I just bought the $750 adapter. I'm planning on using this to secure the cable to the tire while charging.
Nothing that a pair of sharp tin snips couldn't make like work of (unfortunately).
A shame Tesla couldn't mold an eye into the female J1772 housing so that you could use a bike lock or something like that to loop around a spoke of the rear wheel.
I'm not that worried about vandalism/theft. Unless the thread is buried somewhere, I haven't heard much about theft of cables for the copper from existing HPC chargers or vandalism. (Well, no more worried about it than I am about my car being keyed.) I'm just glad to have an adapter on the way, so I won't have to worry if a known HPC adapter has been changed to J1772.
I have yet to come across a J1772 charger (I'm not exactly seeking them out...). I know a few people who are about to take delivery of LEAFs so I will probably do my first test at their place rather than a public charger... I will insert a thermocouple inside the adapter and keep an eye on temperature during the first test.
With the Roadster's range, I have yet to need a public charger. I think I will keep my TM socket in the car as it may become a "collector's item"
Do you recon if Amphenol were asked, they could make an adapter in the length of the existing plug body, maybe less?
Early on, the rumor was that the Tesla adapter would be something like what dwegmull crafted. I'm assuming they had a good reason to not go that route since it would have been much nicer in several ways. Perhaps it's because of the leverage on the inlet mounting cup, or maybe it was a cost thing.
I brought up the adapter theft issue with Tesla in September, 2010. I know other owners brought it up as well. I was told Tesla doesn't think it's a concern. Their design indicates they don't think it's enough of a concern to do anything about it.
Obviously no one is going to steal one of these adapters to use it or sell it to a Roadster owner. Someone might steal it as a prank, or maybe for the copper. There have been a number of thefts of charger cords in California, presumably for the copper. At less than $3 per pound, the value of the copper in Tesla's adapter can't be much. It's probably not a big deal, but I'd rather not have to even think about having an adapter stolen.
Nov 30 2006 to Jun 5 2009 - A long wait for an awesome ride.
It has always seemed to me that it would be rather easy to design a hinged sleeve that would have a small block mounted on the inner surface. The block would fit into the thumb switch slide area to prevent it from being slid back thus preventing removal of the connector from the vehicle or even just curious fingers from canceling your charge. The closure of the sleeve would just need tabs with holes for a small padlock.
Any interested designers?
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