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Retractable cord reel for the Model S?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by Francis Lau, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. ckessel

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    With my car likely arriving within a month, I'm back to looking at this. Did you finish the retractable reel setup? How is it working?
     
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    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    Car (theoretically) will be here next weekend (Dec 8) and then I will install the retractable hose spring. Hang tight, it is a' coming ....

    It will be on my "story" thread in my signature line.
     
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    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    Dude - chillax! (my daughter taught me that one) - Can't hang the cord til I get the cord.

    Sheesh !!!

    :cool:
     
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    Excuses! Excuses!! :D
     
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    Would someone be willing to go weigh their cord? I want to install the tool balancer this week (car hopefully coming by this weekend), but I don't know how much it weighs so I'm not sure which tool balancer to get.
     
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    I can do it tomorrow. How do you want me to weight it? The entire cable and plugs?
     
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    I'm sorry, I should have posted that a fellow TMCer PM'd me the answer. It's about 7 pounds, which was as ballpark as I needed to buy the right tool balancer.

    FWIW, I couldn't find one locally (looked at Lowe's and Home Depot), so I ended up ordering online.
     
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    THANK YOU!! I have been looking for a while for a pull-down locking spring system, but didn't know what it was called! YESSS
    I am looking to do the same thing - hang the cord from the ceiling and pull it down when needed...
     
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    No problem, do you mind sharing what you ordered? Also, please share photos after installation since I want to do the same.
     
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    Sure. It's at home, so I'll have to look, but basically it's a 4.5-8 lb tool balancer. Once I have my car and I have the balancer set up, I'll post a picture. Hopefully a week or so from now.
     
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    sublimaze1 8Dec2012 / Leeroy Jenkins

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    Here's that thread (forgot I had posted).

    I used this reel:

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    but it turned out not to have ample weight utility and the hose - er, cord - simply drifted to the floor. So I will be interested to see what others have accomplished.

    I am simply using a hood and draping the cord for now.
     
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    What was the rated weight for that one?
     
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    #34 ckessel, Dec 30, 2012
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    Here's what I ended up doing. The plug is in the ceiling, the tool balancer is near the charge port, and a simple hook is between them to keep the cord from dangling too far as it spans from the plug to the tool balancer. The tool balancer then retracts after I unplug it and mostly keeps it out of the way, but it still hangs down to about the 5' mark simply because the ceiling is only 7.5 or 8 feet high.
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    Well done! :)
     
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    I have a loft directly over where the car will be parked. A tool balancer would make charging a snap. I'm definitely going to look into this.
     

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