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Daveion
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Post by Daveion » Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:18 am

Pod Point are advising me that I need an additional 2 core cable from my consumer unit to the charger to support the load monitoring device inside the charger. The research I did before ordering didn't show anything but a 6mm 3 core cable.
I need to know if there is also a device that needs to sit inside the meter cupboard and what size it is as its really tight on space.
Pod point have not said what the 2 core terminates Into so it's literally a loose end at the moment.
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Post by fixit » Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:48 am

I suspect the premises are fused at less than 100A, perhaps 60A? There's a chance of taking this out under full load so the charger will need to lessen its load when it detects high usage from other equipment. It does that via a current sensor between the meter and the company fuse, which is what the 2 care cable is for.
It doesn't need to be heavy duty, just exterior grade.
The only way around that is to contact your electricity company and ask them to upgrade the supply. If the infrastructure will support it, it's just a change of fuse.

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Post by scott28tt » Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:51 am

Mine was installed by an authorised 3rd-party.

There are 2 cables going to the consumer unit from the Pod Point - one is thin and round, the other is thick and more rectangular in shape.

The thin round one comes back out of the consumer unit and is attached to a clamp over one of the thick cables for the regular electrics.

My supply has a 100A fuse, and there's an isolator for the charger in the consumer unit.

Not a technical answer (!) but seems to back up what they are saying.
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Post by G43FAN » Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:02 am

It's probably a CT Clamp (can't imagine it being anything else). The 2 core wire is going to be no more than Network cable, the clamp itself is matchbox (ish) and sits around the main feed into your DB.

https://solarandheatstore.com/product/ct-clamp/
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Post by Daveion » Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:15 pm

Thanks. Its just an induction transformer by the sound of things picking up the amperage from the main cable so the 100amp cant be exceeded by the charger 👍 That can be accommodated if its match box size. First time I have seen that on any of the chargers I have looked at but I would imagine they would all need that feature and cable to look at the total house load.
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Post by Bromsgroveuser » Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:33 pm

This is my Pod Point installation done through Pod Point

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Post by Utumno » Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:46 pm

Yup the little dangly black box is a CT clamp alright.
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Post by Southwellpeter » Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:47 pm

PodPoint had to install the white box below my meter box as there was no room in it - I have PV panels and a FIT meter
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Post by Daveion » Tue Oct 12, 2021 3:01 pm

Bromsgroveuser wrote:
Tue Oct 12, 2021 2:33 pm
This is my Pod Point installation done through Pod Point
👍Thats not an issue.
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