Tesla Model S Battery Module Torture Test – Video

JAN 20 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

Tesla Model S Battery (Module) Dead Shorted

Tesla Model S Battery (Module) Dead Shorted

After shorting a single 18650 lithium-ion battery cell from Tesla Model S (see video below), it’s time to short the whole module…

Editor’s Note:  Some NSFW language upon destructive ativities

With gloves and a safety sip of beer before starting, there was light and sound, but not as much excitement as you’d normally expect to see on YouTube…

Turns out the fuses work properly.

But remember, don’t do this without a beer at home.

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Reminds me of Goober and Gomer trying to fix a car. SHAZAM !!!

Idiots … these punks are lucky the fuses where there to protect them.

No plasma scars or UV burns this time around!


We knew the fuses would blow.

We figured the fuses would just pop.

We were a bit surprised and disapointed it happened so fast.

The battery was fully charged to 25.6V

What surprises me is the ignorance of all the people. like jon said, at least somebody go the joke of “hold my beer”


They must have money to to burn. (Or short.)

And some spare faces. If some safety mechanism had failed they could have lost far more than money. Luckily the Tesla battery seems well engineered.

They need to get a job…..

Can anyone explain the “significance” of these “tests”?

This proves that a Tesla battery is safer than the unfused radiator fan circuit of a Fisker Karma. But significance? No. This wasn’t a TORTURE TEST. This is the kind of thing we used to give BIG EXPERTS something to do so that they could feel important – give them a box of old unneeded fuses and have them ‘test’ them to make sure they blow. (The joke here is of course they’ll blow. Manufacturing tolerances of fuses have always been pretty good, at least for the last 120 years or so. They intrinsically work, unlike circuit breakers, which can jam, rust, etc.). April 1st must have come early….. A real torture test would be seeing how the battery (or more importantly, the ‘battery system’ which includes the battery and the hvac system for it) runs under very hot or very cold weather. The only COLD test I’m aware of is the one that NY Times Broder did without knowing it because Tesla was documenting the results of his trip. Bjorn’s “COLD WINTER WEATHER” drain test was substantially 45 degees fahrenheit. That’s hot around here, and Tesla’s own info goes down to that ‘cold’. Must be ‘Arctic Temperature’ for San… Read more »


Famous last words, “hold my beer”

It would be serious if they had an ammeter set up or o-scope to measure fault current. But – and here’s the thing – with all the UNKNOWNS about the battery/longevity/vampire drain, or parasitic losses/ battery heating in very cold weather, its not like there is absolutely nothing to test for.

But as in the post above, the phrase ‘testing fuses’ always brings a smile to my face.

I refuse to give these morons a view.
People who are amazed that a volt meter reads 0V when you connect the two measuring terminals to each other should not be messing with electricity, let alone batteries.

As the maker of this video, I resent your ignorant reply. Given that 18″ of 4awg wire, when considering contact resistance would be nearly 1mohm, and our short generated approximately 2,700 amps (easily calculated from the fuse wire sizes and blow time), the voltage drop would have been well over 1V at the terminal. It just happened so fast the multimeter could not pick it up.

I am happy to see that Mr. Kane got the hold my beer joke. 🙂

Unlike the Roadster, Tesla Model S cells do not have internal fuses. Removing the internal fuses saves money. Cell fuses are at the module level.

What?! Why would someone do that?! Next time send me the modules and I will build my ev instead of crashing all the fuses.