How to choose your home charging station?
How to choose the best home charging station based on your electric vehicle and your needs:
- Indoor or outdoor?
- Hard-wired or portable?
- Features to consider :
- Cable length
- Connector and cable support
- Manufacturer warranty
When is the best time to buy home charging station?
The best moment to buy a home charging station is before taking possession of your electric vehicle.
This way, you can charge your EV with your level 2 charging station upon arrival and start using your vehicle for all of your trips, all the while guaranteeing that you will be able to fully charge your vehicle once you come back to your house.
It is important to note that for the majority of people, the charging station must be installed by a master electrician. This step can add delays between the purchase of the charging station and its installation.
Charging station features to consider
Many States and Provinces offer incentives and government rebates for the purchase and installation of a home charging station. All of the charging stations for sale in ChargeHub’s online store are eligible for these different rebates and incentives.
- Weather resistance /
- Hard-wired vs portable
- Cable length
The majority of charging stations can operate at temperatures varying between -30ºC to +50ºC. If you have the intention of installing a charging station outside, make sure it mentions that it is weather resistant in its description.
Home charging stations can be hard-wired to your electrical panel. This often leads to a cleaner installation where less wires are visible. Alternatively, the station can be plugged in a 240V outlet (ex: welding machine outlet). This feature, usually slightly more expensive, makes your charging station portable if ever you need to move it.
Since 2010, in Canada and the United States, all of the electric vehicles can be charged with the universal SAE J1772 connector, which is the one used for home charging stations. This is the same connector used for public level 2 charging stations. (Exception for Tesla vehicles who have their own connector)
For a vehicle that is 100% electric, it is better for the charging station to supply at least 30 amps at 240V (7.2 kW). For plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, a charging station supplying 16 amps at 240V (3.8 kW) could be sufficient.
However, if your electrical panel provides you with the possibility to install a fuse with a higher amperage rating, we suggest you install a charging station of 30 amps even if your current vehicle is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. In fact, the difference of cost between the two charging stations is not very significant and in the event that you change to a vehicle that is completely electric, you won’t need to buy a new station again. In addition, your guests that also drive an EV will be able to charge at your charging station.
Having more than 15 feet of charging cable is generally desirable. Of course, the length of the cable necessary will depend on the distance between the charging station and your vehicle when it is parked.
Take the time to measure the distance between the space where your electric vehicle will be parked and the location where you plan to install your charging station before ordering it.
On some home charging stations, you can program the charging start time. This feature is especially advantageous in regions where off-peak electricity rates are lower.
What are the elements that need to be included with a charging station for an electric vehicle?
- At least 15 feet of cable
- Universal SAE J1772 connector
- Connector for a 240 Volts wall outlet
- Wall mount or pedestal
You can now make an informed choice to pick your new home charging station. All of the charging stations available on ChargeHub’s online store meet the criteria mentioned above in this guide. Now all you need to do is choose the model that best suits your needs!