Note: HPWC = Tesla High Power Wall Connector = 240vac Tesla EVSE
= 240vac Tesla Charging Station = Tesla Destination Charger
OK, took a drive -Short Version
This adapter works with the three black Tesla HPWCs at the high school. Silicone grease did not help and the adapter was a VERY tight fit with all three Tesla plugs (which were hot, exposed directly to the sun). The HPWC at the winery was inaccessible due to pandemic.Long Version
As the crow flies the winery is 7.4 miles from my house, and I keep forgetting that the online version of PlugShare shows that whereas the app shows the driving distance, I think ...
Wife was happy to get out of the house and go for an i-MiEV joyride so we left home with about ten bars and first drove down to the high school, put some silicone grease on the body of the HPWC connector and mated the two with difficulty. Plugged in the i-MiEV and after the initial 'whoosh' it started charging normally and then.... the red light lit up on the HPWC and no charging!
This is the same HPWC that worked just fine yesterday! Unplugged the car and with great difficulty separated the adapter from the plug. Moved the car to the HPWC next to it and did the silicone grease coat and plugged in the adapter (it went in a bit easier) and plugged in the car and it worked great. Same for the third HPWC at the high school. Suspect I had not properly mated the first HPWC. Need to read the manual as I think the HPWC has a reset button, in which case I'll drive down there today and reset it. Anyway, left the school with nicely cleaned connectors on their HPWCs.
Drove up heading for the winery on a very circuitous uphill road .... and drove, and drove, and drove.... arrived at the winery with two bars flashing and RR= 6 miles.
The gate was open, but the elderly gentleman at the gate said that the winery is only open by reservation and we couldn't go on the premises as they are restricting attendance to only 22 people. I pleaded my case about now only wanting to test my adapter on their Tesla HPWC (my wife and I had talked about perhaps purchasing a bottle of wine if they were socially distanced), but no go. All very cordial and we didn't have a problem and appreciated their sticking to their guidelines.
The reason I didn't have a problem is that I knew it was all downhill from there - an example of a situation where an EV newbie would have been totally freaked out. By the time we got down the hill RR was up to 19 miles and we had five bars (I keep telling people how I love it when the fuel gauge goes UP) and we stopped at yet another local school for a quick CHAdeMO boost to 60% and meandered on home. For us it was a pleasant diversion, and the view of Silicon Valley going up to this winery was spectacular, and the first time I've seen the distinctive Apple spaceship from a distance.
Bottom line: hope TeslaTap has modified their mating connector for easier insertion/extraction. I still am not convinced that what I have is a genuine TeslaTap as I bought it on eBay
, at the time not realizing that TeslaTap was selling it directly.
Adoepner, if you'd like, send me a PM with your email address and I'll send you a copy of the pertinent pages of my Tesla HPWC manual relating to its configuration setting.