Best Home EV Charger for Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is on track to become the best selling EV in the world. This wildly popular crossover SUV from Tesla ticks all the right boxes in performance, efficiency, space, and fun.

With new reservations of the Model Y no longer including a Mobile Connector for Level 2 charging, many new owners are looking for options for charging at home. Based on our hands-on testing and research, we’ve rounded up our favorite home charging solutions for the Tesla Model Y, answered some common questions along the way.

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Tesla Wall Connector (Gen 3)

Tesla Wall Connector charging Model Y

The most obvious choice for Model Y charging at home is Tesla’s very own Wall Connector. The latest 3rd generation home charger is Wi-fi connected and supports up to 11.5 kW charging speeds, that is 44 miles of range added to the Model Y every hour. (60 amp circuit breaker is required to get the whole 11.5 kW)

The Tesla Wall Connector seamlessly integrates with the Tesla app and ecosystem. (Like the ability to open the Model Y’s charge port with a button on the handle) This product even allows the user to restrict charging to specific Tesla cars. This is especially useful for outdoor installations.

The biggest benefit of going with this charger is that it comes with Tesla’s proprietary charging plug, while most other chargers come with the standard J1772 plug. Every Tesla car comes with a J1772 to Tesla adapter, allowing Model Y owners to use chargers from other brands as well. However, if you ever wanted to charge a non-Tesla car with this Wall Connector charger, an additional adapter must be purchased.

If backordered at Tesla, try Amazon

Specs

  • 48 amps, 11.5 kW
  • 24 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • Hardwire installation only
  • Tesla charging connector (North America)

Pros

Designed specifically for Teslas, integrates with app, no adapters needed to charge Teslas

Cons

Needs to be hardwired professionally, no display, needs additional adapters to charge non-Teslas, often backordered with long wait times

Wallbox Pulsar Plus

Wallbox Pulsar Plus for Model Y

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is our top pick for a charger with a compact and attractive design at just 7.8″ x 7.9″ x 3.9″ in dimensions.

Available in 40 and 48 amp versions, the Pulsar Plus can charge up to 8 times faster than Level 1 (120v) charging. The Wallbox unit features a 25 foot long cable, the maximum allowed length. The 48 amp version of the Pulsar Plus is able to deliver up to 11.5 kW of power, matching the speed of the Tesla Wall Connector.

Wallbox also works great for households with multiple EVs that need to be charged simultaneously. Two or more Wallbox chargers on the same circuit can communicate between each other and balance the available household power between chargers. See full review.

Specs

  • 40 and 48 amp versions
  • 25 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 outlet, or hardwired
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • J1772 charge plug, connects to Teslas with adapter

Pros

Compact design with clear indicator lights, myWallbox app companion app for control and charge monitoring

Cons

The app is rather basic compared to other chargers

Grizzl-E Classic EV Charger 40 AMP

Grizzl-E Level 2 Charger for Model Y

The Level 2 home charger from Grizzl-E is a compelling option for Model Y drivers looking for durability and value. It is a simple utilitarian design metal box with an LED indicator light and heavy duty construction. There are no screens or wifi connectivity options, just a heavy duty industrial looking box with 40 amps of power delivery, which should translate to about 9 kW usable charging speed.

Grizzl-E is based in Canada, so their products are designed to perform in extreme weather conditions. The operating temperature range is between -22F to 122F for outdoor usage.  

This charger is available with either NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 06-50 wall connectors (check the SKU when ordering), and all variants can be hardwired by an electrician. Full review available here.

Specs

  • 40 amps, or as low as 16
  • 24 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50, NEMA 06-50, or hardwired options for installation 
  • J1772 charge plug, connects to Teslas with adapter

Pros

Good value, durable construction and materials, heavy duty charging cable, suitable for extreme climates, can charge almost any EV

Cons

No smart features or app control

ChargePoint Home Flex

Chargepoint Home Flex for Model Y

ChargePoint is a reputable brand in public charging as well as home charging. The Home Flex is one of our favorite universal home EV chargers; with a combination of attractive design, 50 amp performance, and responsive customer support.

At the higher end of home chargers, the Home Flex is able to deliver up to 50 amps to your EV, easily delivering more than enough power to a Tesla Model Y. The companion ChargePoint app allows you to schedule charging sessions when electricity is cheapest, as well as send you reminders if you forget to plug in your EV.

Compatible with most EVs on the market, the ChargePoint Home Flex is our top choice for most EVs with larger capacity batteries, like the Model Y. The ChargePoint Home Flex is a top seller on Amazon, and for good reason.

Specs

  • Up to 50 amp charging, 9 times faster than wall outlet
  • 23 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50, NEMA 6-50, or hardwired options
  • UL Listed; safe and eligible for rebates/incentives in many states
  • J1772 charge plug, connects to Teslas with an adapter

Pros

Energy Star Certified, Wifi connectivity, Alexa voice assistant compatibility, choice of NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plugs, configurable between 16 and 50 amps

Cons

Dependent on the smartphone app for configuration and some features.

Emporia Smart Level 2 EV Charger

Emporia Level 2 Charger for Model Y

The Emporia home EV charger is easy to recommend if you already have other Emporia energy products in your home, as the app can control a variety of Emporia hardware. But the EV charger is a competitive product in its own right. While cheaper than many competitors on the market, Emporia does not cut corners where it matters most in day to day usage.

We really liked the high power output (48 amps hardwired, 40 amps over NEMA 14-50), and the highly durable single piece metal charge cord holder. Most competing brands throw in a cheap plastic cord holder into the box. Installation and app configuration was relatively easy as well. You can see our full review here.

Specs

  • Up to 48 amps, when hardwired
  • 24 foot long cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 outlet or hardwired
  • J1772 charge plug, connects to Teslas with an adapter

Pros

Lower cost than competitors, up to 48 amps of power, app connectivity and scheduling, really good metal charge plug holder

Cons

The charge cord is shorter than competition, the charger casing is made from plastic

Lectron 240V 40 Amp

Lectron 40 AMP for Tesla Model Y

Lectron makes a ton of models, but this specific 40 amp charger is our favorite budget pick. Small, light and portable. But unlike most travel charging adapters, the 40 amp Lectron could be your main home charger.

There are no apps or connectivity options, but the always-on display shows you the critical information about the charging session such as: current, voltage, temperature, and charge time. Teslas allow the user to limit and schedule charging sessions from their infotainment system anyway.

Downsides? The warranty is only one year, and this charger is not suitable for frequent outdoor use (especially not in extreme climates)

Specs

  • 40 amps
  • 18 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 plug, no hardwiring
  • J1772 charge plug, connects to Teslas with an adapter

Pros

Great power output for a budget charger, more portable than wall mounted chargers, always on display with charge stats

Cons

Not really suitable for outdoor operation, Lectron customer service does not have a great reputation, shorter warranty than premium brands

More on Amperage and Charging Speeds

The Tesla Model Y is able to accept up to 48 amps of current at 240 volts on level 2 home charging. When you multiply those two figures together you get 11,520 watts, or 11.5 kiloWatts. (kW) This should be fast enough to fully charge a 75 kWh battery in about 7 hours from zero to full.

There are some caveats to these maximum speeds. When using a “plug-in” style charger with a NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plug, the maximum power you can draw from the wall is 40 amps. A hardwired installation of a capable home wall charger is required to pull the full 48 amps.

In addition, your home needs a powerful enough circuit breaker to supply the EV charger’s needs. As a hard rule, an appliance should only draw a consistent 80% of the circuit breaker’s capacity. Therefore a 50 amp circuit breaker is required for charging at a steady 40 amps, and at least a 60 amp circuit breaker is required to charge at 48 amps. However, even if your household wiring is not up to the task, almost all EV chargers are able to be configured with a lower limit.

Here is a helpful table from Tesla with Level 2 charging speeds, circuit breaker requirements, as well as expected ranger added per hour.

How many miles of range are added per hour at different charging speeds on the Tesla Model Y?

Frequently Asked Questions about charging the Tesla Model Y

What is the battery capacity of the Model Y?

The Model Y Long Range and Performance trims come with a usable battery capacity of around 75 kWh. A standard range AWD variant with 4680 cells is also currently being produced at Giga Texas, this version is widely thought to contain 60-65 kWh.

What charger comes with the Tesla Model Y?

New Tesla cars purchased after April 17, 2022 will not include any charging hardware, but the buyer will be given the option to add a Mobile Connector or home Wall Connector. You can also explore some third party home charging recommendations from us at www.evchargerreviews.net.

How do I know if I am supposed to receive a free Tesla “Mobile Connector” charger?

Reservations made after April 17, 2022 will not include a free Mobile Connector for Level 1 and Level 2 charging. It must be purchased separately, or users can opt to upgrade and buy a dedicated home charging station like the ones above.

Should I charge the Tesla Model Y to 100%?

Tesla recommends setting a charging limit around 80% for day to day charging, and only going above that threshold for long trips when you really need the full range. The battery chemistry inside the Model Y battery may degrade faster if it spends a lot of time near 100% or 0% state of charge. The software on the charging screen makes it easy for the user to set up a charge limit.Tesla Model Y charge limiter screen

Does wheel size affect range on the Tesla Model Y?

Yes, the Long Range Model Y with the 19-inch wheels is EPA rated for 330 miles of range. While the same car with larger 20-inch wheels is only rated for 318 miles. The 21-inch wheels of the Performance trim further reduce range down to 303 miles.

How much does it cost to charge a Model Y at home?

If your off-peak electricity rates are around 13 cents per kWh like many locations in the US, then you can expect a full battery charger to cost around $10.26. This is assuming 75 kWh usable battery capacity and a 95% charging efficiency. Note that you would very rarely actually need to charge from zero to 100%.

How fast can the Model Y charge at home?

The car is able to receive up to 11.5 kW of power on Level 2 AC when using a powerful enough charger. This should translate to roughly 44 miles of range gained per hour.

Can you charge a Tesla Model Y at home with 110V?

Yes, this is technically possible with the Tesla Mobile Connector or any other compatible charger. 110V charging is considered Level 1 charging, and only gains about 3 miles of ranger per hour. For most people a Level 2, 240V home charging system is recommended so the Model Y is ready to drive at the start of every day.