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Test Drive: TeslaFi And Teslascope, A Month Of Data Logging

I recently stumbled across an app called Teslascope, which bills itself as a “Tesla-only” app. At first glance, that sounds great – so many Tesla owners already spend enormous amounts of time and effort tracking every Tesla-relevant bit of data they can find.

There are quite a few Tesla apps on the market these days. However, TeslaFi and Teslascope are two of the apps that stand out not only because of their easy to use interfaces but also they both offer something unique.

Feel free to check out both TeslaFi and Teslascope below before you decide which one is best for your needs. A quick explanation of what each app is here will help you make an informed decision on which to try.

I ran both of these data collectors simultaneously to show the differences between the same charge sessions, trips, etc.

Table of Contents

Home Screen

Both TeslaFi and Teslascope have home screens that highlight times when your car has fallen asleep, drives and charges. TeslaFi also has the inclusion of idling and the ability to filter what data you want to see, as well as the change date.

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Because I have Free Supercharging enabled in the settings, TeslaFi is showing all of the prices as “savings” due to this setting, otherwise it would list it as a cost.

In-Car Support

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TESLASCOPE

I wanted to try something different for this review and tried loading both TeslaFi & Teslascope with the web browser in the infotainment screen.

What I found was that because Teslascope is built like an app it performed really well on the touch screen, whereas TeslaFi mostly worked but had trouble scrolling through the data. I ran this test with the Tesla Model 3.

I didn’t see much reason to include a photo of TeslaFi because it looks just like it does on any platform.

Mobile / Responsive

Teslascope is built like a web app and works well, no matter from which device one accesses it.

But TeslaFi is a one size fits all. I really hope that they will manage to create a mobile edition, which could happen due to the frequent activity of the team on the project.

How To Use TeslaFi

SIGN UP: Try TeslaFi for one month for free.

  1. Fill in part 1 of the form (TeslaFi)
    • Username:
    • Password:
    • E-mail:
    • Tesla Model:
    • Home Address – Used to calculate charges away from home.
  2. — OPTION 1 — Fill in part 2 of the form (Tesla.com)
    • Tesla.com Username:
    • Tesla.com Password:
  3. — OPTION 2 — Fill in part 2 of the form (Tesla.com)
    • Tesla API Refresh Token (Advanced):
    • You can use your Tesla credentials or, if you want to feel more comfortable, use your Tesla API Refresh Token to allow TeslaFi access to your live Tesla data.
  4. — OPTION 3 — (available after registration)
    • Settings > Tesla Account:
    • Allow TeslaFi To Generate My Tesla API Token:
    • Enter your Tesla.com credentials and TeslaFi will use them to obtain a token on your behalf.

That’s it. It will start pulling data immediately from the Tesla API. Begin a charge session or go for a drive to start seeing data in your TeslaFi account! 🙂

How To Use Teslascope

SIGN UP: Try Teslascope for one month for free.

  1. Fill in part 1 of the form (Teslascope)
  2. OPTION 1 — Connect Your Account (Recommended)
    • Tesla.com Username:
    • Tesla.com Password:
  3. OPTION 2 — Generate Your Own Token (Advanced)
    • Refresh Token

You are all set. It will start pulling data immediately from the Tesla API. Begin a charge session or go for a drive to start seeing data in your Teslascope account! 🙂

TeslaFi vs Teslascope – Features

Teslascope does have limited features if you link up your car and don’t sign up for its membership but you are limited to the following:

Teslascope: Free vs Paid

Teslascope FreeTeslascope Premium
Connect your VehiclesConnect your Vehicles
Basic ControlsBasic Controls
Basic Climate ControlsBasic Climate Controls
Sentry Mode On/OffSentry Mode On/Off
Quiet ModeQuiet Mode
“Smart” Release Notes“Smart” Release Notes
Participate in LeaderboardsParticipate in Leaderboards
Referral ProgramReferral Program
Developer APIs + Siri ShortcutsDeveloper APIs + Siri Shortcuts
Calendar and Day ViewCalendar and Day View
Track your Trips / TravelsTrack your Trips / Travels
Charging SessionsCharging Sessions
Cost CalculationsCost Calculations
Manage Multiple VehiclesManage Multiple Vehicles
Advanced Climate ControlsAdvanced Climate Controls
Sleep ModeSleep Mode
Scope ModeScope Mode
Data Importing (Limited to 3-Months)Data Importing (Unlimited)
Dark ThemeDark Theme
Custom Vehicle URLCustom Vehicle URL
A Nifty BadgeA Nifty Badge

TeslaFi vs Teslascope

Let’s take a look at both of the paid offerings and how they differ.

TeslaFiTeslascope Premium
Basic ControlsBasic Controls
Basic Climate ControlsBasic Climate Controls
Sentry Mode On/OffSentry Mode On/Off
Quiet ModeQuiet Mode
LeaderboardsLeaderboards
Referral ProgramReferral Program
Developer APIs + Amazon AlexaDeveloper APIs + Siri Shortcuts
Calendar and Day ViewCalendar and Day View
Track your Trips / TravelsTrack your Trips / Travels
Charging SessionsCharging Sessions
Cost CalculationsCost Calculations
Manage Multiple VehiclesManage Multiple Vehicles
Advanced Climate ControlsAdvanced Climate Controls
Deep Sleep ModeSleep Mode
Scope Mode
Pulls every 15-20 seconds while driving
Scope Mode
Pulls every 30 seconds while driving
Data ImportingData Importing
Dark ThemeDark Theme
Custom Vehicle URLCustom Vehicle URL
“Smart” Release Notes“Smart” Release Notes

Teslascope has “Smart” Release Notes that give you region-specific information about each software update which is helpful because not everything is related to your exact model and some features can be only for China, etc. You can also copy and paste your software version into Google and find the same information without logging in.

TeslaFi supports Amazon Alexa.

Teslascope supports Siri.

TeslaFi has options for Sentry Mode after you have arrived at your destination after a set period of time, and fine-tuning to specific locations you have saved. By default, 5 minutes are set and an optional email can be sent to you.

Teslascope (Scope Mode): While driving, requests will be made every thirty seconds as compared to every minute, and all other wait times have been reduced.

TeslaFi: Polling occurs once a minute while idling, sleeping and charging. It occurs 3-4 times a minute while driving depending on the response time of the API.

TeslaFi vs Teslascope – Charging

Teslascope: Sessions

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Here is a small sample of charge sessions to give you a sense of how Teslascope displays your information. Next, we will look at the expanded information on the Lake Geneva, WI Supercharger session.

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The above infographic is interactive on Teslascope so you can mouse over to see data for each data point on the graph: Energy Added, Battery Level, Charge Rate (mi/h), and Charge Rate (kW).

If you click on the green pencil icon, you can set the charge session from the default setting from private to public if you want to share it or change or recalculate the session cost estimate.

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Now, underneath the graph is a table of the whole session which I believe is represented by each pull the service does to grab information.

TeslaFi: Charge Summary

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TeslaFi is able to display and categorize several different types of charging as seen in the above image.

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I wanted to share this view, because this is the closest page I could find, to compare the graph in TeslaFi with Teslascope. As you can see, the graph shows each charging session, battery consumption, etc.

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Both of the above images were taken from the location page for the lake Geneva Supercharger.

As you can see, it not only displays the charge sessions but also the drive to and from this location.

On the right side of the map, you can set the cost of the supercharging sessions at this location, change sleep settings, sentry mode and / or adjust other advanced settings.

TeslaFi vs Teslascope – Price

ServicePer MonthPer Year
TeslaFi$5$50
Teslascope$3N/A
Teslascope (free) (limited features)$0$0

TeslaFi costs $5 / per month.

Teslascope costs $3 / per month.

TeslaFi has the option of prepaying for the whole year in advance and get two months free, which results in $4.16 / per month.

Conclusion

I hope that TeslaFi will improve their graphics, because I find it really helpful to have a more visual representation of the data.

Remember, if you stop paying for one of these services, the recording of new charging sessions will be interrupted.

While I appreciate that Teslascope allows users to continue using its service after their trials ends, it’s free service isn’t something I would consider personally because I would want continuous access to charging and drive data.

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By Graydon Schwartz

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