Cornellio wrote:Does anyone know how I could setup a meter that plugs into a regular 120V outlet?
I live in a condo and have a garage with a 120V plug, but the HOA doesn't allow charging a car from it because the electricity gets billed to them. Is there a way I can use a meter that charges me for the electricity (either linked to my credit card or send me the bill?)
Any electrician could install a meter at the outlet. But to get billed automatically would require a meter that is read by the utility under your account.
As to the larger issue, know that California has specific laws in place that prevent HOAs from summarily or unreasonably denying your right to install an EVSE. It gives certain rights and responsibilities to each party. The HOA can actually be liable for hefty fines if they stonewall you. How that works in practice I don't know but it may give you a place to start looking.
There are many ways a reasonable arrangement could be made for you to reimburse for the electricity used. A meter at the outlet would work, but could be a hassle. A fee based on mileage might be the easiest method. The utility might even have recommendations on how to do that, or you can get your kWH consumption from CarWings.
I'd advise against any long-term use Kill-a-watt style gadgets. Not meant for such loads. Also I'd strongly advise to get an electrician involved in any case, to evaluate the wiring and properly install a high-quality outlet in a location that won't necessitate an extension cord. That lonely garage circuit was probably planned with lights and the occasional power tool in mind, not hours of 12 amp demand. Bare-minimum code 99 cent 15A outlet with stab-in connections es no bueno for car charging.