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Using Mobile Connector Outside When Rainy?

Discussion in 'Model 3: Battery & Charging' started by AlexanderAF, Sep 5, 2018.

  1. AlexanderAF

    AlexanderAF Member

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    How many of you have used the Gen 2 mobile connector outside when raining? I’m visiting a friends house in the country and he has an outdoor wall outlet, but as this is in Maryland often rains overnight.

    I read the manual, and it still unclear to me if the mobile Gen 2 connector is designed to be used outdoors. As a precaution, I was going to keep the connector slightly off the ground. Thoughts?
     
  2. SSedan

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    Keep it out of standing water and it will be fine.
    It may not explicitly stated it is ok in rain and snow bit that is because any design that wasn't ok in those conditions would have been a really poor idea.
     
  3. eprosenx

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    Should be fine, but be aware that the safety features the UMC provides only apply downstream of the box on the cable. So you can More easily get shocked upstream of thst box. Make sure where you plug in is protected from the elements even with the UMC attached.

    Downstream of the UMC the cable is not energized until it is plugged into the car. More importantly, the UMC has a built in GFCI which is critical for safety in water.
     
  4. FourOhFour

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    The outlet should have an in-use cover that allows the cover to be closed while something's plugged in. If the outlet currently has an older cover that can't be closed while in use, I'd suggest replacing the cover.

    If it's a double outlet, I like this one: https://smile.amazon.com/ML500W-Horizontal-Vertical-Weatherproof-Expandable/dp/B00OHRNX0G/ It's low profile when nothing's plugged in - or if the plug is right angle, like Tesla's.

    If it's a single outlet, Tesla's right-angle cord doesn't really get enough space to bend to the hole for the cord to exit in that one. The best I've found for a single outlet is https://smile.amazon.com/Taymac-MM420C-Single-Non-Metallic-Weatherproof/dp/B00JU532B0/ which is larger and uglier, but allows the cord to exit straight down, assuming the outlet's oriented vertically.
     
  5. AlexanderAF

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    All great answers and exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!
     
  6. ewoodrick

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    I'd definitely try to keep the controller portion out of water and lightly cover it. It gets hot, so you probably don't want to seal it.
     

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