Share your inventive charger mounting solutions

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by Mattsburgh, Apr 7, 2019.

  1. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    Anyone come up with a good way to mount the charger in their garage? I had a Ford C-Max Energi previously and the Ford charger came with a nice spool to hold the cable, and the spool mounted easily on the wall with 4 screws.

    The Hyundai set up doesn't look as mount-ready and I'm not very good at this type of thing, so if you mounted yours on the wall post some pics and help a guy out! I don't drive much (take public transportation) so for now I plan to just go with the level 1 charger at home, since my battery should almost always be full when I take the car out to go somewhere.
     
  2. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    We have a level 2 Charge Point charger that is mounted neatly on the wall and things spool up nicely. We also have a C-Max Energi! I do wish my 2016 Energi had more safety technology and I would be a happy person. We will be trading the Energi in on a Volvo PHEV in the next couple of months so that we have comfort with our dogs for long road trips. I find I am having a hard time adjusting to the Kona EV every time I drive the Energi, I find the Energi has so much more room and comfort. Love the turning radius and sunroof that opens on the Kona and not buying petrol, but I have to say the Energi is nicer in many ways. What are your thoughts in comparing the two cars? Just curious.
     
  3. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    Probably early for me to give a really good comparison. I will say that the Energi is an excellent car - I had zero complaints in the 2 1/2 years I had it. Well... other than I wished it would go farther than 20-25 miles on battery, which is why I decided to move to a full electric. The Energi has great driving position, comfy seats, easy to get in and out of, nice technology, everything works as it is supposed to, etc, etc. It's just a really nice car for around town or long trips. I drove it to SC and back twice this year and it was great.

    I have solar panels on my house and overproduce, so anywhere I drive on battery power is basically free driving for me, so I wanted more than 20 miles. Otherwise I probably would have kept the Energi for like 10 years.

    I haven't driven the Kona enough to really compare. I like how fast it is and it just feels so SOLID. I mean everything seems really tight and well made. I expect to keep this car a very, very long time. So far, I really love it!
     
  4. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    Thanks for replying about your Energi. I thought maybe I was being a sentimental old fool about my Energi. lol I loved the C-Max design from the first regular C-Max hybrid we bought and then switched to the Energi. All the things you say are what I like. We would keep it for road trips to Alaska etc if it had good safety technology which it doesn't so hubby will get a Volvo PHEV for those trips.(If we decide we can afford it and will use it enough to warrant the purchase.)
     
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  5. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    No I think you're right on. I know Ford didn't sell many of them but that is a great freaking car. I assume the hybrid is a good car too - pretty much everything should be the same except the extra battery pack. Anyway, as someone who has had like 5 Hondas, I can honestly say I was impressed by the quality and design of the Ford C-Max. (the name, not so impressive lol )

    But I think / expect to like the Kona even more. Even now I was just planning a weekend trip with some folks and saw it was only like 70 miles away and I thought... piece of cake. I'll have almost 200 miles remaining when we get there. Round trip without charging will be no problem at all. Yeah, I'm going to love this car.
     
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  6. Devhead

    Devhead New Member

    I bought a Juice Box Pro 40 for $499 at Costco. I added a mounting board that is bolted into the studs.
    I went to the garden section of the local Home Depot and bought a metal hose holder. See picture.
     

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  7. CJC

    CJC Well-Known Member

    Clever!
     
  8. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    Nice! I like it, thanks for posting
     
  9. Devhead

    Devhead New Member

    you are welcome. 2 goals/observations, the entire unit with cable weighs 18 pounds, most of this weight is in the cable. I wanted to reduce the strain of the weight of the cable off of the main unit where it attaches on the bottom. The hose reel is also bolted into a stud. it may not look pretty but it is secure and off the floor.
     
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  10. Dag Lindquist

    Dag Lindquist New Member

    New to EVs, after I got my Kona Electric 2 weeks ago, I quickly realized the included trickle charger wasn't going to cut it. I park outside so needed the charger out there too. I liked the 30A Siemens Versicharge; weather proof and integrates nicely on top of the 6-50 outlet I installed on the front of my garage. $455 on Amazon plus $100 of bits to run a 40A line from the service panel.
     

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