What Tesla Wall Connector can do
For any Tesla (Model 3, X, S, Y compatible) owner, there is the acute problem of charging when purchasing an electric car. The device can charge an electric car at up to 44 miles (11.5 kW) per hour, which is quite suitable for home use.
A silver or black color scheme is available for the owner’s choice. The cable also has an optional length of 7.5 meters (18′) or 2.5 meters (8.5′), which limits owners in their parking choices.
Price and where to buy
The Wall Connector’s official price is $500 (for the US and North America) and €530 for the EU. But this is assuming you can buy it in your own country. Therefore, many buyers will have to pay around $620 regardless of delivery and buy it either from Amazon or from local dealers.
The price quoted is for the Wallbox Gen 3 not including installation costs. Materials and the cost of an electrician’s services can significantly double this amount.
Tesla Wallbox Connector Installation Guide
The cost of installing and configuring the Wall Connector can be as high as $1,000, so it’s a good reason to save – to wire it yourself at home (if you have the skills and knowledge to do so, of course).
Warning! If you’ve never had to deal with installing electrical appliances, entrust it to a professional, as improper installation can cause harm to your health, endanger your life, or cause a fire!
Mount to the wall and plug Tesla Connector
The first thing you need to decide is where to install. Schematically you can see good places to install. In the image below, the grey line marks the zone of ideal places to install the Wallbox, depending on the parking space as well as the length of the cable. Since the charging port is on the back left side of the car, consider how you park in the garage more often – front or back. This is critical when installing with a short cable and is almost no problem with a 7.5m cable.
Tools and materials needed for installation: drill, 5/32 and 1/4 drill bits, large flathead screwdriver, copper wire, water level, voltmeter or digital multimeter, insulation stripper.
In fact, Wall Connector installation is very simple. Once you have selected a location, you will need to connect to a power line, preferably with the maximum current you can find. Separate the back plate of the unit and choose how the conduit will run the cable, depending on the line.
Also make sure the power supply has a fuse, depending on the charging current. If your car and line supports Dual Chargers – 80 A. Depending on the line current – 50 (for 40 A), 40 (for 32 A), 30 (for 24 A), 20 (for 16 A), or 15 A circuit breaker for 12 A.
Measure the height at which the unit will be located from the floor. The maximum installation height is 60″ (150 cm), the minimum is 18″ (45 cm) indoors or 24″ (60 cm) outdoors. The ideal height for the average person is the recommended 45″ (115 cm). Depending on the conduit you choose, use the template provided with the unit to mark the holes for the mounts.
Drill holes in the wall with a 5/32 (4 mm) drill bit and the back cover with a 1/4 (6.5 mm) drill bit of the unit, one at the top and one at the bottom. Then use the two-by-two self-cut kit and the HEX drill bit to attach the back cover to the wall.
Install the conduit and then, depending on where the wires extend, run them through the box.
Clean the wires of insulation and connect them to the unit left to right: Ground, L2/N, L1. Attach the wires with 50 inches (6 Nm) of force. Once the wires are stretched, secure them to the assembly with a wire tie.
This option does not apply to devices that support the NEMA 14-50 standard, they only require connection to an outlet.
After installing the wiring, remove the front cover of the Wallbox and connect it to the back cover. Twist it four times using the self-tie kit. Circle the cable around the station counterclockwise and set the port in its anchor location.
Setting up Wall Connector
Once the installation is complete, you will need a Wi-Fi plug-in device. The top green light on the display comes on. By default, the Wall Connector starts broadcasting a Wi-Fi network within five minutes of power on. Connect to it using the QR code or SSID “tesla” (the password is on the startup manual in the WPA2 line or on the device itself on the back of the front cover). Go to http://192.168.92.1 or scan the QR code.
On the page that opens, select what fuse is installed on the electrical line to which the Wall Connector is connected. Your selection will be confirmed by the LED indicator on the front housing. You can also check it again by long-pressing the button on the plug connector, after which the code LEDs will light up again.
Next, connect the device to your home Wi-Fi to update the firmware and get EV charging information.
At this point, the Wall Box Connector is ready to charge your electric car. Bring the plug to the connector, press the button and start charging.
Should You buy a Wall Connector Box?
If there is no Supercharger station nearby and your Tesla is equipped with a Dual Connector, the Wall Connector will provide charging at 30-44 miles of range per hour. In this case, the availability of a Wall Box greatly simplifies the charging process and is definitely worth purchasing.
If your home has a NEMA 14-50 socket (or IEC 60309 Three Phase Current Socket for Europe) and the EV does not have the Twin Charger option, the portable charger included with the Tesla will allow charging at 20-30 miles of range per hour. The Wall Connector will run at about the same speed, so you won’t need to buy one, you won’t see any difference.
Tesla Wallbox Connector Alternatives
The Tesla Wallbox Connector (Gen 3) has plenty of competitors. But the $500 competitive price puts it ahead of its competitors:
- Bosch Powermax 2;
- Clippercreek HCS-60.
- Grizzle-E Classic;
- Enel X Juicebox;
- Chargepoint Home Flex;
The comparison chart puts everything in its place. Despite the short cable (we hope Elon Musk decides to make it longer soon), Tesla Connector’s competitors are priced low:
NameWi-Fi outputCable lengthPrice
|Tesla Wallbox Connector (Gen 3)||48A||Yes||18′ (5.5 m)||$500|
|Enel X JuiceBox||40A||Yes||25′ (7.6 m)||$599|
|Bosch Powermax 2||30A||Optional||25′ (7.6 m)||$849|
|ClipperCreek HCS-60||32A||Without||25′ (7.6 m)||$899|
|Grizzle-E Classic||40A||No||24′ (7.3 m)||$399|
The Tesla Wall Connector is an efficient and convenient home charging solution that allows you to plug in your vehicle overnight and start the day fully charged. To purchase the wall connector, visit the Tesla online store.
- Wall Connector Features
- Installation process
- Additional materials
Wall Connector Features
- Customizable power levels for different switches.
- White tempered glass faceplate
- Wi-Fi connectivity (2.4 GHz 802.11 b/g/n)
- Compatible with any home electrical installation
- Lightweight 2.6 m (18′) cable
- Power sharing (up to four wall connectors)
- Up to 11.5 kW / 48 A output power
- Approved for indoor and outdoor installations
- Compatible with Model S, 3, X, and Y
- Range up to 44 miles (77 km) per hour charge
For the fastest charging at home, install a wall connector with a circuit breaker that matches the capabilities of your vehicle’s on-board charger. To view your Tesla’s maximum current, tap the lightning icon on the touchscreen.
For unique power situations or when power may be limited, the Wall Connector can also be installed with lower amperage circuit breakers to handle almost any existing electrical system.
The following table shows the charging speeds for each power level option.
Wall ConnectorTechnical DetailsCharging SpeedMax. range in miles per hour chargedCircuit breaker(amps)Maximum power output(amps)Power at 240 volts(kilowatt)Model S(mph)Model 3*(mph)Model X(mph)Model Y(mph)
Wall connectorTechnical dataCharging speedMax. range per mile per hour chargeCircuit breaker(amps)Maximum output(amps)Power at 240 volts(kilowatt)Model S(mph)Model 3(mph)Model X(miles/hour)Model Y(mph)
*Maximum charge rate for Model 3 Standard Range is 32A (7.7kW) – up to 30 miles of range per hour.
To install a new wall connector, the customer should follow four steps.
1. find an electrician
Enter your zip code in the Find an Electrician tool to find an installer in your area or Tesla installation services (available in specific areas).
2. request a quote
Many electricians now offer quotes online or via email, making it easy to get multiple estimates and decide on the best installer for your living situation.
3. order a wall switch
If you plan on hiring an independent electrician, purchase a Tesla Wall Connector online.
Note: The Wall Connector is automatically assigned to the owner when they purchase online.
4. schedule your installation
Forward the Wall Connector order shipping confirmation email to your electrician and directly schedule your installation date. If Tesla will be installing your Wall Connector, we will contact you to schedule an appointment as soon as we receive permits.
Tell your electrician to visit the Wall Connector support page for more information on installing your Wall Connector.