The most important aspect to having a Tesla is charging. Without the ability to charge your Tesla, it is useless! The most basic charging option at home is the Tesla Wall Charger, which I wrote another blog post about. However, today I’ll go over different solutions to problems you may encounter. This is not a sponsored post, but most of the products I discuss today are from Lectron. I am an affiliate for both Amazon and Lectron, so if you use the links to purchase, I receive a small commission at no cost to you (it supports this blog). 

I also created a Youtube video about this that can be seen here

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Charging any Electric Vehicle with a Tesla Wall Charger

If you have a Tesla wall charger at home, but also have an electric car that’s not a Tesla, you can still charge your electric car using a Tesla Adapter to J1772. I previously had a Prius Prime, while waiting for my Tesla to be delivered. I had the Tesla Wall Charger installed, and used this adapter from Lectron, to charge my Prius.  

The adapter supports up to 48 amps, which is the maximum output for the Tesla wall charger (on a 60amp circuit). 

However, this adapter does not work on a Tesla supercharger. Currently, only Tesla cars can charge at Tesla superchargers (though that may change in the future). 

The Tesla Adapter to J1772 is sold on Amazon and on Lectron’s website.

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Charging an Electric Car with Tesla Wall Charger
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Tesla to J1772 Charger Adapter

Charging your Tesla from Long Distances

The cable that comes with the Tesla wall charger is 12 feet, which is pretty long, but sometimes not long enough. We now have 2 Tesla cars parked in the garage, and the 12 foot cable can charge the 2nd car only if the cable is stretched out.  

Lectron has an extension cable that is 20 feet long. It attaches directly to the Tesla Wall Charger and then to your Tesla.

I charged my Tesla and compared the charging rate from the Tesla Wall Charger versus the Lectron extension cable. In both, I got 10kW charge rate. 

The Tesla Extension Cable is sold on Amazon and on Lectron’s website.

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20 foot Tesla Extension Cord
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Tesla Extension Cord

Charging your Tesla at 3rd Party High Rate Chargers

You can charge your Tesla at third party chargers such as Electrify America and EVGo. However if you want fast charging speeds, you’ll need a CCS to Tesla Adapter. Tesla sells this on their website, but it is often sold out. Alternatively, Lectron has their own CCS to Tesla adapter as well. I tested out both Tesla’s CCS adapter and Lectron’s CCS adapter. Tesla’s CCS Adapter supports up to 250kW, whereas Lectron’s supports up to 150kW (however I actually got more).  With Tesla’s, I got up to 213kW, and with Lectron’s I got up to 197kW.

Make sure to check that your Tesla is  compatible to charge with a CCS adapter. On your Tesla screen, go to Software > Additional vehicle information. If your Tesla is compatible, you will sees “CCS Adapter support: Enabled” 

Tesla’s CCS Adapter is sold on the Tesla website. It costs $250 USD. 

Lectron’s CCS Adapter is sold on Amazon and on Lectron’s website. It is cheaper, at  $185 USD.

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3rd Party Charger
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CCS Adapter (Tesla & Lectron)
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Tesla's CCS Adapter Charging at 213kw
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Lectron's CCS Adapter Charging a 197kw

Mobile Charging

Once upon a time Tesla used to provide the Mobile Charging kit with the Tesla. However, that is no longer the case. The charging kit allows you to charge at a standard 5-15 outlet, which provides up to 3 miles of range per hour. They also have a NEMA 14-50 adapter, which provides up to 30 miles per hour. I have used the charging kit a handful of times, especially when I go to places where there’s only a standard outlet available (for example, visiting an AirBnb). 

Tesla sells their Mobile Charging Kit on their website, but it is often sold out. 

Lectron has their version of the Mobile charging kit. It has LEDs to inform you about its charging and it also comes with both the NEMA 14-50 as well as the 5-15. It supports the same charging speeds as the OEM Tesla mobile charging kit.

Lectron’s Mobile Charging kit is sold on Amazon and on Lectron’s website.

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Tesla Mobile Charging Kit
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Lectron's Mobile Charging Kit

Conclusion

Overall, these are all great options if you want to charge your Tesla and another electric vehicle. 

While you may not be using these accessories daily, they are useful especially road trips. 

DISCLAIMER

The opinions and views expressed on this blog are solely personal, Everyday Chris.  Everyday Chris is not affiliated with or endorsed by Tesla. It is neither inferred nor implied that products recommended by Everyday Chris nor recommendations given by Everyday Chris are authorized by or in any way connected to Tesla. This post contains affiliate links, which means I’ll receive a commission if you purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. Please read full Terms & Conditions for more information. 

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