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The 6 best (non-Tesla) home chargers for your Tesla Model 3 or Tesla Model Y in 2021

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May 9, 2021

Having a home charger - and never having to visit a gas station again - are one of the main perks of owning an electric car. There’s some innovation going on in the space however, so we’re getting increasing questions as to which one is viable for you. As always the answer to the question “Where are Tesla chargers near me?” is – the nearest one is usually in your garage.

However, these chargers have different levels, which offer different charging speeds, different ports, and various levels of required installation in of your garage.

We’re going to pick the 6 best chargers on the market right now, and update this article regularly, as there’s so much innovation going on right now in this space.

If you’re new to the field, here’s a quick video introduction to EV chargers courtesy Fully Charged.


Our Top Pick: JuiceBox 32 Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station with WiFi




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This is a high power model that comes at 40 amps! For this price point Suitable for indoor and outdoor installation, the device is made in the USA and built to be tough. To prove it, it's UL listed and works with Alexa!

With the app, you get full access to the web-based charging control. You can schedule the charging, manage the notifications and LED light indicators, and energy metering.

If you are looking for a powerful EV charger for your home, then look no further. It comes with a 14-50R outlet and plugs in easily for installation. If you keep your dryer and washer in the garage, with the proper adapter the charger can work with the dryer outlet.

Pros

  • There is just so much power at 32 amps - great for the price point.
  • Install the device indoors or out - built to withstand all weather conditions.
  • Made in the USA
  • UL listed
  • It works with Alexa voice control!
  • Installation is easy - no hardwiring required.

Cons

  • Requires Tesla-provided J1772 adapter.
  • The Wi-Fi is unreliable at times.

Why We Like It

It's one of the more powerful wall chargers around with 32 amps to offer


2. Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger, 16/24/32/40 Amp, NEMA 6-50 / 14-50 Plug




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This high-quality made-in-Canada charger has one of the best customer service ratings of all the chargers on this list, and is the rising star in the home charger world.

Great plug-in solution into any 240V outlet (like your washer/dryer uses), though final supported charge rate will depend on the size of your circuit breaker. It can draw up to 40A (that’s 10KW) on a 50A circuit breaker, all the way down to 16 Amps (that’s 3.5KW at 240V) making it a very adaptable charger.

Can charge up to a maximum of 10KW - one of the fastest on this list. Fully UL certified and safe to use indoors and outdoors.

Constructed with a heavy-duty aluminum alloy casing and a PC alloy panel makes this model stand up to daily wear. It's so tough in fact, that it can even handle the full weight of your Tesla in case you back into it. The Tesla-made charger will never survive this kind of driveway accident.

You will need Tesla’s J1772 adapter (or one from here), but this is a must-have accessory for most Teslas now that other charging networks (like Electrify America’s) are becoming more widespread anyway.

It's compatible with all EVs and the power leveler makes sure it balances the power when multiple devices are operating safely.

Pros

  • 10KW maximum charge rate (depends on circuit breaker)
  • Plug-in installation (no hard-wiring required) - save hundreds of dollars on installation.
  • 06-50 or 14-50 240V plugs supported (choose at checkout).
  • Indoor and outdoor use.
  • 18ft to 24ft charging cables
  • Compatible with all EVs, not just Teslas
  • Rock solid engineering - can survive being driven over by a truck.
  • 3-year warranty

Why We Like It

This is one of the best-selling models due to high quality, American-made construction, great support, plug-in installation and awesome universal charge rate support no matter your circuit breaker or EV.


3. ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger




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We are going to start off by boasting that this device is compatible with Alexa! It’s a level 2 240 volt, 32 amp (ie. 7.6kW) EV charger that charges 6 times faster than standard options and gets you 25-ish miles per hour of charge.

The best part is it works will all EVs! So it doesn’t matter if you have a sporty Tesla or a sleek BMW i3 or the Mercedes ECQ, Hyundai Kona EV, Jaguar i-Pace or even a Toyota plug-in hybrid - it works!

There is a compatible app for you to download to schedule charging. Save money with the low electricity rates and never forget to charge with the reminders you can easily set on your phone.

It comes with a NEMA 14-50 Plug or you can hardwire the unit indoors but for outdoor installation, the hardwired station is recommended.

Pros

  • It’s compatible with all EVs!
  • Charges 6 times faster than standard options.
  • The compatible app lets you monitor everything easier and even schedule charges.
  • Add voice control and use Alexa to control the unit.
  • Comes with a NEMA 14-50 Plug outlet, or you can hardwire it into your unit.

Cons

  • May be unreliable in case of intermittent power.




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The stylish charger also prides itself in charging up to 6 times faster than the standard charger that might of come with your EV.

It's very easy to use and it does not require an app or home network connection to use. All you need to do is plug it in, and with the press of a button charging will start.

What makes this great is the versatility, as it's compatible with any EV including Tesla models.

You can now charge your vehicle from the comfort of your own home. Wake up every morning with a full charge ready to help you get on with the day.

Pros

  • Charges 6 times faster than generic brands.
  • It's very easy to use and set up.
  • The charger is compatible with all EVs!
  • The charger is tough and durable and stands up to harsh elements.

Cons

  • The unit may not always charge.
  • The $100 credit is not real.

Why We Like It

You do not need anything to run this device. No need for a specific home electrical network or app, the installation is so easy!


5. The Newcomer: Electrify America – Electric Vehicle (EV) Home Charger




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Following closely behind is this level 2 charger by Electrify America. With 240 volts, 32 amps and up to 7.7 kW of charging power, it reduces charging time up to 6 times compared to regular or level 1 chargers (much like the above).

Depending on the type of vehicle, you also get up to 25 miles in range per hour of charge. That's pretty good if you ask us!

As for the installation, it’s flexible and easy. It comes with the standard NEMA 14-50 power supply plug or it can be hardwired. In the package you also get a docking station that allows you to wall mount the unit.

If your parking space is uncovered, the weatherproof enclosure keeps the charger safe, perfect for indoor or outdoor installation.If safety is your main concern, the device adheres to the stringent standards for all US electric vehicles.

Pros

  • This level 2 charger has so much charging power you get 25 miles per hour of charge.
  • The installation is quick, easy and flexible and even includes a wall mount.
  • The weatherproof enclosure makes this device great for indoors and out.
  • It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
  • Helpful customer support is always ready 247.

Cons

  • The charging really slows down for some vehicle models.
  • No Wi-Fi

Why We Like it

The flexibility with mounting is what really puts this at the forefront of our list. The enclosure is also weatherproof making it great for inside and out.


6. The Original: Tesla Motors Cable Wall Charger




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This next one is only for those who belong in the Tesla club. All you need to do is to plug it in your vehicle and the next morning you will have a full charge and are ready to go.

What's amazing about the Tesla charger, is it's meant for your Tesla. Therefore, you get the most out of a single charge (44 miles/77km to be exact.) Those with Tesla Model S, X and 3's will benefit from this device.

You also get to customize the power levels and the device is compatible with any home electrical system. What the Tesla charger offers that some other wall chargers don't, is Wi-Fi! Access the details of your charge right on your mobile device.

The tempered white glass faceplate is suitable for indoor or outdoor environments and since it's lightweight, it's easily mountable.

For fast home-charging for Teslas, the 18’ cable wall charger is the way to go.

Pros

  • Meant for Teslas, the fast charging speeds gets you to most for each charge.
  • The power levels are customizable.
  • The device has Wi-Fi! It allows you to monitor your vehicle while charging.
  • Comes with a tempered white glass faceplate
  • Great for indoor and outdoor charging.

Cons

  • Only works with Tesla
  • Not really a con, but it's cheaper on the Tesla website.
  • Doesn't have the NEMA 14-50

Why We Like It

The sleek design of the charger that matches the smooth and glossy Tesla gives you a much further range per charge than most generic brands.


Coming Soon: Bi-Directional Chargers

These amazing inventions are able to dish it out and take it in. In other words, it is able to charge your car, and taking the energy of the battery and putting it back into your house or the grid.

It doesn't take up a lot of space and is easy to install. Just hang it in your home or wall mount it! It's easy to use, installation costs less, and you will be able to use your car as an energy source! It is essentially an energy management system that allows you to do more with the battery.

Nissan Leafs and Mitsubishi Outlanders are currently capable of adopting this wicked design. It's the next step to energy-efficiency. Getting the 7.4 kW back from the battery is enough to power all of your home devices!

We can't wait to see how this item performs in our home!

FAQ:

1. How long does it take to charge a Tesla at home?

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus’ 54kWh battery takes around 7-8 hours to charge with most of the above chargers, like Charge Points’s at 7.6kW, or Tesla’s own at 11.5 kW. But that’s the wrong question to be asking, as you usually won’t arrive home from grocery shopping with 1% battery – you’ll arrive home with 70% and top it up to around 80% overnight (when power is cheap and clean-ish). So you won’t really have to think about it – while you sleep, the Tesla will top up a little when it’s cheapest.