Everyone likes a bargain, even owners of (relatively) expensive EVs. The first question a new Tesla owner must address is: “how do I charge my car at home?” Almost immediately you’re down to two options, the extra cost Tesla High Power Wall Charger (HPWC) or the included Universal Mobile Connector (UMC).
I’m happy to report that “post-purchase money-pit creep” need not apply to this particular problem! There are various clever solutions to be found on the internet ranging from water bottle holders intended for bicycles to a very nice 3-D printed bracket.
Tesla UMC Wall Mount for Under $10
Trying to save everyone some trouble I did a search online for these coat hooks and found a few being sold on Amazon. They can also be found at any local Home Depot or Lowes store, usually in the Hardware aisle.
A closer look at the installation reveals how the hooks are mounted. The bottom hook supports the weight of the UMC and the top hook is mounted facing the other way to “lock in” the top of the UMC. The UMC is under very slight pressure by the hooks and that keeps it from being knocked out the setup by kids tripping over the charger’s cord or other handling mishaps. When not in use the charger cord is just looped over the big black bracket on the right side.
When traveling outside your normal routes, the UMC can be easily removed from the mount by simply popping the top out the hook and then lifting it. If you’re in a real hurry, just twist and yank (insert The Office joke here). Very simple, fast and easy, just like every other DIY project you will attempt in your life ever. Okay, not really. It is true that driving a Tesla makes your daily life better but even Elon can’t make home DIY projects run smoothly. This one, however, is as close as you’ll get to a guarantee and a total slam-dunk if you’re trying to prove to your wife how skilled you are with a screwdriver.
Are you more visually oriented, like me? Check out the video version of this post that I made to show off how cluttered my garage is: