another plastic part?

Wow, I can’t believe it has been almost 4 years since I last posted here. Been busy with jobs and life, but my original J1772 holder has been selling quite well on Amazon. Almost never sell any via this website though, but it is good to have. My thoughts are that if you don’t have a website you don’t exist (as a business)

I have been asked a few times over the last 3 years to come up with a holder for the european market. Previously, I declined because I had no reason to obtain a type-2 charge plug (also known as Mennekes, or  IEC 62196), since I’d never be able to use it, likewise, I wouldn’t really have a way to do development or test.

But when your biggest customer asks you for something that would only result in more sales, it is stupid to say no. So I’m giving it a shot. I bought a J1772 type-2 holder from china and used that as a reference. I also obtain the only holder currently on the market, and my only competition. Similar to the type-1 holder (the original one) it resembles a central vacuum inlet, but not only that, it requires moving parts to function at all. But the important thing here for my learning curve is to understand how these European chargers actually connect to a receptacle.

Skipping the design trials and tribulations, I have come up with a working concept that I somehow manage to 3d print with my 7 year old junker. After a few failures, the successful print came out at 190 grams (including support material) and 14 hours of machine time.

I’ll be looking for feedback, as once this goes to injection molding, it cannot be changed, so it has got to be perfect.

fresh out of the 3d printer

fresh out of the 3d printer

type-2 (white) next to type-1 (black)

type-2 (white) next to type-1 (black)

holder without plug

holder without plug

existing type-2 Chinese holder on left with moving parts, type 1 holder on the right

existing type-2 Chinese holder on left with moving parts, type 1 holder on the right

 

Here is a youtube video!

https://youtu.be/Ql_uWIUgT5w

here is a link to my thingiverse page where you can download this holder

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2946221

 

 

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