ClipperCreek Launches LCS-25P: World’s Smallest Cord and Plug Connected 20 Amp Level 2 Charger

SEP 15 2013 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 17

ClipperCreek must have been listening closely to us and, as such, responded to public demand by offering the world’s smallest cord-and-plug-connected 20-Amp Level 2 charger available today.

LCS-25P

LCS-25P -NEMA 14-30

Ease of install and portability are the main reasons you’d buy this unit, which simply plugs into a 240-volt outlet.  There’s no hardwiring required, which means that this unit is highly portable.  It’s plug-and-play, as we like to say.

Called the LCS-25P (P = portable), this US-made unit is almost identical to the robust LCS-25 that ClipperCreek has been selling for $495 for awhile now.

ClipperCreek is often praised by users, so we expect this portable unit to uphold the EVSE maker’s image.

The LCS-25P retails for $549 and comes with a 3-year warranty.  It costs $0 to install, provided that you have an existing 240-volt outlet nearby.  It comes with a 25-foot cord, which means it’s easy to use this single unit to charge multiple vehicles without moving them around.

Additional details and specs are as follows:

Two Different Plug Versions Are Available

Two Different Plug Versions Are Available -NEMA L6-30 Shown Here

  • Easy to install– Plug connected
  • Reclosure technology –if your car can be charged, it will be charged–guaranteed
  • Lights–indicates charging status
  • Cord Hanger–low profile stores cord and connector out of the way
  • 25 Ft Charging cable
  • Minimal standby power consumption (no on/off switch required)
  • Service Entrance: 208V to 240V, 60Hz – 30 Amp Circuit (20A continuous for charging), single phase, 2-wire, with ground (L1, L2, and Ground)– NEMA L6-30 Plug in connection
  • 11” L x 4” W x 3” D (279mm L x 102mm W x 76mm D)
  • Weight 8 lbs
  • Operating Temperatures: -22°F to 122°F (-30°C to +50°C)

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17 Comments on "ClipperCreek Launches LCS-25P: World’s Smallest Cord and Plug Connected 20 Amp Level 2 Charger"

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David Murray

Question is, will it work on 120V also? If not, the converted Nissan units may still be the best portable option.

Malcolm Scott

‘Service Entrance: 208V to 240V’. Not 120V

George B

Yes, correct. It won’t charge from 120V. I had the wall-mounted unit, LCS-25 and verified this fact with ClipperCreek. Returned the unit the moment I realized it was no better than the “upgraded” 2013 Nissan EVSE: http://evseupgrade.com/

Foo

To be fair, the upgraded Nissan units are about double to cost of the LCS-25P. They do have some nice features (adjustable powe level, etc.). But, if you already have a portable Level 1 unit supplied with your car, adding the LCS-25 for around $500 is a very economical way to add portable Level 2 charging.

George B

Understood, I think I was assessing it from the perspective of a LEAF owner. EVSE Upgrade is definitely more attractive, if you already have the level 1 EVSE needed, because it came in the trunk of your car.

Foo

I have the original LCS-25, which is already very small, and that I “made” portable by adding a plug (and a series of adapters too). I can attest that the LCS-25 is simple a reliable unit — it works great with my Ford Focus Electric. Yes, it doesn’t do 120V, but for portable Level 2 charging, it is hard to beat.

If interested, see more about my conversion here:
http://www.myfocuselectric.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1004

Aaron

I did about the same thing with my LCS-25. I added a NEMA 14-50 plug onto it (yes, overkill) so I could use it at RV parks or anywhere else that uses the 14-50 plug.

Does anyone make a plug that converts from 480VAC 3ph?

Foo

Converts to what… 240V? No “plug” will do that. You need a transformer.

Bill Howland

If you have the 4th wire available (neutral) most (but not all) evse’s can be used with a small buck transformer , here is would be a 1 kw unit (48 volts at 20 amps) to lower the incoming voltage from 277 to 230. Or else you could try a 32 volt unit that would lower it to 245. Just make sure your unit does *NOT* require 120 volts to ground. I think only the Eaton model requires this, of the units I’ve examined. But its a very cheap way to make a big EVSE work on a 277Y/480 volt service. The savings are substantial with a 70 amp EVSE, since you are transforming only 11-19% of the load and the rest of the juice just rides through.

Bill Howland

Of course, make sure the service system is 480 Y and not 480 Delta. If it is then a ZigZag Neutral derivation system is required.

If this unit is not for the canadian market and hence isn’t worried about 25 amp circuits, I wonder why they dont up the unit amperage to a perfectly legal 24 amps?

an_outsider

I hope the next “portable” unit to become available from ClipperCreek would be a 6.6 – 7.2 kW (LCS-40P =)

Ted Fredrick

This would be perfect for a PHEV. To slow for my Focus but I am considering buying my wife a Outlander or something like that in a year.

Foo

Too slow? It takes 3-4 hours to fully charge the Focus at 6.6 kW, the best possible rate. The LCS-25 at 4.8 kW will do it in 4-5. My thinking: If you had already 3-5 hours to wait anyway, you probably had 4-5 too. I’m not saying faster isn’t better, but the “too slow” mentality is often misguided. You charge overnight… you don’t sit there waiting for it to charge for hours. 3-4 hours vs 4-5 hours while you sleep… meh.

Anderlan

Once again, why all major EVs (other than just Tesla EVs) don’t come with this type of cord standard, I can’t being to fathom.

Will be interesting to see if it trips RCDs/gfcis when connected to the chevy/Holden volt