Have you ever been on a road trip and you end up somewhere with your Tesla that doesn’t have a charger? You know that your only option then is a regular outlet that you get in a house, 110 or 120 volts, and it charges really, really slowly.
Well, why can’t you just plug two outlets into the Tesla at the same time? There’s a lot of reasons that are definitely above my pay grade, but that’s what this item here, what’s inside this box is aiming to solve. (upbeat music) So this is the Quick 220 charging system.
You get a little GFI tester thing. I’ll explain what that’s for in a minute. And you get this box and an adapter. And with this box, the Quick 220, you do exactly kind of what that, you know, what I suggested. You plug it into two different outlets. It combines their power and gives you, essentially, double the charge.
The idea is that you could essentially take this item and just plug these two ends into different outlets, and Bob’s your uncle. Then you plug it in here.
Now, this looks weird, right? See, you notice how the eyes of it are angled differently than a normal one? Well, these guys at Quick Charge Power, which is a San Diego company, it makes all these kind of cool adapters and stuff for EVs, and they’ve been doing it forever, they make an adapter for that.
I know there are probably other ones that you can order, but this is the one I got here. They let me borrow this, as well as this item here.
And the idea is you simply plug this guy into it. And the first time I tried this, it was a little sticky, but there you go, maybe that works better now.
You plug that into it, and then you plug your Tesla charger into the other end of this. And then from there, you should get double the amount of energy out of the house that you’re in.
So the trick or the difficult part is these two ends can’t be plugged into the same phase. Now, a phase is essentially two circuits for a house here in the US that split 240 volts into 120 volts, which is typically what an outlet has here.
So those can’t be on the same one. Otherwise, you’re only gonna get effectively the same as you’d get by plugging in just to one. Now, there is a light in here that will turn on when it indicates that you’ve done it correctly.
And this little GFI tester here is something that you can get from all over, Home Depot, Amazon, whatever, to tell you whether or not the line that you’re connecting to for this guy is wired correctly because there are some challenges. There are some issues. But before we get into any of that, let’s give it a go and see what happens.
Boom. We did it first try. Okay, so one is set up over by the kitchen, and the other one’s in the entryway. It’s my house, so I happen to know that that would work.
So let’s try actually charging the Tesla now. I’m gonna get an extension cord here. Yeah, it’s kind of a short one, but it’ll be good for my experiment.
Okay. Okay, that’s good. So it has the green light which means it does have power. Let’s see when we if it’ll open it when I push the button. Okay, another good sign. Green, baby!
Oh, red! Okay, let’s see what happened. Charging equipment fault. Okay, so something up with the charging equipment. I’m gonna unplug this.
That seemed to have, is no longer, it’s red. This guy is red. It’s got a red dot there. You can see that. Okay, now the question is are one of these not wired correctly, which could very much be the case.
Now, that’s where this little GFI thing comes into place because what it’ll do is it will show you the bottom two, if these both light up correct, then it’s good.
Now, my house was built in the 50s, so who knows. All right so I’m gonna unplug this and plug this guy in and see what we get. Okay, both of those are good, so that means good.
Now, let’s test the other one here. Ah, got it. The first test was unsuccessful because typical stuff you might find in an older home, the 1950s built, electrical wasn’t what it is today.
So I need to find a different outlet. Let’s go. So in my garage, we have a bunch here, and this guy that owned the home originally was kind of a whatever.
So can’t even see if those have power. Okay, I don’t know if you can see that, but though those are well lit. Okay, so I’ll plug this guy into here.
There’s my actual NEMA 14-50. And then we’ll take this back into here. So now when I plug this in, this guy should light up if they’re on different circuits, which would make sense because one’s in the garage and one’s in the kitchen.
So let’s see. Dink, there we go. And let’s see what happens now with the car because before it said charger fault. Let’s go, start charging.
Now, 12 amps are kind of a lot, but let’s just say start charging. Charge now instead, yes. Okay, here we go. Four, five, six, seven, right. Perfect. Okay, so we’re getting six miles per hour, so I’ve doubled my charging speed. So 230 volts coming in doubled my charging speed almost exactly.
Let’s do the same thing. I’m gonna unplug this. Okay, unplugged. And now I’m just gonna plug the Tesla charger into one of the wall outlets directly. Okay, so it’s in the wall. We’re good. Now, I’m gonna try one more time just to show you that what it would normally give. Okay, so plug it in.
This should go green, or I might have to click it again. Let’s go see. Charge it, yeah, ’cause schedule charging is on. Okay. Let’s go start charging. Start. Starting to charge. There we go. One, two, ooh two miles per hour hundred, 108 volts. All right, so it worked. All right, so there you have it. It works when you have it on two different phases, as you saw.
Make sure, the GFI thing is actually super useful because I got that charger fault. And then you saw what it’s like if you only have a regular plug. So that’s where this is like a massive difference. I mean six miles per hour, if you’re there for 10 hours, 60 miles of range, like you’re staying overnight, that kind of thing, that’s great.
Otherwise, you’re looking at 30 miles of range overnight charging, if that. That’s really difficult if you’re in like a town and you’re not just passing through. So yeah, let’s head back in, talk just about a couple of other things that you might want to know. So cool.
Yes, you can take two regular outlets in a home, connect them together using this to double your charging speed, as you just saw. Tricks, obviously, or tips, a GFI tester, super good, especially if you’re not sure about when the home was built or how the electrical was.
As you saw in my home here, where one of them wasn’t working, so we got that charge fault here. Yeah, these are pretty cheap, whatever. You can get them at a local hardware store kind of a thing. The adapter here from Quick Charge is great because the kind of charge or the kind of outlet they put here isn’t your standard one, so your Tesla plug won’t go directly in.
I believe they used to actually sell one, but they stopped doing it from what I understand. So you’ll need this. Again, relatively inexpensive. The unit itself, super cool. These cables I wish were maybe a whole lot longer, as you saw, ’cause you need some additional extension cords with you.
And then your universal mobile connector, the portable charger from Tesla that you’ll get when you buy the car with the regular kind of 120 outlets, the regular outlet kind of adapter. This is one of the older models. If you have a newer Model 3 or even one of the newer things, it plugs, this whole unit comes out, so it looks a little bit differently, but whatever.
It’s the same thing. So if you get it from Tesla you know you’ll have it. So try to make sure you’re not plugging it into something that, an outlet or a circuit where the refrigerator is connected because that could come on randomly, and then you’re already pulling a ton of power, you could pop that circuit, and then it would not, the fridge would stop running, which would mean your food would go bad or that kind of thing.
Plus, you would lose charge, or you’re charging would stop altogether. So it’s one of those things where you’d have to kind of just be a little bit more cautious about what you’re doing there. Other than that, I mean, pretty cool.
This is kind of magic, you know? It’s really great to see companies like this coming up with these really innovative solutions to help us make that transition to more sustainable transportation.