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How to charge a Tesla and use a Tesla Supercharger


One of the most appealing things about whether you own a Tesla, or are considering buying one, is the freedom offered by the automaker’s extensive network of Tesla superchargers.

It is a worldwide network of electrical terminals, designed exclusively to recharge the batteries of Tesla vehicles. Chargers are also getting more and more powerful, with Tesla boss Elon Musk recently announcing plans to upgrade some Superchargers from 250 kW to 300 kW.

Electric vehicles are undoubtedly good, but range anxiety and the lack of charging infrastructure in many parts of the world still prevent some people from buying an EV.

The benefit of the burgeoning Tesla supercharging network, along with the additional option of home charging, is convincing many to head for a Tesla.

The growth in sales attests to the attractiveness and Tesla has certainly pulled off a masterstroke by integrating the Supercharger network into its business model.

Tesla has an ongoing plan to increase the number of Supercharger locations around the world and you can even suggest a charging site for them. So let’s take an in-depth look at how to charge a Tesla and use a Tesla Supercharger to see if the reality lives up to the hype.

Compatible chargers

A Tesla charger plugged into the Tesla Model S

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Tesla is building a global network of Superchargers, with more than 25,000 charging points worldwide and over 4,500 destination charging sites in North America.

In a rather nifty move, Tesla expanded its selection of destination charging sites and placed them in places that are convenient and popular with visitors, such as hotels, restaurants and other attractions.

It’s a handy addition to the Supercharger network as they allow you to charge your Tesla while you’re doing other things like exploring a tourist spot, having a business meeting, or just relaxing. Destination chargers can be easily located in the vehicle or using the app.

Other charging options

Two as Tesla is parked outside a large modern house

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Much of the appeal for many Tesla owners is that the automaker has developed its own charging infrastructure and it is this network of superchargers that is the secret to its success. The bottom line is that you get a standardized service, rather than having to switch providers or use multiple apps and payment options.

However, it is actually possible to purchase a set of adapters from Tesla, which will allow you to charge using other types of outlets, such as a 240-volt outlet. This has the potential to provide up to 30 miles of range per charged hour.

Types of EV charger

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Types of EV charging connectors

Meanwhile, the automaker has a home wall-connector charging device, but it’s also possible to get around that by using its 20-foot movable connector and NEMA 5-15 adapter that came with your Tesla. This allows you to plug your vehicle into a three-prong 120-volt outlet, but it’s slow with a range of probably 2 to 3 miles per hour charged.

Low mileage drivers may find a useful option, however, and it also works as an adapter at public charging stations.

Tesla says the easiest way to find third-party charging stations is to use Plugshare.com and you should look for charging stations labeled J1772 or 120 volts.

These will work with the Mobile Connector bundle. Tesla sells a range of other adapters if you have specific requirements in your area.

Before a trip, especially longer ones that can’t be done on a single charge, it’s a good idea to seek help from Tesla’s Go Anywhere tool.

This can help you plan your route from A to B including Supercharger outlet locations, fastest routes, etc. On top of that, there’s the car trip planner, which is also invaluable for calculating charging times at all recommended stops.

Home charging

Black Tesla Model Y sitting in a white garage next to a home charger

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Owning a Tesla doesn’t just mean that you will have to go to a Supercharger point of sale to charge your vehicle.

Tesla has also created a range of options that allow convenient charging at home, both indoors and outdoors depending on the type of property and your needs.

The Tesla Wall Connector not only looks cool on your wall, it can be installed on just about any property by your own electrician or one of over 1,400 Tesla Certified Electricians.

Tesla Wall Connectors were designed so that they can be updated wirelessly when they require firmware updates over Wi-Fi.

It is also possible to add more than one wall connector to your property if you need more flexibility in charging, although this is obviously subject to the adequacy of the power supply in your location.

Tesla Wall Connectors are currently compatible with Models S, 3, X, and Y.

Besides the convenience factor of being able to charge your Tesla during downtime, there are savings to be made as well.

Energy is always cheaper to use during off-peak hours, like at night, and using the Tesla Schedule Departure feature means you can set your car up to be ready to go when you need it. , while benefiting from the most economical charging times. in your region.

On average, Tesla wall chargers should deliver a range of around 44 miles per hour charged.

Recharge your Tesla

One of the best things about using a Tesla compressor is the ease of use factor.

Simplicity and speed are the key ingredients here, without any of the drawbacks that often accompany charging an electric vehicle at one of the many other electric vehicle charging points that exist around the world.

For starters, you know exactly what to expect thanks to the standardized Tesla Supercharger design.

When you are on the road there is the Supercharger station, which provides charging points on many popular routes and a few also on less traveled ones.

Unlike competing networks, which often have fewer charging points, resulting in frequent queues, some Tesla Supercharger hubs have multiple connection units. They are often found in places that will also allow you to do other things while you are waiting.

Once you’ve found one, it’s as easy as finding a vacant space next to one of the Tesla Superchargers and plugging it in, as shown below.

Three Tesla electric cars parked next to each other in a Supercharger location

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How to charge on a Tesla Supercharger

To get started, simply locate the Supercharger you want to use, either through the in-car infotainment system, using the Tesla app, or visually – they’re pretty easy to spot in most roadside locations.

Third-party apps can also help you locate a Tesla Supercharger location, like Zap Map in UK for example.

Once located, all you need to do is park next to an available Supercharger unit and plug it in. Tesla Supercharger units have a Type 2 cable for Model S and Model X and a CCS cable for Model 3, both of which provide a quick direct connection. current or direct current charge.

If all is well, a green light on your Tesla charging port will begin to flash, indicating that the process is in progress.

You can keep an eye on the progress using the infotainment system or the Tesla app if you leave the car to continue.

Compared to many competing systems, it’s pretty easy to see why Tesla won over so many people. Simplicity and ease of use mean everything to consumers. And, pairing that with fast charging, the Tesla Supercharger Network is a tough act to follow.