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Charging in the Rain?

Discussion in 'Model S' started by T3slaTeen, Feb 17, 2016.

  1. T3slaTeen

    T3slaTeen Member

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    Living in the Weatherly Bi-Polar New England, something that has always truck my mind when planning for my Tesla order is charging in the rain. I currently down have a garage as I live in a duplex. I wanted to see what some of you guys do for charging outdoors? Is the Mobile Connector water proof? The Wall connector? Also, does anyone use solar specifically to charge their Tesla?

    Thanks! :)
     
  2. FlasherZ

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

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    The mobile connector and wall connector are both rated for wet use (NEMA 3R enclosures).

    There are several threads detailing various solar PV systems used to charge our cars. I have an 18 kW system up on the roof that offsets about half my electricity usage.
     
  3. KenN

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    I live in Vancouver and park outdoors. If I couldn't charge in the rain then I'd be unable to charge all winter!

    Two winters of charging in the rain and I haven't been electrocuted yet!!
     
  4. T3slaTeen

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    Thank you!
     
  5. Eclectic

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    We have a vacation house on the coast and have been charging our cars there for several years There's no garage and the plug is just in the front of the house, unprotected from the elements. It rains a lot (for California) and there's a lot of moisture in the air most of the time, from fog and the ocean. Never had a problem.
     
  6. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    You'll be good!
     
  7. McHoffa

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    There is this in the Mobile Connector User Guide

    https://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/ms_mobile_connector_guide.pdf

    So I guess that means that when the rain lasts for hours or days non stop, you're out of luck if you don't have a garage? This is something I will have to overcome before I get my Tesla.
     
  8. FlasherZ

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    Basically, don't immerse it in a pool and you're ok. It would be classified as a NEMA 3R enclosure - suitable for wet locations.
     
  9. Bimbels

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    #9 Bimbels, Feb 18, 2016
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    We don't have a garage - only single parking space. We installed our outlet in a weatherproof, lockable box on the outside of our shed, which is the upper boundary of our spot. Living in NE in a very tight neighborhood, there is no place to put snow when it dumps - it ends up in a mountain at the head of our parking spot. So for this reason we mounted the box about 4.5 feet high. It's worked out great so far. Can post pics if anyone needs.

    But to answer you question - not an issue. Superchargers are in the rain. ;)
     
  10. brkaus

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    Good advice: do not plug in if the electrical outlet is submerged in water.

    Seriously, they have to mention that? Sign of the times...
     
  11. David29

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    As someone also in New England and planning to install a charger outdoors soon (I hope), I would be very interested in seeing some photos of your charger installation. Thanks in advance!
     
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    #12 Bimbels, Feb 18, 2016
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    Hey David - This is our setup. (Sorry about the fresh clam shells waiting to be crushed. Dinner last week. ;) ) For us, mounting on the shed made the most sense since we wanted it to be high up because of snow, and mounting on house would have meant stepping over the cord whenever we were charging to go inside. Plus this was the neatest way to wire it and not have it look like crap.
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    Husband dug a trench through the driveway and ran the wire from the house to the inside of the shed. Then mounted box/fed wire. The box is an outdoor electrical box - he had to order online. Can get details if you need.
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    Then installed outlet (on right side since I'm a lefty.) He cut a trench for the cord to go into and lined the trench with that black stuff (sorry for the technical explanation. ha) to protect the cord. I don't know what it is (I could ask) but he got the idea from a friend who restores antique cars and had it in his shop for that purpose. It is soft, a little spongey, and pliable so was easy to install.
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    Hope that helps!
     
  13. T3slaTeen

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    This actually helps a lot! Thank you!!
     
  14. jerry33

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

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    Looks good but I'd recommend getting a bracket so that it doesn't hang from the plug.
     
  15. MP3Mike

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    Or even set it inside the box.
     
  16. Bimbels

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    Can you guys describe (or link) what type of bracket you're talking about? Nothing feels like it could do damage but maybe there is something we didn't consider?
     
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    NEMA Charger.jpg NEMA 14-50.Charging during a snow storm. No issues.
     
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    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    This is one.
     
  19. Bimbels

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    Thanks, Jerry. Just did some searching and I see some people use various types of brackets - is this mainly for aesthetics? Or is there concern damage could be done without support? It certainly feels sturdy enough but maybe there have been issues?
     
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    There's a general consensus that the weight of the charger is hard on the plug end of the cable. Some have found that the connection between the cable end and the interchangeable adapter starts to get a bit wiggly over time.
     

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