How to connect portable charger on KIA EV6

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The KIA EV6 can, like most electric cars, be charged anywhere. But what if there are no nearby charging stations and no way to top up your batteries through the usual AC or DC connectors?
That’s where the portable charger (otherwise known as In-Cable Control Box) comes in. This means you can charge your car from a regular home or workplace outlet.
Like everything, it must be treated with respect and used safely. This article provides a quick overview of the KIA EV6 portable charger. It shows why you must always check your owner’s manual. Follow its advice, and never use your ICCB without first reading the instructions.

What is the KIA EV6 portable charger?

The KIA EV6 portable charger is designed for use when the regular AC and DC chargers aren’t available. You should have one that came with your car.
The portable charger lets you connect your EV6 to your home’s electrical mains. While this avoids the need to install an EV charger or use charging stations, don’t expect it to be a fast process!
The KIA EV6 has three main components:

  • The plug
  • The control box – this shows:
    • Top left: power connection lamp
    • Top right: charge indicator lamp
    • Bottom left: fault warning lamp
    • Bottom right: charge level
  • The charging connector

These three are connected by the charging cable.

Before you use the KIA EV6 portable charger

Setting the KIA EV6 portable charger up properly is vital before using it. Specifically, you must set the charge level. Failure to do this could lead to blown fuses or even electrical fires if your fuse box fails. Don’t skip this step!
Here’s how to set the charge level on your KIA EV6 portable charger.

  1. It’s a good idea to consult an electrician before using your KIA EV6 portable charger for the first time.
  2. Check the current rating of your outlet before connecting to it.
  3. Connect the KIA EV6 portable charger’s plug to the outlet. Don’t connect the charging connector to your car!
  4. Adjust the charge level depending on your outlet’s current rating. Do this by:
    • Looking at the control box. The charge level is in the bottom right. The available settings are:
      • 12A
      • 10A
      • 8A
      • 6A
  5. Press the button on the back of the portable charger control box to change the charge level. You’ll need to hold it for 2 to 8 seconds.
    • KIA always instructs you to select a charge level at least 2A or 3A lower than your outlet’s current rating. For example, if your circuit is 12A, select “10” (or below) on the control box. Every outlet is different, and choosing the appropriate rating for yours is crucial.
    • If you select a charge level of a higher current than your electrical outlet can cope with, the circuit can’t handle it. It will lead to either a blown fuse or (in dangerous cases) an electrical fire.

How to connect the KIA EV6 portable charger

Before beginning the portable charger connection sequence, ensure you’re parked near the outlet. Follow these instructions, based on the owner’s manual, to start charging.

  1. Bring your EV6 to a complete stop. Still depressing the brake pedal, put it in Park, and switch the car off.
    • Charging won’t start if you don’t meet these conditions.
  2. Leave your car and open the charging door. Open the charging door by:
    • Pressing the relevant area on the charging door.
    • Pressing the open charging door button in the cabin.
    • Using voice recognition.
  3. Open the protective cap from the portable charger. Do the same for the plug.
    • Before connecting, check both the portable charger and the plug are clean. They should also both be free from foreign bodies like dust.
  4. Push the KIA EV6 portable charger connector all the way into the charging terminal. Ensure it goes all the way in.
    • Not connecting the charge connector properly could lead to an electrical fire.
  5. Charging will start as soon as you connect the charge connector to your EV6.
    • The charge indicator light (top right) will illuminate on the control box.
    • The EV6’s charging indicator light should also light up in your car’s instrument cluster.
  6. Once charging starts, you’ll see the estimated remaining charge time displayed. Whenever you open the driver’s door, this will pop up again.
    • Charging continues until the high-voltage batteries are fully charged, or you disconnect the charger.

For more information, consult your KIA EV6 owner’s manual. See a screenshot of this below.

owners manual

By Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

Ben Kitchen Ben is a qualified car mechanic with experience working in the industry. He now works as an automotive author, writing about all things vehicle-related. He’s excited about the potential held by electric cars of all shapes, sizes, and types.

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