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I love not supercharging!

Discussion in 'Model S' started by alwaysru, Aug 12, 2018.

  1. alwaysru

    alwaysru Supporting Member

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    Got to do my first round-trip from Austin<->Dallas without hitting a supercharger this weekend, and DAMN do I love not having to stop @ an SC. Now, the question may be, how did I do >400 miles without hitting an SC, and the answer is: having a NEMA 14-30 installed at my in-laws house.

    Used to be a ~30-45 min stop in Waco, 2 full days of charging on their 12A 120V socket near the garage, and then, if I decided we actually wanted to go anywhere while up there, a stop at the Cracker Barrel on I35 for a $10 CHadEMO charge to make sure i'd be able to get back to Waco.

    Even with the newer SC installed in Italy, it was always quite a stressful trip due to fear of no charge, but now with a real "high speed" charger installed at the inlaws house - no more fear.

    Charged the car at home to 90%, drove to their place Friday night, charged back to 90% while sleeping, then on Sat we took a trip from their place to Ft Worth, drove all around there all day, got back to the house, charged back up to 100% and drove home this evening. No more early morning breakfast trips to Cracker Barrel (I swear my in-laws probably thought I was addicted to their food) for me!

    Anyhoo - if you have a place you go frequently like your parent's, siblings, or in-laws homes - spend the money (or take the time) to get a real charging receptacle installed. Makes life MUCH better.

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  2. Xd85

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    Agree, "destination" charging makes life so much easier, but why wouldn't you stop for pastries and (free) coffee at waco collin street bakery? :p
     
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  3. alwaysru

    alwaysru Supporting Member

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    I do love those, but I also loved dinner at home tonight instead of a chicken salad sandwich!
     
  4. PeterK

    PeterK Model X & 3 Owner

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    I agree completely. Destination charging is a must. I’m on a company board in NYC and got them to put a NEMA 14-50 in their loading dock so I can plug in during regular trips for board meetings. Also put one in my mother’s lake house and am waiting for my sister to put one in when they renovate their garage. I would love to put one in my mother’s house but the electrical system is so old I’m afraid to touch it, so I’m stuck with 120V.

    It makes a huge difference starting out on a 200+ mile trip with 90% vs 30% or less.
     
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  5. f205v

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    Definetively!
    I installed a charger at my house in the countryside where I usually spend the weekends aways from the city, and it completely changed the way I manage my drives there!
     
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  6. tstafford

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    Yep. Looking forward to getting my 100D. It will give me the range to make it from Nashville to Atlanta w/o having to stop in either Manchester or Chattanooga - only charging at home and at destination. Will be soooo nice.
     
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  7. RScottyL

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    NgdoA1y9-_0BJMiu7Apg3KQ0zlmSzLEgrsi-CC9qn8g.jpg LOL, you almost threw me off when you said Italy, but luckily since I live in Dallas I am familiar with Italy!

    LOL, you do have to admit, Cracker Barrell does have some good breakfast items though!

    I agree! If you can make it where you can spend your time with family, instead of at a charging station, chip in and have a charging station installed at their house! Who knows, they may see how cool it is and end up getting a Tesla anyway!
     
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  8. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

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    It’s even better when you start out at 100%. Don’t be reluctant to charge to 100% for a trip. That’s what it’s there for.
     
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  9. cpa

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    I did a shortish road trip in late June from our house to the extreme northeast corner of California. The entire trip was just around 1,100 miles. I did not avail myself of Supercharging, either, just to see how difficult, time-consuming, and problematic it would be.

    I left home around mid-morning with 95%. I stopped 80 miles away at a Mexican restaurant in Turlock to use their 80A destination charger (I have the old-fashioned dual chargers.) I stopped for a beer and a light lunch. Sixty minutes later, I departed north for Chico. I arrived in Chico in the early evening, and I charged overnight at the hotel to 90%. I boosted the range to 100% in the morning while I got ready to leave.

    I departed for Susanville, and I used the 80A destination chargers at the Red Lion to charge back up to 90%--about two hours. Then it was up US395 through Alturas, then east over SR299 to Cedarville, and another 18 miles north to my destination. The establishment has 80A destination chargers, and I charged overnight. Drove about Modoc County the next day. Charged overnight again, and then topped off to 98% before leaving in the morning.

    I returned home via Nevada highway 447, through Gerlach, Fernley, Silver Springs, Carson City to reach Minden. Minden has a public 80A HPWC. I arrived with about 17%, so I had some time to kill. I walked about for a while. I stopped at a casino to have lunch and invested $100 in the slot machines to return with ~$150. I added a little over 180 miles of range and unplugged. (A little over three hours.)

    Then, it was south on SR88 into California, through Markleeville, across Ebbets Pass, down into the Central Valley and home. I arrived with about 20%.

    While I would not subject my wife or others to these lengthy delays, it was no issue for me. And as long as you plan on doing something during the daytime charging, it really does not feel like wasted time.
     
  10. Canuck

    Canuck Well-Known Member

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    Yes, an install is best to a place you go frequently but another option is to build a lightweight extension cord, that can reach most dryer/range plugs, and remove the pin Tesla doesn't use so it will plug into both a 14-50 and 14-30 outlet, then dial down the amps in the car to meet the amps of the plug. I did that at my cabin for about a year before I installed a HPWC there. I made two 30' extension cords, and 60' plus 20' of UMC reaches a long way and is great for skipping superchargers when travelling. I've even plugged into air conditioner plugs at motels with it and specifically stay at places that allow me to do that if they don't have a destination charger, which many did not, in the past. But now you can find many hotels with them so it doesn't get as much use, unless visiting friends or relatives.
     

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