How to use iOS/Android devices as “Stats for nerds” gauges in your Tesla Model 3 with an easy DIY OBDLink MX+ install

You know how YouTube on PC playback has the right-click feature where you can show stats for nerds? There are apps that are kind of like stats for nerds for your Tesla's battery, performance, and much much more. A close look under the hood while your EV is powered up and about to embark upon it's…

May 18 2020

Featured on Tech Breakfast Podcast on May 04 2020 "Digital Transformation - Telsa/Elon - Fairphone - Intel - Rockets"

A few days ago, a colleague I used to work with at VMware Tyler Gates @TSGates_ reached out to me to see if I'd be interesting in being a guest on a new podcast. Knowing the wealth of entertaining stories Tyler has up his sleeves, and hearing that he was doing this with co-host Aaron Buley…

May 4 2020

Close 4K look at Tesla "Traffic Light and Stop Sign Control (Beta)" used safely on public roads

4K 60fps video below, or skip right to when I actually start driving here. Backstory This is it, the little liquid-cooled dual CPU computer housing enclosing the Autopilot and Infotainment boards. Click to view the source of the screenshot, Sandy Munro's Model Y ADAS Hardware V3 video. Despite…

Apr 26 2020

Model 3 HW3 brain replacement can cause temporary amnesia but Tesla Service can quickly restore your settings, all you need to know before you go

Test. 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 his 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 Tesla battery pack for new Model 3 Police Cruiser's accessories and lights, replacing 10 mpg cruiser with fast, safe, and 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!

Added Apr 7 2022 - I recently came across a promising overhead cable management system called EV Hover, especially handy if your charging port isn't near your wall outlet, detailed below. While it's more expensive, it may be better suited for garage layouts that differ from mine. Article as it…

Feb 1 2020

Michelin CrossClimate+ 18" All Weather tires are a viable year-round replacement for Tesla Model 3, better in snow & rain, cost less, last longer, protect rims, and reduce range only slightly (new for '21 CrossClimate 2, even better!)

See also newer, shorter version of this original, extensive article below: Michelin CrossClimate 2 All Weather Tires Review - a safe year-round choice in rain/snow, hot/cold Dec 10 2021 Table of Contents This article is not a sponsored post. TLDR Why Your Tire Choice Matters Research Load…

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%. Apparently 22,654 people have read this article in the 11 months since it was published, that's a lot of curious Tesla folks and I'm glad I could help! My wife and I love our Model 3s. This article is not meant to degrade anybody's experience, they're…

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. If you order Solar, it's a $250 award after system activation. Disclosure: My…

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

This is a very popular article, with over 11,757 readers as of Feb 17 2022, seen pictured at right. Below, you'll find the TinkerTry'd Amazon Shopping list that includes the items featured in the video, or you might like the less cluttered view of the same items in my public Amazon Idea List. Many…

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