Juicebox vs Tesla Wall Charger | What You Need To Know

While these cars are not only good for the environment and prevent needing to spend money on gas, a new question arises for electric car owners: what kind of charger should I use for my car? 

The main difference between the Juicebox 40 and the Tesla Wall Charger is that the former is slightly more expensive. However, it’s also more versatile, as it can be used with numerous different electric cars from different motor companies. Teslas, on the other hand, work better with Tesla products.

In this article, we’ll go over the differences between the two chargers, look at the pros and cons of each, and figure out why, depending on your car, the ideal charger may be different. 

The Different Types of Electric Car Chargers

When it comes to getting an electric car, there are a lot of factors that go into the decision-making process. If you’re new to the electric car buying and charging process, it can be very confusing. 

What is important to know, first, is the differences between level 1 and level 2 chargers:

Level 1 ChargersLevel 2 Chargers
Charging rate of 3 to 5 miles (4.8 to 8 km) per hourCharging rate of 12 to 80 miles (19 to 129 km) per hour
120 volts neededNeeds between 208 and 240 volts
Works great for hybrid cars with small batteriesWorks better for cars with larger batteries
As is seen in the above table, the differences between the two levels of chargers are very different and very important. Depending on the type of electric car you’re getting and the frequency of use, you will need a different type of charger.

However, in general, if you have a fully electric car, a level 2 charger is best.

Check out this video for more information on which level charger you should choose:

It is also essential to consider the types of different ports that plug into the wall. 

For most level 1 chargers, your average three-prong plugin, the same one you would plug your phone in with, will work. 

For level 2 chargers, you may need to use a plugin that would be used for a dryer, whether it be old or new, or you may need to hardwire the charger in. 

Either way, these chargers are just a little more complex to use. 

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Anyway, on a similar note, I also wrote a somewhat related and helpful article about the 15 most important questions to ask when charging your Tesla. Feel free to give it a read and let me know what you think.

Similarities Between Juicebox 40 and Tesla Wall Charger

When it comes to these two ports, some things are very similar between the two:

  • Both the Juicebox 40 Charger and a Tesla Wall Charger are Level 2 chargers. They both charge quicker than a level 1 charger would, but they also require a little more work when installing
  • Both have a relatively reliable WiFi network associated with them. Your devices can still be connected to the internet even while charging with both of these chargers. Also, you can use an app with both chargers to see where the charge level is with your car during the charging process. You can also use the app to begin or end charging. 
  • They are relatively similar when it comes to the price of installation. However, unless you’re an electrician, chances are you will need to hire a professional. This will ensure the port is compliant with both local regulations and the car chargers’ needs. Installation prices vary between $250 at the low end and $1,900 at the high end, but the average installation price is about $750
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Though Tesla may be one of the most famous electric car makers, every major car company is starting to jump on the bandwagon. Photo Credits: @LittleIvan via Twenty20 and @teamjackson via Twenty20

As an added bonus to this article, I’ve created this easy-to-use charging calculator. Simply input your model, charging wattage, and charging percentage, and you will get the estimated time it will take to charge a Tesla in terms of hours. You can play around with numbers a bit just to see how charging time changes:

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Tesla Charging Calculator (Time):

Estimated Time It Takes To Charge Your Tesla

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Differences Between Juicebox 40 and Tesla Wall Charger

While there are some similarities between the Juicebox 40 Charger and the Tesla Wall Charger, there are some key differences too. 

The biggest of these differences include: 

  • Charging cables 
  • What each charger can be used for 
  • Cost 
  • The difference in charging speeds 

Below is a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of each charger:

Juicebox 40 ProsJuicebox 40 Cons
Has an easy-to-use interfaceIs slightly more expensive
Is more adaptable to all kinds of electric cars, regardless of the brandDoes not come with a pedestal mount
Is relatively easy to order and get installedCharges slower than a Tesla Wall Charger
Can reliably charge all-electric cars overnightHas a much longer cable

Electric cars are quickly becoming the newest and most popular innovation when it comes to the modern-day auto industry.

As listed above, there are definitely some pros and cons to the Juicebox 40 Charger. Perhaps the biggest benefit is that it is more versatile for use among electric cars. 

While the Tesla Wall Charger is designed for a Tesla, the Juicebox 40 is intended for any electric car use. With an easy user interface and simple design, the Juicebox 40 can be used by almost any electric car owner with relative ease. 

A big downside, however, is that the charger itself is more expensive and charges slower. The Juicebox 40 charges at a rate, depending on the car, of about 30 miles (48.3 km) per hour, which is about 14 miles (22.5 km) per hour slower than the Tesla wall charger. It is also more expensive by about $100 to purchase. 

Tesla Wall Charger ProsTesla Wall Charger Cons
Charges faster than the Juicebox 40 chargerLess versatile with the cars it can charge
Cheaper to purchase than the Juicebox 40 chargerHarder to get than the Juicebox 40 charger
Has a pedestal mount making it easier to install in more locationsIs more likely to need to be hardwired
Has a smaller charger cordThe user interface is less intuitive

Ultimately, the biggest issue you will run into with the Tesla Wall Charger is that it is designed for Teslas. This isn’t so much of a problem if you drive a Tesla, making it the best on the market for a Tesla driver. 

But if you drive an electric vehicle that isn’t a Tesla, the charger is much harder to adapt to your needs. 

Final Thoughts

The Tesla Wall Charger is perfect for those who drive a Tesla, while the Juicebox 40 may be preferable for those who don’t. 

Both are high-quality and highly reviewed electric car chargers, but the best charger for your car changes depending on the type of car you intend to drive. 


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Erwin Meyer
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Thanks for visiting evspeedy.com. The goal of this site is to be a helpful resource for Tesla and EV owners as this is where my passion lies. I was a TSLA shareholder before the hype and still am. I also believe in Tesla’s speedy mission to accelerate the world to a sustainable future.