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An excellent aid for showing your Tesla... batteries!

Discussion in 'Model S' started by FlasherZ, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    In addition to a stack of brochures or the hand-out cards we've seen here, I recently acquired one more aid to assist in showing the car. I get more questions and requests about the battery than any other topic.

    On Bonnie's suggestion in another thread, I logged into good old eBay and picked up a couple of Panasonic 18650A cells that I keep in the glove box. Then, when I'm asked about the battery, I can show them the off-the-shelf components that go into the battery pack.

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    I've found these two cells to be more practical than any other aid in describing what goes into the car... 7,104 of these cells (85 kWh).
     
  2. carrerascott

    carrerascott FUEL FTR

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    Great idea! How much were they on ebay? Did they come in the "display box"?
     
  3. raptorweb

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    I have a few of these laying around from my laser. I have been meaning to put one in the car to show also when asked.
     
  4. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    I think it was about $15 for both cells, and it came shipped in that box for safety reasons with a big bright red-and-white label on top warning you not to burn, crush, etc. the cells.
     
  5. Tommy

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    For conversational purposes, I like the all metal casing ones without the dire warning label.
     
  6. Laumb

    Laumb smrtass.

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    Awesome idea!
    Thinking og getting a couple myself!

    Link to seller?


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    Tapatalkin' from iTalatut.
     
  7. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    Yes, the Tesla ones are done without the wrappers... But as a safety-first kind of guy, I don't like removing the wrapping from them when they're separate like this. I usually talk about the fusible links connected to each cell that protect them, and the copper ribbon that interconnects them with coolant flowing through it.
     
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    What laser?

    Is it also a flashlight (torch)?
     
  9. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    daveksbasement is the seller.
     
  10. William13

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    I have carried one in my pocket since August, before I got my car. I pull it out at least every other day. My wife just rolls her eyes.
     
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    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

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    I carried a 9V battery in my pocket once, with some pocket change. As a result of the effects, my policy on carrying batteries in pockets changed immediately.
     
  13. vfx

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    It does look pretty ratty in your avatar.
     
  14. Mark Petersen

    Mark Petersen Model S EU P71

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    love the idear with having the battery in you pocket
    and when people ask abut range anxiety, you can always say it is a spare battery :)
     
  15. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    I bought mine at a local electronics store (Fryes for the locals). It was about $10 for one.

    Another good piece of info is to ask kids how far they think that one little battery can move your car. (I'd tell you but I don't do math in public.)
     
  16. carrerascott

    carrerascott FUEL FTR

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    You can PM me the answer please. I don't wanna do the math at all!
     
  17. MikeL

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    How about that color!?! Green in hue, green in use. The ones I saw on a battery distrib website (looking to re battery my son's Zaptruck) were a lovely grey, like a Model S. Wonder if I can get my Model X in psycho-super-green? ML
     
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    carrerascott FUEL FTR

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    At $10 per battery which is pretty much what the price seems to be, we're getting quite a steal for 7,000+ batteries. That's $70,000 right there. The rest of the car is only $20-$30k ;)
     

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