How to buy the right portable charger for your electric vehicle

How to buy the right portable charger for your electric vehicle

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The combination of varying EV models, charging standards, power ratings, portability, features, and individual charging needs can cause confusion when selecting the right portable charger for your EV. 

But, don’t stress…you’ve come to the right place. We’ll break down all the specific EV requirements and personal charging needs that factor into making an informed decision on what to purchase.

At-Home Charging 

To charge your EV at home, you'll need to use a portable charger or a home charging station. J1772 Portable EV Chargers are available in 16A and 32A for at home use.

Level 1 Charging (16A)

Standard 120-volt household outlet is the basic Level 1 charging method that comes with most EVs. It is relatively slow and may take several hours or even overnight to fully charge your EV.

Level 2 Charging (32A) 

240-volt outlet (NEMA 14-50): This is the most popular option for home charging. It provides a Level 2 higher charging rate compared to a standard household outlet, allowing you to charge your EV significantly faster. A NEMA 14-50 outlet is commonly used for RVs and can be installed by an electrician.

Wall-mounted Charging Station

For even faster and more convenient charging, you can install a dedicated wall-mounted Level 2 charging station. These stations typically provide higher charging power and may have additional features like smartphone connectivity and charging scheduling.

When considering at-home charging it's essential to ensure that your home's electrical system can handle the increased power delivery. For the installation of a Level 2 charging station or outlet, it is advisable to consult a qualified electrician to ensure it's done safely and according to local electrical codes.

Destination Charging

To charge your Electric Vehicle (EV) while traveling, you'll need a portable EV charger. The type of portable charger you need depends on the following charging standard and connector type used by your EV model: 

Charging Standard Compatibility: Ensure the portable charger is compatible with your EV's charging standard. 

Power Output: Look for a charger that provides a high power output to enable faster charging. DC fast chargers typically have power ratings ranging from 50 kW to 350 kW.

Portability and Weight: Since it's a portable charger, make sure it's lightweight and easy to carry around.

Safety Features: Look for safety features such as overcurrent protection, overvoltage protection, and temperature monitoring to ensure safe charging.

Cable Length: Consider the length of the charging cable to ensure it can reach your EV's charging port from available charging stations.