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Old 07-21-2020, 08:13 PM   #1
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Default Overhead/Retractable Charger

My cart gets parked on the “car and a half” side of my 2.5 car garage. I’d like to overhead mount the charger to eliminate the current charger cable trip hazard. I have a ~15’ ceiling, but the angle hanging the garage door track would make for a convenient mounting point.

Wondering if anyone has done an overhead mount, preferably retractable, setup, and if there were any cost effective solutions. Initial thought would be repurposing a standard cord reel to replace the charger output cord.
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:01 AM   #2
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Default Re: Overhead/Retractable Charger

We were throwing out an older small TV wall mount shelf, prior to flat screens. I decided to mount it on the wood that the garage door track is mounted to. I strapped the charger to it the way the TV was meant to be strapped. The cable does not retract, but I made it so the connector can't touch the floor and break.
Works nicely for us.
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Old 01-14-2021, 06:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: Overhead/Retractable Charger

retractable cord reel is nice for it
I have a couple battery tenders for my seldom used cars on cord reels.
Mount the end high enough so its not in the way when retracted.
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Old 06-07-2021, 11:40 AM   #4
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Default Re: Overhead/Retractable Charger

Get on board mounted charger (summit 2) then just attach an off the shelf retractable reel atleast 14 awg.
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Old 06-11-2021, 08:49 AM   #5
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Default Re: Overhead/Retractable Charger

Hey gator88

Thinking that the dc cablr from charger to cart should not exceed a certain length....But i don't know what that might be..

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happy cartin'
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Old 06-11-2021, 09:25 AM   #6
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Default Re: Overhead/Retractable Charger

This subject was discussed earlier in the thread below.
https://www.buggiesgonewild.com/showthread.php?t=168033
The general consensus was that it may not be a good idea to use a standard duty retractable reel due to heat generation in the enclosed reel. If you want to go this way, you would want to use a heavy duty retractable reel as suggested by the last poster of the above linked thread. I’m not sure if this passes your “cost effective solution” criteria.
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