Best EV Chargers for Home Use

July 2022

Even as public charging infrastructure continues improve day by day, nothing beats the convenience of charging at home. The ability to top up your EV battery overnight with cheap electricity eliminates range anxiety for most drivers.   

Below we’ve selected our current top six EV chargers for home use, based on the following criteria: (1) ease of use, (2) power output, (3) cord length, (4) size of charger, and (5) reliability/weatherproofing. Our list is updated monthly.

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Editor’s Choice: ChargePoint Home Flex 

Compact Design: Wallbox Pulsar Plus

Simplicity Award: Blink HQ 150 Home Charger

Best Value: Lectron 240V 40 Amp

Great Value: Amazon Basics Charging Station

Also Great: Tesla Wall Connector

1. ChargePoint Home Flex

ChargePoint is a reputable brand in public charging as well as home charging. The Home Flex is a current favorite with a combination of attractive design, 50 amp performance, and responsive customer support. 

At the higher end of home chargers, the Home Flex is able to deliver up to 50 amps to your EV, which translates to approx. 36 miles of range added per hour. The companion ChargePoint app allows you to schedule charging sessions when electricity is cheapest, as well send you reminders if you forget to plug in your EV.

Compatible with most EVs on the market, the ChargePoint Home Flex is our top choice for most drivers. (Tesla cars can use all non-Tesla chargers from this list with the use if a SAE J1772 Charging Adapter that comes for free with every Tesla)

 

Specs

  • Up to 50 amp charging, 9 times faster than wall outlet
  • 23 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50, NEMA 6-50, or hardwired options
  • UL Listed; safe and eligible for rebates/incentives in many states

Pros

Energy Star Certified, Wifi connectivity, Alexa voice assistant compatibility, choice of NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plugs, configurable between 16 and 50 amps

Cons

Dependant on the smartphone app for configuration and some features.

2. Wallbox Pulsar Plus

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is our top pick for a charger with a compact and attractive design at just 7.8″ x 7.9″ x 3.9″ in dimensions. 

Available in 40 and 48 amp versions, the Pulsar Plus can charge up to 8 times faster than Level 1 (120v) charging. Like the Blink Charger, it features a 25 foot long cable. The 48 amp version is able to deliver up to 11.5 kW of power, cutting down charge times to just a few hours rather than overnight. 

Wallbox also works great for household with multiple EVs that need to be charged simultaneously. Two or more Wallbox chargers on the same circuit can communicate between each other and balance the available household power between chargers. 

Specs

  • 40 or 48 amp versions
  • 25 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 outlet, or hardwired
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity

Pros

Compact design with clear indicator lights, myWallbox app companion app for control and charge monitoring

Cons

The app is rather basic compared to other chargers

3. Blink HQ 150 Home Charger

Blink is another commercial charging equipment manufacturer that expanded into home charging products. But unlike the ChargePoint charger, there is no wifi or app involved here. Just a high quality commercial-grade charger with a peak output of 32 amps. The simplicity of operation could make the Blink charger a great choice for less technologically savvy driver to ease into EV ownership.

While not the most powerful charger, 32 amps equates to 7.6 kW of power, enough to top up most EVs overnight from empty.

The high quality cable that is a generous 25 feet long, and should be able to reach your EV’s charge port no matter how you park it in your garage or driveway.

Specs

  • Up to 32 amp charging
  • 25 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 6-50 plug 

Pros

Energy Star Certified, UL listed, dead simple to use, clear status indicator lights

Cons

No app or smart connectivity

4. Lectron 240V 40 Amp​

Lectron makes a ton of models, but this specific 40 amp charger is our favorite budget pick. Small, light and portable. But unlike most travel charging adapters, the 40 amp Lectron could be your main home charger.

There are no apps or connectivity options, but the always-on display shows you the critical information about the charging session such as: current, voltage, temperature, and charge time. Most new EVs allow you to schedule charging sessions from their infotainment system anyway.

Downsides? The warranty is only one year, and this charger is not suitable for frequent outdoor use (especially not in extreme climates)

 

Specs

  • 40 amps
  • 18 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 plug, no hardwiring

Pros

Great power output for a budget charger, more portable than wall mounted chargers, always on display with charge stats

Cons

Not really suitable for outdoor operation, Lectron customer service does not have a great reputation, shorter warranty than premium brands

5. Amazon Basics Level 2 Charging Station​

AmazonBasics brand is known for their no frills, but dependable products. That was exactly our conclusion with their Level 2 Home Charging Station.

AmazonBasics undercuts the premium brands on price without sacrificing much on design or quality. The 32 amp rating will add about 25 miles of driving range per hour of charge, which is plenty if the majority of your charging is done overnight. The clean white box design will blend seamlessly into its surroundings (especially against white walls).

Like the other simple chargers from our rankings, there is no connectivity or scheduling with this charger. You will need to rely on your EV’s internal settings/apps for that.

Specs

  • 32 amps
  • Cable length: 18 and 25 foot versions available
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 6-50 outlet, can be hardwired

Pros

RedDot Design winner, easy to use, undercuts competitors on price, can be installed outdoors

Cons

No apps or connectivity, tops out at 32 amps, one year warranty

6. Tesla Wall Connector​

Tesla is the unmistakable leader in electric vehicles right now, shipping more cars than any other brand. Their home charger follows the same minimalist design and simplicity as their cars, and it’s the default charger for many Tesla owners. The Wall Connector delivers up to 48 amps of current, like the best of the best chargers. Up to four Wall Connectors can power share on the same circuit in multi-car households. 

The main benefit of this home charger versus alternatives is that the cord comes with Tesla’s proprietary connector (in North America), so the cord can connect directly to the charge port of a Tesla car. All other home chargers will require the use of a SAE J1772 Charging Adapter, between the charger and the Tesla. This adapter is included with every Tesla for usage on public chargers, and also additional units can be bought for $50 too.

The Tesla Wall Connector is a great product, but it’s not at the top of our list (even for Tesla drivers) because the proprietary connector does not support charging non-Tesla cars. Almost all non-Tesla cars and chargers rely on the SAE J1772 connector. So there is reason to believe that Tesla may eventually transition away from their proprietary connector and use SAE J1772, like Tesla cars in Europe and Asia are already using. 

Specs

  • Up to 48 amps
  • Cable length: 8.5 and 24 foot options available
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • Hardwired Installation only

Pros

Attractive design with interchangeable faceplates, no adapter required for Tesla charging, can be “locked” to charge your own car only

Cons

Is not compatible with non-Teslas, availability is often backordered

What is a Home EV Charger?

Home EV Chargers are devices (usually wall mounted) that safely connect your household electricity to recharge your Electric Vehicle. Technically speaking, the wall mounted box commonly referred to as an “EV Charger” is called an Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE), and it passes electricity to the onboard vehicle charger.  The onboard charger is the real equipment that converts household alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) required to charge the battery. But for sake of simplicity and understanding, most people call the wall mounted EVSEs as household EV Chargers. 

What to look for in a Home EV Charger

Current Delivery in Amps

The headline metric of any EV charger is going to be the number of amps in can deliver. Home EV chargers typically top out between 16 and 50 amps. Those are the states maximum charging speeds, a high powered charger may operate at lower current draws depending on factors such as the quality of the household wiring, the car’s maximum charging speed, and the car’s state of charge.

For a practical example, a 32 amp charger connected to a 240 volt circuit tops out at 7,680 Watts (32*240), or 7.68 kiloWatts or power! In one hour that equates to 7.68 kWh of energy delivered. EV battery capacity is measured in kWh, therefore a 75 kWh Long Range Tesla Model Y would take approximately 10 hours to charge from zero to 100%. 

From this example, we can see that a 30 amp charger is more suitable for an overnight charge, but if you frequently need a mid-day top up, a 50 amp charger may be more suitable. But keep in mind that you’re probably rarely going to charge from zero to 100% anyway. 

Charge Cord Length

Home EV Chargers usually come with charge cord lengths ranging from 8 to 25 feet. Chargers with shorter cables are always less expensive because of material costs. A charge cable requires a considerable amount of copper to safely deliver a high amount of energy. If your garage/driveway allows you to park close to the charger, you will save some money. 

App Connectivity

More sophisticated Home EV chargers will include smart connectivity options via Wifi or Bluetooth and a companion app for monitoring and scheduling the charging sessions. This is definitely a nice a to have feature, but you may be able to similar functions from your car’s built-in functions. For example; Teslas can be remotely monitored and configured from the Tesla app.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Are financial incentives available for Home EV Chargers?

Yes! Many state and federal governments have incentives to reduce the cost of the transition to electric driving. You may be eligible to be reimbursed for a portion of the cost of the EV Charger and/or professional installation. Incentive structures change on a regular basis, for up to date Information visit the Department of Energy website.

Is professional installation by an electrician required?

Almost always yes, or highly recommended. If you plan to install a hardwired charger for a clean look, please hire an electrician to make sure the connections and wiring are safe. 

 If your parking location already has a suitable NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plug nearby, your job is greatly simplified as you may only require mounting to the wall and plugging in. Always follow instructions and warning labels, consult with professionals if there is any doubt.