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One Thing a Tesla Can't Do

Discussion in 'Model S' started by wdolson, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. wdolson

    wdolson Active Member

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    At least I don't think it's possible...

    Jump start an ICE. I'm getting my old car ready to sell. It's been sitting for a couple of months as a whole bunch of life stuff seemed to happen at once just after getting my Model S. I found the battery was so flat the other day the dome lights wouldn't come on. I jump started it with my SO's Impreza. It had to run a while to charge up the Buick's battery enough to start the car.

    As I was doing all this I looked at my Tesla in the garage and thought of the irony that the S has more battery power than any car in the world, but I can't use it to get the Buick started.

    I know the Tesla has a 12V battery, but I don't think it's a high current system. I believe it's only used for keeping the electronics running.

    I got there in the end anyway.
     
  2. chris5639

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    I highly recommend portable jump starters such as this one, https://www.amazon.com/GOOLOO-Portable-Starter-GP37-Battery/dp/B017LIE842. Lithium Ion and not lead acid. I know it looks too small and light to do a good job but they really work. I have one for both of my cars although I'm not certain the refreshed S has good access to the 12V battery anymore. I haven't had a jumper cable in 5-6 years.
     
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  3. wdolson

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    Interesting, but I'll probably pass. This is the first time I've needed to jump start a car in years and I already have the cables.

    Good to know that sort of thing is out there if I ever do feel the need to have jump start capability.
     
  4. swaltner

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