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Convert Tesla Charger To Plug and Play For Easy Move To New Home

Updated: May 20

Plug and Play Tesla Car Charger | Knightly Electrical Services
Plug and Play Tesla Car Charger | Knightly Electrical Services

This Alpharetta family bought a new home, and needed their Tesla charger moved from their current home to their new one. So they asked me for a quote to install it.

Tesla chargers are unique as they have a dial that can chose the amount of amperage they pull. So, you really need someone with electrical experience. That person would be able to calculate the proper load to the setting you’re applying.

For the install, I chose a Hubbell 14-50 Receptacle. I use them because they are the only 240v receptacle that can really hold up to car chargers long term.

Wiring Car Charger Outlet | Knightly Electrical Services
Wiring Car Charger Outlet | Knightly Electrical Services

I needed to run a new wire from the electrical panel to the car charger.

Then I re-wired the charger to a plug and play set up. This allows this family, if they need to move again, to be able to unplug the car charger from their current home, then take it with them to their new one, and plug it in. All they would need is would be a 240v plug in the garage. This will keep them from having to call an electrician again.

Key Points to Keep in Mind When You Install a Tesla Charging Station

  • Choose the right charging equipment, such as the Tesla Wall Connector or a Level 2 charging station, based on your preferences and needs.

  • Consider professional installation, especially if you're unfamiliar with electrical work or want to prioritize compliance and safety.

  • Understand your home's electrical capacity and potential need for panel upgrades to support the charging station.

  • Optimize charging efficiency by minimizing circuit length and voltage drop.

  • Explore smart charging features to enhance convenience and reduce energy costs.

Where Does the Charger Go in Your Garage?

  • Install the charger on the same side of the vehicle's charge port and as close as possible.

  • Place the charger within 15 to 20 feet of the vehicle's charge port. Charging cords can be as long as 25 feet, with 18 to 20 feet being the norm.

  • The charger and the 240v outlet should be within about 3 to 4 feet of each other.

  • The charger should be at least 18 inches off of the garage floor, preferably between 42 and 48 inches high.

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