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Hi All,

My tethered cable has become damaged, and I'm looking at options for replacement. So far my brainstorming has come up with the following options:

- Just replace the cable with a like for like replacement

- Get a wall mounted Type 2 socket wired in, effectively converting it to an untethered charger (then get an Ohme cable or regular T2-T1 cable)

- I've asked Ohme if they'll do a bare end cable for replacing a tethered. Failing that, could I just remove the Type 2 plug? I can't see why not

- Replace the whole PodPoint unit with a 32A Commando and get the Commando Ohme cable? Seems like a waste of a perfectly good PodPoint unit, and does tie me into Ohme somewhat

Any thoughts and opinions? Any glaring problems with any of those?
You need a blue replacement, they are more breakproof than regular black ones ( just kidding)馃榾
 

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Just done a quick search and was surprised, that considering there's only one plug on the end, they cost roughly the same as untethered. Best I could find was this one:


With VAT included it's 拢90. I thought it would be much cheaper.
That's the lowest cost and least labour solution to the damaged cable problem.
 

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Hey everyone,

Thanks for all the replies. I've decided not to rush ahead with the Ohme cable just because it's on offer. Octopus have pushed back my smart meter install again, so I'm not going to be on Agile anywhen soon anyway.

I knew that one day I'd have to replace the tethered cable, but I was hoping it would be a Type 1 -> Type 2 conversion rather than from damage.

The initial damage was from something (Rat / Mouse / Hedgehog etc), chewing the cable right through to exposing one of the copper cores. I initially covered it in duct tape just to make it a bit safer even though I wasn't planning on using it.... and it has now been chewed again. Twice.

So I need to solve the chewing issue before I do anything else. Luckily these days, and especially now I'm in Tier 4, I'm rarely using the car more than once every 2-3 days and even then the trips are usually no more than 10-15 miles for shopping etc. Until I can solve the chewing issue, I'm just going to use the granny charger during daylight hours to keep it topped up. I don't actually need too long a lead, so I might investigate cutting the lead shorted and re-attaching the plug.... but again, until I can find a way to either get some poison down or keep the lead off the floor, it's not worth putting the effort in going any further, just to end up back at square one.
You are probably a good case for a non tethered charger, keeping your lead in the garage.
 

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OK, after naively overlooking the fact I need a hydraulic crimping tool to attach a plug, I've abandoned the current cable in it's entirety

The good news is that I managed to get a 5m, Type1 tethered cable second hand for 拢35 from ebay.



Unfortunately due to the odd shape of my house and placement of the garage door, there's no room on the outside for the EVSE. The PodPoint unit is inside the garage, so I went with tethered, and tucked the cable into a notch in the garage door frame (see pictured). If I had an untethered unit, I would still have to have it go under the garage door, and still probably be chewed. (see pic)

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I think what I'm going to do, is drill a hole in the garage door frame much higher, poke the new cable through there, and have it hang a bit like a petrol hose (if that makes sense)
Or cure your rodent infestation馃榿
 
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