GdB wrote: ... My solution is a "board stop".
The Board Stop was my solution until I resurfaced my concrete driveway. The driveway looked so nice and I was tried of tripping over the Board Stop. Yesterday, I ripped out the J1772 car inlet port.
I broke all four port flanges and two wires. The EVSE was ripped off the wall and the J1772 handle was broken in pieces with contacts bent and broken. The EVSE cable was pulled so hard that it broke wires inside the Charging Station.It was time to up my game.
I not only fixed the Charging Station and the inlet port cable/connector, but I installed a Break-A-Way connector.
My Break-A-Way connector is a Trailer 7Way Connector. I disabled the 7Way latch with a paper clamp and installed the connectors in the J1772 cable about one meter from the EVSE. I bolted the truck side of the 7Way to the wall and the trailer side connects to the J1772 handle side of the charging cable so it will unplug when pulled hard.
While fixing the badly broken J1772 handle/connector I installed a LED and a red LASER.The Bad News.
I don't recommend any of these modifications.
1. The Trailer 7Way Connector is not designed to disconnect while conducting 14A. To mitigate this I doubled the power and ground contacts in the connector, but that's still not good enough. The appropriate Break-A-Way connector would disconnect the Pilot signal to allow the EVSE to open it's contactors before the power contacts separated. The Trailer 7Way was the only four contact Break-A-Way style connector in my parts box.
2. Powering the LASER and LED required unorthodox design. Not Good.
3. Each little modification lowers the reliability of the system.
3. After doing this, the Board Stop was a better solution. I have had this "charging cable pulled out
" issue five times, but never while using the Board Stop. I never tried the tigger19687 "bag over the connector or on the seat"
technique. That is the simplest. Thanks tigger19687. Simple is better.