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Tesla NEMA 14-50 outlet

Discussion in 'Model X: Battery & Charging' started by pchan, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. pchan

    pchan Member

    Jan 20, 2016
    Boston, MA
    I read some old thread that there's a tesla NEMA 14-50 outlet ... Is that still exist and true? Is that better than one ordered from homedepot? Someone mentioned that 14-50 outlet is not meant to be plug/unplug frequently, any 'premium' model exist?
  2. dhrivnak

    dhrivnak Active Member

    Jan 8, 2011
    NE Tennessee
    No the Tesla UMC will plug into a NEMA 14-50 which is a standard 50 amp 220V outlet often found on wiring for stoves and is common in trailer parks. Buying the outlet a local place is perfectly fine and what I did which has served me well for over 5 years now.
  3. TexasEV

    TexasEV Well-Known Member

    Jun 5, 2013
    Austin, TX
    Anyway you don't need to plug/unplug it frequently. I leave the UMC plugged in and hanging on the wall in the garage, and only take it with me if I'm going on a trip out of town.
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  4. JPP

    JPP Active Member

    Feb 4, 2013
    SF Bay Area, CA
    We have 2 NEMA 14-50s installed (2 garages), done 3 years ago by SolarCity installers at the time of a big solar install. We hardly ever unplug our UMCs since we charge locally and at home, and Supercharge on the road. FWIW, I initially thought we would be unplugging and plugging in our UMSs a lot, and I was worried about the integrity of the NEMA 14-50R receptacle (was it rated for a lot of 'cycling' before the springy pins failed?). I ended up buying an extra NEMA 14-50 adapter from TM for the UMC. When I do disconnect, I do it at the UMC and I do not unplug the NEMA 14-50 from the NEMA 14-50R. I figured if there was a failure, it would be easier to replace the adapter/UMC than calling an electrician out to replace the NEMA 14-50R. YMMV.
  5. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

    Mar 8, 2012
    There are, but they are generally unnecessary because the only time you unplug them is when you go on a trip or do the annual service (Tesla likes to test the UMC). For me that amounts to about five times a year, so a standard receptacle will last for decades.
  6. FlasherZ

    FlasherZ Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv

    Jun 21, 2012
    Unfortunately, there is no standard for "cycles" in the large format receptacles. UL testing requires that it be able to withstand unplugging in an overload condition without significant damage, but that doesn't test mechanical wear.

    I've seen (and fixed) some of the less-expensive Leviton receptacles, where the ground was no longer making a good connection and was tripping the UMC's ground detection circuitry.

    This is what a Hubbell engineer had to say about the matter when I inquired:

    If you do experience a problem, it's likely going to be after about 5-10 years of daily plugging/unplugging. If you make it that far without installing a wall connector, then congratulations - you might need a new $10 receptacle. :)

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