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, Wallbox, 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 $750, 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 sub-$450 range, Blink offers 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 24-foot long cable, and the most robust of smart features on the market. All for under $550.
Level 2 EV Charger Market 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, including Emporia’s NEW offering!
1. Emporia Smart Home EV Charger: The 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 pricing under $550!
- A fast 48A Level 2 Charger
- Plugged-in NEMA Type 14-50P or hardwired installation
- 24-foot charging cable with an SAE J1772 connector compatible with any vehicle
- A rugged watertight NEMA Type 4 enclosure suitable for indoor or outdoor installation
- Smart charging features that allow you to track energy usage and schedule charging through the Emporia iOS or Android app.
- Additional smart features that automate charging with excess solar production, managing demand charges and TOU pricing are available to ensure you’re charging when energy costs are lowest.
2. 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 and offers scheduling based on your utility's time-of-use rate plan. It comes with a 3-year warranty and customer support. However, all of these top-of-the-line features will set you back almost $750, which may be outside the budget of many drivers.
3. JuiceBox 48
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, notifications, and time-of-use plan management. Much like the ChargePoint offering, the JuiceBox charger’s premium features are expensive. At $699, it’s $50 less than the ChargePoint, which again, can be prohibitive to some drivers.
4. Wallbox Pulsar Plus
The Pulsar Plus EV charger is the entry from Spanish energy technology company, Wallbox. This charger is available with either a $649 40-amp NEMA plug installation or a $699, 48-amp hardwired installation. It comes with a 25-foot cable, the longest along with JuiceBox. Wallbox offers a smart mobile app that allows scheduled charging, charge history, and manually setting energy cost. The Pulsar Plus also offers a solar charging solution with an additional power meter available from Wallbox for $279. Like most EV chargers, the Wallbox offers a 3-year warranty. All of these premium features are reflected in the Pulsar Plus's price of $699.
5. Grizzl-E Smart
The Grizzl-E Smart from United Chargers in Canada is a the mid-range-priced chargers on the market that offers a higher output than other similarly priced chargers. The Grizzl-E is a 40-amp charger that comes with a 24-foot cable. This smart charger can be controlled by any OCPP 1.6 App like ChargeLab. It comes in either a NEMA plug-in version or it can be hardwired and offers a 3-year warranty. The Grizzl-E Smart Charger is priced at $459.
6. ClipperCreek HCS-40
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.
7. 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 smart charger offers scheduling through the Blink 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.
Decided on the Best Level 2 EV Charger for You?
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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 24-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.
Pairing the Emporia Vue Energy Monitor with the EV Charger opens new avenues for automation, allowing you to charge your car only when your solar system is generating excess energy or reducing your charge rate when your system is close to peak.
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.