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Here's a cheap, all-weather outdoor home charging station

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#1 OFFLINE   GTIguy

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Posted 20 November 2018 - 07:32 PM

If anybody's looking for a handy way to stow their convenience charger between uses, here's my solution. I bought a plastic electrical junction box and used a steel L-bracket to hang it from the exterior wall, next to the sliding window where I access the indoor wall plug. A common Y-bracket finishes it off. The box is hung from the bracket with the open end down. The charger hangs from the Y-bracket, remaining under the box for weather protection. 

 

It only takes a second to hang up the cord now. Best of all, the three parts cost me under $20! Has anybody found a better solution for an outdoor parking space?

 

 

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#2 OFFLINE   MaxLB

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 04:30 PM

In my experience the plug needs no protection, but of course it doesn't snow here.



#3 OFFLINE   GTIguy

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 12:19 AM

Without the box, rain or snow would pour right down the electrical connection sockets. I can't imagine that would be a good idea.

 

Who else charges outdoors? What's your storage solution?



#4 OFFLINE   SELT

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 10:43 AM

If anybody's looking for a handy way to stow their convenience charger between uses, here's my solution. I bought a plastic electrical junction box and used a steel L-bracket to hang it from the exterior wall, next to the sliding window where I access the indoor wall plug. A common Y-bracket finishes it off. The box is hung from the bracket with the open end down. The charger hangs from the Y-bracket, remaining under the box for weather protection. 

 

It only takes a second to hang up the cord now. Best of all, the three parts cost me under $20! Has anybody found a better solution for an outdoor parking space?

 

Great idea!!! Thanks for the share =)



#5 OFFLINE   Billyk24

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 02:53 PM

Would another option be to install an outdoor 20amp GIF outlet near where the vehicle sits?  that way no cold weather is going to leak thru the sliding windows.



#6 OFFLINE   GTIguy

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Posted 22 November 2018 - 06:06 PM

Good point, but very little draft passes through the window when I close the cellular window shades behind it. Adding an outdoor outlet is a more elegant solution, but I'd want to make it a 240V outlet, and that would cost over $500. I have no need for faster charging. I don't expect to live here too many years, either. That system would probably include a weatherproof cord hanger, so you wouldn't need this.

 

This is just my minimum-cost solution, nothing ideal. But it might be the only one I'll ever need.


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