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Is there a point that thing is it like free charging? I would imagine as many teslas is there is very few will be actually available really as a matter of fact around here tesla always hordes the public chargers instead of going to their superchargers. Which is exactly I still haven’t been to one every time I felt like trying they are all taken up by a Tesla or a bolt
 

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This is not compatible with superchargers, only the destination (or home) chargers. The advantage of it is that a lot of hotels have telsa chargers you can reserve, but no j1772 chargers. Additionally, around where I live in the Portland area there are a lot more free Tesla stations than there are j1772 stations.
 

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This is not compatible with superchargers, only the destination (or home) chargers. The advantage of it is that a lot of hotels have telsa chargers you can reserve, but no j1772 chargers. Additionally, around where I live in the Portland area there are a lot more free Tesla stations than there are j1772 stations.
I was under the impression that Tesla chargers can only be charging a Tesla like a need some kind of authentication of some kind. are destination chargers different in some way where any car can pretty much charge on it as long as the ports the same?
 

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I was under the impression that Tesla chargers can only be charging a Tesla like a need some kind of authentication of some kind. are destination chargers different in some way where any car can pretty much charge on it as long as the ports the same?
Tesla Destination chargers are a standard J1772 style charger with a Tesla plug. The communications and power are exactly the same as a J1772. So the Jdapter/Tesla Tap simply reroutes the wiring.

Destination chargers have no authentication like SuperChargers. So anyone can plug in, Tesla or not. The adapters are a bit pricey. But if you use them on the regular, it may be worth the investment.

Note that every Tesla comes with an adapter in the opposite direction so they can use J1772 EVSEs.

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Tesla Destination chargers are a standard J1772 style charger with a Tesla plug. The communications and power are exactly the same as a J1772. So the Jdapter/Tesla Tap simply reroutes the wiring.

Destination chargers have no authentication like SuperChargers. So anyone can plug in, Tesla or not. The adapters are a bit pricey. But if you use them on the regular, it may be worth the investment.

Note that every Tesla comes with an adapter in the opposite direction so they can use J1772 EVSEs.

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My problem is most of those guys don't know the etiquette, do you have any idea how how long level 2 takes to charge a battery as large as theirs it s*cks. They leave that parked all day. 😔
 

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I've doubleparked many Teslas blocking spots, where I go online while I charge & wait, sometimes for up to an hour with no sign of the driver. My favorite is when they come out when I'm almost done, & I make them wait a couple minutes 😈
 

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Cool, how much did the adapter cost?
$239 here:

 

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Weird, cuz I find them all the time in SoCal. In fact for a while I was using exclusively free public chargers*, & that was before they put in 6 more Voltas at a station on my route where there were only 2 before.

I do tend to be going out between mid-morning & mid-afternoon, and returning around midnight, so that probably helps availability.

*My ancient apartment's free garage plug died, & the electrician said he couldn't fix it properly since the wires were fried in the wall. "It won't work for anything that takes much power".

After a few months my curiosity got the better of me & I plugged in my stock chargecord just to check its lights. They all lit fine so I plugged to the car & have been using it ever since!
 

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There are still free chargers around, but you have to go at the right times. I'm just saying there's no point to get the Tesla adapter as the possibility of finding one open is even lower than finding the normal free chargers. Even at the normal free chargers all you see are Teslas and their adapters.
 

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Try it on a Tesla Super Charger~! I want to see what happens. Does it charge faster?
It's not compatible with superchargers. Even if I plugged it in it would not get past the authentication step and could damage my car.
 

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There are still free chargers around, but you have to go at the right times. I'm just saying there's no point to get the Tesla adapter as the possibility of finding one open is even lower than finding the normal free chargers. Even at the normal free chargers all you see are Teslas and their adapters.
Maybe for you, but for me it is useful. There are a lot of tesla chargers in portland. It also gives me the option of going on road trips to hotels where I can charge at the local hotel in situations where they only have a tesla charger.
 

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Try it on a Tesla Super Charger~! I want to see what happens. Does it charge faster?
It doesn't work. SuperChargers use a completely different communication protocol. In addition the adapter is only rated for 40 amps, while the SuperCharger delivers several hundred amps of current.

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Try it on a Tesla Super Charger~! I want to see what happens. Does it charge faster?
Tesla Superchargers are DC fast chargers, completely incompatible with the 500e (unlike Tesla destination chargers, which are AC charging like J1772). In any case, the 500e will not charge faster than 6.6 kW, limited by its onboard charger.
 

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Unless you get the DC upgrade kit.

It should be available by now, but I haven't seen confirmation yet.

That still won't work at SuperChargers, only at CHAdeMO chargers (Leaf)
 

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Unless you get the DC upgrade kit.

It should be available by now, but I haven't seen confirmation yet.

That still won't work at SuperChargers, only at CHAdeMO chargers (Leaf)
I have been following that guy who dropped his 500e off at qc power but he hasn't updated in like a month...
 
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