The process of charging any type of electric car is generally not a very hard one. The most that is required of you is to simply plug in the vehicle. Now there is a lot that goes on before you can simply plug it in. Depending on whether you charge at home or a public charger, what type of charger you use, and even how long you choose to charge the vehicle. All of these can affect your process slightly and change some things about what is happening with the car, but not often do you see a physical change in the process.
How do you charge a Ford F150 Lightning? To charge the Ford Lightning at a public charger, open the connector cover and make sure the correct pins are showing for the type of charger you are using, plug in the charger and pay after you are done charging, similar to filling up a gas car. For at home charging, open the connector cover near the front of the truck and plug the charger into the truck.
In this article, we will discuss the best way to charge your Ford F150 Lightning, and chargers are the best choice for it. Hopefully, we can help clear up any of your questions, and if you have more about the Ford F150 Lightning, just check out our website for more information.
The Process Of Charging The Ford F150 Lightning Explained
Luckily the process of charging a Ford Lightning is not a very difficult one. All you really have to do is look at what type of charger you have. If you are at home, it is almost certainly a type 2 charger, if it is this charger then all you have to do is open the connector cover and plug in the charger until it reaches your desired charge.
To do this, you will have to have had a charging station installed in your home by an electrician, or with the Ford Lightning, you could also use the mobile charger which allows you to use a 120V outlet or 240V outlet but get a much slower charge time. With all of the different charging stations or ways to get power, plugging in and charging the Ford lightning should be the same if not very similar.
On a public charger, the process of charging and plugging in the Ford Lightning will be the same, more or less. Once again, just open the cover, decide what type of charger you are using, if it is a type 2 charger then follow the directions above. If it is a CCS connector then all you have to do is open another small plastic piece that is located right below where you plug in the Type 2 charger.
After that, just charge it to the desired charge, pay for the charge, and you are done! Simple and easy, but it is recommended that you not always use the quick charge as it can damage your battery if it is constantly used over a long period of time but as it is uncommon to have them in homes this is something that shouldn’t cause a lot of stress
What Is The 7 Pin Charger?
The 7 pin charger, or type 2 charger, originated in Germany and is becoming increasingly more common in new electric vehicles. Ford has this connector type in the Mustang Mach-e as well and seems to be their go-to connector. Europe is a large user of this type of connector but this type of connector has also spread and become common in many different areas of the world. Tesla uses a modified version of the type 2 connector that allows fast charging without the need for a CCS connector.
The top two pins in the seven-pin structure are slightly smaller than the other five pins, these pins are just used for signaling. The middle pin in the middle row is used for earthing, or ground. The outside two pins in the middle row are used for the power supply to the vehicle. The same goes for the bottom two pins as they are also used for the power supply. This setup of pins allows for faster charging than other connectors and when coupled with the ability to also use CCS connectors makes it a very versatile connector.
By using this type of connector you can also connect to a CCS connector that allows for quick charging. The type two charger has two larger pins beneath it in the Ford Lightning that are not a part of the 7 pin structure. These two extra pins are there for a CCS connector that allows for much quicker charging. It doesn’t use the four power supply connectors from the 7 pin structure and uses the larger two pins to send the power through but still uses the top two and middle pin from the 7 pin structure.
How The F150 Lightning Charging Cable Can Power Your House
The Ford Lightning has an amazing feature that allows the power from the battery to be put back into the house, allowing the house to still have power even when there is a power outage. To do this, you do have to have an 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro installed that will allow for the power to be taken back from the battery and put into the house. By having this feature, your house could have enough power to run normally for 3 days or even up to 10 days if power is rationed.
When plugged into the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro, when the house loses power, the intelligent backup can kick on automatically or manually depending on your preferred setting. After it kicks on and disconnects from the grid, the power is then routed back into the charger and into an inverter which switches the power from DC to AC so that it can be used.
After the power is converted it then travels to all the sockets and lights in your house allowing there to be plenty of power for your needs. The Ford Lightning can output 9.6 kW which is enough to power practically all of the appliances in your house, most appliances even at the same time.
Does The F150 Lightning Accept Multiple Plug Types?
The Ford Lightning does allow two different types of chargers to be plugged into it. These chargers are a type 2 charger or a CCS connector. These two different chargers can also affect how the Ford Lightning charges, especially the speed of charging. The first charger, a type 2 charger, is the more common charger as it is used in both home and public chargers and is considered to be the slower charger. The CCS connector is used for rapid charging of the Ford Lightning and is generally only found on public chargers.
The CCS charger looks like the type 2 charger with two extra-large connectors below it. To plug it into the ford lightning, you have to open the normal charging cover and there will be a plastic piece that is covering a bottom connector part that will connect to the two larger connectors discussed above.
These extra connections are what allow the Ford Lightning to charge at a much faster pace, as it will charge from 15% to 80% in about 41 minutes while using the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro (the highest type 2 connector you can get) it will take about 8 hours to go from 15% to 100%. It is almost certain that you will eventually use both chargers to charge your vehicle but on average a type 2 charger will generally be your most commonly used charger.
There are also different strengths of chargers. As we discussed above a rapid charger can give you a 15% to 80% in just 41 minutes but these cannot be installed into a home. The 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro is the quickest with a time from 15% to 100% in just 8 hours.
The Ford Lightning also comes with a mobile charger that can be plugged into a normal 120v home outlet but its charging time is 15% to 100% in 3 to 4 days, this same mobile charger can also be plugged into a 240v outlet, which will bring the charging time down to 19 hours with the same percentage. Another choice is the 48-amp Ford Connected Charge station which will bring the charging time down to 13 hours for a 15% to 100% charge but still will not beat the 80-amp Ford Charge Station Pro’s 8 hour charge time.