Charging Your Tesla Vehicle with a Supercharger - Tips & Tricks to Make the Process Easier
Tesla Supercharger is a great way to charge your Tesla vehicle. It is the fastest charging system available, with V3 chargers offering up to 250kW of power and V2 chargers offering up to 145kW. The Supercharger network has grown significantly over the past few years, making it easier than ever for Tesla owners to find a convenient location to charge their vehicles.
When visiting a Supercharger station, there are several things that you should be aware of. First, it is important to note that V3 chargers require your battery to be close to empty in order to max out its output. Additionally, battery preconditioning takes time and may not be complete until the battery temperature reaches 70 degrees or higher. Furthermore, 3.5 miles is not enough distance for the battery preconditioning process; it typically requires 35 miles or more.
It is also important to pay attention to the charger numbering at each Supercharger station as they can vary from location to location. Some stations are ordered 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b... Others may be 1a, 1a, 1a,...1b, 2b, 3b.... Additionally, if you are using a V3 charger and it does not seem to be performing optimally (i.e., getting 75 mph when at 10%), it may be worth trying another pedestal.
Finally, do not assume that all Supercharger stations will have trash cans – you may need to use nearby establishments for disposing of your waste.
Overall, Tesla Superchargers offer an incredibly fast and convenient way for Tesla owners to charge their vehicles. By following these tips and being mindful of the nuances associated with each station, you can ensure that your experience is as smooth and efficient as possible.
How do I maximize my charge at a V3 250kW charger?
You need to be close to empty for that. Battery preconditioning takes time and 50 degrees is cool, so you'll need to wait for warmer days to get max range back.
How far do I need to drive before the battery starts preconditioning?
It's more like 35 miles.
Do V3 chargers have paired chargers?
No, they are all independent. It's the V2 that are paired and do Not assume that it is every other slot, look at the chargers for the number and a or b.
What if one pedestal isn't performing optimally?
If you are at a V3 at 10% and getting 75 mph, it may be worth trying another pedestal.
Are there trash cans at charging stations?
No, these are not gas stations, so you won't find trash cans. You may be able to use nearby establishments to dispose of your trash.
What should I do if I'm running late?
If you're running late, try to find a charging station that is closer to your destination. You can also use the app to check for available chargers and plan your route accordingly.
Is it safe to leave my car at a charging station overnight?
It depends on the location. Some locations have security cameras or staff on site, while others may not. It's best to check with the charging station before leaving your car overnight.
What should I do if I need help at a charging station?
Most charging stations have customer service representatives that are available to help. You can also contact the charging station's customer service line for assistance.
Are there any other tips for my first supercharger visit?
Yes! Make sure you have enough charge in your battery before arriving at the station. Also, be aware of any local laws or regulations regarding electric vehicles. Finally, always remember to plug in your charger when you're done.