Tesla Owner Builds His Own Working Supercharger – Video

2 weeks ago by Steven Loveday 23

What Tesla owner wouldn’t want their own personal Supercharger?

Wow! What a job. YouTuber and Tesla owner DÆrik decided he was going to make his own homemade Supercharger. He’s admittedly no artist and had no idea what was in store for him. Erik says he impressed himself when he did the wall art in his garage as part of his “Tesla Showroom”, so the Supercharger was the next step.

He could have had one 3D printed for about $5,500, and in retrospect, he wishes he had gone that route, but at least now he’s done and proud of the accomplishment.

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Erik takes us through some of the tedious processes. Check out his Tesla and look at the wall art!

Erik took a wealth of video along the way, and as you can see, this turned out to be quite a project. He actually had to nearly start over at a point and it took him forever. Just listening to him list the compounds that he had to use and the process of working with a mold is mind-blowing.

Previously, we shared videos of Erik turning his garage into a replica of a Tesla showroom, complete with the same tables and chairs Tesla uses in its showrooms.

Teslarati had an opportunity to interview Erik. He shared:

“The time invested was ridiculous. Mainly because it was the first time I have ever done anything of this complexity and some things had to be done several times over from trial and error to produce an outcome I liked. I have 40-50 hours of video and I didn’t even record everything.

Don’t be afraid to fail. I messed up several times. It was a first time doing this and I watched a ton of how to videos on mold making, fiberglass, etc and still made mistakes.

Not looking to sell any, but if I did I’d likely be around $8,000-10,000 due to the time investment. Creating a mold was fairly easy creating a shell so you can hide the wiring behind it added another level of complexity.”

Source: Teslarati

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23 responses to "Tesla Owner Builds His Own Working Supercharger – Video"

  1. Roy LeMeur says:

    Thought this was going to be some great feat of electrical engineering from the title.

    Doesn’t this actually belong on InsideMovieProps? Or Bondo 101?

  2. SJC says:

    If you have a battery bank you can make one.

    1. Choddo says:

      125kW of Battery Bank?

      1. SJC says:

        You don’t need a large bank, put 30 kWh in the car and 30 kWh in the garage.

  3. L'amata says:

    This Guy has More patience than Jobe!…Nice job!

    1. ffbj says:

      I don’t. It’s Job
      The sentiment is accurate.

  4. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    “Tesla Owner Builds His Own Working Supercharger”

    Hmmm, a “Working Supercharger”? I strongly doubt that.

    I didn’t bother to watch the video, but I’m betting the headline should actually read “Tesla Owner Spends Ridiculous Amounts of Time and Money Putting a Supercharger Facade Around His Ordinary Slow EV Charger”.

    1. Stimpacker says:

      Yea misleading video title.
      Definitely not a working SuperCharger.

      A few YouTubers are pushing out lame Tesla-related videos in hopes of attracting views (i.e $$). I have seen this video promoted on other sites.

      I used to like YouTuber Jehugarcia (of the e-Samba DIY). Then he pushed a video titled “Inside a Tesla PowerWall” but there was no Tesla PowerWall in sight at all. Viewers called him out for it and he insulted them.

      I watched this guy’s Tesla showroom garage wall painting video. Very nice work, good effort but didn’t liked how the camera avoided showing his unfinished garage ceiling. I would have tackled that first if I wanted a showroom garage.

  5. Nick says:

    Is this a high power wall connector with a fancy facade.

  6. Francois says:

    It’s a working “Supercharger”.

    not a “working Supercharger”

    😉

  7. wavelet says:

    Really, REALLY misleading headline. I had to read through the “article” to figure out this was an art project. Please fix.

  8. Jh says:

    Working supercharger? I can accept that it’s a charger that looks like a supercharger, but still, just a slow charger. What a stupid article and a stupid video.

  9. Kdawg says:

    He may have been better off making a Tesla Urban Charger. It would have been less work and more realistic to the power level.

  10. Warren says:

    Jack Rickard is the only person I know of with his own DC fast charger. Only a 50 kW unit, but he will sell you one.

    http://store.evtv.me/proddetail.php?prod=dcdcchargestation

    1. ffbj says:

      He also runs the shop off a P 85 battery storage system.

  11. Jason says:

    Insideevs, what’s going on? Your sensational headings are really off putting at the moment. This should be titled “Tesla Owner Builds His Own Mock SuperCharger” or something like that. If he had put in a 50kW DC charger, maybe fair enough, but it is a shell for the HPWC.
    It is pretty cool none the less.

  12. Bill Howland says:

    Hehehe aw c’mon guys! Its a 40 amp “Supercharger”, Super because it looks really cool.

    I wish he would have had his red “T” of the Tesla lit up during the video – I think he did a really good job getting that looking just right.

    But he’s probably giving Evannex or some other outfit an Idea that there’d be a market for Knick-Knacks like this.

    Others in the industry do this too: The Porsche Wall Box is aptly named since it is SO HUGE it takes up the whole wall (kinda looks like about a 10 times bigger GE WattStation)- and it probably doesn’t overheat for the whopping 3,000 watts it puts out.

    1. ffbj says:

      Exactly, it shows a real fan, going a bit nuts, but he put it together.

  13. Bill Howland says:

    GM People can do this too….

    Buy a BOSCH POWER DC PLUS single-phase home CCS fast charger, and then encase it in your favorite fast charger dispensing box.

    https://www.boschevsolutions.com/charging-stations/power-dc-plus-25kw

    There is a configuration tool to throttle the maximum output, should your existing wiring not be able to take the full 25 kw fast charging rate. Many Nissan dealers do this with their fast chargers to avoid running up the electric bill.

  14. Bill Howland says:

    There’s definitely a market for this kind of thing:

    I was in the local VW dealer a few weeks ago, and I admired their stylish Charger Docking Station for the showroom EGOLF.

    Turned out to be a glossy painted cardboard box with the ‘charger brick’ that cames in the trunk of the car inside.

    BUT it was a stylish way to charge the car – of which this thing would take about a whole day to do.

    But it DID work and did what it said.

    1. Kdawg says:

      Definitely a market. Heck, people do collect old gas station pumps, or re-purpose them, so why not a “Supercharger”?

  15. Will says:

    Cult. I wonder if he have a relationship

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