Extreme Charging Makeover

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  1. Rugby4life

    Rugby4life Been here awhile

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    So I was thinking how much I'm enjoying my 2017 SR but it's basically a $16k occasional use toy. I have to charge for 8.5 hrs to get 1.5 hrs of fun. Well, my SR just got an extreme makeover with a 9.9kw belly pan charging system from Diginow. I now have 7.5 times the charging capacity without sacrificing any luggage space. I no longer have an occasional use toy but a full blown road trip machine. Before n Afrter.jpg Air Gap.jpg Cable Routing.jpg
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    Two benefits of this double J-plug install is that the inlets mount to the inside of the saddlebag racks so they are well protected yet easily accessible. Also, I have the flexibility to buddy charge another bike at the same time. So if you have a friend (or significant other) who only has the stock charger, you can still road trip together. Gunslinger.jpg Dancing.jpg Buddy Charging.jpg
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    Double Jplug.jpg Troubleshooting.jpg Firmware.jpg One of the positives with purchasing from Diginow is the option of having the founder of the company fly across the country to do the install and then spend the next few days touring with me, teaching me the ins and outs of fast charging. The only gremlin we had to troubleshoot had nothing to do with the chargers. I had very old firmware for my BMS and MBB and the two decided to stop talking to each other. Brandon Stayed an extra day until the dealership opened and did the firmware update himself while on the phone with a Zero engineer. This also rid me of the occasional "zombie charger" bug where the charging light stayed on long after unplugging.
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    After the firmware upgrade, we had no further issues. I treated him to some true southern cuisine and made a couple of other charging stops while making new friends. We got our best performance at a public station (full 240v) in Hendersonville, NC and a Tesla station in Greenville SC. We toured over 300 miles and spent $0.00 for charging. Lunch.jpg Tesla.jpg Making Friends.jpg
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    BrianTRice Nerdy adventurer

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    Thanks for the write-up and welcome to the electric motorcycle touring club!

    I'm also traveling on DigiNow equipment (early adopter / test engineer) and can tour at about 450 miles per day (as long as the charging network supports a good power output per leg).
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    szurszewski Long timer

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    Can you tell us what this sort of upgrade costs?
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    BrianTRice Nerdy adventurer

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    DigiNow's Facebook page typically shows prices, but they might be withdrawn: https://www.facebook.com/digiNowInc/
    The product web page at least has technical specs: https://diginow.it/supercharger.php

    Generally, the ballpark figure for what the OP has installed is $3000, but this has varied a bit and I'm running on older hardware that had a different pricing structure.

    The current generation of hardware that DigiNow sells is modular in 3.3kW units, with cable harnesses configured in a number of ways, some of them custom, so usually under $1000 per 3.3kW unit but there's a fixed overhead for the cabling so it's a little more cost effective for a larger buy.

    It's a big purchase, to be sure, but there's no reasonable alternative that is IP-rated (vibration and weather protection) and compact and powerful enough for a motorcycle fitment. Some people build stacks of computer power supplies that are a reasonable DIY solution, but they can't be supported as products because they're vulnerable to faults after being carried around on a bike for hundreds of miles and probably getting moisture and grime on them.
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    Oops, popped my first circuit breaker today. I should have guessed it was a shared station with 3.3kw per side based on how skinny the cords were. Ran for about 2 minutes before it shut down. The other plug that was feeding the single Diginow kept running, so like an idiot, I switched it to the other side and 2 minutes later... silence. I'm learning something new each day and in the 500 miles of fast charging, I still haven't paid for a single electron. Saving time and saving money, that's how I roll.
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