Must have accessories for your Tesla

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Original article adapted from http://fealey.co.uk/tesla/the-must-have-accessories-for-your-new-tesla-model-s/645
Out of the showroom, the car is pretty much ready to go but here are a few things that many Tesla owners buy straight after or just before collecting.

Full list (click for details):

The Must Have products:

Optional but useful for many people:

Not necessary but a nice touch:

An emergency car kit (separate article)

The Must Have products:

A home charger

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Please read our updated guide to home chargers

CHAdeMO adapter

chademoThe most popular accessory, buy it from Tesla Parts and make sure you buy it WELL IN ADVANCE, as often they run out of stock and forget to store ones for customer car collections. If you have a long trip planned just after collecting ensure you get this ordered and double checked by your DS before the day!

This is used for Motorway service rapid chargers and many other non-Tesla chargers and is often an essential for many owners, however, saying that you might not need it if you only travel certain routes that are already covered with Supercharger/Destination chargers/home or office chargers, best to check Zap-Maps and do some route planning. You must get the Firmware updated from time-to-time or normally done automatically when the car is being serviced.

Important Note: If you’re buying a Facelift Model S, ensure your CHAdeMO adaptor is a revision D (or greater), any older devices (A, B or C) may not work 100% with your vehicle. In other words, be careful when buying an old/secondhand CHAdeMO. Tesla should supply revision D or newer with all new orders.

A decent car cleaning kit (or just show your butler / get a local valet company to clean)

two-buckerThe basics: Two bucket technique (possibly cheaper via Amazon) or just buy two cheap buckets locally + Wash Mitt (or this one)

The car shampoo etc that you will use will vary depending on if you’ve got the car paint protected or not. If it is just the bare paintwork then you will want one that leaves a slight wax finish, if you have paint protection you probably want no-wax/films etc left on the paint, see my recommendations on this guide. I recommend you research paint protection further, it is best done when you first get the car.

Never use a sponge – they’re flat surfaces and if when dirt gets attached they can leave awful looking swirls, get a stone caught and you’ve just ruined your paint. Use a wash mitt instead.

Learn more about cleaning your Tesla Model S

A snow foam lance

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Even if you’re not serious about cleaning cars, using one of these is extremely fun but actually it will give a superior clean because the more dirt you remove before you clean the car by hand the less likely you’re to scratch or mark your paint. So grab a Pressure Washer + Snowfoam Lance (make sure it has the correct fitment for your pressure washer) + the actual snow foam (or this brand), spray and then leave for 10 minutes, then pressure wash off and continue to wash the car using the Two Bucket Technique.

Learn more about cleaning your Tesla Model S

Tyre Pump / Repair Kit

These tyre pumps are popular in the group, simply keep it in the frunk or garage and check the tyres every month or so, it will save you energy (increase in distance) + reduce tyre wear.

Tesla sells a tyre repair kit (cheaper versions below) which you might find useful for emergency situations where you cannot call for assistance or don’t have any other option, it’s important to remember that although these are effective once you’ve used it it’s unlikely that it will be possible to make a more permanent fix to a tyre afterwards, alternatively a more traditional fix might be better suited.

A decent phone holder

broditThe Tesla built in system is OK but you can’t access the screen easily so grab one of these if you want to use Waze Maps etc (in order of popularity of UK Tesla Owners)

A decent phone charger and cable

The USB ports in the Tesla are rated at 500ma which will give you a pretty slow charge rate, most owners upgrade to a 12V 24W charger, like:

Depending on where you plan to store your phone you may want a longer cable:

A front and rear camera aka dash camera

camera1Install and forget it is there, one day it might save you a massive insurance hassle. The beauty of the Tesla is you can have this recording 24/7!

The recommended cameras:

You might want to grab a decent MicroSD card as well, you should aim for as much as possible but 32GB-64GB should be fine for most people.

You can install yourself or do what most Tesla owners do and get a 3rd party to install:

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Optional but useful for many people

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A type 2 cable

Tesla used to supply these as standard with all Model S, now it’s an optional extra. Buying the cable direct from Tesla appears to be the best idea as the price is fair, the cable is a thick Mennekes branded 7M 3 phase cable (pictured above). Failing that consider EVConnectorsEVCables or a BMW i3/i8 cable (similar build quality to Mennekes but cheaper).

It will really depend on where you live and where you plan to charge, for instance, I use mine probably 15-20 times a year but it’s nice to have as it opens you up to thousands more chargers across the country.

A DECENT extension cable + Dribox 330drib0x

This will depend on your requirements but I’ve had to use an extension cable around 10 times this year.

It is ideal for weekend trips away, AirBnb* trips or charging at family/friends overnight where the standard Tesla cable won’t reach (common issue).

Lots of UK members (including myself) buy cables from Industrial Extension Leads, remember you MUST always unwind all cables when charging.  I personally own the Double Socket 20M 2.5mm 13amp Heavy Duty Cable (pictured above) and would highly recommend it. Ensure you buy one with at least a 2.5mm thick cable (like the one above) and remember anything over 20M should be 4mm minimum to reduce voltage drop.

Don’t use a standard extension lead unless you’re desperate as they can & will overheat (potentially causing a fire etc), if you have no option ensure you unwind completely, reduce the amps down to 5amps and check the plug for excess heat often, if you NEED the speed then slowly increase the amps up whilst checking for excess heat often.

A Dribox 330 (pictured above)

To place your UMC / extension cable in whilst charging to ensure they don’t get soaked, the UMC is water resistant but can’t be submerged in water. Buy from Amazon (+ fits in rear dropped trunk so ideal for storage as well)

Tesla Remote S app by Rego apps (mixed reviews from owners)

applDownload from iOS Apple app store. Quicker to load than the Tesla app, more functions (e.g. open sunroof more than vent, Apple watch, Breadcrumb tracking, Camp Mode, Vampire Drain, Trip Statistics, Website to control your car etc). Worth the money in my opinion all the UX is a bit fiddly.

Get the paint protected

tesla-paint-protectionSee my guide on my paint protection (third party website)

Alloygators or RimProTec (Alloy Wheel Protection)

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Read this guide on alloy wheel protection


Not necessary but a nice touch

Trunk mat kit

tesla-all-weather-matsSee our full guide on mats

Brighter lighting in the puddle lights

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You can upgrade the existing puddle lights with ones from Abstract Ocean (around £35 delivered to UK), alternatively consider replacings these with custom Puddle Lights (See below)

Brighter LEDs in the rear boot

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You can upgrade the existing LEDs in the boot with ones from Abstract Ocean (around £35 delivered to UK) – The photo above shows before and after upgrading the LEDS.

Extra LED panels in the boot

lights1Alternatively, install some extra lighting in the rear boot, Simon Holbon charges £50 if you’re having a dash camera installed at the same time, it made a massive difference in my car. More installers on here.

Custom Puddle lights

puddleDo not drill any holes into the door, it will invalidate your warranty! The Tesla already has holes ready for these, although it’s not officially for this. Car Door Ground Shadow set from eBay – Photo thanks to Sam Elsokari

Boot Liner / All Weather Mats etc

rhino-teslaRead our guide on car mats

Coat hooks

evhooksAnyone moving from pretty much any other car will notice the lack of coat hooks in the Model S, you can 3D print some or buy from Evannex (USA) or EVHooks (Aluminum and pictured)

Spare CR2032 battery

You may never use it, but it might be useful if you don’t get your car serviced every year. 2 pack for £1.60

A spare tyre/wheel + Torque Wrench

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Torque Wrench

129 lb. ft (175 Nm) is the correct setting and mine were nowhere near that, make sure this is checked when the car goes in for service/tyre change etc or do what I just did & do it yourself by purchasing:

– a 21mm Draper Expert Hi-Torq® Wheel Nut Socket for £14 from local store, however, in hindsight I should have purchased this set for £19

– a Halfords Professional Torque Wrench 60-300Nm (with lifetime warranty) for £89.99 > http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/spanners-wrenches/halfords-professional-torque-wrench-8-60nm*https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership
Remember 10% off everything at Halfords for Cycling membership (anyone can get this for reference from https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/membership for £21)
They also do a smaller version (40-200Nm) for £10 less > http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/tools/spanners-wrenches/halfords-professional-torque-wrench-40-200nm*

Replacement tyres for Model S can be difficult to find sometimes, so having one stored at your local tyre depot is a good idea, failing that buy one and put in the garage.

Read my guide on spare/replacement tyres and Wheels

Spare Wheel

Learn how to replace a wheel and consider carrying a spare space saver (thanks to Steve) or Read my guide on spare/replacement tyres and Wheels

Locking wheel nuts (depending on your location)

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If you get them, spray with silicon as they often go rusty! Many owners don’t bother as aesthetically they’re not great, you can buy the tool to unlock for less at Halfords and someone would need a lot of time and effort to remove your wheels.

Sleeping bag

For the inevitable charging at 2am at a supercharger in Norway or for other road trips where you want to lay under the stars. Use the Remote S app to keep the car fans running.

Add your own personal touch

tesla-customFrom the outside many Teslas look identical. Try something different like wheel stickers etc. http://www.rpmtesla.com/ with discount code 15%OFFMP should get you all of these.

Tesla Air Valve Caps

Although these are unofficial several members from the group have purchased and love the look of these.

Yes I have these. They are fine and just a little different from the standard black plastic caps which is why I went for them. Good tip is put a dab of Vaseline (of a couple of drops of oil) on the threads of the tyre valve before fitting them so they don’t lock themselves on in winter as they are metal. They have been on for 5000 miles and still look like new. Recommended.

You might find these useful:

A big thank you to everyone who helped supply photographs, I’ve contacted everyone for permission.

*the majority of links on this page generate funds for the group if you purchase however some of them currently don’t and the money is generated to the writer of the article.  This doesn’t change the price you pay (in fact some of the links will save you money) but this automatically helps to pay for equipment to produce better videos on YouTube etc. So for that I thank you, if you do buy something please let me know in the comments.

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