When you get your Tesla, one of the most important things to figure out is your home charging options.  Sure, you can charge at a Tesla Supercharger, but that is not recommended to do all the time as it can lead to battery degradation. Also, a lot of these items are sold on the Tesla website, BUT very often they are sold out. So it’s important to plan ahead!

1) Tesla Wall Connector

This is my preferred Tesla charging option at home. 

The Tesla Wall Connector looks clean. I had mine installed through a third party electrician for ~$300. It has a 60 amp circuit, and I get around ~42 miles/hour on my Tesla Model Y.  

The Tesla wall connector costs $400 USD on the Tesla website. So with the  additional $300 for an electrician, the total cost is ~$700 USD.

Also, if you ever want to charge an EV car that is not a Tesla,  you can also purchase an adapter (such as Lectron’s Tesla to J1772 Adapter).  

tesla wall connector
Tesla Home Charger
lectron tesla to j1772 adapter
Tesla to J1772 Adapter
lectron j1772 tesla adapter
Charging a Rivian with Tesla Wall Charger (via Adapter)

2) Nema 14-50

Another option to charge your tesla  is to use a Nema 14-50 outlet.

The Nema 14-50 is normally used to power appliances such as a laundry dryer. Some garages already have a NEMA 14-50 outlet. If you don’t, then you can hire an electrician to install the Nema 14-50 outlet. Once you have the outlet, you’ll need the following: 

  1. Nema 14-50 Tesla adapter (plugs into Nema 14-50 outlet)
  2. Tesla mobile connector  (connects the adapter to your Tesla)

For the Model Y, you can get up ~29 miles/hour using the Nema 14-50 outlet. It is a little slower compared to the Tesla Wall connector (~42 miles/hour), however it is slightly cheaper. 

The Nema 14-50 adapter costs $45 and the Tesla mobile connector costs $200 on the  Tesla website.

Overall, it costs $245 (excluding electrician cost).

3) Standard Outlet

You can also charge your Tesla at home with a standard outlet.  However, you’ll get ~2 miles an hour, and so you’ll likely be charging for days!  You’ll also need to purchase a Tesla mobile connector if you choose this route. It does not come with the car anymore, and costs $200 on the Tesla website. 

Tesla Mobile Connector

4) Tesla Supercharger

Also, you can charge at the Tesla superchargers. This is the fastest way to charge, and time varies depending on several factors (voltage of supercharger, your battery level, weather etc). However, I would advise against doing this all the time, as it can degrade your battery faster than normal.  

I wrote another blog post on how to charge at a Tesla supercharger, and you can view that here.  


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