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With the electrical vehicles becoming common day by day, people are on the right EV chargers lookout that they can set up at their home and get their vehicle charged effortlessly. For that matter, Grandmark Energy has brought you some EV charger buying considerations to help you choose the right charging equipment.
There are two levels of the EV chargers. The difference between these two levels is based on the miles of range per hour each one delivers for an average electric car.
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Level 1 & 2 Chargers
The level 1 charger is the very basic and standard 120V portable charger that comes with every electric car and can be plugged into any household outlet. It doesn’t require any special installation and allows a typical electric vehicle to cover around 3 to 5 miles per hour.
The Level 2 chargers, on the other hand, can deliver a range of 12 to 60 miles per hour depending on the car’s onboard charger. In short, the car is always in control of the charging rate. The level 2 units deliver 30 to 40 amps while charging an average EV at the rate of 25 miles per hour.
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Here are a few things you must consider before investing in a level 2 charging unit:
Things to Consider while Buying a Level 2 EV Charger
First things first, if you own your home, you don’t have to worry about installing it. But if you live in a condominium/apartment, you might need permissions from association/landlord before getting it installed. Here are a few more things to consider when it comes to your home EV Charging unit:
- You might need to consult an electrician to find out whether your electric panel is enough spare capacity for the charging station’s circuitry or not.
- Decide on the location to get the charging unit installed. Make sure you have an inlet nearby as well as the charger’s cable is long enough to reach the car’s inlet without stretching. finalizing your charging unit:
The power of an EV charger can vary from 16 amps to 80 amps. The rating is directly proportional to the speed of charging. The higher the power rating, the quickly your EV will get charged. An underpowered charger is good for nothing. Even if you have an EV that accepts only 16 amps, consider buying a more powerful charger so that you can use it with your next EV as well. We recommend you to buy a charger that has at least 32 amps rating.
The cost of an EV charge can range from $400 to $1,200 depending on the rating, quality, and certifications. However, we wouldn’t recommend you to get the most expensive one. The right recommendation is subjective to your car’s profile. For instance, your friend may find the less expensive charger with an amazing warranty to suit him perfectly. While for you may be willing to pay the extra dollars to get a charger with smart charging options and voice-controlled charging. So, it all comes down to your preferences and choice. Plus, there are usually many offers and discounts going on, so shop around a bit before finalizing anything.
Length of the cable is another important factor to consider. The standard 16 feet long cable that accompanies most chargers isn’t enough for the most of us. Make sure you get around 25 feet cable to charge your EV effortlessly, especially while on the go.
Make sure you invest in an EV charger that is safety certified by an established testing body. Since you will be using this charger for hours every day to charge your car, you would definitely want it to be safe.
Hardwired or Plug-In
You will have to choose if you need a hardwired charger or a plug-in one. The hardwired charger can’t be removed as it is permanently connected to your supply. While a plug-in charger can be connected to any electric receptacle. The rating of the charger also plays a role in it. The plug-in version usually delivers up to 40 amps, and the chargers beyond this rating need to be hardwired/mounted permanently.
Smart or Not
You can get yourself a smart charger or a simple one. The non-smart version just charges the car. While the smart version can be connected to the Wi-Fi/PLC and can be monitored and do other smart things reviewing the statistics of the previous charging sessions or even check the power that is being delivered. Some smart chargers can also participate with the help of response programs. But the smart chargers do come at a cost, so it’s all up to whether you can do with a non-smart charger or not.
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