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Best Home EV Charger for Hyundai Kona Electric

The Kona EV is a practical and affordable compact electric SUV from Hyundai. Introduced in 2019, and priced from the mid-$30k, the Kona Electric is attainable for the average new car buyer.

For the 2024 model year, Hyundai updated the Kona EV with slightly larger 48.6 kWh and 64.8 kWh battery options. The larger battery Kona now has an EPA estimated range of 260 miles, two more miles than the previous model. For charging, the Kona Electric uses a common J1772 / CCS combo connector.

The MY 2024 model is a big upgrade for charging at home. The new car can accept 10.8 kW versus 7.2 kW of the previous model. With a 40 amp home charging setup, you can typically expect to recharge the Kona EV in about 8 hours or less. Below are our recommended products for charging the Kona EV at home.

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Wallbox Pulsar Plus (40 Amp)

Wallbox Pulsar Plus working with Kona Electric

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, although going above 40 is overkill for the Kona. 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 kW of power, which could be a future-proof investment for your garage.

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 with each other and balance the available household power between chargers.

Specs

  • 40 and 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

Lectron 240V (40 Amp)

Kona Electric and Lectron 40 Amp portable charger

Lectron makes many Level 2 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 critical information about the charging session such as current, voltage, temperature, and charge time. Kona’s infotainment screen allows for setting charging schedules from the car anyway.

Downsides? The warranty is only one year, and this charger is not suitable for frequent outdoor use (especially not in extreme climates) Full review can be found here.

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 and shorter warranty than premium brands

Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger (40 Amp)

Grizzl-E Classic EV charger for Kona Electric

The Level 2 home charger from Grizzl-E is a no-nonsense option for Kona EV owners looking for durability and value. It is a simple utilitarian design metal box with an LED indicator light and heavy-duty construction. There are no screens or wifi connectivity options, just an industrial box with 40 amps of power 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, and the rubber cable stays pliable in cold weather.

This charger is available with either NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 06-50 wall connectors (check the SKU when ordering), and an electrician can hardwire all variants. 

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 

Pros

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

Cons

No smart features or app control, our review unit had minor paint issues

Keruida Level 2 (40 Amp)

Keruida Level 2 EV Charger fpr Kona Electric

Keruida’s Level 2 40 amp charger is another great value option that frequently goes on sale. This charger can be used for portability, as well as a main home charging station. Although it is IP65 rated for water resistance, we would not recommend this charger for extended outdoor usage, especially not in extreme climates.  

We really like the generous 25-foot-long charge cable that allows drivers to park their cars in either front/rear orientation. There are five amperage settings between 16 and 40 amps for flexibility on a range of circuits. 

Specs

  • 40 amps
  • 25 foot charge cable
  • Indoor operation
  • NEMA 14-50 wall plug

Pros

Great value level 2 charger with 25 foot long cable. An easy to use delay timer helps you take advantage of lower time of use electricity rates.

Cons

Not suitable as a main charger for outdoor operation. The J1772 side of the cable is water resistant, but the NEMA 14-50 side may be exposed to moisture. 

Blink Home Charger for Kona EV

Blink is a commercial charging equipment manufacturer that expanded into home charging products. This is a high quality commercial-grade charger with a peak output of 32 amps, exactly matching the Kona’s requirements. The simplicity of operation could make the Blink charger ideal for people who do not want to deal with apps and screens.

While not the most powerful charger, 32 amps equates to 7 kW of power, enough to top up most EVs overnight from empty.

The high quality cable 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, not always in stock

Amazon Basics Level 2 Charging Station (32 Amps)

Amazon Basics Level 2 Charging Station for Hyundai Kona EV

AmazonBasics brand is known for its 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 charging, 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).

This charging station comes with a less common NEMA 6-50 outlet plug, which is less common than NEMA 14-50. But the unit can also be hardwired into your electric circuit by an electrician.

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

How did we arrive at these choices? Here are all of the products we tested.

Kona Electric Charging Fast Facts

EV Charging ConnectorJ1772 / CCS
Battery Capacity48.6 – 64.8 kWh
Level 2 Charging Power10.2 kW
Level 2 Max Amps42 A
Level 2 [20-80%] Charge Time4 Hours
Level 3 Peak Power100 kW

Level 3 DC Charging Curve

Kona EV 2019-2023 DC charging curve is here

Frequently Asked Questions about charging the Kona Electric

How much does it cost to charge a Hyundai Kona Electric at home?

Typically between $7 and $10 depending on your electricity rates. For example, with a rate of 13 cents per kW and assuming 95% charging efficiency, it would cost $8.75 to fully recharge the 64 kWh battery of the Kona EV at home. Given the 260 mile range, the cost per mile works out to just 3.4 cents.

What kind of charging adapter does the Kona EV need?

Standard J1772 connector in North America, like the majority of other new EVs.

What is the range of the Hyundai Kona EV?

The EPA rated the range of the Kona Electric to be 260 miles, using the 64.8 kWh battery. The smaller 48.6 kWh batter is good for about 200 miles in total.

Is the Kona EV available in AWD?

No, there is only one drivetrain choice, a 201-horsepower front axle motor. Hyundai offers the Ioniq 5 EV with an AWD dual-motor option.

How many amps can Kona EV take?

Up to 42 amps on Level 2 charging at home.

What is the battery warranty for Hyundai Kona Electric?

8 years /100,000 Miles

Should I charge my Kona EV to 100%?

Yes, you can. But avoid charging to 100% frequently. Lithium nickel cobalt chemistry batteries age and degrade quicker if they spend prolonged amounts of time at a very low or very high state of charge. Most manufacturers suggest charging to 80 or 90% on a daily basis and only charging to 100% before going on a longer trip when you really need an extended range.

Where is the charging plug located on the Kona EV?

On the front of the car, slightly off-center toward the driver’s side. This is a very convenient placement for parking front-in towards a charger.Kona EV 2024 refresh - charging port door

How fast can the Kona Electric charge on public Level 3 chargers?

The maximum charging rate in optimal conditions is 100 kW. According to the charging curve, it will take approximately 47 minutes to charge a Kona Electric from 10% to 80% in optimal conditions.

Can you charge a Hyundai Kona Electric at a Tesla Superchager?

Until recently, this was not possible. But Tesla is opening up more Supercharger locations to other brands all the time by installing a CCS-compatible cable. Download the Tesla app to your mobile device to check if non-Tesla charging is available in your area.

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EVchargerReviews.net testing garage lab for Kona Electric

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