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Hi all,

While we are waiting for our AWD to arrive at some point this fall (fingers crossed), I am wondering if the ID Lights and any other indicators can be turned off during charging. I am asking since we are camping sometimes at an astronomy field and we would get murdered if any lights would ruin every bodies night vision or destroy a long exposure photo.

Thanks a lot for your inside!
 

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I think that the only light that stays on the whole time is a small pulsing green light adjacent to the charge port. It isn't very bright and could be shielded easily, maybe even with the port door. The inside screen and ID light seem to only come on when the charge starts and go off within a few minutes.
 

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I think that the only light that stays on the whole time is a small pulsing green light adjacent to the charge port. It isn't very bright and could be shielded easily, maybe even with the port door. The inside screen and ID light seem to only come on when the charge starts and go off within a few minutes.
That is good to know. Is there anything on the I side turning on when the charge reaches the programmed level? If not that would be awesome. A little sticker on the charge port LED would do the trick.
 

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This is a situation you definitely will want to test at home before going out.
A few ideas:
  • Check how far down you can turn ambient lighting and ID Light. Maybe it can be off.
  • Keep your key fob stationary when out there. The last thing you want is the car waking up when you approach it with the key fob in pocket.
  • Same with Car-Net app. Don't use it while the sky is dark, just in case.
  • Tape over the green charging light while out there.
 

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This is a situation you definitely will want to test at home before going out.
A few ideas:
  • Check how far down you can turn ambient lighting and ID Light. Maybe it can be off.
  • Keep your key fob stationary when out there. The last thing you want is the car waking up when you approach it with the key fob in pocket.
  • Same with Car-Net app. Don't use it while the sky is dark, just in case.
  • Tape over the green charging light while out there.
Agreed! And thanks for your suggestions. We would also be very unhappy if somebody on accident unlocks a car or has a phone not in red mode (there is a great short cut for that on an iPhone, in case anybody wants to know).

I am happy that (without interference) there seems to be only the small charge port led. Next is to double check and find some procedure to not unlock the car on accident or similarly trigger some screen/light to come on.
 

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I'm a little confused about the situation. Where will you be looking at the stars in a dark field when there is also an outlet to plug in a portable charger?
 

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I'm a little confused about the situation. Where will you be looking at the stars in a dark field when there is also an outlet to plug in a portable charger?
I'm not the OP, but amateur astronomers frequently "work" at sites that have power for their telescopes, computers, and digital imaging systems. Can be at campgrounds (some have dark areas) or dedicated sites.
 

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This is a situation you definitely will want to test at home before going out.
A few ideas:
  • Check how far down you can turn ambient lighting and ID Light. Maybe it can be off.
  • Keep your key fob stationary when out there. The last thing you want is the car waking up when you approach it with the key fob in pocket.
  • Same with Car-Net app. Don't use it while the sky is dark, just in case.
  • Tape over the green charging light while out there.
You can also turn off automatic unlock when approaching with Key FOB. It's a setting in the infotainment center.
 

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You can also turn off automatic unlock when approaching with Key FOB. It's a setting in the infotainment center.
Great. I will have to try this. Thank you.
I'm not the OP, but amateur astronomers frequently "work" at sites that have power for their telescopes, computers, and digital imaging systems. Can be at campgrounds (some have dark areas) or dedicated sites.
Absolutely correct. There are amateur astronomy sites especially in dark sky parks where amateur astronomers can stay over night and several days. Basically camping for astronomers. They need outlets for telescopes, laptops and other equipment during the night and camping during the day. Everything including flashlights, phone and laptop screens are red light only.
 
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