vier20
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problem charging - indicator stayed solid white

Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:31 pm

Hi everyone, new member here with a 2015 REx. Love the car, but having trouble charging tonight. The indicator light stayed solid white, never turned blue or blinking blue. The battery is at 4% so I've been using the generator. I've tried charging at a fast charger, an L2 station, and now at home (L1), all without luck. Any suggestions?

MikeS
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Joined: Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:29 am
Location: Brighton UK

Re: problem charging - indicator stayed solid white

Wed Jan 20, 2016 1:36 am

Have you checked that it is set to charge immediately?
BMW 3 Series 2005 - Aug 2014
BMW Z4 35i 2009 - Mar 2014
BMW X1 Mar 14
BMW i3 Sep 14

vier20
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Joined: Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:26 pm

Re: problem charging - indicator stayed solid white

Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:54 am

Yes, I did check that it is set to charge immediately.

RodHam
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Joined: Wed Dec 16, 2015 7:50 am
Location: Montreal Quebec

Re: problem charging - indicator stayed solid white

Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:04 pm

Just happened to me yesterday, I couldn't seat the plug properly into the car due to snow. No matter how firmly I was inserting the plug it wouldn't trigger the switch that tells the car that an EVSE is connected and therefore to start charging. I ended up using a wooden toothpick to clean out the crevasses of snow and seated the plug.

I don't know your location (cold climate or what) but if you can pull the plug out off the vehicle without depressing the upper trigger release then you need to look for anything that might be obstructing entry!
Rodney
2015 i3 BEV Lodge with winter tire kit. Juicebox Pro 40a EVSE
2005 Honda S2000
1976 GMC Palm Beach motorhome

jadnashuanh
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Joined: Thu May 22, 2014 2:07 pm
Location: Nashua, NH USA

Re: problem charging - indicator stayed solid white

Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:10 pm

The signaling between the EVSE and the car requires the plug to be fully inserted to work. THis is probably even more important with CCS charging, since with the extra wires and pins, the cable and plug are heavier and there's a bit more resistance. If you can hear the contactor in the EVSE, it should open/close as you push the locking button/release it IF it is seated properly. There's a switch connected to that button, which is one of several interlock signals.
Jim DeBruycker
2011 535i x-drive GT, 2014 i3 BEV

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