The ESB Chargers are typically made by Efacec. Their chargers can charge on AC and DC at the same time, so tapping your card will pull you out of their session to the start screen allowing you to pick your connnector and start again. Are you sure you stopped their charge and didn't just hide their session? There's also the possibility that their car had simply finished charging already.Tried fast charging at an EBS station yesterday in Coventry. First time using one. Was trying to figure out how to use it and in doing so, accidently cancelled a Tesla's charge. When I finally got mine working the screen stayed on. Seems anyone can cancel anyone's charge accidentally or deliberately. Is this the norm?
If a charger loses it's commmunication with the server for whatever reason, some of them will go into what is known as free vend mode. It allows you to just plug in and start charging, with no authorization or cost.Free vend mode?
Yes that's the one. I left my car for 20 minutes did a quick shop at Sainsbury's and returned to find the screen showing me how much I'd charged and how much I'd spent. I called the ESB helpline number and asked the guy a question about whether there was a fixed charge (he said no) then called again when I returned to ask about the screen and he said that's normal which can't be right. Many areas are full of hits who would love to cancel charges if they could.So if you plug in and start charging, and give it more than about a minute of charging, you can just press the stop button on the ESB Charger and it will let you stop charging without asking for you to present your card again? That definitely shouldn't be the case!
Just to be sure, the charger you used. Did it look like this? (colors may vary) If so I haven't used one from ESB, But I have used them on several other networks including Ecotricity, Electric Blue and Chargeplace Scotland, and they all ask you to use your card/app to end your charge session.
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I think most of the new InstaVolts are one charger per bay anyway.Those Efacec chargers absolutely do 2 cars together. I've charged my Zoe on AC while a LEAF charges on DC for example. It can't do 2 DC connections at the same time however and will say there's not enough power.
I've also never seen this brand of charger allow a paid vend to end without authorisation.
It sounds like ESB have given these chargers some really weird custom software configuration.
I feel like I added confusion here. I was responding to an earlier post about the ESB Efacec chargers when talking about that above.I think most of the new InstaVolts are one charger per bay anyway.
Here are a couple of locations below...
On the 50kw units if you press the small stop button (NOT the emergency stop) it will 100% stop the charge.I feel like I added confusion here. I was responding to an earlier post about the ESB Efacec chargers when talking about that above.
The Instavolt Tritium chargers in my experience are set up where you need to tap your card to end on the 50 and 62kW units, but their HPC units have a stop button that works at all times. People are saying here that you can just press stop on a 50kW Instavolt. That's definitely not ever been the case on any that I have used.
I Need to charge the i3 up anyways, so might head over to a local Instavolt this afternoon and give it a try. I think the nearest few are all 62kW but will give it a try on there to see if you can also stop the charge without my RFID Fob despite the instructions telling you to.On the 50kw units if you press the small stop button (NOT the emergency stop) it will 100% stop the charge.
The screen scrolls a message about presenting the payment card again but you can ignore it. It’s definitely not required to stop.
I must have stopped 50+ charge sessions this way up and down the country as Instavolt are my preferred network. I haven’t tried the 62kw chargers yet though.
Try it next time!