How to Charge a Tesla at Home

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Tesla Model 3 (Photo: Photo: @chadhurin via Twenty20)
With outrageous performance, elegant styling, and far fewer maintenance requirements than comparable gas-powered vehicles, Tesla is a class leader in the electronic vehicle (EV) space. For Tesla owners who get to skip the typical gas station, Supercharging stations offer a way to top up the battery pack rather quickly.
But what happens if you want to charge your Tesla Model 3 (or any other Tesla model, for that matter) during your downtime at home? You have a few options.

Options for Tesla home chargers

Tesla Superchargers are the fastest method for charging your EV battery, adding 80% charge in just 30 minutes or so. But for Tesla owners, charging your car at home can offer more convenience and, potentially, better rates on electricity. Options from the electric car maker include both the Mobile Connector and the Wall Connector.

Charging with the Wall Connector

For the highest charge rates while you’re at home, Tesla’s Wall Connector is the best route. You can add up to 44 miles per hour that it’s charging. If you want to add 300 miles of charge to your Tesla’s battery pack, it’ll take just under seven hours to complete.
The Wall Connector must be installed by a professional electrician as it’s capable of up to 48 amps of output. If your home’s electrical system can’t support that much, don’t worry. The system can be configured to work with almost any circuit size. And unlike most electrical components, the Wall Connector system can be installed in an outdoor location too. So, if you don’t have a garage at home, you can still charge your car conveniently.

Charging with the Mobile Connector

Included with every new Tesla sold is the Mobile Connector system. The bundle includes the connector pack, an adaptor for public charging stations (not Tesla Superchargers), and an adaptor for your typical 120 household plug.
Charging your car with a public charging station varies depending on the output capacity at the station. However, its Level 2 rate is similar to the Wall Connector’s output.
If you decide to charge with the 120V Mobile Connector adaptor, it will take much longer. Per hour, the 120V adaptor will add about two to four miles of range. It would take several days to reach a full charge if you start out around 20%.

Recommendations for charging your Tesla at home

If you’re charging your Tesla at home primarily, that’s great! You’re saving money and the environment, not to mention the time spent at the pump. Here are some tips to help you get the most of your charging time.
  • Plug in your Tesla every evening to top off the battery during off-peak hours.
  • Charge to 90% of the battery capacity on a daily basis, reserving a full 100% charge for the times you actually need it.
  • Find additional adaptors that work for your home. In addition to the Wall Connector and Mobile Connector adaptors, other styles of adaptors are available from Tesla.