Submitted by Spud on Mon, 2018-09-03 05:09
I preparing for longer camping trips with my Tesla S 100D 2018 model. The first weekend we did a test. Sleeping in the Tesla was no problem, but running our smaller cooler and charging our phones was. I hope you have some good suggestions.
Problem 1: The 12v power outlet shuts off then the car locks. This also happens when the Always On climate control is on. This makes it difficult to cool stuff during night or when having a break.
Solution: Only way I've found to fix this is to either get a 12v outlet for the OBD connector (used by some for always on power for Dash camera), or attaching a 12V plug to the 12v constant cable found in trunk area, close to the lift gate. You can find such plugs with USB connectors as well. Removing the issue with lack of phone charging.
Question: Are there an easy way connecting to the 12V in the frunk? I'm tempted to having a cooler there. Even though I'm not sure how smart it is in such a small space though. Seems to get quite hot with a cooler in there. Anyone having experience with this?
Problem 2: Power consumption. Cheaper boxes seems to run at a watt usage of 40-60 watt. On a 33Ah battery like the Tesla's have, the 12 Volt battery might be drained if you leave the car for 24 hours.
Solution: More expensive "real" fridge boxes might draw less electricity because they do not have to stay on all the time. Although, this is just something I have not dug into yet.
Question: How will the draining of the 12V be handled by the Tesla S? Will is charge the 12V battery automatically when it detects it's getting low? Will it do this during night when the car is "off"? Or will this only be done when you charge the Tesla it self?
Hope you have some tips and experience in this field!