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Roadtrip Charging? Away from home charging?


Dec 31, 2018
Orange County CA
Thinking about doing a trip to Phoenix AZ or Las Vegas mainly to go play arcade games. I'm an advantage player so I'm probably the very select few of people who would travel outta state for an arcade when most adults would travel for a casino, but I have no idea how to profit off casinos, it's much easier to do profit off arcade tickets. Mainly b/c my arcade buddies in CA have already been playing in AZ b/c its one of the closest states that will allow arcades to reopen.

Las Vegas I'm not too worried about, I saw there is a Tesla super charger in the Las Vegas strip which I likely stay at and I think most Las Vegas hotels have charging.

But I'm just wondering how I would do a trip from Lake Forest CA to Phoenix AZ. I tried the GPS and it said I need to do two superchargers, but for like 10-20 min each. Could I instead choose a supercharger where I can safely be at the lowest charge and wait 30-45 min to get a full or near full charge? I will likely wanna get food somewhere so would hope I can get charging done without feeling its outta my way. Google maps says its a 362 mile trip, so I feel techincally I could make it most of the way there before I had to recharge, so I"m hoping I could recharge once if I'm getting food.

But I will likely be driving around Phoenix to go from arcade to arcade, so I'm hoping my hotel will have EV charging. Or some the arcades may have it, I'm sure D&B will have it b/c most of them are in shopping centers and most shopping centers have EV charging. Is a credit card usually enough to do charging at a hotel or shopping center? I've done it a few times and all I had was a credit card and it worked.


Jun 2, 2017
Fresno, CA
A couple caveats: PlugShare will expand your options but level 2 charging really does require an overnight stop to be useful. Also, hotels may limit your charging. Time limit, kWh limit... I dunno. Ask.

Superchargers are really the way to go if you are going to wait while your car fills. The result you got is likely tuned to minimize charge time, as it takes a LOT longer to charge from 0 to 100 once than it does to charge from 25 to 75 twice.

When doing the math keep in mind that 240v charging is at the rate of about 30 mi/hr, and a supercharger is 10-20 x faster.

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