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Battery charging for Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by mmvasu, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. mmvasu

    mmvasu New Member

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    I am going away for a trip for three weeks out of country. Should i keep my Model S plugged in while i am gone for this long? I have a printed tag which Tesla showroom had given me over a year back which says that i should have my Tesla plugged in all time when not in use and at home. I don't feel comfortable keeping it plugged in for three weeks.

    Any tips are welcome and appreciated.
     
  2. N..8

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    I go away on trips for a week or two at a time and I leave my car always plugged in, no issues so far.
     
  3. LMichel

    LMichel Member

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    I was in Florida for three months and left my Model S plugged in back at home in NY.
    I used the app to manually charge the car an hour or two every couple weeks when a few percent drained off. I also set the charge level to about 50% and the charging amps to 16.
    Worked like a charm :)
     
  4. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

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    PLUG IT IN. What are you uncomfortable about? Wouldn’t you be more uncomfortable with a dead battery?

    Doesn’t anyone RTFM any more?
     
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  6. Rocky_H

    Rocky_H Active Member

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    I really don't get this at all either, @TexasEV. They gave you a tag that says to leave it plugged in. The manual says to leave it plugged in. But they're "uncomfortable" doing what the manufacturer recommends for their product?
     
  7. Doanster1

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    It’s the same mental fear of leaving your space heater plugged in for three weeks while you’re away. :p First time fear...
    Same thing with people worried about vampire drain at the airport. Worried so much that they check on the car every 2hrs with the app and not let it sleep/hibernate while they’re away.
     
  8. pan

    pan Member

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    For three years with my first Tesla (P85D) I would come home plug it in. Anytime the car is in the garage its plugged in. We have gone on numerous trips of two to three weeks and always left the car plugged in charging at the normal rate of 90%. By the time I traded the car in for a 100D it had three years and 42,000 miles without any apparent battery degradation. You really don't need to baby the car.
     
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  9. henderrj

    henderrj Member

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    I agree with @pan. We charge to 100% 2 or 3 times a week, and super charge four or five times a week. I've got 90000 miles on a December 2014 85. We still hundred percent charge to 258 or even 260 (rated range).
     
  10. mmvasu

    mmvasu New Member

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    Thank you all!
    I don't have any more fear or discomfort!
     
  11. Fiver

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    I would leave it plugged in, but set the charge limit to 50-60% if it's going to be sitting around for a few weeks.
     

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