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Charge port LED pixels, off-color

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by scottm, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. scottm

    scottm Active Member

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    #1 scottm, Mar 24, 2017
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    I notice now one of the LED pixels around the charge port is not doing the right color. I think G of the RGB triade is either totally out, or gone marginal / intermittent. Anyway, it's noticeable on most charge port colors that indicate various things. Shows up on the white ring of "open" and the green ring of "charging" but not the blue ring of "I forget what blue means"...

    Not a big deal but minor annoyance, car is off-warranty, super-first-world problem that I don't care much about but would attempt a fix and maybe more eagerly knowing someone else has met with success. My guess is a poor solder joint on one LED chip pin. It's the kind of thing I can fix in my sleep, so long as the design allows for it (not hermetically sealed, openable, etc.).

    I might be motivated to pull the port out next time I'm digging into the car in the vicinity. And it would be helpful to know if anybody has already tried any DIY on the charge port LEDs.

    If anyone *knew* the LED part used in the Tesla port that would be golden, then I'd get some on hand before going in to hot-air the old one off and put a new one down.
     
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    Or... put some black electrical tape over the area that has the bad chip and get used to a partial ring of light.
     
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    Well for now, all I have at work is Scotch tape. I tried it as a temporary band aid on the boo boo
    .. not the same effect as electrical, I know. But the car feels better - we had a talk.
     
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    I am sorry you are having this problem, but if that is the biggest worry you have on your out-of-warranty car, then I'm thrilled!
     
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    #5 scottm, Apr 21, 2017
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    The problem is worsening...

    the single color of a pixel has advanced to whole pixel (all colors)

    and more pixels are now going out... progressing in counter-clockwise from the original burnout

    now maybe 2 or 3 are all-dark

    Here, you can see the charge port ready to accept a charge (blue) and green (charging).. yes, that's what a mobile charge handle should look like after 3 years of daily use.. the polished aluminum idea covering the button was nice looking in the showroom. In real life.. doesn't stand up well. I'm just about ready to cover the handle shiny bits with black vinyl wrap of some sort. Maybe "carbon fiber" look.

    bluering.png greenring.png
     

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