Can a Tesla Powerwall Be Mounted Horizontally?

Can a Tesla Powerwall Be Mounted Horizontally?

Unfortunately, Tesla’s Powerwall cannot be mounted horizontally. It must be installed vertically and it can’t be titled more than 5 degrees.

Space is, regrettably, an issue for many people who are interested in the Powerwall. Here are a few things you should consider when trying to find a spot to put your Powerwall.

Best Location: Where Should Powerwall Be Installed?

In order to get the most out of your Tesla Powerwall, it’s important to install it in the right place.

Installation Location: Powerwall, Gateway & Space

The Powerwall (the battery) comes with a Gateway (the brains of the whole operation).

The gateway needs about 2 feet of width and 3 feet of height. And the Powerwall itself requires 4 feet by 5 feet for each Powerwall and about 6 feet open in front of it.

If you don’t already have proper electrical wiring in the wall, additional standard electrical hardware may also be installed (circuit breaker panels, conduit, junction boxes, or electrical disconnects) depending on what your Powerwall setup needs and your local electrical codes.

Installation Location: Powerwall vs Electric Meter

Ideally, the Powerwall should be installed within 20 feet of the electric meter (but it’s still possible to install it further away).

Installation Location: Powerwall vs Accessibility

You should make sure the Powerwall is installed in a location that’s easy to access. That way, you can get access to it if you need to charge a vehicle or if it’s not running.

However, you can’t install your Powerwalls where a car can accidentally pull into them. So, you either have to mount the Powerwalls high enough off the ground (above the height of vehicle bumpers) or you have to protect the Powerwalls with something like steel posts.

Installation Location: Powerwall vs Weather

Powerwall and Gateway storage units can be installed both inside and outside, and are capable of functioning in both extremely hot and cold environments, ranging from -4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C).

Keep the Powerwall clear of debris, particularly leaves and dense brush, that can trigger inadequate ventilation. You also want to keep the Powerwall free of snow to prevent it from accumulating.

Powerwall should also be installed where the temperature is constant, rather than being exposed to direct sunlight or in constantly hot or cold environments.

Installation Location: Powerwall vs Internet

You’ll also need an available ethernet jack for a wired network connection (a wired home network is preferred for best performance) or a really good Wifi connection in the area of the Gateway. A cellular connection can work as well.

Installation Location: Stacking Multiple Powerwalls

Multiple Powerwalls can be mounted as single side-by-side units on a wall or stacked front-to-back on the floor (up to 3 deep per stack).

When stacked front-to-back, Powerwalls need to be mounted to the floor, the stack must touch an adjacent wall, and the Powerwalls need to be connected with Powerwall Stack Kit hardware.

For stacked systems that include more than 3 Powerwalls, separate stacks of 3 units should be installed, with each stack attached to a wall.

Conclusion: Can Powerwall Be Installed Horizontally?

There has been some confusion about whether or not Powerwall can be installed horizontally. However, the Powerwall should always be mounted vertically. If the battery is installed horizontally, it may not function properly and could damage the unit. It could also void the warranty.