Home EV Chargers
Put the power in your hands with a home charging station for your electric vehicle! Home EV chargers allow you to plug-in when you want, so you never have to rely on busy public charging stations. Whether you have an EV or plug-in hybrid, let London Drugs help you find the perfect EV charger that suits your needs.Learn More
Types of EV Chargers
There are two EV chargers to choose from for standard home charging stations: Level 1 and Level 2. The main differences between the two are their performance and charging time.
Level 1 chargers uses a 110-120 volt connection that can be plugged into your standard household outlet, making them portable and have no setup cost. However, Level 1 takes longer to charge and may not fully charge your vehicle overnight.
Level 2 chargers charge quickly and often have user-friendly features. Most frequent drivers upgrade to a level 2 charger for convenience, especially if they have longer commutes. They require a 240-volt power source, just like the one you plug your dryer or oven into.
Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Level 2 EV Charger
There are several other factors to consider before you make your final decision, including your location, safety considerations and whether a hardwired or plug-in system is best for you.
Location, Location, Location
When it comes to installing a level 2 EV charger, where you live matters. If you own your home, you're in control of the electrical supply, however if you rent an apartment or own a condo, you might need special permission to install the EV charger. In addition, there may be power restrictions for your apartment or condo as well.
When shopping for an EV charger, ensure that the charger you choose is UL- or ETL-certified. If you plan to install your charger outside make sure that the device is weatherproof.
Plug-In vs. Hardwired Chargers
Deciding on a hardwired EV charger versus a plug-in one is an important buying decision; let’s start with the hardwired version.
You can setup a hardwired EV charger indoors or outdoors, but you will need an electrician to install it. Hardwired chargers are typically used for a permanent application; however it can be uninstalled if you decide to move. Setting up your hardwired EV charger indoors keeps it more secure and less prone to theft.
Plug-in units use a high-quality 240 volt plug instead of a conduit, which can be plugged into a dryer outlet. Plug-in chargers are more flexible, cheaper to install and easier to take with you if you move.
Amps for Level 2 EV Chargers
Level 2 chargers come in low-powered units up to 20 amps or medium-powered units of 30 to 40 amps for faster charging and to give you more mileage per hour.
For electric vehicles that don't take the full charge, it's still ideal to invest in a medium-powered charger if your electrical box can handle it. Having more amperage will make a difference to charging speed with vehicles that have higher levels of power acceptance. Even if your present vehicle won’t directly make use of the extra amperage, you're likely to need it for your next EV.
Charger Size and Cable Length
EV chargers come in different shapes and sizes. You will need to consider where you will setup your EV charger, as bulky chargers take up valuable real estate in the garage.
Make sure you get the cable length that’s most convenient for you. Typically, you want a cable that reaches 20 to 25 feet, depending on where you park your car.
Smart vs. Regular EV Chargers
Smart EV chargers let you remotely schedule charging, keep track of usage and set up alerts, reminders and mileage caps. However, smart chargers are often reliant on Wi-Fi, which can be an issue if your cable or internet provider goes down. Regular chargers are adequate if you just want to charge your vehicle without all the bells and whistles and smartphone apps.