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Snow-cover for charging at home?

jpaikin

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Apr 14, 2019
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Birkeroed, Denmark
Hi

I’ve searched but not found an answer...

Does anyone have a good idea for covering the charge-plug and port when charging at home in winter?

If it snows I suspect that snow will accumulate in/around the charge-port - and perhaps staying there when the port closes.

I seem to remember seeing some sort of plastic or cloth that could be mounted on the charge-cable, but cannot find it now.

Thank you in advance

Jakob
 

KenC

Active Member
Sep 4, 2018
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3,290
Maine
They sell such a device in Canada. Like you, I recall seeing a picture of one last year. Perhaps checking a regional forum, like Canada, would get an answer.
 

user212_nr

Active Member
Aug 26, 2019
1,407
744
US
Hi

I’ve searched but not found an answer...

Does anyone have a good idea for covering the charge-plug and port when charging at home in winter?

If it snows I suspect that snow will accumulate in/around the charge-port - and perhaps staying there when the port closes.

I seem to remember seeing some sort of plastic or cloth that could be mounted on the charge-cable, but cannot find it now.

Thank you in advance

Jakob

Snow should not be a problem for the charger. The car can charge just fine in rain, and water is a liquid that can seep through cracks and is usually conductive. Snow is significantly less conductive, and all it can do is rest on surfaces.

The model 3 has a charging door which should shelter the cable a little (as if that were needed), but this biggest danger with any "roof" is with accumulation of snow creating weight. Just make sure to clear the snow once a day at least.

Don't be afraid to clear it with your hands, especially with a glove (to keep from freezing your hands and melting the snow, not b/c of electricity).
 

dmurphy

Buster: 11/25/14 - 6/20/21. So sorely missed.
Dec 7, 2018
3,651
4,876
New Jersey - Morris County
Just ordered a Yet E Boot. I may have more money than sense (don't read into that - I don't have much of either) but I don't like the snow building on top of the charging door & around the port.

It's snowing currently and we're only maybe 1/3 through this thing. Just not crazy about seeing that much snow around the charging port. Not worried about getting zapped but it's going to make a packed-in mess once I pull the charging wand out.

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timk225

Active Member
Mar 24, 2016
2,047
1,059
Pittsburgh
In my first year of having my 3, I put an old folded up towel over the charge port door and against the quarter panel whenever rain was in the forecast, and snow too. Then I got tired of it and let it charge in the rain, uncovered. No problems so far.
 

srs5694

Active Member
Jan 15, 2019
1,086
1,248
Woonsocket, RI
I drove a Chevy Volt through three winters, parked outside. I charged in both rain and snow with no problems; however, I preferred unplugging in such inclement weather, in an overabundance of caution. I've now upgraded to a Tesla Model 3, and I do the same -- bad weather will sometimes creep up on me and I'll charge in it, but I prefer to simply unplug when rain or snow approaches. My Tesla is an LR RWD, so it has a theoretical maximum range of 325 miles. As such, it's unlikely that I'll be bothered by lack of range if I don't charge for a couple of days because of snow.
 

Macapuche

New Member
Oct 19, 2019
1
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Châteauguay
Hi

I’ve searched but not found an answer...

Does anyone have a good idea for covering the charge-plug and port when charging at home in winter?

If it snows I suspect that snow will accumulate in/around the charge-port - and perhaps staying there when the port closes.

I seem to remember seeing some sort of plastic or cloth that could be mounted on the charge-cable, but cannot find it now.

Thank you in advance

Jakob
macapuche.com =)
 

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