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Best EV Chargers: Charge Your Car At Any Time

Power your car into the future with these top EV chargers

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PUBLISHED ON October 10, 2019

The future is electric. Car manufacturers are angling toward renewable energy and are producing more and more electric cars. This has created a whole new market for electric vehicle (EV) products. Every electric vehicle owner either has a charging station or a fast charger. In this review, we answer the big question, “Which is the best EV charger on the market?”

  • Best Overall
    Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU
    Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU
    Summary
    Summary
    This award-winning, California-manufactured charger is durable, offers flexible control, and comes with a three-year company warranty.
    Pros
    Pros
    It is compatible with Tesla cars, which use Tesla’s charging adapter, and J1772-compliant cars. It has an average charge time of 3.5 hours and is perfect for on-the-go charging. The 2/4/6/8 hour delay functions are convenient for long drives.
    Cons
    Cons
    The 2/4/6/8 hour delayed functions are not applicable to all cars. Also, the charger operates at 30 amps instead of the industry standard of 32 amps.
  • Best Overall
    Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU
    Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU
  • Best Value
    Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug
    Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug
    Summary
    Summary
    This is a portable charger that works well with all-electric vehicles. It has multiple protections for safety and fast charging speeds.
    Pros
    Pros
    It is resistant to flames, water, and lightning. It also offers overvoltage protection and doesn’t overheat. It charges two times faster with a 110V outlet than your car’s charger.
    Cons
    Cons
    When using a NEMA 5-15R socket, the current is limited. Despite its fast charging speed, it’s still slower than level 2 chargers.
  • Best Value
    Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug
    Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug
  • Honorable Mention
    Juicebox 32 Next Generation EV Charging Station
    Juicebox 32 Next Generation EV Charging Station
    Summary
    Summary
    This is a powerful, WiFi-enabled charger that can be controlled via smartphone and is compatible with Alexa and Amazon Echo.
    Pros
    Pros
    This unit delivers up to 40 amps of power for super-fast charging. It gives you real-time notifications on Android and iOS dashboards. It has a rugged build to withstand outdoor use and can be used with any source of power.
    Cons
    Cons
    It has a high price point, and the app may not work as it should. Its high power requirements may call for a powerful circuit breaker.
  • Honorable Mention
    Juicebox 32 Next Generation EV Charging Station
    Juicebox 32 Next Generation EV Charging Station

    The future is electric. Car manufacturers are angling toward renewable energy and are producing more and more electric cars. This has created a whole new market for electric vehicle (EV) products. Every electric vehicle owner either has a charging station or a fast charger. In this review, we answer the big question, “Which is the best EV charger on the market?”

    Best Overall

    When it comes to the best overall versatility, reliability, and cost, you can’t beat the Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU. This is one of the quicker chargers currently on the market. Being a level 2 charger that functions on 240 volts, it’s up to four times faster than level 1, 120-volt chargers. This charger is also durable and can easily withstand temperatures ranging from negative 30-degrees up to 50-degrees Celsius. This charger is universally compatible with all J1772 cars and is even able to work with Tesla vehicles and charging adapters. It was awarded “Best EV Charging Station” of 2017 by The Wirecutter, so you can rest assured you’re absolutely getting a high-quality, reliable product. Its easy set up includes all necessary mounting hardware and a 14-foot charging cable. Professional installation is recommended, however.

    Best Value

    When it comes to an excellent value in an EV charger that is both durable and reliable, we recommend the Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug. This is a 16-amp charger with a NEMA 5-15 plug. No assembly is required, just plug it into your NEMA 5-15 or 5-20 receptacle and get quickly charged up. As an added bonus, this charger is also compatible with all major EV makes and even multiple power sources, including regular wall outlets, dryers, and RV outlets with a special adapter. This handy and reliable charger is a level 2 charger, which allows most compatible vehicles to charge at a rate of up to 11 mph, up to three times faster than your vehicle’s factory charger. This gets you out on the road faster. It includes some key safety features, such as protection from leakage, lightning, overvoltage, overheating, and overcurrent, and it’s also waterproof and flame resistant.              

    Honorable Mention

    The Juicebox Pro40 Smart EV Charger definitely deserves an honorable mention. This ultra-fast charger has a high-power, 32-amp, 7.7 kW charging capacity, allowing it to charge your vehicle up to six times faster than your factory charger. It features special WiFi connectivity, which makes it compatible with the free JuiceNet app that allows you to monitor and control your vehicle’s charging remotely. You can even get notifications when your car is at full charge, set charge reminders, and more. This smart charger is also compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa. You can also schedule your charging to take place when electricity rates are lower, allowing you to cut costs.  It comes equipped with a built-in cable rack and security lock for safety. This unit is made in the USA and needs to be hardwired by a professional electrician. It comes backed by a three-year limited warranty.

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    Best Overall
    Siemens VersiCharge

    When it comes to the best overall versatility, reliability, and cost, you can’t beat the Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU. This is one of the quicker chargers currently on the market. Being a level 2 charger that functions on 240 volts, it’s up to four times faster than level 1, 120-volt chargers. This charger is also durable and can easily withstand temperatures ranging from negative 30-degrees up to 50-degrees Celsius. This charger is universally compatible with all J1772 cars and is even able to work with Tesla vehicles and charging adapters. It was awarded “Best EV Charging Station” of 2017 by The Wirecutter, so you can rest assured you’re absolutely getting a high-quality, reliable product. Its easy set up includes all necessary mounting hardware and a 14-foot charging cable. Professional installation is recommended, however.

    Best Value
    Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug

    When it comes to an excellent value in an EV charger that is both durable and reliable, we recommend the Megear Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug. This is a 16-amp charger with a NEMA 5-15 plug. No assembly is required, just plug it into your NEMA 5-15 or 5-20 receptacle and get quickly charged up. As an added bonus, this charger is also compatible with all major EV makes and even multiple power sources, including regular wall outlets, dryers, and RV outlets with a special adapter. This handy and reliable charger is a level 2 charger, which allows most compatible vehicles to charge at a rate of up to 11 mph, up to three times faster than your vehicle’s factory charger. This gets you out on the road faster. It includes some key safety features, such as protection from leakage, lightning, overvoltage, overheating, and overcurrent, and it’s also waterproof and flame resistant.              

    Honorable Mention
    JuiceBox 32 Next Generation EV Charging Station

    The Juicebox Pro40 Smart EV Charger definitely deserves an honorable mention. This ultra-fast charger has a high-power, 32-amp, 7.7 kW charging capacity, allowing it to charge your vehicle up to six times faster than your factory charger. It features special WiFi connectivity, which makes it compatible with the free JuiceNet app that allows you to monitor and control your vehicle’s charging remotely. You can even get notifications when your car is at full charge, set charge reminders, and more. This smart charger is also compatible with Amazon Echo and Alexa. You can also schedule your charging to take place when electricity rates are lower, allowing you to cut costs.  It comes equipped with a built-in cable rack and security lock for safety. This unit is made in the USA and needs to be hardwired by a professional electrician. It comes backed by a three-year limited warranty.

    Tips

    • When selecting a charger for your electric car, always make sure you confirm the NEMA outlet number. This lets you know whether you need to invest in an EV charging adapter.
    • If you charge your car at home, schedule it at nighttime. This not only ensures the battery is fully charged by morning, it also helps you cut down on electricity costs. 
    • Before you install a charging station, have an electrician evaluate and reconfigure the electric wiring in your home. But be sure to purchase the charger you want beforehand, so the technician can know how to configure the wiring. 
    • It is better to pick the longest cable available as this ensures you can charge your car even when you are in inconvenient locations. Twenty-five-foot cords are the longest, according to the National Electric Code. 
    • To make your car more capable, especially if you commute, go for a level 2 charger. It has a faster-charging speed and delivers more power. 
    • NEMA 6-50 and NEMA 14-50 are the most common charging outlets for level 2 electric car chargers. Check your charging outlet number before settling on a charger for your car. 

    FAQs

    Q: What is an EV charger?

    A: An electric vehicle uses a battery system for power. An EV charger is a unit that provides an electrical charge to the car’s battery. Homes usually have AC current. It is the charger’s responsibility to convert it to the DC current for your car’s battery needs. 

    Q: How long does charging take?

    A: Charge time is dependent on your EV battery’s capacity and the charger’s power. Four hours is enough to charge a battery from zero to 80 percent. That’s if you are using a 30-amp charger. 

    Q: Can I use the charger with a dryer outlet?

    A: Since a dryer outlet provides about 240V, it is safe to use with an EV home charging kit. But it’s important to check the amp capacity before plugging it in. 

    Final Thoughts

    Due to its high ratings, ease of use, and power output, the Siemens VersiCharge VC30GRYU is our top choice. 

    We also love the budget-friendly Zencar Level 1 with NEMA 5-15 Plug because of its safety features and portability.