Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector: The Smart Way to Charge
The Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector is an excellent option for those who want a reliable and user-friendly charging station.
- • Early monitoring options through ground monitor interrupter
- • Automatic detection and repair of faults
- • Constant temperature monitoring for stable charging
- • Free 5-year warranty for service work available at evadept.com
- • Wi-Fi support for communication
- • Automatic resumption of charging after power outages
- • Automatic firmware updates for new features
- • RCD Type A with Built-in RCD and DC 6mA included
- • AC and DC fault protection
Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector specifications
|12, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48
|Cable length, ft
|-22°F to 122°F
|cULus - E351001
|Level 2 EV charger
What's New in the Gen 3 Tesla Wall Connector?
As EV Adept, founded by Mike Becker, we're excited to share our insights on the Gen 3 Tesla Wall Connector. Let's dive into the differences between the Gen 3 and its predecessor, the Gen 2 Wall Connector.
How Does the Gen 3 Wall Connector Compare to the Gen 2?
The Gen 3 Wall Connector is an improvement over the high-powered Gen 2 Wall Connector, with some changes being more favorable than others. One major change is the amperage; the previous Gen 2 Wall Connector could supply 80 amps to the vehicle, whereas the new Gen 3 Wall Connector only provides a maximum of 48 amps. This isn't a concern, though, as none of Tesla's current cars require more than 48 amps.
Another noticeable alteration is the reduced cable length. The Gen 2 Wall Connector offered a choice between an 8.5-foot or 24-foot cable, while the new Gen 3 Wall Connector only provides an 18-foot or 24-foot cable. In our opinion, 18 feet is insufficient, and we usually recommend a cable of at least 24 feet.
Will It Survive the Deep Freeze Test?
We conducted a cable deep freeze test to see how the Gen 3 Wall Connector would hold up in extreme cold conditions. The test went well, the elasticity of the cable decreased slightly.
Which Adapters are Required for the Gen 3 Wall Connector?
Understanding which adapters are required for the Gen 3 Wall Connector is crucial. We'll discuss the different types of Tesla to Non-Tesla adapters and their compatibility with this wall connector.
How Does the Charging Rating System Rate the Gen 3 Wall Connector?
Based on the wall connector's features, we will provide our exclusive charging rating to help you understand if the Gen 3 Wall Connector is the right choice for your Tesla.
Is the Gen 3 Wall Connector Necessary for New Tesla Owners?
We'll also explain why the Gen 3 Wall Connector may not be necessary if you purchase a new Tesla, and what other charging options you might consider.
Is the 18-foot Cable Long Enough for Your Garage?
Considering the typical two-car garage in the US measures approximately 22 feet by 22 feet, the Gen 3 Wall Connector's with 18-foot cable should be sufficient to reach almost any corner of your garage. However, your specific needs may vary, so it's important to evaluate your garage setup before installation. Take a closer look at the 24-ft model that is now available on the market.
What's New in the Gen 3 Wall Connector's Design?
The Gen 3 Wall Connector features a stylish white tempered glass faceplate, adding a touch of elegance to your charging setup. However, the Tesla logo on the faceplate is difficult to spot, and we suggest either illuminating it or using a brighter font to make it more noticeable.
Are There Any Smart Charging Features in the Gen 3 Wall Connector?
While the new wall connector is now a Wi-Fi enabled smart charger, Tesla has not yet disclosed all of its features. However, Tesla promises that it will have the capability to load share with up to 16 units, provide remote monitoring, receive firmware updates over the air, and integrate with other Tesla products such as the Powerwall.
What's Involved in Installing the Gen 3 Wall Connector?
Unlike the previous Gen 2 Wall Connector, the new wall connector is available solely as a hardwired unit, necessitating the services of a qualified licensed electrician like us, the team at EV Adept, founded by Mike Becker. To achieve the maximum 48-amp capacity, a dedicated 60-amp circuit with a minimum of number six wire is required. For added assurance, we suggest using number four wire instead, with a slightly higher rating.
Can You Use the Gen 3 Wall Connector with a Lower Amp Circuit?
If your service panel doesn't support a 60-amp circuit, no worries! You can still use the Gen 3 Wall Connector by de-rating the unit according to the available power supply. This process can be done while commissioning the charger and setting up the Wi-Fi smart charging feature.
How to Install and De-Rate the Gen 3 Wall Connector?
Contact a professional for installation, because even detailed instructions from Tesla do not guarantee safe connection with your own hands.
Commissioning the Gen 3 Wall Connector: What Steps are Involved?
Once the Gen 3 Wall Connector is installed, the next step is to commission it. To begin the commissioning process, turn on the circuit breaker to energize the Gen 3 Wall Connector and connect your Wi-Fi-enabled device to the SSID Wi-Fi signal sent out by the wall connector.
With our expertise as professional EVSE installers at EV Adept, we're here to guide you through every step of the installation and commissioning process to ensure a seamless charging experience with your new Gen 3 Wall Connector.
How to Cap the Neutral Wire for the Gen 3 Wall Connector?
As with other EV chargers, the neutral wire is not used in the Gen 3 Wall Connector. You'll notice that the neutral wire is capped, which is typical for EV charging equipment. You only need to connect the two hot wires to the terminal blocks and the ground wire to the left side.
How to Secure the Wall Connector to the Wire Box?
With the wiring complete, you'll need to attach the unit to the wire box by snapping it into the three connections provided. Simply fit the unit against the wire box and push it in firmly, then use the provided screws to secure it in place.
How to Connect Your Device to the Wall Connector's SSID Signal?
To connect your Wi-Fi-enabled device to the SSID signal broadcasted by the wall connector, follow these steps:
- Join the wall connector network either by manually entering the password from the quick start guide or by scanning the QR code sticker provided in the guide.
- Keep in mind that the wall connector network signal is available for only five minutes.
- In case you fail to join the network within five minutes, you can either repeat the procedure by turning the circuit breaker off and on, or press the button on the wall connector for over five seconds to see the green LED.
Can You De-Rate the Tesla Wall Connector to Match a 40-Amp Charger?
If you have a 40-amp charger and want to use it with the Tesla Wall Connector, you can de-rate the connector to match your charger's power or adjust your car's settings to limit the power intake. However, it's advisable to opt for a more powerful charger if your electric vehicle can handle more than 48 amps to avoid any mishaps.
Do You Need a Tesla Wall Connector When Purchasing a New Tesla?
Now Tesla cars are not equipped with Tesla Mobile Connectors. So if you are not going to recharge a lot on the road, the TWC is the best choice.
What Are the Drawbacks of Charging with a Level One Charger?
A good example of potential difficulties is the Chevy Bolt, which comes with a level one charger that charges slowly from a regular household outlet, providing only four to five miles of range per hour. This slow charging speed may be problematic for those who need their vehicles charged quickly and efficiently.
Can You Charge a Non-Tesla Electric Vehicle with a Tesla Wall Connector?
To charge your non-Tesla electric vehicle using the Tesla wall connector, you need to purchase one of the adapters available in the market. These Tesla-to-J1172 adapters, available from multiple manufacturers, can cost between $150 to $350, depending on their amperage and the manufacturer. It's essential to note that not all electric vehicles can handle 48 amps of charging power, so it is crucial to check your vehicle's specifications before purchasing an adapter. This extra cost and compatibility check may be an inconvenience for non-Tesla owners.
Why Might You Not Want to Buy a Tesla Wall Connector if You Have a 40-Amp Charger?
Although most electric car chargers on the market offer up to 40 amps, some can deliver up to 50 amps. If you have a 40-amp charger and want to use it with a Tesla Wall Connector, you can de-rate the connector or limit the power that the car takes through its settings. However, this workaround might not be ideal for those who want to maximize their charging capabilities without additional adjustments.
Is the Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector Worth It Despite Its Limitations?
The Tesla Gen 3 Wall Connector offers a high-quality and efficient charging solution for Tesla vehicles. Its sleek design, customizable charging options, and smart features make it an excellent choice for anyone looking to charge their Tesla at home. However, with adapters required for non-Tesla electric vehicle owners and potential charging limitations for those with 40-amp chargers, it might not be the best option for everyone. It's essential to weigh the pros and cons before investing in a Tesla Wall Connector.
Should You Get a Higher Power Charger if Your EV Can Accept More Than 48 Amps?
If your electric vehicle can accept more than 48 amps, it's better to get a higher power charger to avoid mistakes and ensure faster charging. You can check this in the specifications for your EV. However, in our independent review, we found that if you're buying a new Tesla, you might not need to buy a Tesla Wall Connector at all.
Why Might You Not Need to Buy a Tesla Wall Connector When Buying a New Tesla?
Tesla offers charging equipment for free with every electric car they sell. This excellent quality charging equipment can often negate the need for an additional charger. Tesla offers a high-powered 32-amp Mobile Connector that can deliver 32 amps to the vehicle. If you have a NEMA 14-50 outlet and don't want to install a hardwire, the Mobile Connector might not be a bad option. However, the Wall Connector still provides a safer and more reliable connection.
Can You Charge Your Tesla from Any 240-Volt Outlet with the Mobile Connector?
With the ability to use different adapters for different plugs, the Tesla mobile connector lets you charge from any 240-volt outlet. However, Tesla used to include a NEMA 14-50 240-volt adapter with the mobile charging connector, but they no longer provide it. For around $35, the NEMA 14-50 adapter is a popular choice among electric car owners. If you're installing a NEMA 14-50 outlet, be sure to specify to your electrician that you need the ground up.
How Fast Can a Tesla Model 3 Charge Using the Mobile Connector?
A 40-amp circuit is required for the mobile connector to deliver 32 amps, which can provide roughly 30 miles of range per hour for a Tesla Model 3. While the mobile connector charges faster than a level one charger, a higher power charger may not be necessary unless you need faster charging. As part of our review process, we recommend considering your daily driving needs and charging habits before deciding on a charger.
Is a Higher Power Charger Necessary for Your Charging Needs?
While the mobile connector charges faster than a level one charger, a higher power charger may not be necessary unless you need faster charging. To gauge your charging needs, it's advisable to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet and try out the mobile connector first.
What Makes the Tesla Wall Connector an Exceptional Value at $600?
At $600, the Tesla Wall Connector provides exceptional value with its smart charging features that are Wi-Fi connected. Chargers are rated using a point-based system with five categories, and the Tesla Wall Connector earns several points in each category. While it doesn't receive or lose points for its cost, the Tesla Wall Connector earns points for its quality and feature-rich design, making it an excellent value.
How Easy is the Installation of the Tesla Wall Connector?
Installation ease is the next category, and it can be challenging as it depends on your electrical system and electrician's skill level. That being said, we at EV Adept, founded by Mike Becker, believe that the Tesla wall connector is fairly easy to install and should only take a qualified electrician a few hours to complete. Additionally, the wall connector includes clear installation instructions, earning it few points in this category.
Can We Assess the Durability of the Tesla Wall Connector?
Moving onto durability, it's difficult to make an accurate assessment since we haven't had the Tesla Wall Connector for a significant amount of time. Nevertheless, judging by its top-notch construction quality and superior materials, it's safe to assume that it will endure for a significant number of years. Hence, we award it several points in this category.
How Versatile is the Tesla Wall Connector for Non-Tesla Vehicles?
As for versatility, the Tesla Wall Connector has a limited range since it's specifically designed for use with Tesla vehicles only. However, with adapters available in the market, it's possible to charge non-Tesla electric vehicles, making it a more flexible option for those willing to invest in an adapter. Among EV Adept customers who have had TWC used with the adapter are owners of Revian R1T, VW ID.4, Nissan Leaf, Kia EV6 and Chevy Bold.
How User-Friendly is the Tesla Wall Connector?
Lastly, the user experience category. Thanks to its straightforward touch screen and user-friendly app, the Tesla Wall Connector is extremely easy to use. As such, we give it a perfect score of several points in this category.
Is the Charging Speed of the Tesla Wall Connector Impressive?
The charging speed of the Tesla wall connector is impressive, with the ability to deliver up to 48 amps of power, making it one of the fastest on the market. Although it doesn't hold the title for the absolute fastest, it still earns a very respectable several points in this category.
How Flexible is the Tesla Wall Connector in Charging?
When it comes to charging flexibility, the Tesla wall connector doesn't disappoint. With a range of adapters and compatibility with various electric cars, it offers plenty of options. Additionally, the built-in cable management system keeps cords tidy, earning it a well-deserved few points in this category.
Is the Tesla Wall Connector Durable and Reliable?
The durability and reliability of the Tesla wall connector are top-notch, with a well-built design that's made to last. The included 4-year warranty provides further confidence in its longevity, earning it maximum points in this category.
How Does the Tesla Wall Connector Score in Our Rating System?
In our charging rating, the Tesla Wall Connector is a standout, earning an impressive 9.1 points out of a possible 10. With its exceptional performance and features, it's one of the highest-rated chargers we've evaluated. In addition to our charger rater system, we also rate chargers with a simple star rating, reflecting its overall performance and potential pitfalls.
Is the Tesla Wall Connector Worth the Hype Despite Negative Reviews?
The Tesla wall connector is a top-performing charger, delivering fast and reliable charging to Tesla owners. It earns a full 5 stars and comes highly recommended for anyone who owns a Tesla. However, some negative reviews may question its overall performance. You can find critical reviews on this page, which we monitor and review.
Are All Features of the Tesla Wall Connector Operational Yet?
The TWC is believed to be a fantastic value, although some of its features may not be operational yet. It is anticipated that Tesla will make them available soon. In terms of cost and value, it earns a score of several points.
How Does the Tesla Wall Connector Perform in Power and Weatherproofing?
It has a maximum kilowatt delivery of 11.5 kW, and the adjustable power delivery earns an additional point for power and weatherproofing. Despite lacking Energy Star certification, it earns an extra point for having an automatic restart feature. In this category, the Tesla wall connector achieves a total score of few points.
Can the Tesla Wall Connector Stand the Test of Durability?
The connector holster receives an excellent rating in the construction and durability category. The length is not long enough for 18 ft. cables, but there are now 24 ft. models available on the market. Therefore, the average cable length score is high and scores 9 out of 10.
What Smart Features Does the Tesla Wall Connector Offer?
The Tesla wall connector is a smart charger that earns several points in the smart and non-smart category. Unfortunately, there is no additional information available on other features such as PowerShare capability, compatibility with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, or charging session data recording, which could earn it additional points.
Are Tesla Owners Satisfied with the Tesla Wall Connector's Warranty and Safety Certification?
With a four-year warranty and UL listing, it achieves a score of decent amount of points in the safety certified and warranty category. According to the Charger Rater scale, it receives a score of 9.1 points, which is equivalent to 4.55 out of 5 stars.
Is the Tesla Wall Connector the Best Option for Tesla Owners?
The author's personal opinion is that the Tesla wall connector is an outstanding option for Tesla owners who require a high-powered charger, although it may not be suitable for outdoor installations in very cold weather areas.
Should Non-Tesla Owners Consider the Tesla Wall Connector?
If you are a Tesla owner, the Tesla wall connector is a smart investment for a high-powered, permanently mounted wall charger. However, if you do not own a Tesla, it is not recommended. Take a look at the NEMA 14-50 models for non-Tesla.
How Does the Tesla Wall Connector Perform Across Various Criteria?
The review evaluates the charger based on various criteria, including cost and value, power and weatherproofing, construction and durability, and safety certification and warranty. Based on the review, the Tesla Wall Connector scores remarkably well in most categories, earning a total of 9.1 points on the charger raider scale, translating to 4.55 out of 5 stars. It features an adjustable power delivery, an automatic restart function, and a robust construction.
Is the Tesla Wall Connector a Reliable Option for Tesla Electric Vehicle Owners?
Moreover, the device comes with a four-year warranty, which is superior to the industry standard of three years. The reviewer's verdict is that the Tesla Wall Connector is an outstanding option for Tesla owners seeking a high-powered and permanently mounted charging solution. Nonetheless, due to the cable's subpar performance in freezing temperatures, the device may not be suitable for outdoor installations in very cold weather areas. Overall, the Tesla Wall Connector earns an average rating of 4.55 out of 5 stars, demonstrating its reliability and practicality as an option for Tesla electric vehicle owners.