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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 09, 2011 8:52 pm

This post made me realize that dealing with my cord may be more of a pain that I realized...

One thing that would be easy if you have a long enough EVSE cord (I got the 25' one, just in case) is you can route the cord up the wall to the ceiling over the spot where the cord would be plugged into the car. Then, xx feet away, use a ratcheting cord retractor, like for electrical cords, to pull it up out of the way with just a cord hanging down.
Like these: http://www.harborfreight.com/30-ft-retr ... 66832.html
(can you buy them cheaper anywhere?)
Edit: Sears cheaper than Harbor Freight? What's this world coming to? ;)
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_03483928000P

This way you're not complicating the EVSE electrical cord at all and reducing safety.
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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 09, 2011 9:59 pm

Instead of running the EVSE cord through pulleys or retractors, why not attach a collar to the base of the "nozzle", with a wire cable from there to the retractor system? This would be exactly analogous to a gas pump.
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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:03 pm

The retractor to lift the cable and J connector when in use would reduce the trip hazard.
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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 09, 2011 10:19 pm

planet4ever wrote:Instead of running the EVSE cord through pulleys or retractors, why not attach a collar to the base of the "nozzle", with a wire cable from there to the retractor system? This would be exactly analogous to a gas pump.


Yes, this is what I was trying to describe. Thanks. :)
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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:16 pm

Here is another possible method:
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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:19 pm

Works, however against code in places to have EVSE over 48" off ground. So is the flex, rigid conduit is needed.

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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:53 pm

EVDRIVER wrote:So is the flex, rigid conduit is needed.

Reference?

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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:09 pm

EVDRIVER wrote:Works, however against code in places to have EVSE over 48" off ground. So is the flex, rigid conduit is needed.

Since we're raggin' on the guy his shirt is very misleading, too with the Volt being rated at 93 MPGe and 37 MPG. :)

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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:25 pm

wwhitney wrote:
EVDRIVER wrote:So is the flex, rigid conduit is needed.

Reference?

Thanks, Wayne


In SF you need solid conduit on runs that long in a garage. The elevations vary in different areas, one of the reasons is for easy access to the controls. My solar inverter could not be mounted above the counter in my garage because you must have clear space in front to reach the cut off on the inverter. Stupid because it can still be reached. The rules for the DC cut off are even more restrictive. In SF, Romex is ok in walls and crawl spaces, rigid in basements. In some areas of the peninsula flex must be used IN the walls! In parts of LA conduit is required for LV wires, that would include a doorbell. Many of these rules keep certain unions busy. My business does quite a bit of wiring and rules vary form reasonable to insane.

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Re: Retractable J1772 Cord?

Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:55 pm

Lucky guy. He has a two story garage. However, it wouldn't work for me. I could not reach the buttons on the front of the AV EVSE.

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