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keep mobile connector plugged in? or unplug after use

sonrantos

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Still waiting for my Model 3 LR but I pretty much bought all accessories I can think of. I also got Nema 14-50 outlet installed and just received the adapter that I ordered. To those who use the Gen2 mobile connector at home, do you leave the connector plugged in all the time or do you unplug it after every use?
 
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Regardless of whether it is gen 1 or gen 2, some people leave it plugged in all the time. Some (like me) don't. Just a personal preference for me. The manual suggests just keeping it plugged in and charged to a "not high end" rate.

Keep it plugged in all the time. Generally NEMA 14-50 outlets are not designed for frequent plug insertion and can wear out (too loose to properly hold plug) after as little as 100 insertions (especially cheaper outlets).

There is a good chance there is two different things being discussed here in this thread, both under the question of "do you leave IT plugged in or not"
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Thing 1:

Do you leave the plug from the mobile connector in the wall, or do you...

Silicon Desert

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Regardless of whether it is gen 1 or gen 2, some people leave it plugged in all the time. Some (like me) don't. Just a personal preference for me. The manual suggests just keeping it plugged in and charged to a "not high end" rate.
 
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Rocky_H

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Definitely don't keep unplugging it. As @Mutant mentioned, that repeated flexing and unflexing (Is that a word?) of the squeezing metal prongs in the outlet are what eventually wears them out and makes them loose and makes them not make as tight of a connection, which is a Bad Thing (TM).
 
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i got my m3 but don't have a 240v charger setup yet. i scheduled to install a 14-50 soon but since i park the car outside so the outlet and connector will be outside too. i am planning to leave the connector plugged in most of the time.
 
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jjrandorin

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Regardless of whether it is gen 1 or gen 2, some people leave it plugged in all the time. Some (like me) don't. Just a personal preference for me. The manual suggests just keeping it plugged in and charged to a "not high end" rate.

Keep it plugged in all the time. Generally NEMA 14-50 outlets are not designed for frequent plug insertion and can wear out (too loose to properly hold plug) after as little as 100 insertions (especially cheaper outlets).

There is a good chance there is two different things being discussed here in this thread, both under the question of "do you leave IT plugged in or not"
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Thing 1:

Do you leave the plug from the mobile connector in the wall, or do you unplug the plug from the wall each time you finish charging the car, or take the mobile connector with you all the time when you leave home?
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Thing 2:

Do you plug the mobile connector into the car all the time to charge it, each time you get home?
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For "thing 1" (leaving the mobile connector plugged into the 14-50 socket at home, or unplugging it / taking it with you all the time). Most people will say, the answer to this one is, leave that plugged in unless you need to take the adapter with you on a trip or something. Plugging and unplugging sockets can eventually wear them out, and how fast this happens depends on what type / brand of 14-50 outlet you bought. More expensive ones last longer.

Big box store ones are generally made to be plugged in and left there (like a wall oven, or a dryer or something), so minimize unplugging the connector from the socket unless you need to take it with you.


For "Thing 2" (plug in and charge the car every time it hits your garage, or not?) Opinion on that is decidedly mixxed. The tesla manual says to plug in the car when you are not using it, but most long timers feel that is simply to minimize the chance "you might forget, then not have enough charge" to do what you need to do.

Thats a personal choice, however there is no real need to "run the car down, then charge it back up". You can plug the car in to charge it, or not, as your personal preference.

Hope that covers both of the things being discussed here in this thread, as I am not quite sure which one the OP asked, but am fairly convinced advice was being given from both "thing 1" and "thing 2" point of views.
 
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sonrantos

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There is a good chance there is two different things being discussed here in this thread, both under the question of "do you leave IT plugged in or not"
=====================
Thing 1:

Do you leave the plug from the mobile connector in the wall, or do you unplug the plug from the wall each time you finish charging the car, or take the mobile connector with you all the time when you leave home?
=====================
Thing 2:

Do you plug the mobile connector into the car all the time to charge it, each time you get home?
====================


For "thing 1" (leaving the mobile connector plugged into the 14-50 socket at home, or unplugging it / taking it with you all the time). Most people will say, the answer to this one is, leave that plugged in unless you need to take the adapter with you on a trip or something. Plugging and unplugging sockets can eventually wear them out, and how fast this happens depends on what type / brand of 14-50 outlet you bought. More expensive ones last longer.

Big box store ones are generally made to be plugged in and left there (like a wall oven, or a dryer or something), so minimize unplugging the connector from the socket unless you need to take it with you.


For "Thing 2" (plug in and charge the car every time it hits your garage, or not?) Opinion on that is decidedly mixxed. The tesla manual says to plug in the car when you are not using it, but most long timers feel that is simply to minimize the chance "you might forget, then not have enough charge" to do what you need to do.

Thats a personal choice, however there is no real need to "run the car down, then charge it back up". You can plug the car in to charge it, or not, as your personal preference.

Hope that covers both of the things being discussed here in this thread, as I am not quite sure which one the OP asked, but am fairly convinced advice was being given from both "thing 1" and "thing 2" point of views.
Thank you! and thanks to everyone as well.
My original question pertains to the connector being plugged into the wall socket but reading back my original post I clearly did not clarify that. But your answer clears it up on either queries so thank you!
 
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Dmagyar

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Plugged in, and switched off until needed for charging, via a two pole industrial switch.
 

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