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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:43 pm

The OEM EVSE can easily be temporarily mounted to a board or wall using 2 very long sheetrock screws perfectly spaced so the screw heads fit deep into the top pair of screw 'tunnels' on the backside of the unit. This way, the unit never hangs from the cord or the socket. Coil up any of the unneeded charging cord and tape it so you only have enough left free to reach the car. Screw a plastic bottle of some sort to the wall to one side to hold the charge handle and hopefully the free cord won't even reach the ground. When you need to go portable, it only take a second to unplug it, slide it off the wall and toss it in the car

Mine stays mounted to a piece of plywood screwed to the wall and it's never once fell off the two sheetrock screws. My plastic bottle holds both it's charge handle and the one for my home made Open EVSE L2 unit. Neither cord reaches the floor

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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:46 pm

In addition to mounting options for the main EVSE contraption, does anyone know where to get a holster for the J1772 plug? When not in use, I want to attach the plug to a holster on the wall for safe storage. I am currently using a rubber hook that holds the plug end well enough. However, I want one of those holsters like on the ChargePoint L2 EVSEs where it plugs in and locks in place as if it were plugged into the car. I just think it would look nice and neat and much cooler with that kind of storage option!
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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Wed Aug 21, 2013 5:11 am

I use a plastic container screwed to the wall. Mine was a large white plastic jar that I cut the top off of. It actually holds both J-1772 charge handles . . . . the one from my upgraded OEM EVSE and the one from my homebuilt Open EVSE. I keep the former plugged into 120 and the latter plugged into 240, so I can quickly select L1 or L2 charging just by grabbing the appropriate handle

I don't know that I would even want one that requires you to 'plug in' the charge handle for storage - I'd prefer to keep the plugging/unplugging to a minimum, thinking extra 'cycles' might eventually wear on the connector. True, I'd probably never wear one out, but I'm very careful when I mate the two parts together and I don't care to do that twice if it's not necessary, so the simple solution works best for me

If you only need to hold one charge handle, you could use a smaller 'jar' which better fits the single charge handle - Maybe a rectangular one with the top portion cut off - The part where the jar lid screws on

This is a free and simple solution which has worked very well for me for more than a year. In my case, the unused charge cable is stored so that only the small amount needed to reach the car hangs from the charge handle. Mine never reaches the floor so no chance it will be stepped on . . . . plus it never gets dirty

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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:30 am

Good points, Don. The rubber-coated hook I have been using has worked well. However, it isn't the most stable storage option. There was one time that it slipped off and fell to the ground. I'd prefer a solution where that wasn't even a possibility. Hence, the reason I was looking for the plug-in holster that would lock the handle in place during storage. Plus, I was after the aesthetics of a nice, clean holster like you see on the public charging stations.

I don't know how concerned I would be with the plugging/unplugging cycles wearing out the connector. I assume if that were a major concern then ChargePoint and other public charging providers wouldn't use such storage holsters. Public charging stations are going to see a much higher cycle rate than our home chargers, and they cost thousands of dollars more than ours. If the cycling was known or even presumed to be an issue, I would assume public charge providers would use a different storage option to protect their hardware investments.
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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:36 am

I think the public charging stations are pretty much forced to use something like the plug in holsters. They are out in the weather and you couldn't count on every user replacing the protective cap back on the charge handle after each use . . . . heck, those caps would probably be missing after only a month or two

There's no way my handle(s) can fall out of the container I'm using to hold them and it's easier sticking them in that than it would be if I had to plug them into a holster

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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Wed Aug 21, 2013 6:57 am

Don, do you have a photo of your holster? I may decide not to try and get one of those "pro-grade" holsters, but instead go with something cheaper and easier to obtain (or make). All I know is I definitely want to upgrade what I am currently using to store the charging handle. I'm always fearful that someone will brush against the charging cable as it hangs on the wall and the handle will come crashing down again.
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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Wed Aug 21, 2013 11:48 am

Robb,

Mine is round and holds 2 charge handles. For a single J-1772 handle, I think a rectangular one quart motor oil bottle with the top cut off would be a good choice. Screw the long flat side to the wall and it would only stick out 1 1/2 to 2 inches and the handle would fit in parallel to the wall

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Re: EVSE Mounting Configurations

Thu Aug 22, 2013 4:29 am

my wall mounted EVSE has a built-in holster - here's a close-up of the holster without the J1772 plug in place - it might be possible to make something similar from wood?

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The metal bar in the upper smaller recess is what the clip on the top of the plug latches onto.

I could take measurements if you want...
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