Some Questions about use the third-party adapters to charge my Tesla

Can I use the Mobile Connector to charge my Tesla at a public charging station?

It depends on the type of public charging station you are referring to and the specific Mobile Connector you have.

If you are referring to a Level 1 or Level 2 public charging station that provides a standard J1772 connector, you can use the Mobile Connector that comes with your Tesla to charge your vehicle. The Mobile Connector has a J1772 adapter that allows you to plug into these types of public charging stations.

However, if you are referring to a Level 3 DC fast charging station, the Mobile Connector may not be compatible. Tesla vehicles use a proprietary charging connector for fast charging called the Supercharger connector, which is not compatible with other types of fast charging connectors like CHAdeMO or CCS. If you need to use a Level 3 DC fast charging station, you will need to use a Tesla Supercharger or a third-party fast charging adapter that is compatible with the Tesla charging connector.

It’s worth noting that charging times and rates will vary depending on the type of charging station and the specific Mobile Connector you have. Be sure to consult your vehicle’s manual or contact Tesla customer support for more information on charging compatibility and requirements.

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Can I use a third-party adapter to charge my Tesla at a Level 3 DC fast charging station?

Tesla vehicles use a proprietary charging connector for fast charging called the Supercharger connector, which is not compatible with other types of fast charging connectors like CHAdeMO or CCS. However, Tesla does offer a CHAdeMO adapter and a CCS adapter that allow Tesla owners to use Level 3 DC fast charging stations that have these types of connectors.

It is worth noting that using a third-party adapter with your Tesla vehicle can potentially void your warranty and may not be recommended by Tesla. If you choose to use a third-party adapter, it is important to ensure that it is compatible with your specific Tesla model and that it meets all safety and certification standards.

Additionally, charging times and rates will vary depending on the type of charging station and the specific adapter you use. Tesla recommends using Superchargers whenever possible for the fastest and most efficient charging experience. If you have any questions or concerns about using a third-party adapter with your Tesla vehicle, it is best to consult your vehicle’s manual or contact Tesla customer support for guidance.

How can I ensure that a third-party adapter is safe to use with my Tesla?

When considering using a third-party adapter with your Tesla, it is important to ensure that the adapter is safe and meets all necessary safety and certification standards. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Research the adapter: Do some research on the adapter you are considering and make sure it is specifically designed for use with Tesla vehicles. Look for reviews and information from other Tesla owners who have used the adapter to get an idea of its performance and reliability.

Check for certifications: Look for certifications from regulatory authorities such as UL (Underwriters Laboratories) or TUV (Technischer Überwachungsverein). These certifications indicate that the adapter has been tested and meets safety standards.

Verify compatibility: Make sure that the third-party adapter you are considering is compatible with your specific Tesla model. Tesla vehicles have different charging requirements depending on the model and year, so it is important to ensure that the adapter you choose meets those requirements.

Contact Tesla customer support: If you have any doubts or concerns about the safety or compatibility of a third-party adapter, it is best to contact Tesla customer support for guidance. They can provide information on recommended adapters and answer any questions you may have.

Overall, it is important to exercise caution when using third-party adapters with your Tesla vehicle. While there are many reputable adapters available, using an adapter that is not certified or is incompatible with your vehicle could potentially damage your vehicle or pose a safety risk.

What are the recommended third-party adapters for my Tesla Model 3?

Tesla recommends using the Supercharger network for the fastest and most convenient charging experience. However, if you need to use a third-party adapter for your Model 3, there are a few options available. Here are some recommended third-party adapters for the Tesla Model 3:

Tesla CHAdeMO Adapter: The CHAdeMO adapter allows Tesla Model 3 owners to use Level 3 DC fast charging stations that have CHAdeMO connectors. This adapter is compatible with Model 3 vehicles that were produced after May 1, 2019. It is important to note that the CHAdeMO adapter is not compatible with Model 3 vehicles that were produced before May 1, 2019.

Tesla CCS Combo 2 Adapter: The CCS Combo 2 adapter allows Tesla Model 3 owners in Europe to use Level 3 DC fast charging stations that have CCS Combo 2 connectors. This adapter is compatible with Model 3 vehicles that were produced after May 1, 2019.

JuiceBox Pro: The JuiceBox Pro is a Level 2 charging station that can be used with the Mobile Connector that comes with your Model 3. This charging station is compact and portable, making it a good option for home or on-the-go charging. The JuiceBox Pro is compatible with NEMA 14-50 outlets, which are commonly found in RV parks and campgrounds.

It is important to note that using third-party adapters could potentially void your warranty and may not be recommended by Tesla. If you have any questions or concerns about using a third-party adapter with your Model 3, it is best to consult your vehicle’s manual or contact Tesla customer support for guidance.

How long does it take to charge a Tesla at home?

The time it takes to charge a Tesla depends on several factors, including the type of charger used, the battery level of the vehicle, and the vehicle model. Here are some general estimates for the time required to charge a Tesla:

Home Charging:
Using a standard 120-volt household outlet (Level 1 charging):

adds about 3-4 miles of range per hour.


Using a 240-volt outlet (Level 2 charging):

adds about 20-30 miles of range per hour.


Using a Tesla Wall Connector (up to 48 amps):

adds about 44 miles of range per hour.

Level 1 charging stations can be plugged straight into a standard 120V outlet in your home or garage. While Level 1 systems have the ability to get the job done, they are the least efficient way to charge your EV and can take as long as 3 days to fully charge a Tesla. This painfully slow charging rate often leads a Tesla vehicle owner to depend on the Tesla public charging Supercharger network or install a home EV charger of their own.

The second home charging option for a Tesla EV driver is a Level 2 charging station that puts out the recommended 240 volts that are needed to charge your Tesla. Level 2 charging systems plug into a dedicated 50 amp circuit that may require professional electrical installation. With significantly more power than a level one charging station, Level 2 chargers can charge your Tesla roughly 6 times faster. The maximum rate at which a Tesla can charge is between 7.2kW-11.5 kW, depending on the Tesla model. So how many kWh to charge a Tesla exactly? Teslas have a battery capacity ranging from 50 kWh on the standard range Model 3 to a whopping 100 kWh that powers all Model S and Model X packages.

One question that all new EV drivers face is where to charge an electric car. At-home charging stations are the most common way to charge given it’s usually the most convenient if you have a designated parking spot. If you live in a populated area, Tesla Superchargers may have longer than expected wait times to use a charging station. A Tesla home charger allows you to charge your vehicle from the convenience of your own home. If you want to learn more about the costs between a public charging station and a home charging station, you can read our breakdown of Tesla charging station cost.

Tesla home charging time
Depending on the model of Tesla an EV driver has and the type of Tesla charger they are using, charging a Tesla can take anywhere between six and twelve hours. The quickest charging time occurs within the battery’s sweet spot, which is usually between 20% and 80% of a full charge. For most Teslas, it only takes about an hour to charge from 40% to 80% on a 220V system, but another two hours to go from 80% to 100%. Due to the way ions in your car’s battery react to the shifts in electrical charge, the more ions that are charged inside the battery, the harder your Tesla car battery needs to work to seek out and charge the remaining few, greatly reducing the rate of charge as your battery nears capacity.

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Destination Charging:
Tesla Destination Chargers (found at hotels, restaurants, etc.): provide similar charging speeds as a Tesla Wall Connector.


Supercharging:
Tesla Superchargers: can add up to 200-250 miles of range in about 15-30 minutes (depending on the charging station and the battery level of the vehicle).
It’s important to note that charging times can vary based on several factors, including outside temperature, battery age, and the number of other vehicles charging at the same time. Additionally, Tesla vehicles also have a variety of features that can help optimize charging times, such as scheduling charging for off-peak hours or preheating the battery before charging.

How to charge Tesla Tesla? Tesla Charging Tutorial

Today, let’s talk about how to charge a Tesla, the representative of new energy vehicles. Each Tesla model comes with a home charging station, which can be installed for charging at home. The maximum range of each hour of charging is about 80 kilometers, and it takes about 68-80 kilowatt-hours to fully charge (85kW model).

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Taking the Model S as an example, to open the charging port:

  1. Park the Model S in a position where the charging cable can easily reach the charging port. The charging port is located on the driver’s side of the Model S, behind a cover plate on the rear tail light assembly.
  2. When the Model S is in an unlocked state or there is a recognizable key nearby, press and release the button on the Tesla charging cable. If the cable being used does not have this button, click Controls > Charging Port. You can also click the battery icon at the top of the touchscreen and then click Open Charge Port on the charging screen.
  3. To charge at a public charging station, an adapter needs to be connected to the charging connector of the station, and the adapter commonly used in public areas will be provided with the Model S. You may need to use the control device on the charging equipment to start and stop charging, depending on the charging equipment used.

Insert the charging head:

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  1. Align the connector with the charging port and fully insert it. When the connector is inserted correctly, the Model S automatically starts charging when the following conditions are met:
  • The latch that secures the connector in place is closed.
  • The car is in park.
  • The battery is heated or cooled if necessary. If the battery needs to be heated or cooled, you may notice a delay before charging begins.

Stop charging:
You can disconnect the charging cable at any time or touch Stop Charging on the touchscreen to stop charging.

Tesla charging cable
  1. Press and hold the button on the Tesla connector to release the latch.
  2. Pull the connector out of the charging port.
  3. Close the charging port cover.