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#1 OFFLINE   paulus

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 02:48 PM

I've been going to several hardware stores, lock smiths, etc. to find a padlock for the charger, without any luck. The manual only indicates .2 inch shackle diameter, and 1 inch minimum length. It's particularly hard to find since no padlock seems to indicate it's shackle diameter. I already bought one which was smaller, and thereby useless, since you still could push the button down far enough and unplug the car. It's impossible to find the correct size; has anybody out there any suggestions?









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#2 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 04:11 PM

If you're trying to protect the charger from being stolen, use an extension cable, put the physical charger inside the car and run the extension wire in, the charge plug out and shut the door on the wires -- it won't hurt them, there is a rubber seal for the door that allows them to get through.

 

I do this all the time now as I left my charger outside in the past and it got stolen.  The little padlock you're trying to get is not going to stop anyone from stealing the charger, it might just stop the curious that mean no harm from unplugging your car, that's it.

 

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#3 OFFLINE   tr7driver

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Posted 20 July 2016 - 06:23 AM

You can find smaller locks in sporting goods stores.  Look for Ski or Bike locks.



#4 OFFLINE   paulus

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 07:18 AM

Thanks to you both!



#5 OFFLINE   rbort

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Posted 22 July 2016 - 07:57 AM

Just note that if you do use a padlock for whatever reason its holding on by 1mm worth of plastic anyone who wants to take the lock off can just twist it with their hand and the plastic will break.

 

You're welcome and enjoy this awesome car!

 

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 10:19 AM

Found this simple solution on a different forum. It costs about $10 and is much more secure.

 

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 10:49 AM

Not particularly, because someone can cut your wire, take the charger, and re-splice the wire back together.

 

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 07:21 PM

Not particularly, because someone can cut your wire, take the charger, and re-splice the wire back together.

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Or just cut the padlock.
It will probably deter about half the thieves

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 08:19 PM

I looked at these solutions for padlocking the charger, routing through door, under hood, etc. when I got the car.  I decided that saving about $1.70 in gas (about what a full charge negates) was never going to be worth the risk of theft or aggravation for me to charge away from home.



#10 OFFLINE   timwil56

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 11:09 PM

I've been going to several hardware stores, lock smiths, etc. to find a padlock for the charger, without any luck. The manual only indicates .2 inch shackle diameter, and 1 inch minimum length. It's particularly hard to find since no padlock seems to indicate it's shackle diameter. I already bought one which was smaller, and thereby useless, since you still could push the button down far enough and unplug the car. It's impossible to find the correct size; has anybody out there any suggestions?

Try this one. The shank diameter is right and is long enough, plus no key to carry.

http://www.homedepot...30DHC/100137147



#11 OFFLINE   ArizonaEnergi

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 10:35 AM

I looked at these solutions for padlocking the charger, routing through door, under hood, etc. when I got the car.  I decided that saving about $1.70 in gas (about what a full charge negates) was never going to be worth the risk of theft or aggravation for me to charge away from home.

After running an extension cord and locking the charger to the wheel at some motels on a long trip I have come to agree with you.  For 20 miles of e-power it's just not worth the trouble and risk.



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Posted 28 December 2016 - 11:26 AM

Never been an issue for me to plug in anywhere besides the stolen charger back 2 years + ago when I just left it out in the open.

 

You might think yes 20 miles is not alot, but 20 miles here 20 miles there and it adds up over an entire year's average, and for me its really 30 miles not 20 on average.  

 

Its really up to each individual, for me I hate driving on an empty battery, always like to have that option especially on long trips to use in traffic jams and such.

 

-=>Raja.


Edited by rbort, 28 December 2016 - 11:26 AM.









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