Definitely some lowlife people out there. I stopped at a hotel overnight while driving from SoCal to NorCal since I left work late on Friday. I looked all around the hotel and finally found a place I could plug in but it was a bit far away. I hadn’t bought a 100’ extension cord yet but I had a 25 & 50' with me. Even together they were quite long enough. So against my instincts, I thought I would leave the charger outside of the car and plugged in just to the car and the extension cable. Of course you can all see where this is heading…
So did I. After reading about someone stealing Raja’s charger I’ve been very cautious. I looked and there was still just enough slack to run the charger cord around the steering column and back out to the charging port. I went to bed and woke up 6 hours later and there was no fully charged notice. I looked at MFM and it only showed the charge at 33% and that JazzE was waiting to charge. How the heck could that happen unless… So I looked out the window and saw both of my extension cords were gone. I was PO’d to say the least. On the plus side, they didn’t get the charger though it was obvious they tried. So good thing I paid attention to Raja’s issue before.
I went to the hotel desk to see if they had any video of one of their groundskeepers might have removed it since it was a “hazard”. I had that happen once before. No luck with that and the security cameras didn’t cover the area where I was parked but I had the time down to a few minutes based on the rate of charge and when it was kicked off. There were only 2 vehicles passing into and out of that area. They might possibly have license plate numbers but no proof otherwise.
On the plus side, I want to Harbor Freight and they had their extension cords on sale. So I was able to pick up a 50 and 100’ for less than I paid for my last 50’ alone. A little more weight to carry but why put a 100’ cord at risk when a 50’ will work. It will take quite a few chargers (one month) to offset the cost of the cords. I did figure out a creative way now to lock the cords together. Now I just have to figure out how to possibly secure them at an electrical outlet. Depending on the style, such as ones with conduit, I could run a small stainless cable around the conduit and lock it to the cord. As it is now, I am using a padlock to lock the cable to another one or to the EVSE plug itself. Works pretty slick. They can still steal it but they’ll have to cut the cable and the will stop the more “honest” people. Then again, maybe some idiot would try and cut the cord while it is live.
I’ll post picks later if anyone wants to see how I locked the 2 cords together with just a padlock. Thanks for everyone sharing their experiences about these types of things and especially Raja's. It saved me from losing my charger.
Edited by Taz, 17 August 2015 - 12:19 PM.