Charger Cable managment

Charger Cable managment


Has anyone got a good review or ideas on charging cable management?
Ideas I'm hoping for are bungy cables that can pop down from the garage ceiling? Or bungy / retacting cables that wont get wet when installed outside on a exterior NEMA 14-50 box. Any good solutions out there? or do i have to cobble something up?

Drop down cables, next to the charging port might be ideal.. anyone?

Tesla, how about charging ports on both sides? Sometimes i get into tangles.. and would like to not have to run cables around the car...
Thanks Dawn

David Trushin | 17 mars 2013

I just bought a hose caddy at Lowe's for under $5 and mounted it above my 14-50 wall connector (which is on the wall (post?) between the two doors of my garagae). With the car parked in the correct stall, I use about 3-4 ft of cable to get to the charge port. I take it out and it conveniently stores on the caddy. Only issue is that I have to walk around the car to exit. But I use that opportunity to admire the car.

diegoPasadena | 17 mars 2013

I did exactly what you mentioned: I had the NEMA14-50 receptacle installed at the top of the garage, next to the garage door opener. I put a couple of zip ties on the charger cable and attached bungy cords.
Pictures of the inside of ones garage are ugly, but, hey - we're all family here, right?

diegoPasadena | 17 mars 2013

Oops no pictures? What happened?

diegoPasadena | 17 mars 2013

Ah there:

shop | 17 mars 2013

Just move the nema 14-50 receptacle to close to the correct side of the car...

pencil2man | 10 avril 2013

if you tell me how to get a picture to display in a reply, i can show you how i did my charger. neat installation.

Brian H | 11 avril 2013

Host the pix on the web (imageshack, tinypic, etc.)
Grab the photo URLs.
Use the following HTML:

<img src="URL" width="600">

Brian H | 11 avril 2013

typo: @pencilman;

PS, include the quote marks as given.

pencil2man | 11 avril 2013

2 hangers from homedepot. 1 to hold the charger so that there is no tension on the charger/plug. the 2nd holds the car charger which plugs in. cable management such that when the cord is plugged into the car, the cord is at floor level and not a tripping point. It works very well.

pencil2man | 11 avril 2013

wrong picture try this. how do i delete the incorrect one?

pencil2man | 11 avril 2013
Noah.S | 11 avril 2013

As much as I don't want to derail the thread, I'd be very interested in knowing the story behind the first picture, and the 'Evil Dog house' :)

ian | 11 avril 2013

+1 Noah.S

shop | 12 avril 2013

FWIW, here's my setup. I had the electrician pull a 20A 120V circuit for all the electric scooters and motorcycles we have as well.

nickjhowe | 12 avril 2013

Here's mine:

reitmanr | 12 avril 2013

I have carried the cable with me in the trunk just in case. Without it how would you recharge? Overly cautious?

Roamer@AZ USA | 12 avril 2013

Been charging two Leafs in my garage since 2011. The concept of charge cords was a big deal in the beginning and now we just plug them in and unplug without much thought. We just drape the cord over the blink cord reel and never waste time coiling and storing. We plug in and out to often to worry about it.

It gets to be a simple habit very quickly. Some days we may plug in 3 or four times on each car depending on how busy the day is.

Still easier than going to the gas station and standing outside breathing fumes for 10 or 15 minutes.

rebeccap88 | 12 avril 2013

@pencil2man and @nickjhowe: Where did you buy your hooks from?

markapeterman | 12 avril 2013


J1772 has its own cable - you only need the adapter. The charge cable is only helpful for 110V(too slow to be much use) or 14-50 outlets (rare around town) - so I never take it out of the garage. I probably would bring it along if I was going out of town though.

nickjhowe | 12 avril 2013

Home depot. $5 or thereabouts.

rebeccap88 | 12 avril 2013

Thanks! I like how they keep the cable storage simple and neat.

Brian H | 12 avril 2013

with the MS' 2X+ greater range, do you anticipate less frequent plugging and coiling?

atlg8or | 12 avril 2013

Does anyone know the exact length of the Universal Mobile Connector? I've seen 18 ft. in various places, but this document (link below) indicates it is 20 ft. Can someone who already has ownership please measure when convenient? Trying to ensure our NEMA 14/50 is in position to allow enough length - 2 extra feet will make it a more comfortable run... Thanks!

BYT | 12 avril 2013

I bought a hook and placed it in my garage, works great for me and took 30 seconds to install. I'll try to remember to take a photo of it.

riceuguy | 12 avril 2013

@atlg8or, it is 20 feet, but only about 18 feet of that is "usable" (you lose some usable length from the way the cord and the plug meet, and you lose a little more because the charger end has to be in the right position/rotation, so in all you lose 2 useful feet. Basically if you assume you've got 18 useful feet to work with, it's a safer bet. A number of threads discuss using RV extension cords from Amazon successfully.

atlg8or | 12 avril 2013

Great, thank you @riceuguy! That is very helpful and I think we'll be fine with where we installed our outlet. Now I'm just looking for things to keep me busy while I wait on our Red S... :)

bobgriswold | 27 avril 2013

Here is my setup. I didn't want the charging cord to touch the floor of my garage - I've gotten my work clothes dirty too many times unhooking my car in the morning, so I decided I needed a system that would keep the cord off the ground entirely - even when it is charging.

I stretched a cable across my garage and rigged pulleys and chain to suspend my charging cable. It's slightly angled down toward the front of my car, so when I'm not charging, the pulleys wind the charging cord up and out of the way.

hpatelmd | 27 avril 2013

Here's my set up, a variation on nickjhowe's arrangement.


hpatelmd | 27 avril 2013

Ok, here's another attempt...


hpatelmd | 27 avril 2013

Ok, I give up :(

Brian H | 27 avril 2013

That's BB Code, not HTML. Use this:
<img src="URL" width="600">

nickjhowe | 27 avril 2013

Looks like you charge your MS in the house! :-)

hpatelmd | 27 avril 2013

Thanks Brian H. Where in this: [IMG][/IMG]
does the part go? Pardon my ignorance, I'm a relative newbie in this area.
Lol, Nickjhowe, our garage has some beadboard, makes it look like indoors. Also, we had painted the concrete floors in the garage, this leads to significantly less dust/dirt.

negarholger | 27 avril 2013

Looks like the master bedroom... way to go you are dedicated.

Robert22 | 27 avril 2013

Is there a name for those orange hooks? Better yet, what department at Home Depot. Those look like they'd work well for the HPWC too.

nickjhowe | 27 avril 2013

@Robert22 - I've looked for them on their website and never found them. They are in my local store with the other garage organizer stuff.

Robert22 | 27 avril 2013

Much obliged Nick. That should save me some time.

Brian H | 27 avril 2013

hp; in this case, where it says URL put in All the quote marks are necessary.

bsimoes | 28 avril 2013

Beautiful setups! I had the electrician set a 4x4 post outside beside the driveway, and on it, I asked him to put both a 110 and a 220/NEMA 14/50 outdoor outlet. Above those, I hung a very simple metal hose hanger. He was concerned about leaving it plugged in, but I was originally told that that was fine. After hearing his concern, I called Tesla ownership and asked. I was told that, in fact, I shouldn't leave the connector plugged in outside, even if the plug-in part is hanging down. The fella said that it is not considered water-proof, and it's not recommended that we leave the cord plugged in outside. Was anyone else under the impression that it was okay, if not even better, to leave the plug plugged in, rather than plugging and unplugging daily? The electrician tested the car plug-in end because he was concerned about someone getting zapped. It didn't register any electricity even though the plug part was plugged in to the 220.

hpatelmd | 28 avril 2013

Thanks again Brian H | 28 avril 2013

I was also under the impression the cord and module is is waterproof.

What is a concern is the plug connection to an outlet. While there are water-resistant outlet covers - most don't protect the outlet when it's in use (i.e. something plugged in) from water.

I have some 120VAC exterior boxes that have a large clear plastic cover that allows it to remain water-resistant even with a plug attached. These are not large enough to handle the Tesla plug, which is far larger than most plugs. Perhaps something like it exists for your 240 V connection, but I doubt it would be large enough to handle the Tesla plug.

So the issue is not so much the Tesla cord and connection to the Tesla car, but the connection to your outlet and how to make that water resistant.

rebeccap88 | 28 avril 2013

To anyone wondering about the orange hooks, I found them here on Home Depot's site, under Storage and Organization:

Robert22 | 28 avril 2013

Thanks Rebecca. The orange caps should also help to keep unwary humans from receiving nasty flesh wounds. I'll be installing mine in a condo garage (high density of unwary humans).

nickjhowe | 28 avril 2013

@rebeccap88 +1. Pity they are out of stock online.

zero mpg | 28 avril 2013

I went the ceiling route last October with N6-50 and kept everything the same after swapping in the hpwc. You can see a quick video here Also installed an electrical meter when installing the hpwc - wish i would have done that day 1 but that is a story for another time ... where you place the hooks and holder is *important* to keep things above head height, allow car door clearance, allow garage door clearance, and ensure the suv that parks next you doesn't cause any unwanted issues.

sagebrushnw | 28 avril 2013

@ zero mpg

A great set up! What type of clamp did you use on the vertical pipe hanging down from the ceiling to hold the charger end of the cable?

bsimoes | 29 avril 2013

TeslaTap, I need to ask someone else at Tesla, but the message was (at least before I purchased the car) that we were to keep the car plugged in, that it was fine to keep the car outside....My conclusion was that one could keep the car plugged in outside. Now that I have the car, and I don't have a garage, nor will I be able to, this news was a little disheartening.

Dwdnjck@ca | 29 avril 2013

I was thinking of getting an old looking gas pump and routing the charging cables through it. However, it would require making my garage look a lot nicer and keeping it clean. Not worth it.

zero mpg | 29 avril 2013

Thanks - the clamp is a broom clip and it fits the UMC cable perfect. The HPWC cable fits ok and I have been planning to make something that fits better and covers the end, but finding time has been a challenge.