Best EV Charging Stations

Review & Comparison, Last Update March 6, 2020
Electric car charging stations make sure you're able to use your electric vehicle every day without visiting gas stations. The best EV chargers we've added here can even compete with commercial models. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Charging Speed
Connector Type
Cord Length
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi module will keep the connection stable and secure even when the router is located far from the station. The LED indicator will display the Wi-Fi signal's quality. using the ChargePoint app, you'll be scheduling charging, setting reminders, and tracking the progress. 

CONS

The power cord is relatively short. 

OUR VERDICT

ChargePoint Electric Car Charger gives you excellent mileage, flexible installation, high energy efficiency, and more. The station will be able to recharge all EV cars, including Tesla models S and X, Toyota Prius, Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Kona, Ford Fusion, BMW i3, X5, and 530e, and more. 

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in station (16" power cord)

Power

240 V, 32 A

Charging Speed

Up to 25 miles of range per hour 

Connector Type

SAE J1772™ 

Cord Length

25 ft. 

Extras

Compatible with ChargePoint app (available on iOS and Android), mounting hardware included

Warranty

3 years 

PROS

The quick-release mounting bracket will let you easily mount this station onto most walls. The cable rack will provide neat cable storage and keep the plug accessible. The security lock can be used to make sure randos will not be able to use the station. You can utilize voice controls via Amazon Echo and Alexa.

CONS

The app is pretty demanding hardware-wise. 

OUR VERDICT

JuiceBox 40 Next Generation Smart EV Charging Station is the most complete station we've looked at, bringing top-notch charging speed, remote management via the app, and the construction that lasts ages, with dust-tight and weatherproof polycarbonate casing.

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in station (28" power cord) 

Power

240 V, 40 A

Charging Speed

Up to 32 miles of range per hour 

Connector Type

SAE J1772™ 

Cord Length

25 ft. 

Extras

Built-in cable rack and security lock, compatible with JuiceNet app (available on iOS and Android), mounting hardware included

Warranty

3 years 

PROS

The housing is waterproof and lightning-proof. The IP67 protection rating means you can use the charger outdoors even on a rainy day. It comes equipped with high-end anti-leakage, overvoltage, overheat, and overcurrent protection mechanisms. The finish is abrasion-resistant. 

CONS

The LCD screen uses a small font. 

OUR VERDICT

MUSTART Level 2 Portable EV Charger will take ~5 hours to give you 160 miles of range. With this device, you'll probably be able to recharge the car once a week and still have enough proverbial gas in the tank to go from home to work and vice versa without any hiccups.

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in charger 

Power

240 V, 40 A

Charging Speed

Up to 32 miles of range per hour 

Connector Type

SAE J1772™ 

Cord Length

25 ft. (including 3 ft. cable from wall to charger) 

Extras

LCD screen, J-hook for cable storage, storage bag and mounting hardware included

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The device will be dumping all the current at once, able to communicate with the EV to receive information regarding the vehicle's ambient, battery temperature, battery capacity, current battery level, and more. You can use the charger with temperature conditions ranging from -12 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. 

CONS

The package does not include screws for wall-mounting. 

OUR VERDICT

Primecom Portable Smart Electric Car Charger is efficient but also pretty comfortable and plenty safe. The housing is flame-resistant, IP55 waterproof, and lightning-proof. The safety features include overheat, overvoltage, and overcurrent protection. 

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in charger 

Power

240 V, 16 A

Charging Speed

Up to 12 miles of range per hour 

Connector Type

SAE J1772™ 

Cord Length

30 ft. (including 5 ft. cable from wall to charger) 

Extras

LCD screen 

Warranty

1 year 

PROS

The carry case that comes with the charger will let you easily store and bring the device with you. Plus, there's a pocket inside this case where you can put small valuables. The J-hook can hold the cable so that you do not have to think about any permanent storage measures. 

CONS

The connector is tight and hard to get in and out of the car. 

OUR VERDICT

Zencar Level 1 EV Charger is a good complementary charger or a temporary replacement. It will be enough to keep budget electric vehicles sustained driving from home to work every day but not enough to cover large distances without recharging on the way. 

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in charger 

Power

110 V, 15/16 A

Charging Speed

Up to 6 miles of range per hour 

Connector Type

SAE J1772™ 

Cord Length

25 ft. 

Extras

J-hook for cable storage, carry case and mounting hardware included

Warranty

1 year 

ChargePoint Electric Car Charger

Less Energy yet More Mileage

ChargePoint Electric Car Charger comes at a steep price, but we would not have added this station to the list if we haven't thought that the price is more than justifiable given what this product brings to the table. Before anything else, this device is ENERGY STAR certified, using 40% less energy on average than most chargers. It is able to give you 25 miles of range per hour, more than most but not necessarily more than all chargers we've looked at. What's more important is that the device adopts a NEMA 6-50 outlet, meaning that you can put this hardwired station indoors as well as outdoors since you won't need third-party plugs/outlets to use the station.

Setting all the electronics and mechanisms aside, the ChargePoint app is what sells the product. Using this app, you'll be able to schedule charging when the electricity rates are low. You'll also receive access to the company's expansive public charging network and be able to track all the charging you've done in one place as well as set reminders to make sure you do not forget to plug in.

The power cord that this home charging station is relatively short, measuring 16 inches length-wise but that's where the product's flaws end. Aside from that, ChargePoint Electric Car Charger is a remarkable electric vehicle charger and something you'll definitely benefit from if you don't mind coughing up the dough for it.

Review of ChargePoint Electric Car Charger Home WiFi Enabled Vehicle (EV)

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JuiceBox Generation Smart

Supplying the Juice

The JuiceBox 40 Next Generation Smart EV Charging Station will be bringing the juice necessary to make sure electric vehicles run smooth and far. The product's biggest standout feature is the charging speed that will be pumping enough juice per hour to drive 32 miles straight. It is also the little details though, not unlike the cable rack that enables comfortable cable storage and the security lock that will make sure random people are unable to use the device. Aside from that, what's driving the product's value forward is the polycarbonate casing that's both weatherproof and dust-tight, letting you install this station not only indoors but outside too.

Even taking these into account though, what separates full-blown electric car charging stations from basic chargers is usually compatibility with some app. Here, you receive access to the JuiceNet app that will be controlling and monitoring the charging progress remotely, notifying you when the car is fully charged, setting charging reminders and more. You can use Alexa and Amazon Echo voice controls to manage the device too. Plus, the dynamic LED lights will be showing the charging status.

Bottom line, the JuiceBox 40 Next Generation Smart EV Charging Station is that level 2 station that will be able to charge all electric vehicles, including Teslas.

Review of JuiceBox Generation Smart Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station

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MUSTART Level 2 Portable

The Speed to Comp(l)ete

The MUSTART Level 2 Portable EV Charger is the best portable EV charger we've come across. Its charging speed that gives you up to 32 miles of range per hour not only tips the scales but downright puts most portable chargers to shame since those normally fluctuate around 12 miles. The charging speed alone relative to the product's price would've been enough to justify this spot on the list but that's not all that the device has up its sleeves.

For one, the charger is pretty sturdy, incorporating waterproof housing and an abrasion-resistant finish that lets the device keep up its sleek appearance. Its IP67 protection class lets you use the device outside even when it is raining, while the rubber ring provides this buffer area that protects the cable from short-circuiting when you take it outside.

Better yet, you have this massive LCD screen with LED lights that display every detail you need, including the real-time current, voltage, charging amount, and time. That being said, the font is pretty small, making these values hard to read unless you're staring right at them standing ~2-3 feet from the screen.

Even then, we're not retracting the statement we've made above saying that this product is easily among the best portable chargers out there.

Review of MUSTART Level 2 Portable Electric Vehicle Charger

 

PRIMECOM Portable EVSE

Gathering Data to Dump All the Current at Once

The Primecom Portable Smart Electric Car Charger dumps all the current at once, communicating with the vehicle using the connection port to gather six different data types, which are ambient, battery temperature, current battery level, maximum available voltage, and battery capacity. Using that data, the device will be automatically adjusting the voltage, making sure that you're able to get the most life expectancy from the battery.

That's pretty awesome but there are trade-offs here too. The charging speed will be able to provide no more than 12 miles of range per hour, which is not bad compared to most EV chargers, but we've seen more impressive performances before. Also, not the biggest issue, of course, but the device comes without screws for wall-mounting, so you'll have to purchase them separately.

On the flip side, the device does come with a 30-feet long cable, including the 5-feet cable that goes from the wall to the charger, so you won't be limited placement-wise and won't have to park especially close all the time to make sure the cable is able to reach the electric automotive.

To sum up, the Primecom Portable Smart Electric Car Charger is handy, efficient, and more than safe, with high-level flame-resistant mechanisms, waterproof and lightning-proof housing, leakage protection as well as overvoltage, overheat, and overcurrent protection.

Review of PRIMECOM Portable EVSE Smart Electric Car Charger

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Homegear Zencar

Good Enough

The Zencar Level 1 EV Charger is affordable and, due to that "level 1" remark, pretty unimpressive compared to the chargers we've reviewed before this one. We would recommend this product to people who have primary means of recharging their electric vehicle and purchase this one more as a complementary solution.

Having said that, if you're using some budget EV, not unlike old Toyota Prius models, Nissan LEAF, Nissan eNV-2000, Kia Soul EV, and others, to go from home to work and vice versa, this product will be enough to sustain them. Its charging speed does not go above 6 miles of range per hour but plug the car when you arrive home and unplug when you go back to work the next day and you'll usually have 60+ miles in the tank, which is much more mileage than people usually cover from home to work and back home.

There's not much to add here. Despite the affordable price, the charger comes with a J-hook that enables neat cable storage, a carry case that will let you bring the charger with you when necessary, and the mounting hardware that you need to install this device at home. The supplied connector is tight and hard to get in and out of the car but you'll get used to it. Plus, the cable measures 25 feet, long enough to reach around most automobiles when necessary.

Review of Homegear Zencar Level 1 EV Charger, Portable EVSE Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station

 

What Is an EV Charging Station?

Electric car charging stations, usually referred to as EV charging stations, where EV stands for electric vehicles, are these implements that support the charger and provide additional convenience benefits. What separates these stations from chargers is sometimes semantics alone, but we like to differentiate them based upon these additional convenience benefits that we've alluded to before.

These benefits can include compatibility with some mobile app that lets you set charging reminders, enable smart grid savings by scheduling charging during off-peak hours when the rates are the lowest, send you notifications when the vehicle is done charging, track the charging history, and more. We might also be talking about small benefits like security locks that prevent random people from accessing the charger and cable racks that, oddly enough, allow you to store the cable.

What does not separate stations from chargers but does separate high-end models from budget products is the charging speed, usually hovering around 10 miles of range per hour with budget chargers and going as high as 30 miles of range per hour when you start approaching more expensive devices.

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Publish Date: 2020-03-06 13:17:23