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Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 16, 2018 06:47PM
I have this 50 ft extension cord to charge the car. Yesterday I noticed the female end got really hot! So I stopped using it, I went to home depot and bought my favourite female part:

[www.homedepot.com]

replaced it, and now they stay just fine when they hook up. Now they stay cool as ice during copulation.

I now checked the male part at the other end of the cable and now that seems warm, not hot, barely warm but I think I will replace it as a preventive measure (I did check it yesterday immediately after disconnecting the load, and it was cold, but now under load it does feel slightly warm).

This is the complementary male part

[www.homedepot.com]

The interesting part is that I cut open the old female part, it was one of those molded plugs and I was expecting to find evidence of overheating. When I looked inside it seemed like the contacts were blackened. But once I gut it open and looked at the blades and wires, everything was shiny like it was brand new. Go figure. But the important thing is that the new hooker is now cold.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: September 16, 2018 07:03PM
....hairplugs......??



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: davester
Date: September 16, 2018 07:09PM
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space-time
Yesterday I noticed the female end got really hot! So I stopped using it, I went to home depot and bought my favourite female part:
replaced it, and now they stay just fine when they hook up. Now they stay cool as ice during copulation.

So now the female is frigid?

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space-time
I now checked the male part at the other end of the cable and now that seems warm, not hot, barely warm

Meaning that you swing both ways?

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space-time
But the important thing is that the new hooker is now cold.

The hookers should be hot and the booze cold.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: September 16, 2018 07:15PM
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davester

The hookers should be hot and the booze cold.

I mentioned this to our local wine muller/undertaker. He just laughed.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: billb
Date: September 16, 2018 08:32PM
When the female ends get loose and fatigued from multiple insertions they need to get replaced.

Higher quality sockets last longer. Shop wisely.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: BernDog
Date: September 16, 2018 08:55PM
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billb
When the female ends get loose and fatigued from multiple insertions they need to get replaced.

Higher quality sockets last longer. Shop wisely.

Don’t even know where to start, but yeah, good advice. boink smiley
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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: September 16, 2018 10:47PM
But.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: Kraniac
Date: September 16, 2018 10:58PM
What size wire in that extension cord, Space?

At 50 feet you're gonna get some voltage drop as well

Curious to know what the cord is rated at and what your car draws when charging?

you were most likely overloading a cord with draw and distance..plus time for the charge...you're making heat

check it out and get back to me, I'll be in the produce section looking at cucumbers.
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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: ztirffritz
Date: September 17, 2018 12:28AM
The Volt charges at 110 at either 8 or 12 amps. A 10gauge extension cord works for 8A but at 12A things heat up.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: September 17, 2018 04:45AM
A 50-foot 14/3 cord can handle 18 Amps @ 120v.
To be safe, I use 12/3 50-foot outdoor rated.

Chart of cord ratings.

TIP: check male prongs & if not shiny clean with an emery board.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: space-time
Date: September 17, 2018 05:40AM
the cord is rated 15A, I charge at 8 A. it was not the cord, it was the plug.
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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: freeradical
Date: September 17, 2018 09:06AM
Maybe one of the wires had a short...winking smiley
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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: September 17, 2018 09:40AM
Yeah, molded plugs are often the culprit. Really a good catch on your part !
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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: billb
Date: September 17, 2018 09:50AM
poorly made sockets or really old ones can get hot, loose, arc, turn black and just keep getting worse. Some tarnishing with age doesn't help.
Smart to replace them as soon as they start becoming problematic.

Especially with devices that draw quite a bit of current.



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Re: Check you plugs guys, check your plugs.
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: September 17, 2018 01:26PM
it was not the cord, it was the plug.

For whatever the reason. the contacts were not making full use of their surface area. Less contact means more resistance.

With current draw being the same, things heat up. The plug it in another time, maybe the contacts share more surface area and things don't heat up. Maybe the female end got stepped on and it bears a grudge and became a less receptive receptacle.

Solid move upgrading the plug. You likely caught an issue before it became a problem. It could have become a situation. And if it had escalated to an incident...

Well, well done.




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