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BMW iX Home Charging Guide

The BMW iX is the brand’s first all-electric SUV showcasing the latest electric drivetrain technology. Although similar in size to the gasoline-powered X5, the iX is a bespoke electric vehicle. 

The xDrive50 and M60 trims get a large 111.5 kWh battery. The EPA rates the xDrive50 variant at 324 miles of range with 20-inch wheels. Increasing wheel size or trim level to M60 will reduce the available range.

The BMW iX is capable of charging at 11 kW on household AC power, and up to 200 kW on DC public charging networks. A standard J1772 connector is used for home charging. See our top recommended home chargers for the BMW iX below.

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BMW iX Charging Fast Facts

EV Charging ConnectorJ1772 / CCS
Battery Capacity111 kWh
Level 2 Charging Power11 kW
Level 2 Max Amps48 A
Level 2 [20-80%] Charge Time6 Hours
Level 3 Peak Power200 kW

Level 3 DC Charging Curve

DC charging curve for the BMW iX50

ChargePoint Home Flex (50 Amp)

ChargePoint Home Flex

ChargePoint is best known for its public charging network, but its home charging station, the Home Flex is popular among BMW EV drivers too. ChargePoint is one of the oldest EVSE providers and the Home Flex shows their level of experience.

The cord is easy to handle, and the rubberized materials stay pliable and compliant at ambient temperatures. The J1772 connector is built to be durable, and it’s got one of the best swiveling cord holsters around. It’s a Wi-Fi-connected charging station, so frequent users of the ChargePoint public network will appreciate having one app for home and away charging.

Specs

  • Amperage: Up to 50 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772 or NACS
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50, 6-50, or hardwire
  • Cord Length: 23 feet
  • Weatherproofing: NEMA 3R
  • Networking: Wi-Fi + BT
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years

Pros

  • High-quality cord material
  • Many plug-in installation options
  • Alexa/Google Home integration
  • EnergyStar certification

Cons

  • Only one Home Flex can be paired to an account
  • The product is heavily dependent on the app

Full Home Flex Review

J+ Booster 2 (40 Amp)

J+ Booster 2 and BMW iX

The J+ Booster 2 is the top choice for a portable EV charger that can double as a home charging station too. It’s lightweight at 7.7 lbs. but still built like a tank because the aluminum enclosure can withstand the weight of a car. The Booster 2 from J+ is manufactured in Germany, just like the BWM iX.

This charger can deliver up to 40 amps to the vehicle, but can also be configured to operate at lower amp modes. A NEMA 14-50 adapter is included, but additional wall outlet adapters are available for even more charging options. A metal wall-mounting bracket is included, as well as a hard shell travel case. This mobile EV charger is built to last, but we wish the cord materials were a little bit softer under cold conditions.

Specs

  • Amperage: Up to 40 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50, interchangeable adapters
  • Cord Length: 21 feet
  • Cord Thickness 16 mm
  • Cord Gauge: AWG 10
  • Weatherproofing: IP67
  • Networking: No
  • App Control: No
  • Warranty: 3 years

Pros

  • 40 amps in a small package
  • Interchangeable input cables
  • Industrial build quality

Cons

  • The cord is stiffer than competing products
  • Pricey

Full J+ Booster 2 Review

EVIQO Level 2 EV Charger (48 Amp)

EVIQO ev charger for BMW iX

EVIQO is one of our favorite budget-friendly but feature-rich home charging stations we’ve reviewed in 2024. It usually sells online for around $400 but has one of the best apps for scheduling and energy cost tracking. The hardware is impressive, with long cables and flexible installation options.

This charging station can be operated from a NEMA 14-50 240-volt outlet at 40 amps or can be professionally hardwired to get the full 48 amps and 11 kW. That’s enough to charge the BMW iX at full speed. You’re also getting one of the most durable J1772 connectors on the market. The only downside to this product was a less-than-ideal cord pliability in cold ambient temperatures.

Specs

  • Amperage: Up to 48 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50 or hardwire
  • Cord Length: 25 feet
  • Cord Thickness: 18.5 mm
  • Cord Gauge: AWG 9
  • Weatherproofing:
    NEMA 4
  • Networking: Wi-Fi + BT
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Long input and output cables
  • Great app with scheduling and cost reporting
  • Metal J1772 clasp and release tab

Cons

  • The cord is durable but the thickness can make it more difficult to handle
  • The J1772 holster makes the cord stick out from the wall

Full EVIQO Review

Leviton EV48W Smart EV Charger (48 Amp)

Leviton EV48W and BMW iX

If you’re looking for a home charging station that plays nice with other smart home devices, the Leviton EV48W would be a good choice. This product comes in 32 and 48 versions, but BMW iX drivers will want the 48-amp. It’s a solid home charging station with an attractive design and a good-quality cord. We tested this product day after day for hours on end, and it did not have any performance or thermal issues. The cord is on the shorter side, at 18 feet, but it’s still plenty long to reach both ends of the iX.

The biggest selling point is the compatibility with the My Leviton app which can handle a lot of smart home devices and scheduling features.

Specs

  • Amperage: Up to 48 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: hardwire-only
  • Cord Length: 18 feet
  • Cord Thickness: 16.1 mm (32 amp version)
  • Cord Gauge: AWG 10 (32 amp version)
  • Weatherproofing:
    NEMA 3R
  • Networking: Yes
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 2 years

Pros

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Works very well with Leviton’s home automation app
  • RFID security access cards

Cons

  • Cord shorter than competing products
  • must be hardwired, no NEMA 14-50 plug-in option

Full Leviton Review

Emporia Smart Level 2 EV Charger (48 Amp)

Emporia Level 2 Charger for BMW iX

Emporia Energy is a Colorado-based smart home device company that makes this compelling Level 2 home charging station. It is lower cost than similar competing products but offers 48-amp performance and smart integration with the Emporia app.

If you already have other Emporia products in your home, this would be an easy recommendation. But if you’re building your smart home ecosystem from scratch, the Leviton product above is likely a better recommendation.

We liked the 48-amp output, enough to charge the iX at full speed. Cord management is also well thought out with the ability to coil the cord around the body of the device. The cord holstering system is also made of metal and is more durable than competing home chargers.

Specs

  • Amperage: Up to 48 amps
  • EV Connector: J1772
  • Home Connection: NEMA 14-50 or hardwire
  • Cord Length: 24 feet
  • Weatherproofing:
    NEMA 4
  • Networking: Yes
  • App Control: Yes
  • Warranty: 3 years

Pros

  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Emporia app connectivity and scheduling
  • High-quality metal charge plug holder

Cons

  • The charge cord is shorter than the competition
  • The charger enclosure box is made from plastic

Full Emproa Review

Looking for even more options? See all the products we considered here.

Criteria

The BMW iX vehicles delivered today are equipped with J1772 ports for AC Level 2 charging. That means virtually any J1772 AC charging station or charging cord will be compatible with the iX. Our product section criteria are based on hands-on testing and consideration of maximum power, ease of use, and brand reputation. The BMW iX is capable of charging at a peak of 48 amps (11 kW), so most of our charging station picks are leaning toward 48+ amp units. However, note that a 60+ amp circuit and a hardwired installation are required to get the full 11 kW. Chargers with a NEMA 14-50 input plug will be restricted to 40 amps.

Frequently Asked Questions about charging the BMW iX

How much does it cost to charge the BMW iX?

The iX xDrive 50 and M60 models include a large 111.5 kWh battery. Assuming an off-peak electricity rate of 13 cents per kilowatt hour and 95% charging efficiency, it would cost $15.26 to fully recharge the iX battery from zero to 100%. Much cheaper than filling up an X5 with premium gasoline.

Where is the charging port located on the BMW iX?

Like most German electric cars, the BMW iX has a charging port on the (right) passenger side rear corner of the car. BMW iX charging port location

Can BMW EV use Tesla’s Supercharger network?

Yes, but locations are limited for now. Tesla is gradually opening up the network to other brands of EVs, but the complete rollout is going to take until 2024 and 2025.

Does the iX come with complimentary charging access?

Yes, BMW is partnering with Electrify America to offer buyers 2 years of free 30-minute charging sessions at EA stations.

Does the BMW iX come with a charging cable?

Yes, every iX includes a portable charging cable called the “Flexible Fast Charger”. This 120 and 240-volt capable charger is great to have in the trunk for travel. For home charging, it is recommended to have a dedicated home charging station that can better withstand daily use and faster charging speeds.

What is the warranty on batteries for BMW EVs?

The iX and all other electric BMWs are covered by an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty.

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Testing by EVchargerReviews.net for BMW iX

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