Electric Vehicle Charging Station
If you are an electric car owner, you probably already know how to find an electric vehicle charging station in your area. You may know of charging stations in parking lots that either charge for each use, or are completely free to use. You can use these charging stations while you take care of your daily activities, such as shopping. Other charging stations are available at rest areas along major highways. Electric car owners use these stations while on long-distance road trips. These special stations sometimes offer fast charging, where you can charge your electric car in less than 30 minutes.
Level 1 Charging Stations
In addition to these public electric vehicle charging stations, you may also be aware that you can install a charging station at home. If you charge your electric vehicle at home in a standard 120 volt outlet, it is called Level 1 charging. Level 1 charging allows you to plug into any standard outlet, however, it take a long time to charge your car. In fact, you will probably have to plug it in and leave you car charging overnight. Level 1 charging may be all you need if you travel short, local distances.
Level 2 Electric Car Charging Stations
If you are doing Level 2 charging, you are using a 240 volt AC outlet, just like you would use with appliances such as clothes dryers. If you buy an electric vehicle charging station to use at home, this is the type you will be buying. Car owners often buy level 2 charging stations in order to charge their vehicles faster, and to enjoy the flexibility to unplugging the charging station and taking with them wherever they travel. With a level 2 charger, it is often possible to fully charge your car in about 2-4 hours. With a level 2 charger, you can expect to drive about 70 miles for each hour of charging. In addition, remember that one of the advantages of installing a level 2 charging station is potential tax credits.
How Long Does It Take To Charge An Electric Car?
The amount of time it takes to charge an electric car will vary according to a number of different factors. One of these factors is, of course the size and type of battery of the car. The battery size and specifications will determine how much of a charge the battery will hold. The time it will take to charge your car will also depend on how much power the car will accept. The other factor is how much power your charging station can deliver. The key factors here are your electric car’s acceptance rate vs. the station’s output rate. If you want to know how long it will take to charge your car, simply divide your car’s battery rating by either the car’s acceptance rate, or the electric charging station’s rate of output, whichever is lower.
Should I Buy A Level 2 Charging Station?
As you can see, a level 2 charging station is a good investment if you own an electric car. If you drive long distances, it is almost a must. As a rule of thumb, if you are level 1 charging, you will have to charge your car 1 hour to drive about 5 miles. With a level 2 charging station, a 1 hour charge will take you 30 kilometers. Invest in a level 2 charger and enjoy more time on the road, tax credits and all the environmental benefits that come from owning an electric vehicle.
Here are some recommendations to help you decide which one to buy.
FLO Home X5 Tungsten Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The FLO Home X5 Tungsten is one of the best level 2 charging stations we have found. It is super high performance and runs on 240 volts, 30 amps. No matter which model electric car you own, you will most probably be eligible for a tax credit if when you buy this charging station. This station has 100% aluminum casing, and has a NEMA 4x safety rating. In addition, you can use this even under the most extreme weather conditions, to 40 degrees below and 125 above 0 Fahrenheit.
Install the app on your mobile device and be in total control of charging. Limit charge power and energy consumption and schedule your charges. In addition, you will be able to monitor the progress of every charge. FLO builds this charging station to last and stands by it with a 5-year limited warranty.
Buy this charging station today and start charging your electric vehicle up to 5x faster!
ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle Charging Station
The ChargePoint Home WiFi enabled EV charger is another excellent choice if you are looking for a level 2 charger. It is one of the safest on the market and is UL listed and Energy Star certified. In addition, you can buy this carhing station as either a plugin or hardwired model.
With this charging station, you will charge your EV up to 6x faster and will get 25 miles for each hour of charge time. In addition, you can install this charging station either indoors or outdoors. It’s always your choice! This charging station is backed by a 3 year warranty and is the first charging station to be Energy Star certified. This means that you can save up to 40% more electricity than when you use other chargers.
This charging station works with all major electric car models. It also has a mobile app that you can use to locate ChargePoint’s public network of charging stations. Create reminders and never miss a charge. In addition, you can control and monitor all your charges and save even more money!