Finally we are seeing a massive rise in electric vehicles; apart from the almost household name Tesla Motors, we also posted earlier about the FFZERO1 concept car by Faraday Future that just goes to show that electric can be just as powerful and fun as any gasoline consuming car. They are better for the environment, deliver the same amount of torque as their gas counterparts and look just as stunning. Now, the only question left for you is which charging station to choose for your electric vehicle and we present to you 10 of the best EV charging stations that we could find.
1 – ClipperCreek HCS-40
This is one of the most versatile charging stations that we found. The HCS-40 works with all plug-in vehicles, which include but aren’t limited to, the BMW i8, BMW i3, Ford Fusion Energi, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and the Ford C-Max. Apart from all the vehicles that it supports, it’s rated for both indoor and outdoor use, meaning that your electrician can install anywhere of your choosing. Lights indicate your charging status or if there is a power fault. With a 25 foot cable, you can rest assured that you have plenty of cable to reach your car. The HCS-40 is also rated at 32 Amps which means that your electric vehicle will charge quicker. The HCS-40 by also comes with an integrated low profile cord hanger so that you can store your cable out of the way and they are throwing in a free Wall Mount Connector Holster. The only downside of this charging station is that it needs to be hardwired by an electrician onto a 208V to 240V – 40 Amp Circuit but once it’s installed, you never have to do it again.
The HCS-40 is also rated at 32 Amps which means that your electric vehicle will charge quicker. The HCS-40 also comes with an integrated low profile cord hanger so that you can store your cable out of the way and they’re throwing in a free Wall Mount Connector Holster. The only downside of this charging station is that it needs to be hardwired by an electrician onto a 208V to 240V – 40 Amp Circuit but once it’s installed, you never have to do it again.
BUY | $565
2 – Aerovironment RS EV Charger
With over 20 years of charging experience, Aerovironment has helped car manufacturers not only test battery systems but was also instrumental in designing them which is why they have the distinguished honor of being a preferred charging partner of global car manufacturers such as Mitsubishi, Volvo, Kia, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan and Fiat. The Aerovironment RS is a very powerful 30 Amp, 240V, 7.2KW charger that can charge your EV up to 5 times faster than the level 1 charging cord that came with your electric vehicle. It has also been designed and tested beyond the needs of the UL requirements which means that this device is not only safe but reliable as well. Aerovironment is so confident in their EV charging station that they have placed a 3-year guarantee on it. Just as with the ClipperCreek HCS-40, the Aerovironment RS is rated for both outdoor and indoor use and installation is simple; by simply mounting on the wall and plugging the charger into
Aerovironment is so confident in their EV charging station that they have placed a 3-year guarantee on it. Just as with the ClipperCreek HCS-40, the Aerovironment RS is rated for both outdoor and indoor use and installation is simple; by simply mounting on the wall and plugging the charger into a NEMA 6-50 240V female plug, you are set to go and your electric vehicle will be charged in no time. The cable is 25 feet in length and the RS features integrated cable storage, auto-restart if there has been a power outage and auto short circuit/ground fault shutoff.
BUY | $799
3 – Siemens Versicharge 30
Long known as a household name in electronics and electrical engineering, Siemens has brought out their own EV charger, the Versicharge. Rated at 30 Amps, 240V, settable between 1.8KW to a maximum of 7.2KW, the Versicharge 30 is a level 2 EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) that will charge most electric vehicles in less than 3.5 hours. It also comes with a 2 – 8-hour delay setting so that you can charge your electric vehicle in off-peak times. This unit weighs in at 15.8 pounds which makes it a lighter model than some of the others and measures at 20.5 x 18 x 15 inches. The Versicharge 30 also comes with a 14-foot power cord, integrated power cord storage on the unit itself and features
The Versicharge 30 also comes with a 14-foot power cord, integrated power cord storage on the unit itself and features a bright LED that tells you how far your electric vehicle has charged. Unfortunately, this unit is designed for indoor use and has to be hardwired by an electrician; however, it does have flexible wiring options so that it can be rear-fed or bottom-fed depending on what would be the easiest for you. This charging station has gotten 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and once again, Siemens has proven their name in the quality that they deliver.
BUY | $499
4 – GE WattStation
Slim, sleek and stylish is our first impression of this wall-mounted EV charger. The WattStation by GE is designed to be plugged into a 240V NEMA 6-50P female plug and off you go; there is no need for a hardwire installation. After charging, you simply wrap the 18-foot cord around the unit and it’s safely stored out of the way. The GE WattStation also has a NEMA 3R rating which means that it’s built rugged enough for an outdoor installation and can handle snow, sleet, rain and even a coating of ice.
This unit also comes with a wall bracket that has a key lock incorporated into it so that you can rest assured that your WattStation will not be removed without your consent. A power button on the front of the charger completely switches off the unit which means that it will consume ZERO energy in Off mode. The WattStation will also completely charge a 24KWh battery in 4 – 8 hours. A LED around the connector will let you know when your electric vehicle is charging and a backlit LED on the WattStation will let you know if your vehicle is fully charged or if a fault has been detected. Overall, this is a very good looking charging station and it has gotten 4.8 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
BUY | $440
5 – JuiceBox Pro 40A WiFi-equipped Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charger
Unlike numerous other charging stations, JuiceBox’s Pro 40A is not bulky or overpriced. On the contrary… Pro 40A weighs only 20 pounds and its dimensions are 10 x 6 x 3 inches. This charging station gives you more power for the money than most of its counterparts on the market and it can be used with almost any power source (a dryer, an RV outlet or any regular 240V wall outlet). It is equipped with a 24-foot long cable and the NEMA 14-50 plug.
As far as we know, this is also the smallest electric vehicle charger in its category on the market. The charger has several innovative and useful features like energy metering, charge scheduling / timing and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use; you can use it at the office or at a campsite. You can also personalize JuiceBox’s Pro 40A Plug-in Charger to a specific model of car. This charger will also give you precise information on how much energy you used, how fast did you use it and when you used it. Another Pro 40A’s feature that we really like is built-in Wi-Fi which allows you to connect to Juice Box’s server and have access to advanced EVSE management features and data like real-time and past charging data (you can download a SmartPhone App – Android here ). The built-in Wi-Fi also allows you to manage your JuiceBox charger from anywhere in the world, change the charging current and charging time schedule.
BUY | $610
6 – Leviton EVB32-M8L EVR-Green 320 Charging Station
Leviton is one of those EVSE manufacturers that have become the favorite of major carmakers like Toyota, Ford and Honda. The reason for this probably lies in the fact that they produce very reliable, easy to use, durable, and, most importantly, safe electric charging stations. Leviton’s EVR-Green 320 incorporates several safety levels for the driver, the vehicle and the charging equipment. Even after a minor fault occurs or electrical supply is interrupted, the charger (thanks to its auto-reclosure feature) will enable charging to restart. EVR-Green 320 is built in accordance with all the relevant EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) standards and recommended practices.
The charging station is housed in the robust NEMA 4 enclosure which is made from powder-coated steel. It is waterproof, dust-tight and resistant to corrosion. It comes with an 18-foot charging cable and requires 32 amps / 240 Volts of input and has 7.7kW of power output. Once you plug the charger in, it will run a self-test to ensure that the equipment is functioning properly. Apart from Toyota, Ford and Honda’s vehicles, Levinton’s EVR-Green 320 is compatible with Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV. This charging station weighs 32.6 pounds and it measures 22.8 x 19.1 x 8.4 inches.
BUY | $795
7 – EVoCharge EVSE 30 Amp Charger
This is one of the most user-friendly level 2 EV charging stations around. It charges up to eight times faster than the conventional AC level 1 charging station and is UL safety certified (UL is an American worldwide safety consulting and certification company). EVoCharge EVSE 30 Amp Charger can be either plugged in or hardwired and it comes with an 18-foot cable with connector holster which can be mounted in just about any location, unlike other similar chargers that come with a very basic hook.
Its maximum power output is 7.2kW (240VAC / 30A) and it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Thanks to its NEMA 6-50 plug, installation is quick and easy (it only requires two screws) and thankfully no wiring. The installation shouldn’t last more than 30 minutes. The simplicity of EVoCharge’s charging station is that you don’t need any interface to switch the unit on or off. You just plug it in your vehicle and wait until the charging is finished. This charging station comes with a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty and it has been independently tested and certified. It weighs 22 pounds and measures 10.5 x 4.7 x 15 inches.
BUY | $525
8 – Manzanita Micro P3 Personal Power Port
Manzanita’s P3 charging station is a rugged SAE J1772 EVSE compliant power port which will take you no more than 10 minutes to install. In order to dismount it, all you need to do is to unhook it. It weighs approximately 17 pounds and is compact enough to take it on the road with you. The charging station’s maximum output is respectable 30 Amp. Also, there is a 50 Amp / adjustable power options available on demand. The station’s input is 110 / 240 VAC and it comes with a standard NEMA 6-50 AC plug, a 20-foot cord and a cord holder integrated in the top of the case.
P3 has the output power of 7.2kW and NEMA Rating of 3R (meaning it is suitable for outdoor, snow and rain use). Manzanita Micro offers one-year warranty and there is also good news if you live in Washington State. If you buy the P2 charging station through the official Manzanita Micro website, the company will reimburse you with sales tax provided you send them your tax exemption form, i.e. a completed Washington State Buyers’ Sales Tax Exemption Certificate.
BUY | $749
9 – ChargePoint Home Electric Vehicle Charger
This is one of Amazon’s bestsellers and it is not difficult to conclude why. It is very compact thanks to its ultra-thin design (it will take only 11.2 x 7 inches of your wall), it comes with the universal J1172 connector which means that it can charge any electric vehicle on the road and it can be enabled via Wi-Fi which allows you remote start and scheduled charging. You will also receive regular reminders of the charging status via your mobile app. The only thing to be mindful is that your Wi-Fi signal reaches your garage or the location in which you plan to install the charger. ChargePoint Home Electric Vehicle Charger comes with two cable options – 18 and 25-foot.
Although the hardwire version is also available, the plug version is much more flexible because you can move the station wherever you want it, the installation is simpler and it is more affordable. This 32Amp station provides high charging speed and delivers up to 25 miles of RPH (range per hour). The charger doesn’t have an on/off button since it starts and shuts off automatically. It also reports back your power usage. ChargePoint’s electric vehicle charger weighs only 7.7 pounds and measures 18.4 x 14.4 x 6 inches.
BUY | $499
10 – Schneider Electric EV230WS EVlink
Schneider Electric has gone out of its way to make this electric vehicle charging station not only good but pleasing to the eye. You can customize the EVlink Charging Station with a custom skin and you have over 600 designs to choose from. Alternatively, you can customize it with your favorite photo. EVlink is the generation 2.5, 30 Amp, enhanced indoor electric vehicle charger that charges up to four times faster than a standard 110-volt one. It can be wired for either 208 or 240 volts and comes in the NEMA 1 enclosure which is SAE J1772 compatible. The length of the charger’s cable stands at 18 feet and it comes with a cable holder.
EVlink’s input / output current is 30 A and its input / output voltage is 240 Vac. This is an indoor charging station that is easy to install (it will take you no more than 30 minutes) and has no fancy / hard-to-read displays. EVlink weighs 18.6 pounds and its dimensions are 12.7 x 9.5 x 4.4 inches. In addition to offering customizable design, Schneider Electric has gone a step further in making its contribution to a more cleaner world. For every station sold, the company will donate a solar powered, battery operated LED lamp to a family in need.
BUY | $548
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