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6-15 Adaptor not charging.

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by bart513, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. bart513

    bart513 Member

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    Shows up on the VDS as "Charging Problem."
    ID: 981 Data: 0x00010000

    Idk if the adapter is faulty?

    Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jaanton

    jaanton Roadster NA #1026

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    Wow. Is this a 6-15 UMC adaptor recently purchased from Tesla? That's a pretty rare thing.
    A 6-15 is 240v 15A. Do you mean the 'spare' connector instead? Can you post a photo?
    Do you mean a 5-15, i.e. 110v 15A?
    If you do mean a 6-15 I would check the voltage of the outlet. I know that if the UMC sees 110v instead of 240v, the hot and neutral conductors have to be wired right or you get a strange error. I'm thinking your 6-15 outlet might be wrongly wired to be 110v.
     
  3. bart513

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    I'll post a pic later. This is not the "spare connector" but rather a 6-15 pigtail. I used it last year on the same outlet which is only a 110v/15A without a problem. Old building that I work in so no 220v for me:(
     
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    Try also a different adapter like a 5-15 (120 V/15 A) with a compatible outlet and see if that works. If not, try a different outlet. If it does work, then as suggested earlier, consider checking all wiring. If not, it may be something that Tesla should look at.
     
  5. deonb

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    You seriously have a 6-15 outlet hooked up to 110V? (Why??)

    Why not just replace the outlet with a 5-15?
     
  6. bart513

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    I'm pretty sure it's a 6-15 versus a 5-15. I work at an old building and that is all they would offer me. 15Amps! Good news is at the B and B where I stay 2 nights a week they put in a NEMA 14-50:)
     
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    NEMA connector - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    A NEMA 5-15 is your typical grounded outlet 15A 120 (110) outlet with two flat vertical slats (one taller than the other) and a circular ground beneath. I'd venture to say these are the most common outlets in the US and are what you would use with the 120 (110) mobile charger (yellow). A 6-15 is supposed to be a 240 (220) outlet with two flat horizontal slats and a circular ground beneath. Since both are 3 wire outlets, you could wire a 6-15 receptical on a 120 (110) circuit, but that would generally be dangerous unless specially labeled and would not be to code. I would imagine that a 240 (220) mobile charger would complain if you plugged a 6-15 into a 120 (110) circuit. I'm guessing it might also complain if the ground was not connected.

    I'm not an electrician so there could certainly be some special application of which I'm not aware.
     
  8. DavidB

    DavidB Aug 2013 S85

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    #8 DavidB, Apr 29, 2015
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    Do you have a receptacle tester? Such as:
    http://www.transcat.com/ideal-industries-61-501-61-501

    Test the outlet. If you are using an extension cord, test the cord. Years ago I found that an extension cord I just purchased had the hot and the return wires switched. Simple devices might not notice that error, but the Tesla will!

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    Sorry--my brain was not working. It just registered that you are stating this is a 6-15 pigtail outlet which is only a 110v/15A, and not the 5-15 outlet. Here is a chart of the NEMA outlets that you might find:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0d/NEMA_simplified_pins.svg/1036px-NEMA_simplified_pins.svg.png

    If it truly is a 6-15 outlet, I don't think Tesla makes any compatible adapters. However, you could make your own adapter. Just be careful, and always test receptacles before using non-standard adapters.
     
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    Don't do it. If you have a 6-15 outlet that's wired up to 110V, get rid of it immediately. Will set you back a whole 68 cents to replace it with the right thing.
     
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    Agreed--IF you own the outlet! I wouldn't swap out an outlet that doesn't belong to me.
     
  12. bart513

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    I'll try it over the weekend in a different outlet and see if it works or not.
     

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