powersurge wrote:I'm not trying to be pessimistic,.... BUT.... The worst thing you can do is making something that will be visible, and second, trying to include other people.
Try to run your extension cord as camouflaged as much as possible. Find a way to carry your EVSE with you. I would try to cleverly bury the extension cord 2-4 inches below ground, not above. There will ALWAYS be an idiot walking by, and will be drawn to destroying crap... What
What I used to do was to put the EVSE INSIDE the car... lock the EVSE inside by the driver side, and leave the window only open 3/4 inch. Run the a/c extension cord into the car through the window, plug it into the EVSE, and run the charging cable through the window out of the car, and plug it in. This way, no one will be able to steal your EVSE.
Also, you cannot trust anyone, because they will do something wrong and mess it all up for everybody.... The best pot of gold is the one that only you know about....
Where I live, there are security cameras that monitor all outside activity. Anyone who willfully damages my JLong will be caught on tape and potentially arrested. So, until the idiots are all 'educated away' (I do not believe mean-spirited people will always exist), every apartment complex could, in theory, install security cameras. Again, it may sound extreme, but it's less costly than charging infrastructure, and the alternative would be to let every urban residential section reek of gas fumes.
Now, that's for destroying
the plug -- stealing is easier to prevent. As I mentioned, I leave my house window cracked open with my EVSE peeking out of the corner, so that I can take my JLong out of my hatchback and charge through the window. To prevent anyone's stealing either the EVSE or the JLong, I use two padlocks. One padlock keeps the JLong hooked to the metal piece in the car's charging lid (shaped like a 'U'). The other padlock keeps the EVSE hooked to a leg of a bed inside my house.
More on the circuitry problem: I did some testing and found that trickle-charging uses 1300 watts. It doesn't seem like much, but I'm contemplating doing some testing with other household appliances to see if pushing it above 2600 watts will snap the circuit breaker. If that turns out to be a problem, here's another idea: keep each window charging port on a separate timed outlet. You can buy plug outlet timers at a home improvement store (I haven't seen the ones with a three-prong outlet, but they ought to exist), and make one outlet work from 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM, another work from 11:00 PM - 3:00 AM, and another work from 3:00 AM - 7:00 AM. If everyone charges their car as soon as they get home, they should each get a decent four hour charge overnight without causing circuit breaker issues.