The Tesla models of electric vehicles (EVs) arguably lead the pack of automobiles that rely on more eco-friendly and efficient sources of power for their functioning. The Tesla, as with all other electric vehicles, uses previously-stored up electricity in its rechargeable battery cells to power its engines to give you a smoother, faster ride than most conventional cars can offer.
It is crucial that you ensure your Tesla’s battery cells have an ample supply of electricity in its reservoirs to serve you on your intra and inter-city travels regardless of the distance or duration of the journey. That is why the aspect of charging is very vital.
There are several charging options for any Tesla model you own – The Tesla Mobile Connector – which accompanies every Tesla from the factory and The Tesla Wall Connector, which is usually dedicated to charging your Tesla at home and we also have the Wireless Tesla Charging Stations which are strategically placed in public to provide easy access to electricity for your Tesla as you navigate the city.
Charging Your Tesla: Categories Of Chargers
Tesla chargers can be grouped into three levels based on the voltages at which they operate.
First level chargers (or level 1 chargers) typically operate between 15 to 20 amps on standard 120 volts electrical circuits and can deliver up to 1.4kW of power to your vehicle.
Level 2 chargers operate on 240-volt electrical circuits with amperages up to 80A and power delivery of up to 15kW to your Tesla. Your Tesla Mobile Connector and Tesla Wall Connector fall within this category.
The third level of chargers deliver a staggering amount of power – up to 140kW worth – and function at 480V with amperages up to 300A. Superchargers which are known for their fast-charging abilities, fall within this category.
When Does Charging Become Too Much For Your Tesla?
It is commonly advised that you keep your Tesla plugged in as often as you possibly can but as in everything in life, you should apply your discretion. How often you charge depends on how much mileage you cover daily but we recommend that you do not wait till your battery reserves reach zero percent before plugging in.
Conversely, frequently charging your batteries to 100% capacity can strain them unnecessarily and cause them not to function optimally. As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you set your charging limit at 80% and endeavor to always plug in once battery levels reach the 20% mark. The best ranges for maintaining battery health are 20-80% or 25-75%. If you can do 30-70%, then that’s perfect. If you drive often, then setting the limit at 85% still offers great battery efficiency.
Essentially, the lower you set your charge limit, the longer your battery serves you. Setting a comfortable charge limit for your Tesla means the battery doesn’t undergo strain regardless of how long – or how often – you plug it in as it automatically stops charging once it reaches its limits.
So should you charge your Tesla overnight? There’s no reason not to, provided you’ve set a healthy limit for your battery.
Still have questions? Contact your local certified Tesla electrician for more information.