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Looking for ideas and examples of HPWC or 240V outlet installed outside on a pole

David29

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Aug 1, 2015
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I am trying to figure out the best way to mount a charging outlet outdoors. This might be a 240V outlet or a Tesla HPWC, not yet decided. Either way, I need to mount it on a pole or similar structure as there is no building close enough. And I need to mount it high enough to be above accumulated snow. So I am thinking about using a 4"x4" pressure treated post set into the ground next to the parking space.

So I am looking for ideas and examples of any other similar installations -- outdoors, away from a building, in the snow belt. I'd probably want to have a locking cover if I use a 240 V outlet. And some people have suggested that I need to put the outlet/HPWC under a protective cover -- some sort of roof or maybe in a box. So I might need to mount a plywood panel or something like that on the pole, to provide enough space for the cover or box.

I've seen some photos of mounting arrangements on building walls, and one in a bollard on the ground. But none yet on a free-standing post.

Commercial chargers can be purchased with a metal stand but they appear to be very costly and might be overkill.

Thoughts? Photos?
Thanks!
 

Cottonwood

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Feb 27, 2009
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Clipper Creek makes a nice pedestal designed for the Tesla HPWC. See Single TESLA® Wall Connector Pedestal

Also, here is a picture of the nice setup that the San Diego Service Center has:

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David29

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Take look at my charging pole installation: Charging

Thanks! That is just about exactly what I was thinking of.
And I found your explanatory notes in the other thread linked above that show that the cap is a solar powered lamp. That is a nice touch! Helps to protect the wood from moisture, too.
Can you give me any further info on the solar lamp cap -- source or a link?
Thanks again!
 
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mrElbe

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Aug 17, 2014
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Thanks! That is just about exactly what I was thinking of.
And I found your explanatory notes in the other thread linked above that show that the cap is a solar powered lamp. That is a nice touch! Helps to protect the wood from moisture, too.
Can you give me any further info on the solar lamp cap -- source or a link?
Thanks again!

Solar lamp cap bought at Home Depot.
 

brucet999

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Mar 12, 2015
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Huntington Beach, CA
I installed this 50A RV outlet at Lake Tahoe on the skirt boards of my front porch. Since it is covered and lockable (lower right corner of cover takes padlock), it should be fine on your post.

GE 50-Amp Temporary RV Power Outlet-U054P - The Home Depot

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In your case, you will need to run wires in water-tight underground conduit to the post. There is a knockout on the bottom and on the back of the box as well as both sides.
 

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