Shell Recharge 40 Amp EV Charger Review
You know in depth review the unit comes in a good carry case, um its only um, its its pretty decent, its solid, its sturdy. The only uh my only like negative to it is just its trying to pack that all in there, then that little box is just the hardest part. Its really my only negative for this whole charge unit um, but well, get into more detail here. In a few moments and start talking about setup and plugging it in and how to use the the charge controller ive opened up the case to show you whats inside. This is not how it comes. It actually comes nice and neat and everything all in there, but its really hard to put back that way. So this is currently how it is right now it actually comes with the charge controller and the converter to where you can plug in a normal 110 and its got these little baggies on it to prevent scratches on the unit and everything to keep it. Looking nice and ill show you kind of so here is the converter, the 1450 to 110. Obviously, plugging this in is going to limit your amperage on how much you can use on the charge controller down to about. I think 12 amps um with the unit, though you can adjust your amperage inside there, but if it knows its in that plug its not going to allow you to do that so and then these buttons here will show you how to go through that.
Once we plug it, all in same thing goes for the controller here, pull that off and youve got the 1450 plug just to protect it, while its inside storage, so youre, not scratching the unit. All up unit does is a very heavy duty, cable. So its really, like i said hard to put back in here because theres, not enough space, i mean its not easily put back in space, is equivalent to you know to fit it all in, but its just really really sturdy wire and thick next part of this Video im going to have it all set up on the wall outside and go through. Everything had to be done to get to that point and show you it plugged into the vehicle you see here. Ive got everything plugged in um right here is your 1450 50 amp plug ive got a couple locks in there, tsa locks you can use or smaller locks, because you can lock this up and you can actually lock it up on the car at the actual connector. But you want to make sure that you have that installed, youre going to want to make sure its a 50 amp cord, so like a romex 8 type, which will hold up to 50 amps um. Currently, the car i have obviously is a 2017 chevy bolt so that that car will only go to 32 amps right here. Is it plugged in obviously the its led so everythings out of sync, but you can kind of see as its flipping through there on your bottom left, where it says charging the left shows how much kilowatt hours is going into your battery on the right.
It shows how much was put in the car was topped off already, so this is only showing 0.5 kilowatt hours because, if thats all it would take on the left there above that youll see 0 0 amps and 40 amps 40 amps is the max thats. The setting you got it set to because i found that if i put it at 32, it only gives me 30 on the charging circuit to the car which the car will take up to 32.. So i moved it to 40, just so that i know that i would get the full 32 amps, because the car will only allow 32 amps in so itll show 32 amps when its on full charging status. The upper upper left youll see a temperature gauge, says 80 fahrenheit right now. What thats doing right now is saying that thats, currently the temperature of the unit thats the temperature of the unit circuitry and everything it checks itself and off to the top right. It shows how long its been plugged in 31 minutes and 25 seconds right now and how much voltage it is getting from the actual power grid, which is 241 volts. Im going to go and show you the inside on the circuit breaker box here to show you what has to be done there inside your circuit, breaker box. Youve got all your normal circuits for the house, and everything and down here ive got a dual breaker, which is a 40 amp.
Now, if you have a higher charge controller, like say you got a one: thatll actually take 40 amp on your um. This one is a 40 amp, so if you put it into a car, thatll actually take 40 amps. You want this to be 50. um. You want to be about 10, above so right now, im at 40, because i know that takes 32 im, not so worried about that being the breaker being at 40.. This is the connector for the car, which is j1772a, and it has a cover to block it off from the uh elements here when you get not in use, if you hang it up outside um obviously seen here, ive used it for a few months now and You can see this little plastic here might have. It looks like its got like a little bit of paint on it like theyve, painted this actual connector here and so theres a little bit of wear on it, um, where the paint is chipped off. Not a big deal, everything looks good. Everything still connects good, you plug it in into the circuit it locks into place on the side. Here you can see that you can put in there. You can put in a little tsa, lock or something similar to secure it. So nobody can just grab it and take it out, although with the chevy bolt, if its in a charged phase right now its not so, i can take it out and put it back in.
But if its in a charge phase it will set the car off and let you the car will go off, saying: somebodys, taking the charge away abruptly or the power has gone out, you know and just the car will start honking and let you know that somethings Going on one of the reasons i purchased the shell recharge, one is because i was looking online for a charge, controller that was portable and, at the same time could handle the elements outside. As i dont have a garage, so this one is ip66 rated. I always suggest that you have some kind of obviously cover over it like this has got like a little bit of a rain shield to it, but its its rated to be able to handle the elements outside, so the main unit is which is right here. This unit right here is rated to a storage temperature of 22 negative 22 fahrenheit 140 degrees fahrenheit with an operating temperature of negative 22 to 122 degrees, fahrenheit um, if they are both the actual controller and the actual unit is both ip66 rated, though it also has Inner um some connections inside it, which i wanted to point out as well. It does have some protections almost like a gfci when it detects water or some kind of thing going on itll, actually stop the actual charge. I only found this out up front because my first unit i had when i purchased it – and i want to point this out – really its a big thing too, about the company that actually makes these for shell.
Their tech support is awesome. Just want to point that out theres a person there named bonita, which has been really helpful on taking care of the issue. When i first called the first time i put the charge in onto the car, it had stopped and gave a fault stating that something was wrong. It was detecting. You know some kind of back feed in the voltage and everything so that particular first unit that i purchased um had a manufacturer defect in it. Not a big deal its going to happen sometimes so called them up, or i hit them up on email and everything and send it back, and they were immediately saying hey. This might be the problem. Can you check this? I said well, ive tried it in a couple: different circuits, um, ive plugged it in on the wall, ive plugged it in the in the 15 amp circuit, receptacle and im. Getting the same thing and all my other. I have another charger that comes with the car. That does not have that issue at all. With these kind of plug ins, you know so they turned around and just immediately shipped me a new one and um. Once i got the new one, i shipped the other one back and havent had a problem since so they were very excellent about their tech, support, didnt, even question it. They had the order number on amazon, because this is only sold through amazon that i can tell so far theres the model, which is the sev 320 01 and the sev 40 01, this ones a 40 0, because i wanted to future proof myself, as this was Going to be the chevy bolts, my interim car, and to um what im doing in the ev world here so next car is either going to be a tesla cyber truck or an f, 150 lightning.
Im still deciding at this point. But i want to be able to have that ability to use a 40 amp portable as well, and have that with me eventually. Obviously, all these newer car companies that are coming out with evs right now are saying: hey lets uh just put in a class two and have that installed as part of your your purchase as well. So you know, chevrolet is doing it. Gmc um fords, starting to do it. They got their own 80 amp thing for the for the ford lightning, which will actually allow you to backfeed theres, a system that allows you to backfeed the house and actually power the house for up to seven days. On the f 150, but i want to have something thats actually portable, that i can take with me as well, and this unit would give me that ability as well so, no matter what i get or put on the house. This unit will still have its place to be able to be portable. In case you get, you know stranded. I just want to point out. You know this gauge this. This cord is just massive, its very its its heavy. I mean the whole the whole unit. Um. Definitely can hold this kind of charge and everything and its about by the time i think its done its like 20 or 30 pounds for this unit to you know, i think its like 20 pounds, if im not mistaken um, but its definitely very sturdy.
Its very good good quality. It just feels like its not like a piece of junk. You know its its really a high quality grade. The company that makes this unit for shell is called sky. Intelligent um theyre, like i said, theyre very good company, theyre, very responsive and quick and uh. You know they. They give feedback an email really fast. They got good intel, uh good support, um the people. There are obviously intelligent. They, you know, know what the errors are and they come back to you quickly, so its very good good uh good company, like i said this is a very sturdy unit. Um nice looking appealing compared to the other ones, theyre just bland gray and black and and they just feel chintzy to the touch ive. You know had my hands on some of them and just you know i wanted something that was like strong meaty and, like you know, it was gon na last. You know so this this unit does not feel cheap by any means and its. You know its roughly around, i think, five to six hundred dollars, depending on what you find it on amazon. But if you look it up, you want to look up the suv 40 01 for the 40 amp or the sev 32 01 for the 32 amp. But if you look at it on amazon, where they sell it, youre just going to look up shell ev charging, you know, and then it should pop up for you ill put some links in the actual youtube video here as well.
I wanted to point out how to change the settings as well on here. You can actually do by pressing the button here and holding it down to put it into a change mode. Youll see it start blinking on the top right here, where it says: 32 amp. You can change that hold it down until it starts blinking, you can hit it and it goes to 40.. You can go down to 12 amp 16 amp. So obviously you want to set those when you have different types of plugs or youre somewhere else, or you know that your car is rated for a certain amount but 12 to 12. Amp is a safe place to put it if youre running on a 15 15 amps receptacle, which is a typical outlet, you can go to 16 if you know that youre on a 20 amp circuit 24, if youre on a 30 amp circuit um 32, if youre On a 40 amp circuit and 50, if youre on a you, know 40, if youre on a 50 amp circuit, so you know just so. You know that its safe at that point put mine on a 40, because i know that my car will limit only to 32, so im not worried about not having a 50 amp circuit. I have a 40 amp circuit, but the car will not allow more than 32 amps. So if it pops a breaker at 40, amps theres something wrong, so were good there um down here.
You can also set a delay on when you want to start it. So you say: hey, i want to wait an hour. I want to wait two hours. I want it through three hours before it starts, you can go all the way up to. I believe you can just keep going so you can just say hey. I dont want this to start for 30 hours. You know, and at that point it will not. You know it will not charge for up to 30 hours and once at 30 hour markets itll start charging your car, so its kind of like a delayed, a delayed charge circuit. So you can set that to what you know whatever you choose to have it at. But if its you know, mine didnt stay because its not plugged in right now i have it actually unplugged from the vehicle at the moment. So just wanted to point that out as well on there um thats. A lot of the neat features that you can make sure that you set. So you have a choice. Some of some of the units that you buy online. They dont have a choice on what you set them to and it just its all or nothing its the amperage that it is or not. You know, some of the more sophisticated ones like this one. You know actually have that and this one for the cost.