There are many factors to consider when selecting a home EV charger, and the right choice for you will depend on your specific needs and budget. This article will explore some of the key considerations to keep in mind when deciding, “What EV charger should I buy?”

Options to Consider When Selecting a Home EV Charger

  • Price: EV charger prices can range widely, from as low as $100 to over $1,000. While lower-cost options are available, ensure they are from a reputable brand with proper testing and certification.
  • Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Connectivity: Some chargers offer Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to monitor charging and schedule charging times remotely. However, many modern EVs have built-in features that make these features unnecessary.
  • Cable Length: Consider the length of your driveway or garage and how many EVs you need to charge. Longer cables offer more flexibility, but avoid using cable extenders unless properly certified.
  • Connector Type: Tesla models use a NACS connector, while most other vehicles use a J1772 connector. Newer models may use NACS connectors too. Choose a charger with the correct connector type for your car or be prepared to use an adapter.
  • NEMA 14-50 vs Hardwired: NEMA 14-50 chargers plug into an outlet like a clothes dryer, while hardwired chargers connect permanently to your home’s electrical wiring. NEMA 14-50 chargers are more portable but may offer slower charging speeds.
  • Power Output: Power output is measured in kilowatts (kW). A higher kW rating means faster charging. Most Level 2 home chargers are limited to around 19 kW due to electrical panel limitations. Most users find an 8-12 kW charger is sufficient.
  • Certification: Choose a charger certified by the National Electrical Code (NEC), UL Solutions, and/or Energy Star for guaranteed safety standards.
  • Warranty: Most chargers come with a one-year warranty, but some offer longer terms. A minimum two-year warranty is recommended.

Additional Considerations

  • Rebates and Incentives: Some rebate programs require specific charger models or certifications. Check with the program provider to maximize your savings.
  • Reviews: Read reviews from other EV owners to get a sense of which chargers are reliable and user-friendly for your specific vehicle.

Charger Brands

Here’s a brief overview of some popular EV charger brands:

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Conclusion

Selecting the right EV charger involves considering your needs, budget, and desired features. By following these tips and researching different brands, you can find the perfect charger to keep your electric vehicle powered up and ready to go.

FAQS

Q. How long will it take to charge my EV at home?

A. The charging time depends on several factors, including:

  • The size of your EV battery and its remaining charge.
  • The power output (kW) of your EV charger.
  • The capacity of your home’s electrical panel.

Most Level 2 home chargers (8-12 kW) can fully charge a typical EV battery in 4-8 hours. You can find the charging time for your specific EV model in the owner’s manual.

Q. Can I install an EV charger myself?

A. It is never recommended that anyone other than a professional electrician install an EV charger. Hiring a professional through Peak EV Solutions to install your electric vehicle charger is a smart decision for several reasons. Our network of Peak Certified Installers have the knowledge and experience to ensure the job is done correctly, safely, and efficiently. We will also provide you with advice on the best type of charger to suit your needs and handle any unexpected issues that may arise during the installation. We will also ensure that you receive all available rebates and incentives. Professional installation also eliminates any potential safety risks, such as improper wiring or inadequate grounding.

3. Where can I find rebates and incentives for EV chargers?

Many government agencies and utility companies offer rebates and incentives for purchasing and installing EV chargers. You can find information about available programs in your area through resources like our incentives and rebates tool.