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Does Models S give an outside indication that car charging is complete?

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by thx1139, May 11, 2015.

  1. thx1139

    thx1139 Member

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    Our Volts have an indicator light that changes when the car is fully charged. Does the Model S do the same?
     
  2. apacheguy

    apacheguy Sig 255, VIN 320

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    Only with a Tesla connector. Push the button on the head of the plug to wake up the charge port light and see if it's flashing or solid green.
     
  3. tga

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    Beware that that temporarily interrupts charging. If you do that on a car that is supercharging, the other car will get priority. D-bags have done this to steal supercharging priority.
     
  4. wycolo

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    If car is locked there is nothing to see or hear or provoke afaik.
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  5. apacheguy

    apacheguy Sig 255, VIN 320

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    Uh-oh. I guess I forgot that you don't need a key to interrupt charging. Tesla should change this.
     
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    Now I know why my charging session was interrupted recently at Gilroy while I was shopping! :cursing: I recommend that that this be corrected!!
     
  7. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Also the slower the flashing the more full the battery. A nearly empty battery flashes very rapidly, and an almost full battery flashes very sloooooowly.....
     
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    Yes, the smartphone app will tell you that and much more...
     
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    Wow I just tested that and yes anyone pressing the button on the handle can interrupt the charging. That's not good. It will start again once you release, but at some public charging stations that could be a problem as they don't restart automatically.
    If you have set the car for scheduled charging it will not restart to charge if the button is pressed in some situations. I really think Tesla should change that! Maybe there is some safety law that requires a method to stop charging even when a car is locked.
     
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    Just wiggling the SpC plug is oftimes enough to stop the charging (weak or dirty contacts).
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    The button is part of the charger and it's the charger that stops the current. The charger doesn't know whether a key is present or not.
     
  12. thx1139

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    We have laminated card(s) we made up for our Volts that says if the light on the dash is blinking green feel free to unplug and use the charger. Since it sounds like there is no equivalent indicator, that wouldnt involve someone potentially stopping our charge, we shouldnt make one for our Tesla.
     

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