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WTB: 13A Charging Cable

Discussion in 'Hong Kong' started by Gary Lau, Apr 16, 2016.

  1. Gary Lau

    Gary Lau New Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    I'm looking for a new or used 13A charging cable for the Model S. If anyone has an extra one lying around I'd appreciate if you could get in contact with me.

    Thanks
    Gary
     
  2. ediot

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    Hi Gary,

    I dont have a 13A cable for sale - in fact, i'm looking for one myself as well. I have, however, come across this webpage that's very helpful - buying a cable from TaoBao and DIY to switch the socket to the UK/HK style 3-pronged plug. If there is enough interest maybe we can do a group order together - I'm willing to provide the DIY modifications needed for everyone if need be.
     
  3. dlty

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    All,

    I want to let you know that I have recently bought the Mennekes BS1636 charging cable from Tesla Service Centre (the same blue coloured cable) for only HK$1,707. This uses the same 3-pronged plug as we use in Hong Kong (or UK). The cable is maxed out at 10A. I believe this was sold at substantially higher price in the past. I think at that price, it is even cheaper than (or very close to) the one you can buy from Taobao. Worth a look at.
     
  4. Gary Lau

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    Thanks for your replies. I would definitely be interested in the Mennekes cable - anyone here find this somewhere other than the TSC? It seems to be a challenge to find or contact anyone there...
     
  5. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    At that price, it is a hell of a bargain.
     
  6. mattse

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    TaoBao one is 16A cable, so you can fully utilize the 13A current
    The Mennekes one sold by Tesla is 10A cable, so you charge at 30% slower rate (~0.6 kW per hour less)
    Mennekes one is cheaper by few hundred dollars

    I prefer safe than (just a bit) fast(er) and I bought mine at Tesla few weeks ago, they have plenty for sales and I guess it may be fine if you just walk in (better if you can call them to reserve one first though)

    I guess the previous $3700 cable sold by Tesla is the black Tesla cable, it looks real good but costs more than double
     
  7. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Please don't. Those sockets can't take 13A (let alone 16A) continuously for hours on end. You'll charge faster, but end up burning the socket or worst case starting a fire in shoddy wiring behind the socket.

    The one I have is blue Mennekes, and I got it years ago when Tesla first started delivering Model S here. I think they just lowered the price.
     
  8. mattse

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    Good to know Tesla is lowering price instead of raising it even they have much larger market share nowadays
    And the black one (with the car side plug like that used in supercharger) is the mobile connector bundle? I saw someone using it in a public car park before, didn't have chance to talk to the owner and find out
     
  9. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    Yeah, probably. The car side should be the same on both (black and blue). The difference is the blue is BS1363 power side only. The black UMC has adaptors for many different power sources. The blue is now significantly cheaper.
     
  10. Gary Lau

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    All just an update. I've got the cable now from Tesla SC it's the Blue Mennekes 10A one and Cost HK$1,700 and change. Works good but compared to SC it's super slow. I figure it won't be used much but just gives me another option.

    As for the service center, I tried calling several times and also left a couple messages. Finally, I called into the sales center side and the salesman was kind enough to help me check the stock. The cable is in stock in Tsuen Wan.

    Thanks all
     
  11. jsiu

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    This kind of cable is good for overnight or whole day parking if you have the home charging facilities. It suits me very well because I travel less than 100km per day.
     

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