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What is the best EV charger for my needs?

Your car's charging requirements:

The first step is to determine the charging requirements of your EV. Most EVs come with a charging cable that can be plugged into a standard 120V household outlet. This type of charging is called Level 1 charging, and it is the slowest type of EV charging. It can take several hours to fully charge an EV using Level 1 charging. However, if you want to charge your car faster, you will need a Level 2 charger. Level 2 chargers use a 240V outlet and can add about 10 to 20 miles of range per hour of charging. Level 2 chargers are more expensive than Level 1 chargers, but they are much faster.

Some EVs can also be charged using DC fast chargers. DC fast chargers use a high-voltage direct current (DC) current to charge EVs very quickly. DC fast chargers can add about 80 miles of range in just 20 minutes. However, DC fast chargers are not as common as Level 1 or Level 2 chargers, and they can be more expensive to use. The charging requirements of your EV will depend on the size of the battery and the  type of charger you use. You can find the charging requirements for your EV in the owner's manual.

 

Your budget:

 

EV chargers range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. The cost of the charger will depend on the type of charger, the features it offers, and the brand.

  • Level 1 chargers: Level 1 chargers are the most affordable type of EV charger. They typically cost between $100 and $200.
  • Level 2 chargers: Level 2 chargers are more expensive than Level 1 chargers. They typically cost between $500 and $1,000.
  • DC fast chargers: DC fast chargers are the most expensive type of EV charger. They typically cost between $2,000 and $5,000.

In addition to the cost of the charger, you will also need to factor in the cost of installation. The cost of installation will vary depending on the type of charger and the location of the charger.

 

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Your home's electrical system:

 

  • Your home's electrical system plays an important role in pairing with EV chargers. If you are installing a Level 2 charger, you will need to make sure that your home's electrical system can support it. A Level 2 charger typically requires a 240V outlet, which is not available in all homes. If you do not have a 240V outlet, you may need to have an electrician install one.

    Here are some things to consider when pairing your home's electrical system with an EV charger:

    • The amperage of your home's electrical panel: The amperage of your home's electrical panel is the maximum amount of electricity that can be drawn at any given time. If you are installing a Level 2 charger, you will need to make sure that the amperage of your electrical panel is sufficient to support the charger.
    • The number of other appliances that are on the same circuit as the EV charger: If you are installing a Level 2 charger, you will need to make sure that the charger is on a separate circuit from other appliances that use a lot of electricity, such as your oven or dryer.
    • The location of the EV charger: The location of the EV charger will also affect the electrical requirements. If you are installing a Level 2 charger outdoors, you will need to make sure that the charger is properly weatherproofed.

If you are not sure if your home's electrical system can support an EV charger, it is best to consult with an electrician. They can help you determine the amperage of your electrical panel and the location of the EV charger.

Here are some additional tips for pairing your home's electrical system with an EV charger:

  • If you are installing a Level 2 charger, it is best to have a dedicated circuit for the charger. This will ensure that the charger has enough power to operate without overloading your home's electrical system.
  • If you are installing a Level 2 charger outdoors, make sure that the charger is properly weatherproofed. This will protect the charger from the elements and ensure that it will last for many years.
  • If you are not comfortable installing an EV charger yourself, you can hire an electrician to do it for you. This is the best way to ensure that the charger is installed correctly and safely.
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Your lifestyle: If you have a long commute or frequently take road trips, you will need a charger that can quickly charge your car. In this case, a Level 2 charger is a good option. However, if you only drive your EV short distances, a Level 1 charger may be sufficient.

Once you have considered these factors, you can start to narrow down your choices. Here are a few of the best EV chargers on the market:

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ZEF ENERGY

ZEF Energy’s mission is to help support a reliable, low-emissions transition to electric vehicles. They are a passionate group of software, hardware, development, and policy experts who craft innovative transportation electrification solutions. ZEF Energy believes in accessible, convenient, and quality products that support the U.S. economy and the movement to cleaner transportation.

Commercial EV Charging Stations

BTCPOWER CHARGERS

BTCPower has a large array of "Level 2" AC charging station products that range from home chargers, workplace, multi-dwelling and commercial Level 2 charging stations. In addition, BTCPower has an extensive line of DC Fast Chargers to service metro, commercial, workplace and highway location to re-charge both electric passenger vehicles and heavy duty electric vehicles such as electric school buses, shuttle buses and transit buses.

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ENEL X (JUICEBOX) CHARGERS

The JuiceBox is the best-selling smart home charging station that combines speed, performance, and value. Enjoyed by thousands of satisfied EV drivers, it delivers all of the safety and smart charging features you need to make home charging easy, reliable, and cost effective.

Wallbox

WALLBOX CHARGERS

Pulsar Plus models offer the best of both small size and powerful performance for faster electric vehicle charging at home. Designed for easy installation, Pulsar Plus can charge any electric car* on the market today. Home charging is simple and efficient with the integrated myWallbox app, which lets you control your charger from your smart devices via WiFi or Bluetooth.

Blink Charging

BLINK CHARGERS

With industry-leading equipment and a robust network of public charging stations, Blink continues to develop the charging infrastructure required to meet the growing needs of EV drivers.

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