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Recommended 14-30 Outlets

Discussion in 'Model 3: Battery & Charging' started by sooner, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. sooner

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    Perhaps I am just really bad at searching for 14-30rs, but the Amazon and Google results are completely full of RV wires and outlets.

    I am looking for an industrial grade 14-30r, preferably Amaonz Prime so I can get it quickly. I have only seen brand and type suggestions from Tesla for 50amp plugs, for the 30amp ones it is generic 'industrial grade outlet'.

    Cheers in advance.
     
  2. SSedan

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    Any why do you think you need something other than a generic industial plug?
    Since I have been leaving the UMC plugged in I used a $8 one from Menards, fine for about a year now. I am going to the wall charger though for a few reasons, like more power for faster battery warming/charging in winter and charging option redundancy.
     
  3. ucmndd

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    It's an outlet. Doesn't matter what you plug into it. An "RV outlet" will work identically to an "EV outlet".
     
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    Why not NEMA 14-50 ?
     
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    Honestly, one of the most used sockets are those at campgrounds, but the 14-30 isn't really a highly used connector.
    I'd didn't see one even listed at Home Depot.

    I'd recommend looking for one with a brand name, like the Leviton
     
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    I got one from home depot and one from Lowes. On one the wires go in from the side and on the other the wires go in from the back. I prefer the wires going into the side because most boxes are shallow. The one from Lowes is my choice.
     
  7. sooner

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    Home is not my 'forever home', it is a starter. And as such, it only has 100 amp service . 50 amps to the car is too high, plus 30amps covers daily commute easily.

    Most RV outlets are not the same, curved 30 amp or similar to 10-30 but different pins. For whatever reason, they are strewn heavily in results.

    Tesla recommends it for the rating of unplug/plug ins they can handle. EG the 50amp recommended are 50-80 dollar plugs. No such thing it seems for the 14-30, at least that I have found.

    I have ordered one off of Prime, but will look at Lowes next time I am in town.
     
  8. TexasEV

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    NEMA 14-30 outlets are used almost exclusively for dryers. They’re plugged in and unplugged only every few years. I don’t think you’re going to find a 14-30 which is designed for frequent plugging and unplugging as you will for the 14-50. On the other hand, you shouldn’t be needing to plug and unplug the UMC frequently. Hang it on a wall hook and just unplug to take it with you when going on a trip out of town.
     
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    #9 iluvmacs, Jul 13, 2018
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    That's only half true. There are "30A" and "50A" RV outlets. The "30A" is what you say -- 30A, 120V, relatively useless for EV charging -- and officially called TT-30. Electrically speaking, they match the wiring and ratings of a NEMA 5-30, a rather rare plug in the wild (not 10-30). The "50A" is the 14-50 outlet we all know and love, which can supply 120V and 240V. Modern RV parks have both. Older ones (and perhaps smaller ones) only have the TT-30. It is rather unfortunate that RV vernacular is to call them by just their current rating, as it gets everyone confused about the voltage, how useful they are, and how adapters work.
     
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  10. iwannam3

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    Try McMaster Carr, the increase in cost is for the increased amount of copper and long term reliability. Ya don't want to use a Wall mart quality device. McMaster-Carr
     

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