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Lets talk charge port

A USP of the Tesla wall charger (TWC) is the button to open charge port. But how much of a benefit is this real world use. I hear people saying its great if hands are full and can't get to phone etc.


With Model 3 unlocked (or an authenticated phone is within range) and in Park, press and release the button on the Tesla charge cable to open the charge port door.
You can also open the charge port door using any of these methods:
• On the touchscreen, use the app launcher to open the Charging app, then touch Open Charge Port.
• On the car status on the touchscreen, touch the charging icon.
• On the "Cards" area on the touchscreen, touch the charging icon, then press OPEN CHARGE PORT.
• Press the bottom of the charge port door when Model 3 is unlocked or an authenticated phone is nearby.
• On the key fob accessory (sold separately), hold down the rear trunk button for 1-2 seconds.

Note: The Tesla "T" lights up white when you open the charge port door. If you do not insert a charge cable into the charge port within a few minutes after opening the charge port door, the charge port door closes. If this happens, use the touchscreen to open the charge port door again

So, not sure what convenience the button has here if pressing the bottom of charge port door works too. Comments on ergonomics please.

So I then thought, what about taking the car off charge? Well...

Stop charging at any time by disconnecting the charge cable or touching Stop Charging on the touchscreen.

Note: To prevent unauthorized unplugging of the charge cable, the charge cable latch
remains locked and Model 3 must be unlocked or able to recognize your authenticated phone before you can disconnect the charge cable.

To disconnect the charge cable:
1. Press and hold the button on the connector handle to release the latch. Alternatively, unlock the vehicle by opening a door, using a key card or key fob, or touching Stop Charging on the touchscreen. These methods unlock the charge port as well.
2. Pull the connector from the charge port.

Note: The charge port automatically closes within approximately 10 seconds of removing the connector from the charge port.

So I am guessing here, without having the button charge cable to unlock, the "unlock the vehicle by opening a door, using a key card or key fob, or touching Stop Charging on the touchscreen" is a pita?

What has the app got to do with unlocking the charge port? No mention if you can perform this via the app, say as you are about to leave the car. If it does work, can it be Siri enabled - not used Siri in anger, but may be one of those times that it may be useful. Not having car yet I have no car access via app, but seems like there may be no charge port siri command.

Appreciate knowing what people do to unlock their charge port cable.


Well-Known Member
Nov 2, 2015
Suffolk, UK
Putting the cable in, to start charge, is uncomplicated in all instances so I think the only significant issue is "Stop charge and release cable".

You should be able to do that from the APP or from the Touchscreen (i.e. of an unlocked car).

For a possibly not overly subjective :rolleyes: POV : on Model-S/X you can press and hold key-fob "boot" button, with fob near charge port, to stop-and-release charge cable. My wife can't get her fob to do this and she thinks it is monumental PITA to get-in and do it from the screen, or get her phone out of the bottom of her handbag and use that.

My fob works, so I have no reference point :)

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