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Roadtrip Planning for a Charging Desert

Eric66

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Jan 23, 2021
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We are planning a road trip this summer with our LRY and the family we are staying with is 30+ minute drive from any chargers. We are planning on being there about 5 days. There is 1 super charger but it is a 35 minute drive in the opposite direction of where most of our travel will be. First, is there a need to invest in a J1772 adapter on the off chance we access a public charger? Is the J1772 required for all non-Superchargers? Second, what would be the best way to charge the car efficiently? Their laundry room is off the the garage but it is inside the house so it could be possible to charge using the NEMA14/50. We could explore using the standard outlet and plug the car in at night. What do the experts recommend?
 

jcanoe

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Oct 2, 2020
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Every Tesla vehicle comes with a Tesla J1772 adapter. With the J1772 adapter you can charge at any Level 2 public charging station.

Every Tesla vehicle comes with a Tesla Mobile Connector kit that includes the NEMA 5-15 plug adapter. Plugs into any 120V 15 amp or 20 amp outlet for between 3 and 4 miles per hour of range added while charging. You might want to bring an extension cord just in case you can't park close to the outlet. The Tesla Mobile Connector charging cord is 18 feet long. (Extension cords are not recommended; if you decide to use an extension cord it needs to be a quality three prong grounded extension cord, 14 gauge or 12 gauge for up to 50 ft. If you need a longer extension cord than 50 ft. make sure it is at least a 12 gauge extension cord.)
 
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dogmodes

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Jun 6, 2018
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We are planning a road trip this summer with our LRY and the family we are staying with is 30+ minute drive from any chargers. We are planning on being there about 5 days. There is 1 super charger but it is a 35 minute drive in the opposite direction of where most of our travel will be. First, is there a need to invest in a J1772 adapter on the off chance we access a public charger? Is the J1772 required for all non-Superchargers? Second, what would be the best way to charge the car efficiently? Their laundry room is off the the garage but it is inside the house so it could be possible to charge using the NEMA14/50. We could explore using the standard outlet and plug the car in at night. What do the experts recommend?
You many also want to check if they have a 14-50 or a 10-30 plug. In either case you need purchase an adapter from Tesla for the gen 2 charger.
 
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frankvb

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Feb 29, 2020
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Laundry outlet will likely be either 10-30 or 14-30. You can buy an adapter once you know which one it is. Though you would need them to measure the distance to be sure the mobile connector is long enough to reach.

 
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Rocky_H

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Feb 19, 2015
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We could explore using the standard outlet and plug the car in at night.
Yeah, I really don't think you need to overcomplicate this at all. The laundry room is probably going to be very difficult to reach without extra complicated and expensive extensions and adapters, so I wouldn't bother with that. Just get a solid regular extension cord that is 12 gauge wire and plug in on the driveway from an outside outlet.
We are planning on being there about 5 days.
This is why this should work fine. You have a LOT of time to refill, so it doesn't need to be fast charging. Your refill rate from this should probably about 4.5 to 5 or so miles per hour of charging.
 

Mrbrock

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Mar 26, 2020
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Unless you are driving to town and back daily you’ll get 70 miles per day on a regular household outlet if left plugged in constantly. If you drive the car daily you might want to look into public charging while you are out. PlugShare is a good app to use for finding chargers.
 
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