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EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Thu Nov 03, 2011 7:07 pm

Well I am going to order a unit from EVSEUpgrade.com for my upcoming Leaf. My question is how do you keep from this expensive unit from being stolen when parking somewhere out of my garage?

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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Thu Nov 03, 2011 8:11 pm

jopeters41 wrote:Well I am going to order a unit from EVSEUpgrade.com for my upcoming Leaf. My question is how do you keep from this expensive unit from being stolen when parking somewhere out of my garage?
There is a provision to use a small padlock in the trigger mechanism. It will deter a casual thief, but it is not going to stop a person hell-bent on getting the EVSE. :cry:

And, since the pre-mod cost is now over $900, be careful where you use it.
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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:02 pm

I lock the nozzle to the to the car. When it is raining, I put the unit inside a portable locked toolbox from Home Depot to keep out the rain and the curious.
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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:26 pm

In addition to locking the j1772 nozzle with a small padlock, you could open the windows a crack to let the cords through and keep the unit in the car. Of course you'd need an extension cord. I haven't actually tried this but figure it'd be a decent solution.
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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:41 pm

fooljoe wrote:In addition to locking the j1772 nozzle with a small padlock, you could open the windows a crack to let the cords through and keep the unit in the car. Of course you'd need an extension cord. I haven't actually tried this but figure it'd be a decent solution.
Maybe. But if someone is malicious enough to steal your EVSE, why would they hesitate to break a window to get it?

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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Thu Nov 03, 2011 11:57 pm

Knock on wood; but we have had zero reports of units being stolen. Definitely record your serial number on the back of the unit in a safe place so you have some information in the event your unit goes missing.

It's possible for us to order a new J1772 cable/handle assembly for you if someone cuts or steals the cable/handle, but there is no way to replace the base unit itself, so place priority on securing it if you suspect if may be in danger.

The most likely scenario is copper thieves wanting your cable, as very few evil-doers are going to know the value of the EVSE.

The best security you can have on the EVSE is to make it as inconspicuous as possible so opportunity thieves won't be inspired. Here are some tips:

1. Fold your charge door down on the handle while charging in public. There is a little rubber bumper for this purpose. This will hide the handle at least and reduce visual impact.

2. Pull nose-in if possible to hide as much as possible.

3. Tuck excess cord away so it looks like less cabling.

4. Turn the EVSE over on it's face, or cover with gaffers tape so the lights are not visible. The pretty colors attract!

5. Use a padlock in the EVSE handle and/or lock the unit with a chain through the 4 holes. Master Lock #630D is a combination lock that has no keys to lose and fits well.

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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:14 am

Drive over the cords -- I haven't actually needed to do this yet but I carry a rubber strip salvaged from an old bicycle inner tube to wrap the cords for protection..

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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:20 am

Ingineer wrote:It's possible for us to order a new J1772 cable/handle assembly for you if someone cuts or steals the cable/handle, but there is no way to replace the base unit itself, so place priority on securing it if you suspect if may be in danger.
Somewhat off topic but how much would said J1772 cable/handle assembly be?
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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:24 am

Spies wrote:Somewhat off topic but how much would said J1772 cable/handle assembly be?
Check out this thread: http://www.mynissanleaf.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=6546. The price varies but it is on the order of $90 unless you're ordering a lot....

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Re: EVSEUpgrade.com - How to keep it from being stolen....

Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:33 am

Spies wrote:
Ingineer wrote:It's possible for us to order a new J1772 cable/handle assembly for you if someone cuts or steals the cable/handle, but there is no way to replace the base unit itself, so place priority on securing it if you suspect if may be in danger.
Somewhat off topic but how much would said J1772 cable/handle assembly be?
Looks like the OEM Yazaki assembly is going to probably be around $300 in quantity 1.
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