Level 2 EV chargers are the fastest way to charge your electric vehicle at home. They can charge your car up to 10 times faster than a standard household outlet. When choosing a Level 2 home EV charger, there are a few key factors to consider:

Price:

Level 2 EV chargers can range in price from $100 to over $1,000. It is important to find a charger that fits your budget and needs.

Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity:

Some chargers come with Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth connectivity, which allows you to monitor the charging status and schedule charging times remotely. This can be a convenient feature, but it is not necessary.

Cable length:

Consider the length of the charger cable when making your selection. If you have a long driveway or garage, or you need to charge two EVs in one space, you will need a charger with a longer cable.

Connector type:

Make sure to choose a charger that has the correct connector type for your car. Tesla models use a NACS connector, while most other vehicles use a standard J1772 connector. However, most automotive OEMs have pledged to switch to NACS in the near future so be sure to double-check before purchasing.

NEMA 14-50 vs hardwired:

NEMA 14-50 chargers can be plugged and unplugged from an outlet, while hardwired chargers are permanently connected to your electrical wiring. NEMA 14-50 chargers are more portable, but hardwired chargers can charge your car faster.

Power output:

The power output of an EV charger is measured in kilowatts (kW). The higher the kW rating, the faster your car will charge. Most homes are equipped to handle a 7-10 kW charger.

Certification:

Choose a charger that is certified by the National Electrical Code (NEC), UL Solutions, and/or Energy Star. This means that it has been tested and meets safety standards.

Warranty:

Most EV chargers come with a one-year warranty, but some manufacturers offer longer warranties. Choose a charger with a warranty of at least two years.

For more information on selecting a level 2 home EV charger and a list of recommended chargers, check out our Chargers page.

Once you have chosen a charger, you will need to have it installed by a qualified electrician. The installation process will vary depending on the type of charger you choose and the electrical wiring in your home.

Here are some additional tips for choosing a level 2 home EV charger:

  • Read reviews from other EV owners to get a sense of which chargers are reliable and easy to use.
  • Contact Peak EV Solutions and we will ensure that you select the right charger for your specific needs.

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