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Runt8

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Just got a new Model 3, at what percentage should I let my battery die down to before my first charge? Or does it really matter.
Tesla recommends that you charge as often as you can. Lithium ion batteries don’t like deep discharges. If you’re charging at home, just plug in every night and don’t worry about it.
 
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Saghost

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A plugged in Tesla is a happy Tesla. You can let it run down to about 20% or so if you'd like with no real implications, but it's generally easier just to plug in every chance you get and let the car charge to 80 or 90% whenever it can.
 

Rocky_H

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Just got a new Model 3, at what percentage should I let my battery die down to before my first charge? Or does it really matter.
If you would take a look at the charging section of the manual, it specifically states that there is no benefit to intentionally trying to let it run down before recharging it. Plug in as often as you like or is convenient enough.
 

Kenz

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Try to keep the battery range between 20 and 80% most days.
It is OK to go higher or lower if necessary but avoid it if you can.
Charge more than 80% if you really need it but don't let the battery sit at a high state of charge 90+ for hours or days.
Most of the time you will charge at home and most people drive 60 miles a day or less so charge level of 80% is not an issue.

If you're on a road trip charge to what you need to get to the next SuperCharger or your destination.
Charge rate slows down as the battery gets full so it is a waste of time to charge more than 80% at a Super Charger unless absolutely necessary.
 

Saghost

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If you're on a road trip charge to what you need to get to the next SuperCharger or your destination.
Charge rate slows down as the battery gets full so it is a waste of time to charge more than 80% at a Super Charger unless absolutely necessary.

Or if you aren't finished with what you were doing while it was charging (like eating a meal.)

It's true that the charge rate slows down as it gets higher, but time spent charging when you aren't waiting for the car will always be better than time spent waiting for the car.
 

Royal12

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Oct 13, 2019
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Try to keep the battery range between 20 and 80% most days.
It is OK to go higher or lower if necessary but avoid it if you can.
Charge more than 80% if you really need it but don't let the battery sit at a high state of charge 90+ for hours or days.
Most of the time you will charge at home and most people drive 60 miles a day or less so charge level of 80% is not an issue.

If you're on a road trip charge to what you need to get to the next SuperCharger or your destination.
Charge rate slows down as the battery gets full so it is a waste of time to charge more than 80% at a Super Charger unless absolutely necessary.
Thanks
 

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