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Is 72w worth waiting?

Is using a 72w supercharger worth using if it's more on your route? It be obvious to use a 150w or 250w supercharger if it's on your way, but if you had to go slightly outta your way for the benefit of faster charging, how far should you travel outta the way to use a faster supercharger over a 72w?

I think the 72w is kind of worth using if you plan on leaving your car parked for a while. I only used it today, I think it took 25-40 min to get from 6% to 55%. I think it take a while if I'm literally waiting in the car doing nothing. Do you guys try avoid using 72w if you are near empty and need a nearly full charge to around 70%-100%. I never tried doing a full charge at a 72w. Maybe only once in Phoenix AZ because that was the only supercharger near the downtown area and anything faster was like gonna be an hour round trip outta the way. That city only has 3 superchargers in the entire area which is terrible, you really gotta plan your commute to get to those very few superchargers, maybe 4 if you wanna count Buckeye.
 
72w ?

If you share a 150 kW, and many are in fact 130 kWh, you will get the same speed with a 72 kW, especially when your SoC is around 60 or above.

The 72 kW are in general located near a shopping center, so users in general are not in a hurry.

I wish, on the supercharger map display, that the supercharger speed was indicated next to the number of stalls available, to help selecting your next stop.
 
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Is using a 72w supercharger worth using if it's more on your route? It be obvious to use a 150w or 250w supercharger if it's on your way, but if you had to go slightly outta your way for the benefit of faster charging, how far should you travel outta the way to use a faster supercharger over a 72w?
That's kilowatts (kW), by the way. The answer depends greatly on what model of car people have, in that it depends on what power level your car is capable of accepting. So how much lower is 72 kW?

On my old 2014 Model S85, by the time I'm to about 40% or more, 72 kW is the max level of power I would have anyway. So for me, 72 or 150 or 250 kW stations are all really about the same, and I wouldn't choose any type over any other. What's on the route IS the fastest. But for people with newer cars, which can take the 250 kW maximum, they can be using 150+ kW up to 60 or 70% or so, so it really would be half speed charging for almost the entire session if they were stuck at 72 kW.
 
Absolutely true @Rocky_H , but then you add temperature in the equation. Plenty of people arrive with a cold or warm but not hot enough battery (some don't want to precondition or do it too short). They typically get lower than 72kW for a long while, and by the time they could get more their SOC is too high. So 72kW isn't bad at all. As you say, I'll take what's on route and adjust the time I stay there depending on the SOC I need to reach the next charger.
 
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