Tesla adaptor

Discussion in 'Hyundai Kona Electric' started by Paul DeLeon, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. Paul DeLeon

    Paul DeLeon New Member

    Has anyone tried the Tesla adaptor? The Lectron or Tesla tap?
    There are not too many useful charging stations near me, except one Tesla.
     
  2. ericy

    ericy Active Member

    I have seen YouTube reviews, but that's it. I believe that these things are for destination chargers(hotels, etc), and not superchargers.

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  3. Fastnf

    Fastnf Member


    I used one that was available at a motel I stayed in. It worked fine. I charged to from 10% to 100% overnight. The motel had a Tesla destination charger (level 2) available for customers, and the free use of an adapter for those driving EV using a J 1772 level 2 charger. If I traveled a lot or or only had access to Tesla destination chargers I would definitely consider one. Note it only worked on Level 2 chargers not DC fast chargers.
     
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  4. eastpole

    eastpole Member

    I have bought a TeslaTap and will probably get to use it on an upcoming road trip. It doesn't seem like it will be a true lifesaver, but there sure are a lot of places with Destination chargers. It makes the map look friendlier. :)
     
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  5. Kavi66

    Kavi66 New Member

    I have a Tesla Tap and use it with my telsa charger I have installed in the garage. Whether charging a tesla or my Kona I am able to charge using the same charger.

    It is very sticky and almost difficult to remove the Tesla charger from the Tap.

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  6. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    I would have run the conduit vertical out of the panel and then bend right to avoid one 90 degree bend, but that's just me. Nice color and very shiny Kona.
     
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  7. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    I'm definitely looking into buying an adapter, as I plan to drive about 1200 miles round trip next month and frankly WV is a wasteland for charging. I think the adapter will give me just enough extra peace of mind if I get desperate for a charge.

    I'm not sure what to get though, so if anyone else bought one let me know. This sounds pretty good, I guess it should be for that price. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V7V2QT8/ref=dp_cerb_2
     
  8. Paul DeLeon

    Paul DeLeon New Member

    I bought one and used it once at a Tesla destination charger. Of no use at the DC Superchargers, though.
    Our Konas have a DC input. Would an adaptor work?
     
  9. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    Yeah I plan to only use it when absolutely necessary at a destination charger. Specifically in WV I'm stopping somewhere that I know I'll have to charge and there are 3 Tesla destination chargers and 1 J-1772 charger. I don't want to hang my whole trip on that 1 charger being operable and available. I'm staying overnight so I'm not THAT worried about available, but operable? That could be an issue.
     
  10. GPM432

    GPM432 Active Member

    So those adapters only work on level two tesla chargers but not tesla DC chargers right.
     
  11. GPM432

    GPM432 Active Member

    I have heard the Tesla DC charger doesn't recognize konas etc. electric cars..
     
  12. Fastnf

    Fastnf Member

    That is correct. Level 2 chargers only. At this time there are no adapters For DC fast charge to CCS. There is a Tesla to Chadmo adapter but its only works for Tesla it is of no use to a Kona.
     
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  13. GPM432

    GPM432 Active Member

    so just to clear my mind the adapters are designed to work all the time on tesla 2 chargers The tesla public chargers you see on the highways etc are they all DC chargers or a mix of 2's and 3's. Thanks for the help.
     
  14. Fastnf

    Fastnf Member

    The best way to determine which chargers are available is to use plug share. https://www.plugshare.com/ It allows you to specify by charger type. In plug share select the Tesla charger but not the Supercharger and not the Tesla (Roadster) It will then show all the Tesla level 2 chargers where the adapter will work.
     
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  15. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    Yeah I love Plugshare and try to remember to always check in when charging. It's a great app. I bought the adapter, will let everyone know how it works out.
     
  16. Francois

    Francois Active Member

    Looks very interesting as I did not even know this existed. But at around $200 it is a bit too pricey for me unless I absolutely needed it.
     
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  17. electriceddy

    electriceddy Well-Known Member

    Would only be beneficial if you have frequent access to a Tesla destination charger, here is the map:
    https://www.tesla.com/en_CA/destination-charging
     
  18. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    I didn't know about it, either. But I plan a big trip next month and I was at a free charger the other night that had 1 Tesla and 1 J-1772 charger and of course there was 1 in use... a Tesla was using the J-1772 charger so I was stuck. That got me thinking and I decided it might be handy to have the adapter with me in cases like that, not to mention the long trip next month. I think in the long run it'll totally be worth it, but $200 does seem a bit ridiculous - agreed.
     
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  19. Mattsburgh

    Mattsburgh Active Member

    First test today was a success, I had virtually no problem charging using the adapter. Basically, I plugged the Tesla charger into the adapter, then the J-1772 end of the adapter into my Kona and nothing happened. I started the car (with everything still hooked up) and it began charging without any trouble. So I don't know why it didn't start initially, I might just not have waited long enough, but basically I consider this a total win. I let it charge for about 10 minutes and then switched to the regular J-1772 plug that is at that same station. I did note that using the Tesla type connector gave me about 7.2 kw while the J-1772 was providing only 6.5, so I was actually doing a little better with the Tesla.
     
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  20. Francois

    Francois Active Member

    Very glad to hear it worked. It opens up possibilities of different itineraries when you know that you can also count on tesla charging stations.
     
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