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Unlock Charge Port / Cable On Type 2 3rd Party Charger

Glen Brooks

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Sep 30, 2019
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I'm a new Tesla Model 3 owner. While charging my car for the first time I've noticed that the only way to unplug my Rolec charging cable was first to unlock the charge port using the Tesla phone app or the screen inside the car even when the car is unlocked (I mean fully unlocked even with one of the doors open). Is this correct or is something wrong with my car or cable? I know that Tesla wall charges have a button on their cable that helps to unlock it. But what is the point in locking the cable if the car is unlocked? I used to own a plug-in hybrid Mercedes and the port would be unlocked along with the car itself irrespective what the changes you would use.
 

RichieC

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Jul 21, 2019
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I'm a new Tesla Model 3 owner. While charging my car for the first time I've noticed that the only way to unplug my Rolec charging cable was first to unlock the charge port using the Tesla phone app or the screen inside the car even when the car is unlocked (I mean fully unlocked even with one of the doors open). Is this correct or is something wrong with my car or cable? I know that Tesla wall charges have a button on their cable that helps to unlock it. But what is the point in locking the cable if the car is unlocked? I used to own a plug-in hybrid Mercedes and the port would be unlocked along with the car itself irrespective what the changes you would use.

Not sure if it helps or not.. but if you have an un-tethered charger (with a separate type 2 cable) you can get type 2 cables that have the Tesla button - Unique Tesla charging cables with Tesla integrated command button - evChargeking
 

JIBYC

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Jul 16, 2019
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Bump on this thread.

Are there any convenient ways of unlocking a charger? It looks like Rolec didn't include the button and resistor combination and it's a bit of a pain.

I asked their Customer Service line the same question, but I didn't get a reply. I wish I'd know when I was choosing a supplier.
 

rotor2k

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Sep 16, 2019
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I wish I'd gotten the
Bump on this thread.

Are there any convenient ways of unlocking a charger? It looks like Rolec didn't include the button and resistor combination and it's a bit of a pain.

I asked their Customer Service line the same question, but I didn't get a reply. I wish I'd know when I was choosing a supplier.
If you have an iPhone, buy the Tesla Remote app and create a shortcut so you can say to the phone "hey Siri, open the charge port" or "hey Siri, unlock the charge port".
 

Glan gluaisne

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Sep 11, 2019
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Bump on this thread.

Are there any convenient ways of unlocking a charger? It looks like Rolec didn't include the button and resistor combination and it's a bit of a pain.

I asked their Customer Service line the same question, but I didn't get a reply. I wish I'd know when I was choosing a supplier.

I've now adapted two Type 2 connectors using Tesla button kits (around £50). Not hard to do, the most difficult bit is fitting the button, which is mechanically a bit challenging. Works well though, and makes any Type 2 connector behave just like the Tesla one, both opening the charge port and stopping a charge/unlatching the connector.
 
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Bobly

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I wish I'd gotten the

If you have an iPhone, buy the Tesla Remote app and create a shortcut so you can say to the phone "hey Siri, open the charge port" or "hey Siri, unlock the charge port".

rather than giving money and maybe your access token or Tesla credentials to a 3rd party, you can just set up a shortcut in iOS to do this natively:

Open Charge PortShortcut
 

rotor2k

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rather than giving money and maybe your access token or Tesla credentials to a 3rd party, you can just set up a shortcut in iOS to do this natively:

Open Charge PortShortcut
£10 one-off for the Tesla Remote app is hardly "giving money" in the context of what we paid for the car!

How does your shortcut work? Is it a direct API call? I can't download it (says something about untrusted shortcuts).
 

Bobly

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£10 one-off for the Tesla Remote app is hardly "giving money" in the context of what we paid for the car!

How does your shortcut work? Is it a direct API call? I can't download it (says something about untrusted shortcuts).

£10 is still £10

And all that app probably does is the same as the basic shortcut, important bit is here, but you also need to set the variables for your username etc...

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Bobly

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OK thanks for the tip, I'm going to see if I can set it up -- it's a valid point about handing over the Tesla credentials.

no problem, here are a few more (if you are concerned about the “untrusted” bit, if you turn on untrusted shortcuts, you still have the ability to view each step and see exactly what it does before adding the shortcut to your device)


Climate Settings Shortcut

Charge State Settings Shortcut

Valet Mode Shortcut

Open Charge Port Shortcut

Flash the Lights Shortcut

Honk the Horn Shortcut

Lock the Doors Shortcut

Unlock the Doors Shortcut

Remote Start (Keyless Driving) Shortcut

Actuate Trunk (Open & Close) Shortcut

Open the Frunk Shortcut

Vehicle Location Shortcut
 

Glan gluaisne

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Opening the charge port doesn't really need anything at all, as there's a magnet in the corner and a Hall sensor behind it, so just pressing the corner opens the change port without the need for anything else, as long as the car is unlocked. The most useful feature of the "Tesla button"is that it breaks the Proximity Pilot and so signals to the car to stop charging and unlatch the connector.
 

NastyNick83

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Nov 28, 2019
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no problem, here are a few more (if you are concerned about the “untrusted” bit, if you turn on untrusted shortcuts, you still have the ability to view each step and see exactly what it does before adding the shortcut to your device)


Climate Settings Shortcut

Charge State Settings Shortcut

Valet Mode Shortcut

Open Charge Port Shortcut

Flash the Lights Shortcut

Honk the Horn Shortcut

Lock the Doors Shortcut

Unlock the Doors Shortcut

Remote Start (Keyless Driving) Shortcut

Actuate Trunk (Open & Close) Shortcut

Open the Frunk Shortcut

Vehicle Location Shortcut

Do you know of the shortcut for unlocking the charge port (rather than just opening)?
 

Glan gluaisne

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Sep 11, 2019
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Do you know of the shortcut for unlocking the charge port (rather than just opening)?

Just had a quick look through the API and it doesn't look as if there is a POST request to unlatch the connector. It may be that the POST charge_stop request will do this, but I've not got around to testing this yet. Any app that is using the Tesla API, and can control charging start and stop, will be using the charge_stop request, though, so if anyone has an app that has this feature then it should be easy to test to see whether the connector unlatches as well.
 

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