How do you find the best smart home EV Charger? Is a Level 2 Charger right for you? Do I need a smart charger? What are the top charging stations available today? Which deliver the best value?
Here, we examine EV Chargers from ChargePoint, Juice Box,ClipperCreek, Siemens, Blink, and Grizzl-E. We also look at the Emporia Smart Home EV Charger, newly available from Emporia at breakthrough pricing. For convenience, we offer the following comparison table. Read on for a detailed description and review for each charger.
If you live in an area with little or no charging infrastructure, you’ll probably benefit from installing an EV charger in your home. Instead of searching for a nearby public charger or waiting in line for an occupied station, you can charge your car from the comfort of your home.
You may have already realized that wall outlet chargers are quite slow. Level 2 chargers can charge an EV 3 to 10 times faster than a Level 1 charger, which increases your car’s availability. This typically is worth the investment. You can also check with your electric utility for rebates, tax credits, and other incentives available in your area for EV chargers.
Smart chargers can improve the EV charging experience even more by allowing you to control charge sessions from your phone. You can schedule charges, get notifications if your charging session was interrupted, and even set demand response or time-of-use management parameters that can save you a lot of money.
At nearly $700, the ChargePoint station anchors the high price point and is often seen as the bar against which other options are judged. At the other end of the spectrum, in the $400-500 range, Grizzl-E, Blink, and Siemens offer more affordable pricing for more basic systems. However, as prices are reduced, so are the amps the charger delivers, the length of the cable, and availability of smart features. In contrast, the Emporia Smart Home EV Charger offers a 48-amp charge, a 25-foot long cable, and the most robust of smart features on the market. All for under $400.
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The Level 2 EV Charger Market — A Review
Prior to creating its own EV Charger, we at Emporia naturally surveyed the market. As a result, we have a unique view with respect to smart home energy solutions and the best devices to charge your electric vehicle. The results of our research with respect to the leading Level 2 charging solutions appears below. We then follow with presentation of Emporia’s NEW offering!
ChargePoint Home Flex
The Home Flex from California-based ChargePoint is often cited as the leading EV charger. Many drivers may be familiar with the name, since ChargePoint operates the largest network of independently owned public charging stations. Their home charger is a compact 50-amp smart charger, has NEMA plug-in or hardwired options, and comes with a 23-foot cable. The ChargePoint app allows you to control and schedule charging. It comes with a 3-year warranty and customer support. However, all of these top-of-the-line features will set you back almost $700, which may be outside the budget of many drivers.
Manufactured by Delaware-based Enel-X, JuiceBox is also frequently mentioned as one of the leading EV chargers. They offer a 48-amp smart charger that can be hardwired or installed with a NEMA plug. It ships with a 25-foot cable and a 3-year warranty. The JuiceNet app can control charging, scheduling, and notifications. Much like the ChargePoint offering, the JuiceBox charger’s premium features are expensive. At $698, it’s $10 less than the ChargePoint, which again, can be prohibitive to some drivers.
Based in California, ClipperCreek has been making EV chargers longer than any other company. The 32-amp ClipperCreek HCS-40 claims to be the most popular EV charger. It is a hardwired charging station with a 25-foot cable. While durable and well-built, it is not a smart charger. It has no mobile app or any way to schedule or automate the charges. The ClipperCreek comes with a 3-year warranty. At $565, this charger is the highest priced non-smart charger on the market. It’s over $100 more than other chargers with similar features.
Siemens VersiCharge Home Charger
The VersiCharge EV charger is the entry from German multinational conglomerate, Siemens. This 30-amp charger is available in hardwired and NEMA plug models. It comes with a 20-foot cable, which is on the shorter side. Siemens offers a simple mobile app that shows charge history and allows you to delay the charge by 2/4/6/8 hours. The same functions are available on the front of the charger. Like most EV chargers, the Siemens offers a 3-year warranty. The lower 30-amp charge, shorter 20-foot cable, and pared-down feature set are reflected in its modest price of $450.
Blink HQ 100
The HQ 100 from Florida-based Blink is a 30-amp charger that comes only as a hardwired option. It comes with a modest 18-foot cable. While the Blink offers a button on the front of the charger to allow you to delay the charge by 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours, this non-smart charger does not offer scheduling or a mobile app. The Blink only offers a 1-year warranty. Like the Siemens, the Blink’s lower 30-amp charge, short 18-foot cable, and non-smart feature are priced affordably at $449.
The Grizzl-E Classic from United Chargers in Canada is one of the lowest priced chargers on the market yet offers a higher output and longer cable than other similarly priced chargers. The Grizzl-E is a 40-amp charger that comes with a 24-foot cable. However, it is not a smart charger. It has no app or charging features. It simply charges an EV. It comes in either a NEMA plug-in version or it can be hardwired and offers a 3-year warranty. This no-nonsense charger is affordably priced at $419.
Emporia Smart Home EV Charger: The Newest and BEST Level 2 EV Charger
Recently, a new entrant has appeared in the market: The Smart Home EV Charger from Emporia. As stated earlier, Emporia benefited greatly from its comprehensive survey of the EV charger market. Consequently, the Emporia EV Charger combines the best of features available from charging stations. And it does so at breakthrough pricing!
- A fast 48A Level 2 Charger
- Plugged-in NEMA Type 14-50P or hardwired installation
- 25-foot charging cable with an SAE J1772 connector compatible with any vehicle
- A rugged IP54 enclosure suitable for indoor or outdoor installation
- Smart charging features that allow you to track energy usage, schedule charging, authorize other people to use the charger through the Emporia iOS or Android app.
- Additional smart features that automate the management of demand charges and TOU pricing are available to ensure you’re charging when energy costs are lowest.
Emporia's Key Differences
Emporia's platform offers key advantages over other incumbent offerings.
The Emporia EVCharger can deliver a fast 48 Amp / 11.5 kW charge to a vehicle when hardwired to a 60-80A breaker through a 25-foot charging cable. Paired with the Emporia Vue Smart Home Energy Monitor, Smart Plugs, and a robust set of mobile app smart features including automations available from no other charger on the market, it’s easy to see why Emporia offers the best Level 2 EV charger on the market.
No other charger even comes close to delivering this suite of features and performance for such a low price! This pricing and a pledge to enhance features is anchored by Emporia's commitment to deliver the greatest value to consumers possible.
Access to Real-time Data -- Real Fast
Emporia has worked hard to develop an app that provides both convenience and detail. The Emporia app shows your charging history, energy usage, and the impact of your charges on your monthly electric bill. Customers can then pan out to examine data at increments of one minute, quarter hour, hour, day, month, and year. All the while, choosing whether to view data in terms of watts, dollars, gallons of gasoline, car miles driven, carbon used, or trees required for offset.
Innovative Co-branding Opportunity
If you are a provider of home services, Emporia offers a powerful tool to help grow your business. Specifically, Emporia partners can develop stronger connections using the same IoT strategy of large technology companies.
Emporia truly believes it has designed and built the best level 2 EV charger at a price point to make it affordable! Additionally, Emporia doubles down on saving you money by supplying smart features that ensure EV charging has the lowest impact possible on your electric bill. Finally, when paired with Emporia's Smart Home Energy Monitor and Smart Plugs, Emporia offers an experience and cost savings unmatched by the competition. So, take your EV charging to the next level and face the energy transition head on by purchasing your Emporia Smart Home EV Charger now.