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Charging at Airport long term parking - best practice?

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by xkwizit, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. xkwizit

    xkwizit Member

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    When you go on a vacation and park your car at airport long term parking for 3-10 days, assuming there is a charger available, would you park at the charger or normal parking stall?
     
  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    1. Best practice is to find a 110V and plug it in. No one is inconvenienced and charge level is, at a minimum, maintained.

    2. 3-10 days is really nothing unless you're low on charge. Also if it's very cold the car will wake up periodically to warm the battery.

    3. A number of EVSEs charge by the hour whether they are suppling electricity or not. This can get expensive.

    4. Be sure power saving (sleep mode) is enabled.
     
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  3. BertL

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    Right, as @jerry33 suggests, unless you can find a 110V, park in a normal stall. That's too long to hog a true charging station and not really be using it. Check a number of other threads on best practices with energy savings (ON) settings and "always connected" (checked) to reduce daily vampire drain (that combo only drains 2-3 mi/day in my S90D) and you should be fine for many days depending of course on the remaining charge you started with. ;)
     
  4. LoL Rick

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    At the Tampa airport these are dedicated EV spots with both 120V outlets and J1772 charging stations. But there are 2 parking spots for every 1 charging station. So I park in one of the spots and plug in to 120V, leaving the higher power station free for the other spot. I set the car to maintain 50% charge. The day before returning home I use the mobile app to bump it back up to 90% and it's ready when I get there.
     
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  5. Shaggy

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    For example at the Austin, TX airport, they put in 10 x L1 chargers. I've not used them, but I hope they are 2 spots per charger so when you leave you can connect another car...
     
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    Valet parking spot in at Aladdin Parking in San Diego will charge your car and then park it. They also have charging in self park stalls.
     
  7. Jason S

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    I've parked for 4 days at the airport and returned to find not much energy lost. No big deal.
     
  8. TexasEV

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    It depends on how far you need to drive to get to the airport whether it's a big deal or not. If someone's airport is 100 miles away they would like to be able to plug in while parked there.
     

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