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What to know about Tesla charging at home

Knowing your charging options as a Tesla driver ensures efficient and convenient charging and better battery health for your electric car. Each level delivers different charging speeds, so it’s important that you know the right type of charger for your car model.

Different Tesla models have different maximum charge power they can accept. Choosing the right charger can help you lower costs in the long run. 

Tesla Home Charging Options

Most Tesla owners charge at home overnight. Tesla offers a $200 Mobile Connector that can be plugged into your standard three-prong, 120-volt outlet. It can give you around 2-3 miles of range per hour, which may be enough for short drives.

The Tesla Wall Connector provides the fastest EV charging speed for your home out of any Tesla charger. Wall Connectors use a dedicated 240-volt outlet, which can give you up to 44 miles of range per hour. These are the same type of chargers you'll see at a public Tesla charging station.

Portable chargers like the Lectron Portable Tesla Charger don't need to be hardwired into your home's electrical system like the Wall Connector. You can just plug it into the same 240-volt outlet you use for your dryer and start charging your vehicle at Level 2 (or plug into a 120-volt outlet for Level 1 charging).

The Tesla Supercharger is the fastest charging option when you're away from home, with up to 200 miles of range in 15 minutes. There are about 1,400 of these fast charging stations located on major thoroughfares nationwide, which are accessible 24/7. To find the nearest Supercharging locations, use the Tesla app and enter a destination. The Trip Planner will calculate your route and show Supercharger stall availability.

Tesla Home Charging Station Cost

The Tesla Mobile Connector is currently priced at $230 while the Wall Connector costs $425. If you're opting for the Wall Connector, you'll have to pay additional fees for the installation, which could range from $750 to $1,000.

Meanwhile, the Lectron Portable Tesla Charger is priced at $323.99. Since it has the NEMA 5-15 plug option, you won't need any additional wiring to charge your electric vehicle, making it perfect for use both at home and on the road.

If you prefer a hardwired home charging station, the Lectron VBOX is currently priced at $449.99 which has a maximum charging output of 46 mph at 11.52 kWh, and can fully charge your EV overnight.

Tesla vs non-Tesla chargers

Tesla Mobile Connector vs. Lectron Portable Tesla Charger

  • Cable Length - The Lectron Portable Tesla Charger has a longer charging cable (21 ft) than the Tesla Mobile Connector (20 ft)

  • Longer Handle - The Lectron Portable Tesla Charger has a longer handle and a molded strain relief to prevent the cable from breaking

  • Easy to Read LED Indicators - The Lectron Portable Tesla Charger provides a reference table directly embedded at the back of the charger for you to easily decode what the indicator lights mean

Tesla Wall Connector vs. Lectron V-BOX

  • Charging Speed - The Lectron V-BOX offers up to 46 miles of range per hour whereas the Tesla Wall Connector offers 44 miles

  • Cable Length - The Tesla Wall Connector has a longer charging cable (24 ft) than the Lectron V-BOX (20 ft)

  • LED Display - The Lectron V-BOX features an LED screen that lets you monitor critical information like real-time current, charging time, rated current, state of charge, and temperature while the Tesla Wall Connector only has an indicator light.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a Tesla charger add to your electricity bill?

The cost of electricity used by a Tesla charger will depend on several factors, including the charging rate, the cost of electricity in your area, and the amount of time the charger is used.

A Level 2 Tesla charger typically has a power rating of 7.7 kW or 11.5 kW, depending on the model. Assuming an electricity rate of $0.13 per kWh, the cost to fully charge a Tesla with a 75 kWh battery would be approximately $9.75 to $14.63, respectively. Read more about it here.

Can any charger charge a Tesla?

No, not all chargers can charge a Tesla. Tesla vehicles use a proprietary charging connector, which is different from the J1772 standard used by other electric vehicle manufacturers. However, a J1772 to Tesla adapter can convert  Level 1 and Level 2 J1772 chargers into Tesla connectors, while the CCS1 adapter allows compatible Tesla EVs access to DC fast chargers.

Can you plug a Tesla into a 220 outlet?
Yes, the Mobile Connector bundle comes with a NEMA 14-50 adapter that allows you to plug it into a 220 V outlet. This can give you around 30 miles of range per hour depending on the vehicle Model.

Can you charge a Tesla with a regular outlet?
Yes. The Mobile Connector bundle comes with a NEMA 5-15 adapter that can be used with a standard 120-volt household outlet.

How long does it it take to charge a Tesla?

The time it takes to charge a Tesla depends on several factors, including the battery size, the charging level, and the charging rate of the charging station or outlet being used. Using a Tesla Model S with a 75 kWh battery as an example:

  • Level 1 (120 V): 24-36 hours
  • Level 2 (Third party chargers/Tesla chargers/Tesla home charger): with an 11.5 kW onboard charger, 6-10 hours
  • Tesla Supercharger: up to 170 miles of range in 30 minutes

Can Teslas be charged with non-Tesla chargers?
Yes, you can use a J1772-to-Tesla adapter to charge your Tesla using Level 1 and Level 2 chargers. There's also the CCS to Tesla adapter that lets you charge at DC Fast charging stations nationwide.

How much is a charger for a Tesla?

As a rough estimate, here are a few costs normally associated with Tesla products:

  • Mobile Connector: $230
  • Wall Connector: $425
  • J1772 Wall Connector: $550

What type of charger do Tesla use?

Tesla uses a proprietary charger (also known as the North American Charging Standard or NACS) that was previously only available to Tesla models. There are three types of chargers available for Tesla EVs:

  • Mobile Connector
  • Wall Connector
  • Supercharger

Is charging a Tesla cheaper than gas?
Yes. Charging a Tesla is cheaper than gas. With an average gas price of $3.28 per gallon, it would cost about $45 to fill up a 12-gallon car tank. For a car that gets 30 miles of range per gallon, a full tank would deliver about 360 miles of range. Driving at an average of 1,183 miles per month means having to refuel more than three times a month, and spending around $144 per month on gas. Driving the same distance as a Tesla would only cost about $59.15. That's about 60% cost-savings! More in this blog post.