Tesla Mobile Connector Vs Wall Connector (Detailed Comparison)

If you have planned to buy a Tesla, you must be thinking about which connector you should buy because now you will not have a mobile charger free with your Tesla. You will have to pay extra money to get the mobile charger like the wall charger.

You can get the both NEMA 5-15 and 14-50 adaptor with the mobile connector at the same price. If you want to get NEMA 5-15 adaptor, you will be charged the same when you buy both of them.

The Tesla wall connector looks more aesthetic and is more powerful and versatile than the Tesla mobile charger. You can mount it outside because it is weatherproof and it can charge your Tesla very fast.

If you are planning to get another Tesla, it will be a good decision because the wall chargers will distribute the power based on the state of charge of the two cars. But it is more expensive and requires professional installation.

The Tesla mobile charger is less powerful and versatile. It doesn’t need a professional installation and you can install it easily. It is more affordable and you can take it with you wherever you want.

Now I am going to give you an in-depth comparison between the Tesla mobile connector and the wall connector by explaining all the factors of both. So that you can easily decide what you should buy according to your daily habits and lifestyle.

Tesla mobile connector vs wall connector

Here is the table of all the factors based on which you will be going to buy the Tesla wall connector or mobile connector.

factorswall connectorMOBILE CONNECTOR
lookslooks AESTHeTICNOT THAT COOL
price475 us DOLLARS230 US DOLLARS
charging speedup to 48 ampsUP TO 32 AMPS
mobilityfixed AT ONE PLACECAN MOVE WITH YOU
cabLE lengTH24 FOOT20 FOOT
weatherproofYESNO
wifi -connectiVityYESNO
installation cost$750 – $1500$500
range per hour35 – 444 – 6 ON NEMA 5-15 23 – 30 ON  NEMA 14-50

Now I am going to explain some factors which include charging speed, price, power output, convenience, compatibility, weatherproofing, Wi-Fi connectivity, mobility, and Installation cost.

Charging speed

The Tesla wall charger offers faster charging speed than the Tesla mobile connector. Tesla wall charger uses the power of 11.5 KW with a 60 amps circuit breaker which gives a maximum output of 48 amps which allows it to charge your Tesla from 35 to 44 miles per hour depending on your Tesla model.

Here is the max miles range per hour of charge of different Tesla models…

  • Model S 41
  • Model 3 44
  • Model X 35
  • Model Y 44

The charging speed of the Tesla model connector is slower than the Tesla wall connector. It comes with two types of outlets NEMA 5-15 and NEMA 14-50. NEMA 5-15 outlets can be used in any household plug which gives you a range of 4 – 6 miles per hour of charge depending on your Tesla model.

Here is the list…

  • Model 3 6
  • Model S 5
  • Model X 4
  • Model Y 5

The outlet NEMA 14-50 uses a power of 240 on a 50 amp circuit breaker which provides you an output of 32 amps and provides you range of 27 – 30 depending on your Tesla model.

Here is the list…

  • Model 3 30
  • Model S 27
  • Model X 23
  • Model Y 27

There are many other outlets for Tesla mobile connectors which provide you with a different range of miles per hour of charge. To check the range and type click on this link.

Price

The price difference between both connectors is very high. The price of the wall connector is almost double the price of the Tesla mobile connector. The price of the Tesla wall connector is $475 and the price of the Tesla mobile connector is $230.

The price difference is just because of the charging speed of the connectors. The charger speed of the Wall connector is more than the charging speed of the Tesla mobile connector.

Power output

The wall connector provides you a power output of 48 amps from 11.5 kW power using a circuit breaker of 60 amps.

While the mobile connector provides you with a power output of 32 amps. This power is lower than the wall connector, resulting in a slower charging speed.

Convenience

The Tesla wall connector works as a charging station at your home. Once installed, you can charge your Tesla just by plugging in the included charging cable without carrying around a separate device.

On the other hand, the mobile connector is a whole charging device that you can carry and plug and unplug from the electric source.

In terms of convenience, both the Tesla Wall connector and Tesla mobile connector are enjoyed.

Compatibility

The Tesla wall connector is compatible with all the Tesla models i.e. Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Model Y. The Tesla mobile connector is also compatible with all models of Tesla. So in terms of compatibility, both connectors are compatible.

Weatherproofing

The wall connector is weatherproof that’s why it can be mounted and used outside of the house. It will perform well in extreme weather conditions like hot sunny days, rain and snow, etc.

Extreme weather conditions will not be able to affect the wall connector. But the Tesla mobile connector will be damaged in such weather conditions because it is not weatherproof.

Wi-Fi connectivity

The Tesla wall connector provides you with internet connectivity through which you can download and update your Tesla. And you use other online platforms using this internet connection. But the Tesla does not provide Wi-Fi connectivity in the Mobile connector.

Mobility

The Tesla mobile connector is portable and you can carry it with you wherever you want. While the wall charger is fixed at one place and you can’t change its posting or take it with you.

Installation cost

The wall connector requires a professional electrician to install it. Installation of the Wall connector with cost you from $750 to $1500 which is a lot of money.

But the NEMA 5-15 outlet of the Tesla mobile connector can be plugged into the household sockets so it costs you $0 in installing the mobile connector with NEMA 5-15. If you are planning to use the NEMA 14-50 outlet which will charge your Tesla faster than the NEMA 5-15 outlet, you will need a NEMA 14-50 plug with a 50 amp circuit breaker. If you have it already in your garage, it will cost you $0. If your garage doesn’t have one, it will cost you $500 max to install it in your garage.

So installing a wall connector is more expensive than a Tesla mobile connector when you don’t have a NEMA 14-50 socket in your garage.

Pros and cons of Tesla mobile connector vs wall connector

Here are the pros and cons of the Tesla wall connector and mobile connector.

Tesla wall connector

Pros

  • Its charging speed is faster.
  • It looks good on the wall.
  • It has internet connectivity.
  • It is weatherproof.
  • It is good for you if you own more than one Tesla.

Cons

  • It is more expensive.
  • It is fixed and mounted in one place.

Tesla mobile connector

Pros

  • It is cheaper.
  • You can take it with you anywhere.
  • You can charge your Tesla with a household socket.
  • Its installation cost is very low.

Cons

  • It has a low charging speed.
  • Small cable length.

Final thoughts

So far we have discussed all the aspects of the Tesla wall connector vs the Tesla mobile connector. We have also discussed the pros and cons of both connectors. By reading them you will be able to decide which connector is good for you according to your daily habits and lifestyle.

If you have a busy schedule then you should go for the wall connector and if you charge your Tesla overnight or you drive from place to place, the mobile connector will be good for you.

We have also discussed some questions that you might have in your mind. If you have any information regarding this topic, you can share it with us. Feel free to contact us. We would love to hear from you.

Can I install the Tesla Wall Connector myself?

Tesla does provide detailed installation instructions but it is recommended to hire a licensed electrician to ensure proper installation and safety.

Can I use the Tesla Mobile Connector with the Tesla Wall Connector?

No, the Tesla Mobile Connector is not compatible with the Tesla Wall Connector.

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