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Use This Charging Station or Buy 14-30 Plug Adapter

Discussion in 'Model 3: Battery & Charging' started by PianoAl, Jan 1, 2020.

  1. PianoAl

    PianoAl Member

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    This is the charging station we have in our garage (used for our Leaf):

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    I can either use this, with the adapter, or I could buy the Nema 14-30 adapter for the Tesla charger.

    Is there an advantage of one over the other (efficiency, etc)?

    If I use the former, the plug sticks out quite a lot (I worry someone will bump into it).

    Thanks.
     
  2. JulienW

    JulienW Active Member

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    I would just use what I had unless you drive over a 150 miles or more on an average day. Any slight gains in efficacy would likely never cover the upgrade costs.
     
  3. PianoAl

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    OTOH, the adapter is only $35. I could then sell my EVSE for a few hundred.
     
  4. Petrlol

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    I'd switch to the Tesla one so you're not constantly using the j1772 adapter.
     
  5. TydalForce

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    The Tesla Connector with a 14-30 will charge at 24 amps, while your ClipperCreek is at 16, so switching to the Tesla will charge faster. How important that is to you is up to you (charging overnight you'd never notice the difference).

    The 14-30 adapter is only $35, so in your place I might buy one just to have it handy as a backup.
     
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  6. ewoodrick

    ewoodrick Well-Known Member

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    Try both and see what works best for you
     
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  7. floodland

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    I am using the UMC with a 10-30 adapter. It puts about 25 miles on the car in an hour at 24A. Since you already have the 14-30 available, $35 is a good investment. Just remember to support the UMC, not leave it hanging off the plug.
     
  8. PianoAl

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    I (finally) got the 14-30 adapter. It now charges at 22 MPH instead of 15 MPH, which will occasionally be useful.

    Getting tired of buying toys for the car, I went DIY on the mounting: total cost: $0. Next, I might buy some PVC pipe to put the charge plug in. 20200204_093832.jpg

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