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Charging Information for Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning is compatible with both the regular J1772 connector as well as the DC fast charge CCS connector.

The car can charge at a very capable maximum of 80A/240V (19.2 kW) through its J1772 connector. Ford recommends installing their Charge Station Pro which can deliver this high current. The Charge Station Pro, when installed with some other equipment, can enable the large F-150 battery to act as a standby power source to power your home in the event of a power outage. Since vehicle batteries are so large, this could power a home's essential circuits for days.

If you don't need this higher speed at home charging, nor the home backup capability, you can buy the 48A/240V Ford Connected Charge Station.

On the road, the car can fast charge up to 150kW through its DC fast charge CCS connector.

IMPORTANT: Mobile Power Cord

The Lightning also comes with a very capable "Mobile Power Cord" which has adapters to allow it to plug into a 15A/120V household receptacle or a 50A/240V receptacle. It can charge at 32A through the 240V NEMA 14-50 receptacle.

HOWEVER, as of January 2023, there is no way to reduce charging speed (meaning amperage draw) when using either of these adapters. In particular, if you use the 50A/240V adapter and then use one of the many pigtail/dogbone adapters to change the 50A plug into a 30A plug for plugging into a typical dryer receptacle, the Ford Mobile Power Cord will still draw 32A of current even though the receptacle (and breaker) can only safely output 30A, and for continuous use (like when charging an EV), should only be used at 24A.

So, you must use a different mobile charging product if you want to connect to a dryer receptacle or anything that isn't rated for at least 40A/240V or 15A/120V. Check the bottom of this page for some alternatives.

Tesla Chargers for Non Tesla Vehicles

There is another type of charger you can charge at with the right adapter.

Tesla has spent years installing and building a proprietary destination charging network at restaurants, hotels and businesses (not to be confused with their Supercharger network, which is different, and cannot currently be used by non Tesla vehicles). As of 2023, they have more than 35,000 locations that can provide (usually) free charging at a 32 amp or more charge rate. In addition, many Tesla owners will have installed a Tesla specific charger in their houses.

Non Tesla vehicles can also use these destination chargers if you have one of the following adapters (all three of these do the same thing, pick one):

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