EV Charger fitting part 4 - Insane prices!

So as previously mentioned in the last two posts I've been looking at getting an EV Charger installed, the last two posts were a little muddled up as I tried to write both to be seperate but an issue in publishing then caused conflict and issues with ghost. Anyway... The quotes have varied a lot, all the way from £450 to £2,474.4! And this is on top of the £500 grant from the government. Now the reason why seems to vary between company to company and which charger they're installing. Now my installation isn't what most deem as…

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EV Charging Points - EV Part 3

One of the biggest things with an EV is charging, while the UK has quite a few points unfortunately there are no points in Great Yarmouth which are for the public to use. As of this (and most people would even with charging points nearby) I need a method to charge my car! Eventually I'd like to have two methods of charging my car when at home so if one failed I had a backup. Furthermore ideally a method to charge it when I go to visit some people. 3 Pin Charging To begin I've ordered a 3 Pin to…

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DIY EV Charger installation? - EV Pt 3

!!! - DISCLAIMER - !!! This blog post and other blog posts that talk about installation of electrics are my personal opinons and logs of the process, they are in no way a recommendation or guide on what to do and will vary depending on the installation place's current electrical setup and local regulations. These electrics are high voltage (220V+) at high ampage (32A+)! As part of getting an EV car it's pretty common that you'll want to get a home charger fitted. While there is the 13A to EV adaptors they are rather slow (Around 9.5-10 Hours from empty). The…

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24 Hour Update - EV Part 2!

Yesterday I went and picked up my Zoe! So how has it been? Its actually a really nice car so far, one of my biggest worries which was getting used to it being an automatic car has been not too bad and already around 30 miles later I'm feeling much better driving it. Charging so far hasn't been an issue, despite only having a 3 Pin charger because I've only taken 2 short 12 mile round trips but both times I've been able to get it charged to 100% within about 2 hours. Currently its on charge after doing around…

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Buying my first EV - Part 1, they're affordable?

TL;DR: I'm getting an EV and wow they're cool. Welcome to the first in my EV blog series! I plan to try and do a post every 2-3 weeks about my EV experience and will blog extra bits which you may have seen elsewhere already or maybe not at all. This will also be my only car and I'm not a named driver on any others. Today I have taken the first steps of buying an EV and placed a deposit for my new (used) Zoe. When I began to think of potentially upgrading my Fiat Panda I thought…

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Optimising the Dell Poweredge 2950

Recently I picked up a Dell Poweredge 2950 and when I did initial power testing it didn't seem too bad with a peak of 350W under stress However now with all 6 Hard Drives & 8 slots of RAM full its measuring around 260W at idle and 390W at peak. While the peak wattage can't be dropped much unless I downgraded the CPU or switched to SSDs of which the SSD upgrade would cost way too much and the CPU downgrade might not be possible. So I started looking at methods to save power! To begin with after a bit…

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More blog posts soon?

Well I finally remembered I had a blog up here. I've been rather busy with lots of things including! Open University I'm almost at completion of another 2 Modules which if I pass both mean that I only have two left to complete which I'm enrolled to study on next year. New Job! As you may have seen I am now working for Pi Supply and over time you'll see more products of which some will be designed by me. So far we're already working on Three LoRa boards including the Raspberry Pi based Gateway HAT, IOT LoRa Node pHAT…

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Potential Flaw with a Voltage Regulator

In the updated version of my Ultimate Lora Backplane I was considering on changing the linear voltage regulator used to a switching one, this would mean while adding £3 to the BOM that it would be possible to use a 12V Power Supply instead without producing a lot of heat. As during some testing with the linear I measured 3W at 7.5V and 6W at 12V of which almost all of the 6W would be getting wasted as heat. I did the initial testing with the switching voltage regulator and measured around 3W at 7.5, 9 and 12v,…

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