Tesla Model S diagnostic cable
The Tesla Model S diagnostic cable is a 12 pin adapter cable needed to connect a wireless OBD2 dongle. The Tesla Model S through 2015 model year uses what is called a 12 pin Tesla Diagnostic Connector (TDC). With this cable and an OBD2 dongle, you can use an app, such as Scan My Tesla or TM-Spy, to read out your Model S. The diagnostic cable works on Model S models BEFORE facelift. The first Model S models can be identified by the 12-pin diagnostic connector (Tesla Diagnostic Connector), located under the Media Control Unit (MCU)/head display, behind the drawer.
It is recommended that this diagnostic cable be used with one of the OBDLink dongles listed below. The benefits of using the diagnostic cable, in conjunction with an OBDLink and the Scan My Tesla app are as follows:
✓ Quick check of your battery pack/battery condition
✓ Transparency in the operation of your Tesla
✓ Plug and play, easy installation
✓ Data viewable on your phone or tablet
✓ Available for Android and iOS (as of May 1, 2020
)✓ Safe to use; no unwanted changes are made to the Tesla
Tesla Model S diagnostic cable
The Tesla Model S (before facelift) diagnostic cable is an adapter needed to connect an OBDLink dongle. The Tesla diagnostic cable in combination with the OBD2 dongle allows you to use an app, such as Scan My Tesla or TM-Spy, to read your Model S, up to and including model year 2015. The Model S with the 12-pin diagnostic connector was delivered within Europe up to and including year of manufacture 2015. The Model S model can be recognized by its xenon headlights and open front bumper and grill. The regulations of diagnostic plugs for electric vehicles are different from those for vehicles running on, for example, diesel or gasoline. In the case of EVs, the manufacturer gets to decide what kind of diagnostic port they use in their car. If you want to view data from your Tesla, such as battery information, you will need the right accessories; a special diagnostic cable for a Model S, an OBDLink OBD2 dongle and a ScanMyTesla or TM-Spy app. All variants of the Model S can be read out.
Important information for reading your Tesla Model S
- The cable offered is a non-original Tesla Motors accessory, but it is a cable developed by us.
- Installation of the cable should be done when the Tesla Model S is completely off for at least 10 minutes. This time is needed to properly shut down all systems. The same applies to removing the cable.
- OBDLink LX/MX/MX+ works with the ScanMyTesla app for Android
- OBDLink MX+ works with the ScanMyTesla app for iOS
Capabilities of the Scan My Tesla app in conjunction with the OBDLink and diagnostic cable
View many important (live) data such as:
- Battery charge / voltage / current / temperatures
- Electric drive train power / torque / temperatures
- Battery life / estimated capacity / battery degradation / distance
- 12v current / voltage / temperature
- Trip logging / Trip statistics / including charging
- HVAC (Heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration) monitoring and measurements
Advantages & drawbacks
- Quick check of your battery pack / battery condition
- Transparency in the operation of your Tesla
- Plug and play, easy installation
- Data viewable on your phone or tablet
- Available for Android and iOS
- Tesla uses different connectors, first check carefully that this cable fits your Model S
Often purchased together with...
- Manufacturer Tesla
- Features Adapter, Adapter cable
- Protocol CAN, EOBD, OBD2