Tesla Wall Charger (Gen 3): An Independent EV Charger Review by Solar Choice

Tesla gen 3 wall connecter charging a telsa ev car

Note: Solar Choice has no affiliation with Tesla or any EV Charger company and is here to offer an honest review for anyone looking to buy an EV Charger in Australia.

Company Overview

Tesla marked its official entry into the Australian market with an event at the Sydney Star Casino on 9th December 2014. Since then, the presence of Tesla products has been notable in Australia’s EV ecosystem. 

Tesla has built out a Supercharger network that offers charging solutions across the country, which is now slowly being opened up for usage by other EV brands. Tesla is currently the world’s largest car manufacturer by market capitalisation valued at over $800 Billion USD. 

Beyond EVs Tesla has a long history in residential, commercial and grid-scale battery technologies in Australia.  The Hornsdale project, located in South Australia, features one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery installations, demonstrating the potential of renewable energy storage solutions on a grand scale.

Tesla offers one model of wall connector with the current model being the GEN 3 and it is compatible with both single and three-phase power. It comes with a 7.3m inbuilt cable which is longer than many other EV Charger brands which typically offer 4m to 6m. The Tesla Gen 3 charger also can be customised with a number of different faceplate colour options available.

Product NameTesla GEN 3 Wall Connector
Product Image
Product variant
Price (Approx. AUD price RRP inc. GST)$750
RatingCompatible for single or three-phase setup.
Country of manufactureUnited States of America.
EV compatibilityAll. (Tesla or Non-Tesla Vehicles)
Enclosure dimensions345 x 155 x 110 mm
Weight4.5kg
VentilationNot Required.
Operating Temperature-30˚C to 50˚C
Charge cable length7.3m
Solar self-consumption optimisation?No
Internet connection?Yes
App controlTesla App
Weather resistanceIndoor & Outdoor Rated
IP ratingIP-65
Warranty (years)Manufacturing warranty (Personal Use – 48 months & Commercial Use 12 months.)
DatasheetTesla Wall Connector Datasheet

How fast will a Tesla Gen 3 charge your vehicle?

***For a car size of 100kWh capacity
Gen 3 Wall Connector Details/ output powerCharge Speed (Kilometers of range per hour of Charge) km/h
3 Phase – 16A /11kW60
Single Phase 32A /7.4kW38
Single Phase 16A /3.5kW19
Single Phase 10A /2.3kW13

What we like about Tesla Gen 3 chargers

The fact that this charger can be used with both 3 phase or single phase means it offers straightforward installation suitable for most Australian homes. The associated app is intuitive, facilitating effortless monitoring of charging at various times. The WiFi connectivity, not present in the Gen 2 model, was a crucial element that has been rectified in the current model. 

Pros

Cons

  • Sleek appearance
  • 7.3m cable
  • Reliable after-sales support
  • Tesla Gen 3 charger is priced at almost half the cost of many other brands
  • WiFi receptivity has been noted to be problematic, these issues seem to be common among the complaints posted by customers
  • No smart solar charging or compatibility with 3rd party software via OCPP
  • Fixed cable length

How much does a Tesla EV Charger cost?

You can buy the Tesla Gen 3 Wall Charger on their website for $800 and have it shipped directly to your home for free. Accredited installers may be able to obtain a better wholesale rate so you should consider getting a quote for supply and install from an EV charger installer.

Installation costs

The cost of installation may differ based on your home’s charging equipment and electrical setup. A basic installation usually starts at around $600 and would normally take a couple of hours to complete. 

Things like extra long cable runs, switchboard modifications or trenching requirements can add to the costs, so installers usually ask for detailed photos of your home to prepare a quote.

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Tesla’s warranty and service offer for Australian customers

For regular residential use, the Tesla EV Charger’s warranty extends for 2 years from the invoice date, while for standard commercial use, the warranty lasts for 12 months from the invoice date. This is towards the lower end of what is offered on the market with more premium EV chargers offering 3 to 5 years warranty.

Tesla do have a local Australian office and service team to assist you if any issues arise during the warranty period.

Should I buy a Tesla EV charger?

The EV Charger’s sleek appearance can be colour-matched to your vehicle which is a nice touch. However the Tesla Gen 3 wall connector lacks some functionality that EV owners would expect to receive like smart integration with your solar system (if you don’t have a Tesla Powerwall).

The charger device also does not have OCPP 1.6 which enables third party monitoring and control, so you are stuck with the Tesla app.

Despite the low price point, we think the Tesla Wall Connector is really only an option for Tesla-only houses who own a Tesla and a Tesla Powerwall to enable solar charging.

FAQ

Does the tesla charger work on other cars?

Yes almost all modern EVs with a type 2 charger will work with the Tesla wall charger in Australia. The Nissan leaf is one of the exceptions.

Which Tesla charger should I buy?

Tesla currently only offers one model of wall charger, the latest model is currently the GEN 3 wall connector. You can read about its features in more detail above.

How much does a Tesla charger cost?

In Australia as of April 2024 the Tesla GEN 3 wall connector cost $800 plus installation.

Jeff Sykes

Reviews from Australians who have installed Tesla EV Chargers

Rated 5.00 from 6 reviews
5th July 2024
VIC - 3185
system
5.00

Although we own a BYD vehicle the Tesla charger has the features we need and integrates well through the TESLA app with our existing home TESLA battery backed solar energy system.

15th May 2024
Ramy
-
system
5.00

18th January 2024
Frederique
-
10kW system
5.00

11th January 2024
Frederique
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10kW system
5.00

27th November 2023
Vaughan
VIC - 3555
6kW system
5.00

26th October 2023
Julian
NSW - 2444
6kW system
5.00

15 amp works well with panels

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