Tesla Wall Connector vs Home Charging for EVs

Looking to invest in an electric vehicle but worried about it might affect your ability to road trip?

It is true that with the current infrastructure for electric vehicles in Australia planning charging in long term trips can be difficult. There are far fewer charging points than there are petrol stations (by a large margin).

But this doesn't mean buying an EV spells the end of your long distance adventures. 

The average Tesla EV can last 437 kilometres on a single charge (when fully charged) with some higher end models lasting up to 560 kms on a full battery. And this distance is projected to increase with upcoming models. 

So clearly the first way to prepare for a long distance drive is to have your car fully charged before you leave. 

But, what is the best way to charge your Tesla EV?

Tesla EV Charging Options

While you can charge your Tesla EV using an average domestic power point the quickest and easiest way to recharge is to get a Tesla Wall Connector charger installed in your home. 

Tesla Wall Connector Charger 

In an average home power system running on single phase power a Tesla Wall Connector can recharge your car at a rate of 38-50 kms per hour (depending on the model).  

Using a 3 phase power supply (common in commercial properties or residences with higher than average power requirements) they can add 71 kms of range to your vehicle's battery life every hour. 

Sounds pretty good right? Well there are few things you need to consider before you are completely sold! 

The Wall Connector charger must be installed in your property by a professional electrician. 

When they are installing your charger, they will also have to check your electrical system to make sure it can deal with the power requirements of this charger without causing overloading and tripping that can result in damage to your property and appliances. 

Also, if you are wanting to achieve the highest speed of charging but you don’t already have 3-phase power you may need to get your switchboard and the power connected to your home upgraded which can cost a lot of money. 

You will need an electrician to come out to your property to assess what’s needed to complete the upgrade and provide you with an accurate quote. 


If you are going to be out of home for a significant period of time and will need to charge your car on the road (and you are not sure if you will have access to a public Tesla charger) it is probably best to also have a Tesla Mobile Connector…

Tesla Mobile Connector

The Tesla Mobile Connector works for home charging if you don’t want to invest in a Tesla Wall Connector, but it will charge your car far slower than a dedicated charger will. 

This is because it works by plugging your car into an average home power point which will provide 10-amps of power to your car, equating to 13 - 15 kms of charge per hour. 


If you are planning on stopping anywhere on a road trip where you will have access to a regular powerpoint (especially overnight), it’s a great option to top up your car battery.

Get your Tesla EV charger installed today!

All EV chargers need to be installed by a professional electrician as they are channelling a large amount of electricity (much more than a regular home power outlet) and can be quite dangerous if they are not properly installed. 

Here at 181 Electrical, our number one goal is customer satisfaction. We aim to achieve this through clear and consistent communication. 

This way our customers are always aware of what is happening, the reason the work needs to be completed and the cost, prior to work commencing. 

So what are you waiting for? Call us on 0403 734 299 or click the link below to book a quote!

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