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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Ridge

How to Choose the Best EV Charging Station for Your Needs

As an EV owner, you know that finding a reliable and efficient charging station is key to your driving experience. But with so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing a Level 2 EV charging station:

Level 2 EV Charging Station

If you have a longer commute or need to charge your EV quickly, a Level 2 charging station is the way to go. Level 2 chargers offer more flexibility when it comes to installation. While Level 1 chargers can simply be plugged into a standard 120-volt outlet, Level 2 chargers require a dedicated 240-volt circuit, which requires professional installation.

However, once installed, Level 2 chargers can be used with a variety of connector types, including J1772 and Tesla connectors, making them a more versatile option for EV owners who may own multiple types of electric vehicles or switch between different charging networks. Overall, Level 2 EV chargers provide faster charging speeds, more flexibility in installation and connector options, and a more practical charging solution for electric vehicle owners.

Charging Speed

The charging speed of a Level 2 charging station can vary from 16 amps to 80 amps, depending on the model. A higher amp charging station will charge your EV faster, but it will also be more expensive.

Level 2 EV chargers provide a faster and more efficient charging experience compared to Level 1 chargers. Level 1 chargers typically deliver around 120 volts of power and up to 16 amps, which means they can charge an electric vehicle at a rate of 4-5 miles of range per hour of charging time.

In contrast, Level 2 chargers provide around 240 volts of power and up to 80 amps, allowing for a charging rate of up to 25 miles of range per hour of charging time. This means that Level 2 chargers can charge an electric vehicle up to 6 times faster than Level 1 chargers, making them a much more practical choice for EV owners who require a quicker charge.

Connector Type

Level 2 EV chargers are available in different connector types, including J1772, Tesla, and CHAdeMO, among others.

The most common connector type for Level 2 EV chargers is the J1772 connector, which is a standard plug used by most electric vehicles in North America. This connector type is compatible with most EV models, making it a safe and reliable choice for new EV owners. On the other hand, Tesla connectors are specific to Tesla electric vehicles and can only be used with a Tesla adapter. CHAdeMO connectors are typically used for DC fast charging and are not commonly found on Level 2 EV chargers.

Smart Features

Level 2 EV chargers with smart features provide greater convenience and control for EV owners. The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is an excellent example of a Level 2 EV charger with smart features that can benefit EV owners. The Pulsar Plus offers a range of smart features, including remote monitoring and scheduling, charging history, and energy management.

One of the key benefits of Pulsar Plus's smart features is remote monitoring and scheduling. With the MyWallbox app, EV owners can remotely monitor their charging sessions and receive real-time updates on their vehicle's charge status. The app also allows users to schedule their charging sessions, so the vehicle is fully charged at the desired time, providing greater convenience and flexibility.

Another useful smart feature of the Pulsar Plus is its energy management capabilities. The charger is equipped with an integrated energy meter, which provides users with real-time data on their energy consumption and allows them to track and manage their energy usage. Additionally, the charger is compatible with smart home automation systems, allowing users to integrate the charger with other smart devices and control their energy usage more effectively.

These features can help users to optimize their charging experience and reduce their energy costs, making EV ownership more practical and affordable.

Professional Installation

Installing a Level 2 EV charger involves several steps that can be overwhelming for EV owners. Fortunately, companies like COIL offer comprehensive services to help make the process as smooth and hassle-free as possible. When you choose COIL to install your Level 2 EV charger, you can expect to receive expert guidance and support throughout the installation process.

COIL's services include designing and engineering plan sets to ensure that the EV charger is installed correctly and meets all local regulations and safety standards. COIL also offers permit services to help clients obtain the necessary permits and approvals for the installation.

COIL provides power-sharing solutions to ensure that the EV charger does not exceed the capacity of the electrical system, which can cause problems with other appliances and devices. Once the design and permits are in place, COIL's team of trained technicians will handle the installation and configuration of the EV charger, ensuring that it is set up and functioning correctly.

Installing a Level 2 EV charger involves several critical steps, but companies like COIL can provide comprehensive services to help simplify the process. By choosing COIL for your EV charger installation, you can be confident that your charging solution is safe, reliable, and efficient.

Are you ready to plug in?

COIL provides sustainable and streamlined charging solutions to businesses, property owners, EV owners, and fleets. With a nationwide network of installers, COIL can provide charging solutions for all types of properties, from residential homes to multi-unit dwellings and businesses.

COIL is committed to reducing carbon emissions through its solutions. COIL is doing its part to create a more sustainable future by providing sustainable and streamlined charging options. Whether you need a Level 2 charging station for your home or your entire fleet, COIL has got you covered.

Visit our website today to learn more about COIL's EV charging solutions and how we can help you make the switch to electric. Together, we can create a more sustainable future for all.


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