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unusual outlet for EV charging, what do I need here?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Battery & Charging' started by ezevphl, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. ezevphl

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    So my wife's work has a bunch of dedicated EV spots and most of them just have a regular 110v.

    One spot seems to have this 220 setup which would be great. It looks like a 6-20 adapter, but the middle comes out quite a bit. Is there some sort of custom adapter that is needed here?

    I know Aerovironment makes chargers but I can't clearly see what would work.
     

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    you might be able to "unplug the grey part... if thats the case then a normal 6-20 adapter,
     
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    #4 Derek Kessler, Aug 3, 2018
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    That is a nonstandard outlet designed to work exclusively with Aerovironment's portable charge connector. Behind there should be a NEMA 6-20 — 240V at 20A. Thankfully, Tesla sells an adapter for that plug.
     
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    That is an adapter from 5-15 plug to a 6-20 socket only for the Aeroviroment TurboCord. Behind it there is only a normal 15A 120V outlet.

    The TurboCord can run on both 120 and 240V.
     
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    That is exactly it. Its a Turbocord adapter.
    It didn't seem to move very easily, but maybe it was just left in there for a long time.
    Will have to try again later.
     
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    Yes, I think someone just left it there by mistake. You should be able to just pull it off and my guess is that you'll find a normal NEMA 5-20 20A 120V receptacle behind it.
     
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    I am curious if what is behind there is a 5-15 or a 5-20. If it is a 5-20 then if you get the 5-20 adapter from Tesla then you can charge 33% (or more due to base charging overhead) than with just a 5-15. Though the challenge may be those outdoor plug covers not liking the 90 degree Tesla connector. One possible solution would be a 6" extension cord of sufficient ampacity. Not optimal, but I don't see a lot of other choices to not otherwise put a lot of stress on the charge cord/receptacle.
     
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    Oh hold on a sec, Derek above was I think correct. Looking at that helpful Amazon link from @CUBldr97 that adapter is to go from a 6-20 receptacle (240v) but then allow the Turbocord to plug into it with the default 5-15 plug on the end of the Turbocord. So yeah, if you pull that part out that someone else accidentally left there, then you are likely to find a 6-20 receptacle which with the right Tesla adapter should give you well more than double the charging rate of a 5-15! Score!
     
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    I think you will find this is the same outlet as all the others once you remove the adapter.
     
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    Or keep the weird adaptor there, and that way, you know you've always got an unused charger when you need one :p
     
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  12. ezevphl

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    That was part of the confusion. All the others are 110.. this is the one that was labeled 220.
    Anyway, I'm sure its just stuck in there a bit...
     

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