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Best Level 2 Home EV Chargers Tested (2023)

Level 2 Home EV Chargers Tested by EVchargerReviews.net
Michael Kim // EVchargerReviews.net

Top Level 2 EV Chargers Tested

  1. Best Overall: ChargePoint Home Flex
  2. Best Design: Wallbox Pulsar Plus
  3. Most Durable: Grizzl-E Classic
  4. Also Great: Emporia Smart EV Charger
  5. Value Choice: AMPROAD iFlow P9

Updated Jan. 21, 2023, by Michael Kim

So your new electric car is on the way, or maybe it is already here! Charging an EV is different than filling up a gasoline car, because it is much more convenient and cost effective to charge at home overnight than at public charging stations.

We have spent months testing the most popular Level 2 home EV chargers in our garage with multiple EVs, and narrowing it down to five products below. Driving an electric car feels exciting, environmentally responsible, and futuristic. Let us help you find the right home EV charger.

Why trust us? We have hands-on testing experience with most popular EV charging products.

Best Overall: Chargepoint Home Flex

ChargePoint Home Flex mounted on garage wall

ChargePoint is a reputable brand in public charging as well as home charging. Priced at the higher end of the spectrum, the Home Flex is well-built, includes smart cable management, and a fully featured app. We were impressed when the app detected our utility provider by ZIP code, and automatically calculated accurate charging costs using up-to-date TOU electricity rates.

Compatible with all EVs on the market, the ChargePoint Home Flex is our top choice for EVs with larger capacity batteries. The ChargePoint Home Flex is a top seller on Amazon, and for good reason.

To get the full 50 amps, a 60 amp circuit breaker and hardwired installation is required. Otherwise the ChargePoint (and all other products below) are limited to a maximum of 40 amps.

Chargepoint Home Flex plugged in
ChargePoint Home Flex plugged into Tesla

Specs

  • Up to 50 amp charging,
  • 23 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50, NEMA 6-50, or hardwired options
  • UL Listed
  • J1772 EV connector

Pros

Energy Star Certified, Wifi connectivity, cord remains pliable in colder temperatures,  NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plugs available, up to 50 amps

Cons

A ChargePoint app and account is required for setup, more expensive than others, and requires more assembly than competing chargers.

Best Design: Wallbox Pulsar Plus

Wallbox Pulsa Plus NEMA 14-50

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. The face of the unit has a large and bright status LED indicator light.

Available in 40 and 48 amp versions, the Pulsar Plus can charge up to 8 times faster than Level 1 (120v) charging. The Wallbox unit features a 25 foot long cable, the maximum allowed length. The 48 amp version of the Pulsar Plus is able to deliver up to 11.5 kW of power.

Wallbox also works great for households 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. See full Wallbox review.

Wallbox Pulsar Plus J1772

Specs

  • 40 and 48 amp versions
  • 25 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 or hardwired
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • J1772 EV connector

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, cord holder is cheap plastic but you can wrap the cord around the unit itself

Most Durable: Grizzl-E Classic EV Charger

Grizzl-E Level 2 Classic Charger

The Level 2 home charger from Grizzl-E is a compelling option for EV drivers looking for durability and value. This is a simple utilitarian design metal box with an LED indicator light and metal construction. There are no screens or wifi connectivity options on the Grizzl-E Classic, just an industrial box with 40 amps of current delivery, which should translate to about 9 kW usable charging speed.

Grizzl-E is based in Canada, so their products are designed to perform in extreme weather conditions. The operating temperature range is between -22F to 122F for outdoor usage.  

This charger is available with either NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 06-50 wall connectors (check the SKU when ordering), and all variants can be hardwired by an electrician. Full Grizzl-E review.

Grizzl-E Unboxing
Grizzl-E J1772 Plus

Not sure which version you need? NEMA 14-50 is the most common plug, but both versions can also be hardwired by an electrician.

Specs

  • 40 amps, or as low as 16
  • 24 foot long charge cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50, NEMA 06-50, or hardwired options for installation 
  • J1772 EV connector

Pros

Good value, durable construction and materials, heavy duty charging cable, suitable for extreme climates

Cons

No smart features or app control, requires disassembly to change charging amp modes

Also Great: Emporia Smart Level 2 EV Charger

Emporia Level 2 Charger

Colorado based Emporia makes a home EV charger that is easy to recommend, especially if you already have other Emporia Energy products in your home. The app can control a variety of Emporia hardware including home batteries, but their EV charger is a competitive product in its own right. Less expensive than other 48 amp options, but Emporia does not cut corners where it matters most.

We really liked the high power output (48 amps hardwired, 40 amps over NEMA 14-50), and the highly durable single piece metal charge cord holder. Most competing brands throw in a cheap plastic cord holder into the box. Installation and app configuration was very easy as well. You can see our full Emporia review.

Emporia Level 2 EV charger unboxing
Emporia EV charger on wall in garage

Specs

  • Up to 48 amps, when hardwired
  • 24 foot long cable
  • Indoor/Outdoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 outlet or hardwired
  • J1772 EV connector

Pros

Lower cost than competitors, up to 48 amps of power, app connectivity and scheduling, good metal charge plug holder and cable management

Cons

The charge cord is shorter than competition, the charger casing is made from plastic

Value Choice: AMPROAD iFlow P9

AMPROAD iFLow P9 EV charger

AMPROAD offers a unique EV charger that includes many features of home based chargers, while at the same time offering portability for occasional road trip use. Most portable Level 2 chargers have thinner and lower quality cords, but this product does not skimp on materials.

This charger includes a wall mounting bracket, a wall mounted cord holder, generous 25 foot length, and a thick and durable cable. Basically, all the criteria for daily home EV charger.

However, you can slide the charger out from the wall mount, roll it up, and tuck it away into the included travel bag, and you have a perfectly adequate portable EV charger for travel.

Downsides? Not many. But the smart features require the user to connect to the wi-fi network created by the charger instead of going through dedicated apps. Full AMPROAD review here.

AMPROAD iFlow P9 in carrying case
AMPROAD screen close up

Specs

  • Up to 40 amps, with modes as low as 10 amps
  • 25 foot long in total
  • Indoor operations
  • IP67 water tightness rating
  • NEMA 14-50 EV connector
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity

Pros

Portable, has a high quality and thick cable, clear LCD screen, optional Wi-Fi connectivity

Cons

NEMA 14-50 placement at the top of the box may limit mounting options, the smart connectivity functions may have a learning curve

Methodology

Our testing facility is a residential two car garage with a NEMA 14-50 receptacle installed by a licensed electrician. This setup will be similar to how most EV owners charge at home, and allow us to quickly and easily swap chargers for testing.

We consider user and market feedback for products we order for review, but all products we recommend must be hands-on tested in our garage for at least two weeks and several EV battery charge cycles. A Tesla Model Y is our main test vehicle, but we have also borrowed an Ioniq 5 or VW ID.4 for some tests.

Our main criteria for products are: (1) ease of use and installation, (2) power output, (3) cord length and management, (4) design and materials used, (5) smart features, and (6) reliability/warranty. Not every product we test is recommended to our readers. This article will be kept up to date with our favorite home EV chargers as more products are released and tested.

What is a Home EV Charger?

Home EV Chargers are devices (usually wall mounted) that safely connect your electric car to your household’s electric circuit. 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 actual 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Home EV Chargers

Are Rebates or Incentives Available For Home EV Chargers?

Yes! Many states have incentive programs 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, we track incentives on this page.

Why install a Level 2 (240v) home EV charger?

Level 1 (120v) charging may be more widely available near your parking location but it can only realistically supply 3-4 miles of range every hour. Level 3 is direct current (DC) fast charging that can rapidly charge an EV in under an hour, but a residential circuit breaker could not supply this much power, and Level 3 chargers are prohibitively expensive.

Level 2 charging is the most popular choice for EV charging at home because circuit breaker upgrades are not needed most of the time, and wiring up your garage is relatively inexpensive and will break even after charging the EV at off-peak electricity rates.