is way down.

 

-=>Raja.



#4 OFFLINE   John A Smith

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Posted 30 September 2014 - 09:34 AM

Hot enough for an outlet to get brown and the charge cord plug conductors to discolor.  A very definite odor too.  I have plugged it in multiple places and it definitely gets too hot.   I have used an extension cord on a few occasions but it is 20 amp rated.  The short cord on the charger is 16 gauge which surprises me for a 15 amp rating.  Yes I understand that voltage drop is far less for short cords so amp rating increases, but still.



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Posted 30 September 2014 - 04:40 PM

Well you have the answer yourself cord cannot take the amps!



#6 OFFLINE   John A Smith

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 10:14 AM

Ford replaced my charge cord and it has not gotten warm in multiple uses never mind hot.  I can't be sure but the short cord appears to be a heavier gauge.  



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 05:45 AM

I have my car and cord at the dealer today for a very hot cord. The 12" section that plugs into the outlet reads 192F in my infrared thermometer. The cord reads about 150F. I checked the outlet and there are no burns it was reading about 137F. The garage temperature was around 90F. The outlet was reading 118.4V during and after charging. I'll provide an update as to what the dealer finds.

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#8 OFFLINE   Jamesanne

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Posted 17 March 2017 - 05:34 PM

Ford replaced the cord this week.  It took a letter to Ford and my dealer.  They tried to say that it was warm but not hot.  They have redesigned the cord and are now on version that ends with AJ.  Mine was AE.



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Posted 17 March 2017 - 07:53 PM

Interesting...that's some really impressive investigative work. 137F at the outlet seems reasonable, but once you get over 60C (140F) you start getting out of spec for some kinds of wiring so 150F on the cord about an inch from the plug does seem excessive. This is compelling evidence that it burnt outlets may, in fact, be caused by the plug/cord and not the outlet itself.










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