Tesla users know that fast charging is not as ubiquitous as we would like it to be. The included J1772 adapter is only good when there is no rush. Today there is already a diversity among CCS1-to-Tesla adapters, mainly represented by 3 different basic models and a few Chinese replicas.

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Lectron CCS Combo 1 to Tesla
Premium and compact adapter
Compatible with all Level-3 charging networks. Supported Tesla Models 3, S, X and Y. Has a strong connection up to 150 kW. Compact, durable device with a warranty.
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What is an adapter?
The CCS1-to-Tesla adapter is designed to charge your Tesla at Level-3 high-power stations (analogous to a Supercharger) where charging is provided by the CCS1 connector. These stations usually are not installed near supermarkets and are always paid (unlike Level-2 medium-speed with J1772 connectors).

Comparison chart

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Drop-shape form factor
Drop-shape
  • The newest generation
  • Under the brands of Tesla, Lectron, etc.
  • Highly compatible with Tesla models

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Rectangle-shape form factor
Rectangle-shape
  • Noname brands
  • Positive user experience
  • Average compatibility

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Gun-shape form factor
Gun-shape
  • Old generation
  • Under the brands of Sitec, Lectron, etc.
  • Frequently requires software updates

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Technical features of CCS Combo 1 adapters

Genuine Tesla USA Lectron • New gen Lectron/Sitec • Old gen ZVQ
Form factorDrop-shape,CompactDrop-shape,CompactGun-shape & BulkyMedium, Rectangle-shape
Max power250 kW150 kW50 kW250 kW
Software updatevia EV connectionvia EV connectionvia USB connectionvia EV connection
Network compatibilityEVgo, Electrify America +EVgo, Electrify America +EVgo, Electrify America +EVgo, Electrify America +
Tesla models compatibilityModel S, 3, X, YModel S, 3, X, Y after 2021Model S, 3, X, Y with upgradeModel S, 3, X, Y after 11/2021
Availability to buyModerateEasyModerateEasy

New generation models of CCS to Tesla adapters

What is the difference between the CCS models of the Tesla adapter?

The main difference is in the power limits and software upgrade path. Thus, the limits of the new proprietary Tesla adapter model are specified as 250 kW, unlike previous models with limits of 50–100 kW. The second feature is the automatic software update in the new and Korean models through communication with the vehicle, as opposed to the Sitec adapter with a USB interface.

Compatibility of adapters and model range 

The disadvantage of the proprietary Tesla adapter is the need for updated vehicle software and a special charging component that is not installed on some models earlier than 2021. These electric cars will require upgrades to be compatible with CCS1 charging stations through the adapter. Starting in 2023, Tesla says this retrofit option will be available to owners of non-updated electric cars.

With non-proprietary adapters, if you disregard capacity limits, compatibility is better with respect to Tesla vehicles. So Sitec has been tested and is more adaptable to Model 3 and S, X,Y of different model years.

How to use?
Insert the end of the charging station plug into the adapter, then insert the adapter into the electric car's inlet. The Tesla will lock the adapter in place and on-screen instructions to start charging will appear.

How many charging stations does CCS-network have?

Tesla has 22% of all U.S. fast stations. According to the U.S. Department of Energy by the number of fast-charging stations, Charge Point leads with 30% of the market, other providers except Tesla have 48%. Accordingly, 78% of the U.S. coverage is accounted for by the CCS DC Fast Charger connector standard.

Good idea
Сheck your car before purchasing. On your Tesla screen Control → Software → Additional Vehicle Informantion → CCS Adapter Support * Check If Enabled.

Advantages of the CCS adapter for Tesla

You’ll have four times as many public fast-charging stations available to you.

CCS to Tesla adapter

Which CCS to Tesla adapter should I choose?

Now there is a variety of models to choose from

  • Genuine Tesla (USA)
  • Lectron, analogue (USA)
  • Genuine Tesla (Korea)
  • Sitec/Lectron old generation
  • Chinese replicas

The genuine adapter officially supported by Tesla in North America brought a sigh of relief to Tesla owners who have been experiencing a shortage of Supercharger stations. Pros and cons can be seen in the technical features chart.

If you don’t want to wait, a highly compatible CCS adapter from Lectron will be delivered quickly. Lectron is known for a number of quality products for electric vehicles, including adapters, home charging stations, and other devices.

The adapter from the Chinese company Setec Power was tested by us at the end of 2020 and passed the test among our customers. The other 4 manufacturers tested did not work consistently.

How much does it cost to charge Tesla at other manufacturers’ stations?

  Electrify America • 50KW OUTPUT (DC) ChargePoint (per kW) • 62.5KW OUTPUT (DC) Blink (Guests; per kW) • 50KW OUTPUT (DC)
Tesla Model Y $4.55 $2.7 $12.6
Tesla Model S $7.28 $4.32 $20.16
Tesla Model 3 $4.55 $2.7 $12.6

Calculate on a calculator, take CCS to Tesla Adapter with you and charge your Tesla. Sometimes when planning a trip, drivers have to rearrange the route to optimally reduce the waiting time while charging the electric vehicle.

Will the CCS to Tesla adapter be compatible with my Tesla?

Yes, this adapter has been tested on Charge Point, EVgo, Electrify America, and EVconnect stations. The firmware of this smart adapter is updated regularly.

FAQ

These are the three types of devices described here that allow Tesla owners to charge their electric cars on pay-per-use fast charging networks with a CCS connector.

This adapter will come in handy for Tesla owners who are used to using the Supercharger network where there are few such stations along the route.

The main advantage is the availability of more fast charging stations than the Supercharger. CCS chargers are usually cheaper to use than Tesla’s Superchargers, so if you’re looking to save money on your charging costs, a CCS to Tesla adapter can be a good choice. The downside is the bandwidth limits, which are described in the current guide for each model.

Sometimes the prices of CCS stations are lower than SC stations. A Tesla owner will benefit from this adapter if they travel or have more CCS charging stations on their route. CCS networks have more coverage than SC.

The adapter is not only a conductor of high power current but also of data transmitted between the charging station and the electric vehicle. Therefore some of the adapters described here have software to transform data of different standards.

The Tesla CCS Combo 1 adapters described here are divided into three form factors, varying in capacity measured in kW and compatibility with Tesla models.

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