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Access with Energy Saving On

Discussion in 'Model S: User Interface' started by Boatguy, Nov 3, 2016.

  1. Boatguy

    Boatguy Member

    Apr 3, 2014
    SF Bay Area
    I'm planning a road trip this winter where I'll be visiting friends in some areas with fewer chargers and would like to reduce my vampire loss. But I want to be sure that I can still access my MS from my iPhone (assuming there is AT&T service) if needed for some reason. I've checked the manual, and it seems ambiguous.

    If I max out energy saving by turning Energy Saving ON and uncheck the Always Connected box, can I still access the car with my iPhone? Has anyone done this in the wild? Is it just slower?

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.
  2. BertL

    BertL Active Member

    Aug 19, 2015
    Carlsbad, CA
    You could do that. Responsiveness via the Tesla App will just be much slower... sometimes seconds, but possibly minutes before it wakes up.

    My suggestion is to keep Energy Savings ON, but Always Connected Checked. I went through the 4 variations on separate days last Fall, and "the cost" of Always Connected on was between 0-2 rated range miles of vampire loss per day on my S90D, and I had near immediate access via my Tesla App if I wanted it. (Energy Savings OFF cost another 6-8 miles/day. ...and before someone jumps in, yes there is variability in those ranges... some real, some I suspect are simple rounding errors as only integers are displayed on the IC, and it's what I used for measuring in my more naive early ownership days.)
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