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Need ideas for classy & secure outdoor wall charger install

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by KHult, May 17, 2016.

  1. KHult

    KHult New Member

    May 10, 2016
    Los Angeles
    I have a Model X 75D on the way and will be charging it outside, in the front yard driveway. I'm looking for ideas for a good looking, unobtrusive, and mildly secure way to mount the wall charger outside.

    The best looking I've found so far is this nice one at the Wausau, WI Courtyard Marriott Hotel.


    I really like this one and think something nearly identical in black or bronze powder coat (I suppose to match the cap of the one in the picture) would look great in the front yard. This will be on the border of the lawn/planter in the garden and I want it to look understated and classy.

    I'm trying to get a hold of the construction company in Wausau that did the install (at least according to a news article I found about it - apparently it was newsworthy since it was the first destination install in North Central Wisconsin). With any luck it's not a bespoke piece and I can have one shipped out.

    But it probably is and it's not going to be that easy. ClipperCreek makes a parking lot pedestal for $660 that would work but looks slightly more industrial.

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    I'm a handy guy and thinking about the ease of buying an aluminum 4 x 4 post and a cap and piecing it all together and setting it in concrete with conduit coming up the middle. Shouldn't be difficult, right? Certainly cheaper than $660 to cobble it together.

    The other issue is security. I live in a safe neighborhood but there's always the risk of theft no matter where I put it - front yard or back. I have security cameras on the yard and am considering different options to prevent the wall connector from walking away. Looking at the installation manual, my options might include Loctite vs security Torx screws to affix the wall connector to the mounting bracket. I don't want to hide the wall connector in a bulky box with a padlock if I can avoid it.

    Does anyone else have a good looking post-mounted HPWC / wall connector that they'd like to show off to give me great ideas for my front yard?

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