If you own an electric car but it is not a Tesla, at some point, you may need to charge from a Tesla charging station. In that case, you will need a special cable adapter for your electric car. 

The Tesla to J1772 adapter is designed to plug in Tesla-compatible chargers to other electric vehicles.

With this adapter, users of electric cars with a J1772 plug can use Tesla charging stations anywhere (except Supercharger), including home chargers.

Best Choice
TeslaTap Mini
Compact and premium adapter
US-manufactured adapter with reliable moisture protection. Has a strong connection and silver-plated pins. Theft protection option at both ends of the unit. Does not take up space in the trunk, compact, durable.
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We’ll look at adapters designed to charge non-Tesla cars from a Tesla wall charger (or other than the Supercharger).

This can come in handy in case of emergencies when there are no other chargers around other than Tesla. It’s no secret that Tesla has an extensive network of charging stations across the country. So it will be very useful to have one of these Tesla j1772 adapters in the trunk of your electric car.

Example usage. Mike has a Tesla Model S and a charger in the garage for that car. Mike’s wife can use the adapter to charge her Chevy Bolt from the Tesla charger.

See the comparison chart.

How do I choose the right Tesla to J1772 Adapter?

There are some important points to help you buy the best adapter. Check out the following points

  1. The adapter has exactly the direction of Tesla to J1772 (not the other way around J1772 to Tesla).
  2. The connector for Tesla is US standard (Tesla has a different connector in Europe).
  3. Supports current and voltage: 40 amps/250 volts.
  4. Has a warranty of at least 1 year.
  5. Manufacturer certified. A product is tested.

We also took into account the user experience among buyers on the Internet and EV Adept customers. Namely, we excluded products that heated up above 105 °F and that had difficulty fitting.

Following these basic points will help you choose the best and most compatible Tesla wall plug adapter. You will get high power throughput to the target connector J1772 of your electric car.

After purchasing the adapter, plug it into your Tesla charger and then plug it into an electric car supporting J1772 plugs.

Comparison chart

ImageProduct 
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TeslaTap Mini review
TeslaTap Mini - compact and premium adapter
  • Moisture protection
  • The most compact size
  • High compatibility
  • 1 year warranty

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MEGEAR review
MEGEAR - medium adapter
  • Warranty 12 months
  • Form Factor
  • Durable

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Also Great
Lectron review
Lectron - a device for the garage
  • High compatibility with electric cars
  • Сase material does not scratch a car
  • Clever handle design

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EVCARS review
EVCARS - normal adapter
  • Ergonomic design

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AKSESROYAL review
AKSESROYAL - standard adapter
  • Medium size

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Technical features

Lectron MEGEAR TeslaTap Mini EVCARS AKSESROYAL
Protection against theft Not protected Weak protection Lock on both sides Weak protection Weak protection
Form factor Bulky Medium Compact Medium Medium
Item Weight 1.83lbs 1.26lbs 0.93lbs 1.24lbs 1.25lbs
Dimensions 17.2 x 8.9 x 2.7 inches 9.13 x 3.35 x 3.31 inches 6.06 x 4.13 x 3.27 inches 9.21 x 3.39 x 3.03 inches 8.27 x 2.75 x 2.75 inches
Amps 40 40 40/60/80 40 40

Product #1. TeslaTap Mini – compact and premium adapter

Silicone weather seal helps protect contacts from water at both ends. It is possible to lock against disconnection from the cable side and from an electric vehicle by applying small padlocks (not included). Solid machined brass pins provide a sure contact, which prevents the adapter from heating up.

The TeslaTap adapter performed well in the overheat test: when charging at the maximum allowable voltage for an hour, the device showed a temperature of 102°F at the hottest point.

Connecting and disconnecting the device is easy and smooth, with an audible “click” sound that can be heard without much effort.

Has maximum compatibility with electric cars, according to user feedback. Friendly to Mobile Connector, Destination Сharger, Tesla High-Power Wall Connector (various generations). TeslaTap mini adapter 80A is present in the model range.

Pros

Moisture protection

The most compact size

High compatibility

1 year warranty

Manufactured in the USA

Cons

Premium price category

Product #2. MEGEAR – medium adapter

The adapter is manufactured using whole mold technology with a minimum number of joints and process seams, which provides additional strength and moisture protection.

If your vehicle does not have the connector lock function when charging, there is an opening on the handle for a small padlock to lock it in place.

When used at the maximum allowable power of 40A, it does not heat up and easily withstands the load.

It is compatible with first and second generation Tesla chargers. However, unfortunately, the adapter is not compatible with the third-generation Wall Connectors. The manufacturer indicates that it is not compatible with the BMW I3 and e-Golf. There are also reports from users about incompatibility with uncommon European electric car models in the US.

We believe that you can buy the item if you need it urgently, and the delivery terms are better and faster than other products.

Pros

Warranty 12 months

Form Factor

Durable

Cons

Not compatible with Gen 3 Wall Connector

Not compatible with BMW I3 and e-Golf and rare models

Product #3. Lectron – a device for the garage

Reminiscent of the older version of the TeslaTap in its larger size, which makes the device more visible when plugged in, especially in public places. However, the Tesla to J1772 Adapter from Lectron is great for use in private places like your garage.

Consists of a Tesla adapter and charging head connected by a 4″ cable. Available in two colors. Charging head fits well in your hand, like all brand products, thanks to the ribbed surface. The other side is more difficult to disconnect with the Tesla connector, however, this is provided for safety reasons so that users do not disconnect the adapter and charger while charging.

The fit is snug and secure. There is no difficulty with the mechanisms when connecting and disconnecting. If your vehicle locks the connected plug while charging, not being able to hang up the lock will not be a problem.

When tested for heat in operation, it was the coolest among the other models under review, indicating a tight and reliable contact.

Tested and works with Tesla High Power Wall Connector, Destination charger and Mobile Connector. For the Lectron Tesla to J1772 adapter, users report high compatibility with electric cars, including less popular models.

Pros

High compatibility with electric cars

Сase material does not scratch a car

Clever handle design

Cons

There’s no way to hang a lock

30 days warranty

Product #4. EVCARS – normal adapter

The adapter has a practical design. It is less eye-catching and less noticeable when used in comparison to the larger Lectron model. The slide lock for the cable plug is helpful.

Despite the fact that the device has a hole to use the lock (anti-theft), locking does not occur in some cars (e.g., Chevy Bolt), as a light force is enough to pull out the connector.

Moisture protection is low, as the adapter only has a seal on the vehicle connection side, but there is no such gasket on the Tesla connector side.

There have been reports among buyers of incompatibility with some less popular electric cars.

Pros

Ergonomic design

Cons

Low moisture protection

Not a complete compatibility

Product #5. AKSESROYAL – standard adapter

The design is similar to the adapter from EVCARS, and it is to be assumed that it is a product of the same factory, distinguished by the brand name. The Tesla has no seal on the connection side of the charger, which makes it less comfortable to use in the rain compared to Lectron or TeslaTap models.

Although we can see the hole for the lock, in practice the significant looseness of the mechanisms, unfortunately, disconnects the adapter from some electric cars. If your electric car is not able to lock in the connector, some crook could detach your adapter and walk away with it.

There is no excessive heating of the unit when testing at 40A. The drawdown is tight, and some motorists have noted that sufficient effort should be applied to disconnect from the inlet of an electric car.

Pros

Medium size

Cons

Not a complete compatibility

Low moisture protection

How to use it correctly?

When disconnecting charging, it is important to disconnect the adapter from an EV while leaving the connection to the charger connector. This is a safe way, as a vehicle will stop charging by reacting to the mechanical disconnection.

If disconnected incorrectly, when you disconnect the adapter from the charger terminal, there may be sparks, and the contacts will burn. Such spikes will not be good for the charging unit of an electric car and the charger. When you start charging, the connection principle is similar.

Tesla to J1772 Adapter

Do not confuse adapters with chargers and check the direction.

Do not confuse cable adapters with portable chargers, as adapters do not have a communication unit with the car, so it is important to make sure that we can charge the car with the adapter without problems.

One of the advantages of buying from large chain stores is that the adapter is approved and certified by the manufacturers or certification companies. This will give you a guarantee against any problems when using the product or if you have trouble recharging.

With this selection of the best adapters for electric car cables, we hope they will help you choose the right type for you. You can also visit our extension cords and NEMA 14-50 home charging stations section.

FAQ

Is there an 80A Tesla to J1772 adapter?

Yes, if you need an adapter like this, one is described here in the current review. The Tesla to J1772 adapter 80A under review has lock assembly options, moisture resistance, and other practical features.

Is it safe to use the Tesla to J1772 connector for charging?

Some devices in this review are certified safe and can be trusted. When connecting, it is not so important what you connect first and last, connecting the electric car, adapter, and cable. And as for disconnecting, when you stop charging, it is important to remove the adapter from the car first to prevent the consequences described here.

Is there a Tesla supercharger to J1772 adapter?

At the moment, you will not be able to charge a non-Tesla on Supercharger networks, as this EVSE network is only for Tesla vehicles. However, with the Tesla to J1772 adapter, you are able to charge a non-Tesla electric vehicle in the following devices: Tesla Destination Charger, Tesla High Power Wall Connector, Tesla Mobile Connector.

Which adapters will work to charge my Tesla from ChargePoint?

For non-speed charging, you will need one of the J1772 to Tesla adapters described in another review. For fast charging (DC) you still need a CCS1 adapter.

Can I use the Tesla Wall Connector with the J1772 adapter?

It all depends on the Tesla adapter model selected. In this buyer’s review, we provide examples of compatibility of the reviewed devices with HPWC. Note that some adapters do not support Gen 3 HPWC. If you specifically have a Gen 3 Tesla Wall Connector, then perhaps the best Tesla to J1772 adapter will be this model.

What are the differences between the Tesla wall charger generations?

If you are talking about the Tesla Wall Connector, there are currently 3 generations. The 3rd generation devices appeared at the beginning of 2020, and they have a maximum power limit of 48 amp, compared to 80 amp in the previous generation model. There are other differences in the form of a short cable and smart functions for Wi-Fi connection.

Does it make sense to buy an 80 amp adapter instead of 40 amp?

Most modern electric cars are limited to 48 amp for AC charging. If your electric car can draw more, like earlier Model S and X models with two built-in power supplies, then perhaps buying an 80 amp connector would be prudent. It’s also worth considering whether or not your charger will deliver more than the typical 40 to 50 amp output.

And, indeed, TeslaTap 80 amp, 50 amp, 40 amp models can be found on sale. Just like the more popular TeslaTap mini 60 amp, 40 amp, 80 amp, the purchase can vary by a hundred dollars depending on the power selected.

Can I use the adapter together with a cable extender?

Technically, they will fit together, and this method can often be found outside the homes of Tesla owners who share with guests arriving in a non-Tesla car. It should be understood that the fewer connections in the electrical circuit, the more reliable it is for constant use.

Can someone steal your Tesla adapter?

The adapter models discussed here can use a padlock. For example, the TeslaTap has the ability to secure the connection in two directions with two padlocks.

Among the adapter models analyzed in this review, you can find this device. It supports a wide range of electric vehicles on U.S. roads. Models supported by the described adapter:

  • Chevrolet Bolt EV
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chrysler Pacifica
  • BMW 5 Series 530e
  • BMW X5 xDrive40e
  • BMW i3
  • Toyota Prius Prime
  • Fiat 500e
  • Volkswagen e-Golf
  • Ford Fusion Energi
  • Ford C-Max Energi
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
  • Jaguar I-PACE
  • Kia Niro PHEV
  • Nissan LEAF S
  • Nissan LEAF S PLUS
  • Mustang Mach-E
  • Hyundai Ioniq Electric
  • Hyundai Kona Electric
  • Honda Clarity Electric
  • Honda Clarity PHEV


Conclusion

When looking at adapters, 2 clear leaders stand out from different manufacturers. Our choice for garage use is the Lectron Tesla Wall Charger to J1772 Adapter. The other, more compact TeslaTap mini adapter is great for carrying in your trunk due to its minimal size among J1772 adapters. With these models, converting Tesla charger to non-Tesla charger is a solvable task, given the high compatibility of the best Tesla to J1772 adapters with most electric cars in the US.

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Mike is a seasoned engineer with 10+ years of experience in charging systems. He bought a Tesla Model S in 2014 and has been in love with EVs ever since. He runs a small EVSE installation business in Florida and blogs about what he loves.