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"New" Sources of Tesla 'OEM,' Tesla-like, and/or Third-Party CCS1 Adapters

Due to information/product vacuums caused when Tesla allegedly stepped in and prevented further sales of Korean CCS1 adapters to North America (e.g., by helpful businesses like Harumio), several new potential sources of adapters originated in 2022.

September 21, 2022 Update: Tesla North America has (finally) released the CCS1 adapter to its Canadian and U.S. customers. The adapter is available to all (four) Tesla models, provided cars are CCS-enabled. Hardware/software retrofits are coming in 2023 for cars currently without CCS capability.


"New" (in 2022) Sources of CCS1 Adapters
(Grouped by type.)
Source​
Price​
Specific Notes​
Availability
(in NA)​
Genuine Tesla Adapter
$250(US)
$325(CAN)
$340(CAN)​
  • Available on the Canada and U.S. Tesla websites.
  • Owner's manual here.
  • For Models S, X, 3, and Y.
  • Car must be CCS-enabled.
  • Factory-approved retrofits (including parts and labor) for non-enabled cars is coming (in 2023).
  • For those who prefer not to wait, successful DIY (do-it-yourself) procedures to enable CCS charging in recent (e.g., certain 2021 cars) and in older vehicles (particularly Models 3 & Y) may be possible. See numerous postings, starting with this Thread.
AVAILABLE.
Tesla-Adapter Copies
$325
$294
$319
$250
$235
$246
$251
$239
$216
$230

$203*​
  • Hansshow/Hautopart adapter may also be found on TesPlus website (for $200).​
  • See website for technical specifications.​
  • Stated to be for Models S, X, 3, & Y (car must be CCS-enabled).​
AVAILABLE.
$250
$200
$170

$185​
  • See website for technical specifications.
  • Claimed to be compatible with "all Tesla models."
  • Car must be CCS-enabled.
  • Graphic imagery suggests that this may be a different product than the Hansshow/Hautopart adapter.
AVAILABLE.
Independently-designed Aftermarket Adapters
$293
$270
$227

$195*​
  • Brand name: "Thunderstorm Plug."
  • Sold by registered TMC vendor (information available via @A2ZEVSHOP)
  • See website for technical specifications.
  • Design and engineering input originated from this North American company with business ties to:
    • Manufacturer Huizhou Olink Technology Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Works with applicable Models S, Ǝ, X, and Y, but:
    • Car must be CCS-enabled.
  • Note #1: Website CCS1 price may vary slightly, probably due to fluctuating Canada-to-U.S.-dollar rates.
    Note #2: Other CCS1-related accessories (e.g., lock, case, ECU) are also available from A2Z Shop.
AVAILABLE.
In Development
-na-​
  • See website for more information.
  • In size and general shape, reminiscent of the original SETEC CCS1 adapter (see below).
  • Possible release in 2023?
Currently
Unavailable.​
* Includes shipping to North America.

Existing 2022 and Planned Adapters

Note: Adapter images are not to the same scale.​

Comments:
  • USE FOR AC J1772-PLUG CHARGING? - Unfortunately, (some/all) J1772 plugs can be inserted into the upper circular socket of CCS1 adapters. This perpetuated the misconception (among some) that CCS1 adapters could be used to accept J1772 plug-outfitted charging cables. Untrue. CCS1 adapters are exclusively for DC charging. In contrast, J1772 plugs are used for AC Levl 2 charging. I surmise that none of the CCS1 adapters listed in this post are usable with any J1772 AC cable-plug device. No CCS1 adapter is necessary for AC charging (from 240v wall outlets and at Level 2 charging stations). TMC members have convincingly demonstrated (via photographs) that Tesla and aftermarket CCS1 adapters seen so far lack certain key electrical connectors necessary for AC J1772 charging (see here). For a North American Tesla, you can use charging equipment with J1772 plugs only with a proper J1772 adapter.

    Don't be misled--CCS1 adapters are NOT necessary for AC charging.



  • CHARGING LOCKS - Adapters designed for use in North American Tesla cars routinely come with a locking notch (at the bottom of the Tesla proprietary [TPC] plug that inserts into the charging port) that will prevent most unintended adapter-removal (i.e., theft) from the port during a charging session. Some manufacturers/suppliers are also addressing the second undesirable issue of having a CCS1 cable-plug/handle prematurely removed from the other end of the adapter during charging. See individual supplier webpages about any features designed to prevent undesired cable removal.

  • INTERNAL DESIGN - Most third-party CCS1 adapters appear to have a relatively simple straight "pass-through" circuitry design (with no or minimal amounts of solid-state circuitry components), as does the OEM Tesla adapter (I believe). The original SETEC adapter--with its battery-powered, CHAdeMO-mimicing software/hardware and 50kW charge rate maximum--is the notable exception.

  • CCS COMPATIBILITY - CCS1 adapters that lack on-board control circuitry (i.e., most/all adapters other than the original SETEC device) require that the car be "CCS-enabled." (In other words, some kind of CCS-allowing control electronics must be present inside either the adapter or the car.) In general, most Teslas from early 2020 to June 2021, and from November 2021 to present are so enabled; but check your car's CCS status before purchasing an adapter.
    • To check CCS status:
      • Center Touchscreen Display.
      • "Software" screen.
      • Choose "Additional Vehicle Information" link.
      • Examine "CCS adapter support" status. Status should appear as either "Enabled" or "Not installed."
    • If "Not installed" (CCS incompatible), there may be DIY (do it yourself) workarounds, or you can wait for Tesla to sell service retrofits (as was done in Europe for CCS2 adapters there).
      ...
  • ADVERTISED CHARGING RATES - For several reasons I am no longer reporting charging rate specifications; in part because the new (2022) adapters all claim a maximum charging rate of at least 150kW, up to 250kW (as does the Tesla OEM adapter).

    TMC Forum posts report widely varying charging rates for seemingly all CCS1 adapters (both Tesla and third-party). The reason is apparently that many conditions and factors--e.g., car model, age, and condition; the battery's initial charge level and temperature at the start of a charging session; and additional factors--may affect maximum and ongoing charging rates. Clearly the design and condition/health of the particular charging station being used makes a difference (with variation even seen among charging stations of the same company and at particular stations on different days). Also important: exactly when a reading is taken during a charging session. Charging rates rise and fall naturally over the course of a full session (here is one example). When a car starts with a relatively low battery level (say at 20% capacity), a moderately-high start, followed by an aggressive ramp-up, and then a gradual decline to completion is not unusual.

    Taking all this into account, a single charging rate index number may not be a particularly helpful (or honest) decision-making factor. Better, perhaps, would be a series of comparative charge-session graphs with conditions held relatively constant (e.g., 20%-to-80% charge sessions, batteries preconditioned to best operating temperatures, moderate ambient temperatures, use of the same charging station, etc.). Clearly we need someone like Tom Moloughney (YouTube "State of Charge" Channel) to objectively test, side-by-side, all the CCS1 adapter alternatives. In addition to comparative charge rates, I would also be interested in internal design, and build quality. (But I certainly do not want to dissect* my own, or indeed any, precious CCS1 adapter to investigate.)

    It is still early days, but one (still untested, afaik) hypothesis is that adapters with straight "pass-through" circuitry designs (including the Tesla OEM device) will all perform in generally similar fashion given the same conditions. If that proves true, the choice of product then comes down to factors other than maximum rate of charge; such as build-quality, safety features, cost, size and weight, availability, brand loyalty, purchase convenience, customer service, and so forth. I haven't looked inside an adapter, but I imagine that the size/bulk, design, and metallurgical content of electrical contacts and conductors will prove to be important (e.g., for resistance and hence energy loss through heat). This is DC high-voltage fast-charging, so you want beefy components here, people. Consider the analogy of purchase of a NEMA 14-50 wall receptacle from among several brands with different prices and/or construction/designs. They all work, but...

  • CAVEATS - Information (e.g., prices, descriptions) on some sites can change frequently and unexpectedly. Some initial products--and even one website--are no more. Again, be cautious. After a long wait, adapters are finally available from Tesla in North America. Therefore, many might now argue that the genuine CCS1 adapter (and factory hardware retrofits needed for some cars) from Tesla in North America are the safest course. But will Tesla supplies be consistently adequate to meet demand? We'll see. (As of 11/21/22, Tesla's ongoing stock of CCS1 adapters apparently continues to be satisfactory.)

  • CURRENCY - Prices listed here are in US dollars.

  • CAUTION - Please note the alert (in red) at the bottom of this post.
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* @wk057 has a bench-top dissection of a CHAdeMO adapter here, showing all the control circuitry necessary (hence the CHAdeMO adapter's larger size, by the way).


Prior Sources of CCS1 Adapters
(In order of release?)

Source​
Price​
Specific Notes​
Adapter Type​
Availability
(in NA)​
$525​
  • Car must be "CCS-enabled."
  • Availability curtailed by Russia-Ukraine war.
  • First available for sale in 2020.
"Aftermarket"
Straight "pass-
through" circuitry.​
Currently unavailable.​
$640
  • Unlike other adapters here, charges at a 50kW maximum rate.
  • Requires onboard battery.
  • Runs off firmware that may require frequent updates.
  • Not always compatible with Tesla vehicle updates.
  • Can be used in any model; car need not be CCS-enabled.
  • First available (in North America) in late 2020.
"Aftermarket"
Hardware/software
used to mimic
CHAdeMO technology.​
AVAILABLE.
~$239 (US)​
  • See website (and use Google translate if necessary) for technical specifications.
  • Translation of owner's manual here.
  • Car must be "CCS enabled."
  • Ostensibly for Models 3/Y only (in actuality works with all CCS-enabled models).
  • Includes locking pin to help discourage unintended CCS1 cable-plug detachment.
  • Made for Tesla-Korea by Pegatron of Taiwan.
  • First available (in Korea) in 2021.
  • For a few months in 2022 was available to North American customers through selected Korean shopping/shipping businesses (e.g., Harumio).
"Tesla OEM"
Straight "pass-
through" circuitry.​
AVAILABLE
(in Korea).

Previous CCS1 Adapters

Disclosures and Alerts:
  • In 2022 I purchased two Tesla-Korea CCS1 adapters, along with aftermarket cases for those adapters, from Harumio in South Korea. (I found the process painless and convenient and staff there helpful and professional.) I paid the standard Harumio retail prices. I do not own, nor have I seen or handled, any of the other CCS1 adapters.

  • More importantly, I have not received, nor am I or will I be receiving any payment or compensation in any form whatsoever from any company or individual regarding CCS1 adapters (or for that matter any other Tesla- or auto-related issue). All opinions, right or wrong, offered in this post are my own.

  • The third-party CCS1 adapter market continues to be competitive. Product specifications and information (especially availability and prices) can evolve suddenly and unexpectedly as the market adjusts to recent events. Therefore, information included here may be in error or out-of-date. If you choose to purchase a third-party product, always check with the seller for the latest information and discounts before buying. As with other Tesla-applicable accessories, consumers now have a choice of factory or aftermarket products.
 
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Agree to the build quality of the A2Z. The Tesla adapter is surprisingly cheap feeling on the top which has a flimsy and unsealed edge. I've been using both for two months now with 700kws through them and both have been flawless in their performance.

Do you have photos that show the A2Z compared to the Tesla? I have the Tesla CCS 1 adapter and it feels like the same quality as the rest of their charging equipment, pretty good. Nothing felt flimsy about the Tesla OEM adapter except maybe the interlock mechanism. The A2Z definitely doesn't look OEM with its different shape/exterior design. I've basically stopped buying anything made in China at this point or try not to if I can help it.
 

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Hi folks.

We wanted to announce that we have obtained a CE certification, even if it is meant for Europe’s market, it still means that our product is 100% safe for the public and vehicles.
The A2Z Thunderstorm Plug will not endanger lives or properties.

We are still undergoing the ETL certification and CE was a first step into getting our products certified. Once we receive the certificate, we will be more than happy to share it on our website.

We had a lot of reports comparing the A2Z adapter to OEM and those are more than positive. We will not criticize Tesla’s adapter as we do have respect towards them as a competitor and as a brand.

Kind regards,

- A2Z EV
 

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I’m going to avoid responding to the whole
China or not thing. Here are the pics asked for. The Tesla adapter has a thin cover that is not sealed and can be pushed up a bit. The “lock” is rinky dink but is better than nothing. Both work exactly the same in my experience and both fit the CCS heads the same. I measured ID and ODs and they are identical. My impression is we see the “over engineered “ design vs Elon’s “good enough” design philosophy in Teslas adapter. Both work and it comes down to personal or maybe availability choice.
 

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Hi folks.

We wanted to announce that we have obtained a CE certification, even if it is meant for Europe’s market, it still means that our product is 100% safe for the public and vehicles.
The A2Z Thunderstorm Plug will not endanger lives or properties.

We are still undergoing the ETL certification and CE was a first step into getting our products certified. Once we receive the certificate, we will be more than happy to share it on our website.

We had a lot of reports comparing the A2Z adapter to OEM and those are more than positive. We will not criticize Tesla’s adapter as we do have respect towards them as a competitor and as a brand.

Kind regards,

- A2Z EV
Congrats
 
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Lectron adapter now only $128. Remember, Lectron is a company which is making third party Tesla chargers/adapters for years...

Thanks for that 'heads up.'

I am going to continue to list it as $200 for now, as the main website continues to say. (No reference to Amazon on the Lectron site.) However, a discount to $128(US) via Amazon is pretty significant (assuming that the adpater works properly and is well-built).

The website still says "SHIPS IN LATE OCTOBER." Can anyone confirm:
  • That Lectron is actually shipping these now?
  • That quality and function are good?
  • That the Lectron adapter is indeed a different device from the (a) Hansshow adapter and (b) Tesla adapter? (In some Lectron illustrations you can see lightly engraved writing near the central contact holes--I assume indicating what functions the various contacts perform. Such writing doesn't appear on Tesla or Hansshow adapters, I believe. Also, the general shape of the Lectron adapter appears to be different from Hansshow and Tesla models.)
  • Whether (unlike the Hansshow and Tesla adapters) the Lectron CCS1 adapter can accept a J1772 plug and therefore serve to charge at Level 2 AC stations? (As others have pointed out, due to the two exposed lower contacts and to the very real danger of shocks I doubt that this would be allowed to occur in any CCS1 adapter.)
 

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...Can anyone confirm:
  • That Lectron is actually shipping these now?...

To help answer my own question, I temporarily added a Lectron CCS1 adapter to my Amazon Cart and proceeded to checkout (I don't actually need and don't intend to buy one). Here is what I got:
  • Total price was $139.63 (w/$10.64 tax* and free shipping) (just as reported by @homero89, above)
  • Estimated delivery was 11/24/22 to 11/28/22 (so late November).
If the product works well and holds up, that is a darn good deal.

Some (well-healed) contributor (not me) on TMC or YouTube should write up a multi-adapter comparison of the Tesla (NA & Korea), Hansshow, Lectron, A2Z Shop, and EVHub adapters, including build-quality, internal design, charge performance, and (eventually) long-term durability. My guess is that charge performance will be very similar for all the pass-through-design adapters. Then it is primarily down to cost, quality, availability, and brand name/loyalty that may determine what customers purchase.
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* Probably varies depending on the buyer's location.
 
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Log on to Amazon in your browser and then click on the link — Get the Discount — in the above posting. It may just work.
Working for me too. $113.99 (before taxes) is a ridiculous deal.
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I could send this to a PO Box in the US but that would add an extra $3.50 fee. I'll just send it directly to myself in Canada. $138 all in is still great and saves myself the 30 minute drive.
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Tested the Lectron adapter today, and got 186 kW at a 500A EA station starting at 13%. My session timed out at 69%, but I don't think it was adapter related. This EA site only 1/4 stalls working and lucky enough it was a 350 kW stall. I periodically checked on the adapter to see if it was hot, but it was basically ambient temp. When I disconnected, it felt like it was ~5°F warmer than ambient. Ambient temp was was a little chilly at 48°F.

TBH, this one session, the Lectron has performed better than the 20+ sessions I have with my OEM adapter from Korea. I never saw the OEM adapter go over 145 kW on both EA and Francis Energy. When I first got it, it would almost always throttle at 35 kW at first plug-in although it hasn't done that lately.

I do find it funny its supports a 150 kWh charging rate tho...
 

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Received the Lectron CCS1 adapter yesterday. Haven't had a chance to use it yet but thought i'd post some pics of the adapter itself. Quality is good and feels really sturdy. Doesn't feel cheaply made or anything. Definitely seems to have more rounded sides compared to the official Tesla and Hansshow versions. No complaints though, excited to use it when I need to!
 

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