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One charger or two

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by eclectricdave, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. eclectricdave

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    Im trying to get my head around the merits of a second charger for long trips outside superchargers. Say you can drive/charge for 15 hrs max per day & have a 90D 20degC no A/C in use. 8 hrs to [email protected] 11kWs 4 hrs at 22kW driving one person.
    Single charger 70 kphr range 732ks 10.4 hrs driving charge 3 hrs ( 33kWhrs) drive 2 hrs @ 100kph 200 ks charge onight Total dist 932 ks
    Dual charger 100kphr range 512 ks 5 hrs driving 4 hrs charging drive another 512 ks 5 hrs and charge 30 mins drive 30mins 50ks full charge onite. Total dist 1074 ks. This ignores weight penalty of the 2nd charger.
    To spend many $ks to gain 142ks per day doesnt seem worth it. The range data comes from Tesla.
     
  2. Blue heaven

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    If long trips across boring destinations are planned for the next few months I would say YES, a dual charger or upgraded charger is worth the cost, on the other hand in 3/4/5 years they'll be enough fast chargers, that is a combination of Superchargers and non Tesla charge stations to cover most needs.
    Sometimes the car being stuck to the charging location longer than hoped for is not a bad thing, you may go for a walk and discover something interesting.
    The weight of the extra charger won't be a factor in range, the car is already over 2000kg.
     
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    There are not enough places with an 80 amp charger to make use of the second charger.
    Better to buy the chademo adapter for faster charging.
     
  4. Blue heaven

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    That may be the case in the USA, in regional Australia there's plenty of 32 amp 3 phase that could provide 100-108kms of typical range per hour on the pre-facelift Model S with dual chargers, the fun part is trying to find them and then convince the custodians of power outlet to make it available, check out MDKs dual crossing of Australia- Perth to Brisbane
     
  5. RichardMcN

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    @eclectricdave Yes get the dual chargers ! There are not many people like @Blue heaven and @Techno-phile who can stand waiting for hours and hours. Once you have had lunch you feel the need to get moving again !
     
  6. eclectricdave

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    Im a patient person and actually like going slowly. Too many frights from hopping fauna.
     
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    Ya - but sitting there for eight hours waiting for a charge (as I have done a few times) gets very boring.
     
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    I agree with Richard & Ray, 4 hours is infinitely better than 8, especially if you need to be somewhere in 6.

    But I also see the other side of the coin, $5K+ ($3.5K for dual chargers, $2K for EVSE) to halve charging time at 3 phase outlets is steep, especially since destination chargers are becoming ubiquitous & 11kW is more than sufficient for overnight charging.
     
  9. eclectricdave

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    but you dont wait 8hrs. you drive for 10hrs ( with some charging if you can find it) charge for a few hours and then sleep onight to begin allover with a charged battery
     
  10. RichardMcN

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    Once your initial charge is spent (400km or 4 hours) you need to charge for 8 hours to fill it up again and drive for another 4 hours. A 16 hour day for 800km.

    Sure you might split the charging over several locations, but you are still going to charge 8 hours to do an 800 km day.

    However with dual chargers, it is a 12 hour day !
     
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    A full (85) battery will only get 4 to 5 hours driving.
     
  12. eclectricdave

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    My average over the last 7000 ks has been 16 kWhrs per 100k so if I could use 80kWhrs Id get 500ks.but this has involced a lot of freeway driving at110phr
     
  13. Blue heaven

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    If you install the second charger ( or get the facelift upgrade) it will save you plenty of time, just make sure you use it now, of course it all depends on where the cars charging, close to a tourist location with plenty to do will pass the time quickly, charging at 54km per hour in a roadhouse where it's 42 celcius outside and the only entertainment is re-runs of Klondike Gold on satelite TV is going to make you wish charging was twice as fast.
     
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  14. RichardMcN

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    Wow @Blue heaven . I thought you were a UMC/EuroTail stalwart !
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    Getting a dual charger is no longer encouraged by the DS, you won't use it nearly enough to justify its purchase. Better to put the funds towards a larger battery (e.g. 100D) to extend your Tesla's range thereby reducing stops for recharging and more likely to utilize the supercharger network.
     
  16. eclectricdave

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    On the other hand portable Chardemos are starting to appear.
     
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    I initially ordered dual chargers way back in 2014 then I got a congratulatory phone call from Tesla, part of the call mentioned dual chargers are no big deal, there will be Superchargers everywhere soon blah blah blah, I cancelled the dual charger, my mistake, should have done more research, I could add the second charger now for $3600 but I'd rather put it towards part of a Powerwall 2.
    On the way North last June we stopped at Fortescue roadhouse, charged at 54kmh, no big deal because we we went exploring for a few hours, on the way back South 54kmh charging speed was way too slow as we just wanted to get home.
     
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    This maybe true in the US but not in Australia, there are virtually no DC chargers and only 1 highway covered by superchargers. Removing the dual charger option is a big issue here for anyone living or wanting to travel outside the supercharger highway area. At the current rate it will be a long time before superchargers cover 90% of the population and will be far longer before they cover 90% of the highways. Getting larger batteries only works if you can get a full days drive and are able to recharge it overnight, a 200D would be good but requires dual chargers for an overnight charge.
     
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    Yes I know a Leaf owner who is getting a portable Chademo. Quite a few $$K, and very bulky and heavy. He intends to plug it into either 32A 3phase outlets or destination chargers and will get a lot less than 22kW into his car.

    You are much more fortunate @eclectricdave with a pre-facelift in that you can get the full 22kW from 3 phase outlets or dest chargers without the cost, weight, bulk or efficiency loss!
     
  20. eclectricdave

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    yes thank you for reminding me rmcn but mr musk has got enuf of my money and i dont want to give him anymore
     
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