Key Factors to Consider When Choosing an EV Charger for Home

Nowadays, we can see an increase in electric vehicles; therefore, the need for EV chargers at home is also increasing. The question arises: Which charger should you buy? Choosing the right EV is a complex decision that will affect your overall EV experience.

Having a personal charger at home allows you to charge your vehicle at night or early morning, ensuring you will have a charged battery every day.  This blog will help you in exploring key factors that you need to consider while selecting an EV Charger for your home.

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Here are key factors to consider while choosing an EV Charger for your home:

  1. Charger Type

    The type of charger is the most important factor to consider. There are three levels of EV Chargers.

    • Level 1 Chargers- These use a standard 120-volt household outlet and are suitable for hybrid vehicles or drivers who travel short distances every day.
    • Level 2 Chargers- These require a 240-volt outlet and have the same energy consumption as a dryer. This is the most common level of charger used by most EV owners. The speed can be from 3.3 kW to 19.2 kW.
    • DC Fast Chargers- These are the fastest and can charge your 80% of EV in 30 minutes. They are commonly found in public charging places.
  2. Charging Speed

    The second factor to consider is charging speed. A powerful charger will prepare your EV in a few hours, whereas a standard one will take more time. Most of the EV use level 2 chargers for optimal charging, and this is suitable for home grids as well.

  3. Installation Requirements

    Different chargers have different installation requirements. Before installation, factors like location, electricity capacity and home electric system should be considered. For Level 2 chargers, you will need a 240-volt circuit and a new outlet or panel to handle this new load. Hire a certified electrician to install the charger safely.

  4. Smart Features

    Some of the modern EV chargers come with various smart features. If you wish to have these upgrades, you can purchase an intelligent feature charger, but they are more expensive than standard ones. These chargers come with features like Wi-Fi Connectivity, Scheduling and Energy Management.

    These features let you monitor and control the charging of your EV via a smart phone and give you the option of real time tracking of charger data like battery, energy and more.

  5. Compatibility

    Compatibility with a charger is very crucial for any EV. Before you choose any charger, ensure that it can be seamlessly connected to your EV. Most of the chargers use a standard connector but verify before you install. The specifications of the charger should match the specifications of the EV and battery.

  6. Cable Length and Management

    The charging cable length should be measured before you fix your charging box. Longer cables are hard to manage and can get tangled, which can result in damage or cuts, whereas extremely short cables will restrict the movement of your car and should be parked in the same spot every day. In case of any emergency, you cannot move or charge in some other place.

    So, take a cable of a practical length that allows movement but not too much.

  7. Durability

    If you plan to install your charger outside, then it should be durable and weather-resistant. Buy chargers with a high Ingress protection rating, which means they will be resistant to dust and water. An IP rating of IP65 or higher should be selected for protection. Durability also extends the quality of the charger, which can be used for longer periods and in various environmental factors.

  8. Cost

    The cost of an EV charger depends on its features and power levels. When selecting a charger for your home, you should consider installation cost and purchase price. Sometimes, installation is expensive compared to the price of the product. You can also check with your local government for any subsidy or discount on the purchase and installation of EV Chargers.

  9. Future

    When buying a charger, think about not just your current needs but future needs as well. As EV technology advances, newer models come, the need to buy new chargers also arises. The new models have larger batteries and high charging, so choose a charger that can also be compatible with upcoming models.

    If you plan to buy more EVs, choose a charger with multiple outlets or an intelligent part that can charge multiple EVs at once and won’t be affected by any high load.

Conclusion

If you consider above mentioned factors while buying an EV charger for your home, you will make a wise decision. These factors will match your current needs and future requirements as well. Managing your EV car and charger is an easy task if done well and carefully.

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