Electric Vehicle Charger Guide
Are you tired of having to stop at a gas station and spend some of your money and time refueling your vehicle? Is it your dream to have an almost unlimited supply of fuel readily available at home or wherever you normally park your car for the night for little to no cost? If you own an electric car, this is a reality. Battery-electric cars never need gas, and hybrid cars can skip on the gas for short trips. Electric car charging is simple. With a level 1 portable charger, you can charge your vehicle at home or from any outlet, even while you sleep. Level 2 and level 3 charging options are also available and can charge your vehicle faster, but lack the portability.
A level 1 charger is the slowest method coming in at 3.5-6.5 miles per hour of charging time. Which is more than efficient enough if you can charge your vehicle overnight and only need to travel about 30-40 miles per day. All electric vehicles should come with a standard level 1 charger. They are the most portable chargers being able to plug into any outlet.
Our Home EV Charger is a level 2 charger. Level 2 charging is around 5 times faster than level 1, but it requires installing a charging station, or (EVSE). It also requires a 240 volt or 208 volt electrical circuit, similar to what is installed for an electrical dryer. Level 2 will commonly be found in public spaces or commercial charging stations. Any vehicle that uses a level 1 charger is compatible with a level 2 charger.
Direct current fast charging, also known as a level 3 charger, is the fastest available charger. It requires a 480 volt connection meaning it is not recommended for home use and not every vehicle can use it. DC chargers will usually be found in shopping centers or major travel corridors. Depending on your vehicle, a DC charger can add up to 10 miles per minute of charging. Up to 7 times faster than a level 2 charger.
Check out our EV category and products for more information regarding our chargers.