Model 3 HW3 brain replacement caused temporary amnesia but Tesla quickly restored settings, Autopilot improvement demonstrated with new FSD Computer

Turns out Tesla Raj ran into this same all-settings-lost situation one day after me, and was told Tesla can't always restore settings. See also Tesla Raj's reply to my comment. Tesla Canuck and Mother Frunker lost their settings too, my article is about a possible fix. Spoiler alert, Autosteer and…

Feb 27 2020

Westport Connecticut Police first to use Model 3's big battery for siren, radio, and lights with Tesla cooperation, replacing 10 mpg gas cruiser with stealthy, efficient EV

I'm a tech enthusiast and Tesla Model 3 owner who recently attended this special EV Club of CT event. I'm reporting what I learned about the technology, with information I was unable to find anywhere else. If you have serious interest in this Model 3 for fleet use and have questions, please contact…

Feb 23 2020

Affordable and convenient way to get Tesla cables off the garage floor, trip-free charging from above!

Some of my Tesla videos and this article show a glimpse of how I handle overhead charging in our all-electric two car garage, with EVs in both pod bays: 2018 Tesla Model 3 Long Range Dual Motor (AWD) Midnight Silver, 48 amp home charging max 2020 Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus (RWD) White, 32…

Feb 1 2020

Michelin CrossClimate+ 18" tires for Tesla Model 3 are better in snow & rain, protect rims, cost less, but reduce range

Note, your Model 3 range might be reduced by as much as 10% with CrossClimate+ tires, at least in the winter. I've decided the trade-off is worth it for me here in New England, see more details below my March 06 2020 update/conclusions, and Electric vehicles are changing the future of auto…

Jan 31 2020

Things I noticed charging my Tesla Model 3 LR AWD at the very first V3 Superchargers in the Northeastern United States

On Monday January 27 2020, I enjoyed some pleasant weather on my afternoon career related road trip from my home in Wethersfield Connecticut, heading to the Philadelphia Pennsylvania area for the evening. That's about 419 miles to cover, in one day. Knowing I'd be passing by the Fairfield…

Jan 29 2020

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #429 "Paul Braren Podcasts from the Tesla 3 and Buys Another"

TeslaFi Affiliate Link above, Amazon and other commission-earning links below. I just got home from a roadtrip to visit family in Boston, spending just $9.11 cents in electricity to move ourselves 208 miles total. What a nice treat to catch this tweet (pictured at right) by @awraynor, time to…

Jan 12 2020

Design and specification changes between Tesla Model 3 2018 and 2020 model years and between LR AWD and SR+ models

Both Models 3s ready to go, charged to 90%. My wife and I love our Model 3s. This is not meant to degrade anybody's experience, they're amazing vehicles. Tesla has always made changes to their cars any time of year they feel like, I knew that going in. There's a huge price difference between my two…

Dec 24 2019

First year and 25,000 miles of Tesla Model 3 ownership went very well, far exceeding our expectations

It's going well! So well that my wife and I carefully decided to do this last week: Tesla Tuesday for my wife, getting rid of our last gas car ever, a 2005 Honda Civic Dec 16 2019 We only get a car every 10 to 15 years, so this was a huge decision for us. Free Supercharging: If you find this…

Dec 23 2019

Tesla Tuesday for my wife, getting rid of our last gas car ever, a 2005 Honda Civic

Ready for departure! We both went for even more efficient cars than we already had, and let's be real, those Civics were more like 30 mpg and 25 mpg in the winter. Free Supercharging: If you find this article of value and decide to order a Tesla, please consider using this ts.la/paul68544…

Dec 16 2019

April's Drive Electric Earth Day moved to Celebrate West Hartford Day on June 1 2019, my Electric Vehicle and I will be there, ask me anything!

Video and photo galleries below, with event details and map. Tomorrow, I'll be heading over to Celebrate West Hartford to talk to anybody who wants to learn about electric vehicle ownership. Having driven over 10,000 miles these first 6 months of ownership, I was a reluctant and frankly a little…

May 31 2019

Tesla's new $35K Model 3 blows Leaf (and Bolt) away in price, range, and safety, so will sub-$40K Model Y Crossover SUV

Free Supercharging: If you find this article of value and decide to order a Tesla, please consider using this ts.la/paul68544 referral link when placing your order so you and I both get 1,000 miles of free Supercharging. There are currently no referrals for Model Y or Cybertruck. If you order…

Mar 3 2019

My 1,000th TinkerTry IT @ home blog post

You can see them all at: TinkerTry.com/archive Let me confess that articles like "TinkerTry's Fifth Birthday, June 1, 2016 - momentary pause for self-congratulatory backslapping and prognostication" tend to be my least popular of all. That's just as well, since my focus and my joy in…

Feb 28 2019

Charging your Tesla Model 3 at home: details to discuss with your electrician

Jan 15 2020 Update - Today, he new third generation Tesla Wall Connector was released, with installation information, commissioning procedure, and manual. It uses WiFi instead of signal cable sto coordinate charging when installed in series. I had suspected that a new charger would be coming out…

Jan 30 2019

Sneak peek at what's cooking at TinkerTry in 2019

Wondering what's the hopper? Wonder no more, here you go! TinkerTry Studio Stock photo of workbench for now, with plans to share actual photos of my work bench. My dedicated space now includes a 4 foot by 8 foot Global Industrial Maple Butcher Block Workbench that I sanded and stained, adding…

Jan 16 2019

Featured on "Home Gadget Geeks" Episode #385 "Paul Braren with Travel Tech, Ring Stick Up Cams and a New Tesla 3 – HGG385"

This new podcast episode 385 is now available at the averageguy.tv here, where you can also view, listen, and/or subscribe. Here's an excerpt: Paul Braren from https://tinkertry.com and on Twitter at @paulbraren joins this week as we catch up with him and his job with VMware, some travel tech from…

Jan 6 2019

Best road-tested Tesla Model 3 accessories for all-weather long-distance safety and convenience

TinkerTry'd Tesla Model 3 known-good interior and exterior accessories close look Here's the TinkerTry'd Amazon Shopping list that includes the items featured in the video above, or you might like the less cluttered view of the same items in my public Amazon Idea List. Amazon Shopping List view at…

Jan 5 2019

Tesla Model 3 replacing my 13 year old Honda Civic Hybrid, let's see how that goes. So far, so good!

At the start of this video this video, Roadshow's Tim Stevens proclaims: What you're looking at is the most anticipated car of all time. With more than a half million pre-orders on the books, the Tesla Model 3 has piqued the interest of more people around the world than any car in history. See…

Dec 23 2018

Experiencing the first SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch from 7 miles away, the most powerful rocket to launch since Apollo 17 in 1973!

Falcon Heavy Animation Click the infographic to view it full size at space.com Caption from SpaceX Channel's YouTube Video above: When Falcon Heavy lifts off, it will be the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two. With the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons…

Feb 5 2018

Elon Musk's Powerwall, time-shifting the energy from that handy fusion reactor in the sky

I don't generally report news. But I do like to discuss topics IT-related topics that potentially impact our environment. Working in IT, I've seen my share of diesel generators and lead acid battery rooms. I've also weathered week-long power outages at home, spurring me to get a generator. Coupled…

May 4 2015