Installing a charger for your Tesla
Being able to charge your Tesla overnight at home is far more convenient than relying on bays at the office, supermarket or shopping centre. Plus, you don’t have to take time out of your day – simply plug in while you sleep.
Before delivery of your Tesla
We would always recommend that you install your home charging kit before you take delivery of your Tesla (or any EV, to be honest). The reason is that finding and scheduling an electrician who is experienced in home EV charging stations can take a couple of weeks or longer, depending on where you live.
Surface mounted charger or portable?Most people opt to get a surface mounted charger installed. These enable convenient and fast charging when at home. You could use a portable charger, but most people don't want to have extension cables running across the garage or carport.
If you are planning to take your Tesla on road trips, it is recommended you consider purchasing both a surface mounted charger and a portable. By having your own portable charger you are more likely to be able to find somewhere to charge and avoid the queues at public charging stations.
Many regional locations around Australia have three phase connectors, so if you are planning on doing long trips these are also worth considering.
What power charger should I consider?The Tesla model Y and 3 are able to charge at a fast AC rate of 11kw, which having a three phase charger installed will enable. If you are limited to a single phase, the maximum will be 7.4kw.
Gen 3 Tesla chargers support single phase and three phase, and this can be set up at the time of install based on the available power supply. For other chargers you typically have to pick a single or three phase version, with there being a price difference due to heavier cabling and internals for three phase chargers.
Most cars currently on the market only support single phase charging. If you configure or install a three phase charger, it will still work but only a single phase of power output will be used.
Pros and cons of installing the Tesla Wall Connector
The Tesla wall connector is a good option for a surface mounted charger but it might not be to everyone's tastes and there are some pros and cons you should consider:
- Supports three phase (if you have it)
- Easy and simple to use
- Looks great
- Supports power sharing if multiple chargers are required (most brands support this).
- Not solar smart
- Only come tethered (cable attached), so if the cable is damaged the whole unit needs to be replaced
- Tesla branded (not generic, so might not match future cars)
Can I use my Tesla charger with other vehicles?
Yes, the Gen 3 charger can be configured to charge other type 2 vehicles. It can also be configured to only charge a specific Tesla VIN or Tesla vehicles only.
Gen 3’s firmware-based power sharing feature enables up to six wall connectors installed at the same site to intelligently share the site's total available power via unit-to-unit Wi-Fi.
We take the hassle out of finding an electrician
Finding a professional electrician who is qualified to install home EV charging equipment can be tricky – it’s why we take the hassle out of finding one by providing you a one-stop-shop. Not only do we supply the EV charging installation kit, but we also provide the best service through our dedicated electricians.
Tesla Chargers we Supply and Install
Select your preferred charger and install options and we will get this scheduled in for you.
If you have any questions then please reach out. We’d be happy to help: https://www.futurecharge.au/pages/contact