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 Post subject: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 4:36 pm 
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I wonder about the risk for theft of the charging cable. It's a rather valuable piece of equipment that I sometimes use in public areas. Today I have no protection against someone stealing it. No matter if its the charging cable or the charging box delivered to the car the car has no locking device to protect the cables. Has anyone in this forum a good idea of how to improve this? Where I live some public stations has a function to lock the cable in the charging station by using some SMS interface - it works well but it's far from safe. Maybe it eliminates the situation theft!? I would like to see some feature in the car that you could lock the cable on too. The most convenient would of course be if the lock was controlled by the car key - but I assume I have to wait some years for this development...


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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:00 pm 
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If you seen in my pictures, I use a usual lock (rolling code this case) into the J1174 plugs...

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Prevents the mechanic unplug.
Fits like this..

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:16 pm 
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I just park the car with a wheel on the cable.

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Mon Dec 22, 2014 5:49 pm 
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Another trick I have seen, but not used myself yet, is to pass a loop of the cable round a spoke of an alloy wheel and then put a more sturdy padlock onto that loop to lock it back onto its cable.

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:45 am 
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@t3lmo is that a commando socket converter I see in your trunk? If so, may I be so bold as to enquire where you bought it?

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:05 am 
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sokratesagogo wrote:
@t3lmo is that a commando socket converter I see in your trunk? If so, may I be so bold as to enquire where you bought it?

Its a shucko adapter for 3 pin CEE 3X16: http://goo.gl/D2k72L
Used it alot for charging my scooter on 3 pin plugs, and now the PHEV with the EVSE.

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:26 am 
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t3lmo wrote:
sokratesagogo wrote:
@t3lmo is that a commando socket converter I see in your trunk? If so, may I be so bold as to enquire where you bought it?

Its a shucko adapter for 3 pin CEE 3X16: http://goo.gl/D2k72L
Used it alot for charging my scooter on 3 pin plugs, and now the PHEV with the EVSE.


Why do you need the EVSE? I thought they were only necessary in the US with their silly low voltage mains.


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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 8:56 am 
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maby wrote:
Why do you need the EVSE? I thought they were only necessary in the US with their silly low voltage mains.

The EVSE is the main controller to manage the AC charging workflow.
It generates the logic protocol to communicate (on J1774 pin 4 plug) with the PHEV to start , charge (6A-16A) and balance the battery pack in the last 30min (at 2A only).
On schuko or 3-pin plugs we all must use EVSE, the (original) one with 10A or a better one with 16A.
At home most of us use a charge wallbox and on the public charge points the mode 2 mennekes cable. On all those there's an EVSE inside.

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:40 am 
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Many thanks @t3lmo

Forgive my ignorance - when you refer to the EVSE do you mean the box on charging cable that comes with the car?

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 Post subject: Re: Charging cable theft protection
PostPosted: Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:51 am 
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sokratesagogo wrote:
Many thanks @t3lmo

Forgive my ignorance - when you refer to the EVSE do you mean the box on charging cable that comes with the car?

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Indeed - I didn't know it by that name either... I always thought that an EVSE was a step-up device to allow an EV to charge off 110V mains.


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