Range Confidence: Charge Fast, Drive Far, with your Electric Car

By David Herron

The best electric car charging stations for home charging or on trips

How-to: 240 volts when all you have is 120 volt outlets A brief study of EV Ownership Economics

Buying and installing an electric car charging station is easier than it may seem. While there are several charging station brands, and choices between portable and fixed-location charging stations, or charging stations with a plug on the end of a cord, the actual choice boils down to a few simple considerations. This page is here to help you choose between the types of electric car charging stations.

The choices are fairly straightforward, and the installation is no more difficult than a washer/dryer hookup. All electric cars have J1772 ports for normal "level 2" charging, using single-phase AC power. The choice boils down to the desired charging rate, the desired size and features, and whether the installation will require a service panel upgrade.

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Electric car owners are strongly recommended to install a charging station at home. Beyond the convenience of charging at home, it is the lowest cost way to recharge your electric car. A typical cost of electricity at public charging stations is $0.49 per kiloWatt-hour, while at home the average electricity cost across the USA is $0.12 per kiloWatt-hour. Refueling your electric car at home is perhaps 1/4th the cost at public charging stations. Another benefit is the luxury of always having a fully fueled car - impossible with gasoline-powered cars.

International visitors NOTE
The information here was first written from an American perspective. The products currently on display are targeted at the electrical system in the USA, and in Canada. To the extent possible both USA and Canadian suppliers have been identified and listed. The plan is to expand coverage first in the United Kingdom, and then to expand to include data about the Europlug countries.

All electric cars have J1772 ports for normal "level 2" charging, using single-phase AC power. This is a huge improvement over the previous phase of electric cars which were hampered by two different charging standards. Cars sold in North America use one plug, while in Europe a different plug is used. Both plugs use the J1772 protocol. Details: A Field Guide to electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE's)

Because J1772 is common to all electric cars you can buy any EVSE (EVSE means Electric Vehicle Service Equipment) from any manufacturer. The phrases "charging station" and "EVSE" are interchangable, and refer to the same device.

A low-power portable charging unit is sold with every electric car. Many dealerships also sell higher-power charging stations, and can arrange installation by an electrician. But you are free to make your own arrangements for buying the charging station, and getting it installed. See these:

The vast majority of electric car or motorcycle charging is done at home. It is the most convenient place to charge your car, and gives you the luxury of a fully fueled vehicle every day. Gasoline car owners do not have that advantage.

This site's recommendation is to install a heavy duty 240 volt 50 amp power outlet, GFCI and weather protected, and to install the charging station using a matching plug.

Many charging stations are sold without a plug on the cord, and the manufacturers recommend instead to hardware the station to a junction box. It is easy to attach a plug to the end of the cord, and to plug the charging station into a power outlet. This is convenient as you can easily unplug the charging station to take it elsewhere.

Any electrician should be able to handle either installation method.

See How to plan for and install 240 volt circuit to charge an electric car/vehicle?

There are two costs for installing an electric vehicle charging station:

  1. The cost of the charging station
  2. The cost to wire the charging station to power

Study the list of charging stations below and you'll find prices from $399 US to $1000 US, or more. This is due to various features, and of course what the manufacturers feel their equipment is worth.

If you're lucky, the charging station can be installed on an existing power outlet for an essentially "free" installation. More likely some wiring is required, that might require hiring an electrician for $500 or so. In some cases the electrical work will be more expensive, for example a long wiring run to get to the service panel, or a service panel upgrade.

See How to plan for and install 240 volt circuit to charge an electric car/vehicle?

Yes there is. The cheapest is to simply use the 120 volt line charger supplied with the car. An overnight 10 hour charging session gives about 40 miles of range, which is sufficient for most daily commutes.

If that's not enough range gained overnight, you'll require a more potent electrical outlet, with a higher power charging station.

Electric cars do not have a regular plug for charging the car. The J1772 protocol was selected for a wide range of reasons including safety. That means connecting electricity to the car must be done using a J1772 plug. See Safely use Extension Cords when charging an electric car or electric motorcycle

The best choice for electric car charging extension cords:

Unfortunately there isn't a good answer to this since the landlord or home owners association calls the shots. See Apartment/Condo dwellers - what to do if you cannot charge at home

No. DC Fast Charging is meant for driving long distances. It generally requires a 3 phase AC power source running at 25 or 50 kiloWatts, which is way beyond the means of typical homes. Between installation cost and the equipment cost, the price will be way beyond what's rational. Cars with DC charging also support J1772 AC charging, and can be charged at home with a standard AC charging station. Therefore a normal AC charging station is all that's required for home charging. See Fast charging your electric car at home

Yes, as long as your electrician does a good job. The J1772 charging protocol has lots of safety checks built in. The only concern is whether the wiring between charging station and the service panel can handle the load. See Electric car charging within electrical code and power outlet limits

UL, or Underwriters Laboratories, is a testing and certification organization with decades of experience. They develop all kinds of standards for certifying safety and fitness for purpose. UL 2594 is the applicable standard for charging stations. In theory products with UL certification are safer and more reliable than others. In some situations it is required to utilize UL certified equipment. Therefore, buyer beware for the products that lack UL certification.

Aside from the obvious answer, "J1772," there are several other EVSE attributes to consider. Do you need a high power charging station, or low power? You may want remote control over charging or other advanced features. See Installing cheap/inexpensive electric car charging at home

The only exception is for owners of Tesla Motors cars. Since Tesla uses a proprietary charging port, it may be best to buy Tesla charging equipment -- either the Mobile Connector or Wall Connector. On the other hand, Tesla supplies a J1772 adapter allowing Tesla car owners to charge at regular J1772 charging stations.

To recharge quickly requires a higher power charging station. The table below summarizes the tradeoff between charging rate and range gained per hour of charging. Fortunately most don't need high powered home charging and can make-do with a lower power EVSE on a lower power circuit. Be careful about the capacity of your service panel since that upgrade can be expensive.

There are two issues here:

  1. How quickly do you need to recharge for daily driving needs
  2. Service panel capacity, and the expense of upgrades

Useful links with answers

Range per hour of charging Power required Circuit required
4 miles 120 volts 12 amps 120 volts 20 amps
10-12 miles 240 volts 16 amps 240 volts 20 amps
20-25 miles 240 volts 32 amps 240 volts 40 amps

Home electric car charging stations are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Most home EVSE's are built to mount to the wall, and size is an afterthought. But not all of us can do that, as we briefly discussed earlier.

Take on trips When away from home we can't always find regular charging stations. We might stay the weekend at a friends house, or have rented a cabin in the woods, or we're at a church retreat center for the weekend, or whatever. We can arrange to use electricity at the destination, but there's no charging station and we must bring our own.

Tight home parking All kinds of parking situations don't have room for a full size charging station. Maybe the garage is already full of stuff. Or we can't always use the same parking spot, and constantly need to reroute the charging equipment to match.

Avoid having equipment stolen A similar issue is cases where the charging station would be in the open, and should instead be put away when we're not at home. Maybe the house has a simple carport and no secured outdoors storage. A portable charging station can easily be put away when we leave, and taken out when we return.

Lower cost In some cases the portable charging stations are lower cost than the full size charging stations.

We bought our electric car to drive us around. What if we want to drive to an area with no charging stations? Do we keep owning a gasoline car for those trips? Do we rent a gasoline car? Or, do we learn how to manage with a portable charging station and plugging into "any" power outlet?

Renting a gasoline car to take a road trip is a pragmatic solution. For the sake of argument let's consider how to take an electric car on such a trip.

The typical home charging stations are too large to take on trips, since they're meant to be bolted to the wall. Portable charging stations exist, provide up to a 6-7 kiloWatt AC charging rate in a small package, and can be taken in the car. It is a feasible thing to do, and as the charging network expands it won't be as necessary to do so.

Carrying a portable charging station means also carrying power adapters. You'll not be able to predict what power outlets you'll find, and there's a certain frustration at being in front of a power outlet, needing to charge, but being unable to do so because of incompatible power outlets.

Adapters are readily available, see: Safely use Extension Cords when charging an electric car or electric motorcycle

To understand the electrical code, see Electric car charging within electrical code and power outlet limits

Elsewhere we make the case to buy a portable charging station that plugs into a power outlet. Doing so gives you the freedom to take the charging station on trips or if you move to another home. Your electrician would install a 240 volt 50 amp power outlet, a matching plug for the charging station.

Hard-wired charging station

Charging station manufacturers frequently recommend hardwiring the charging station to a junction box as is shown at the right. This may be safer because of the solid connection all the way to the service panel. However, it's less flexible, since the charging station is affixed to one location. While the charging station will serve that location, you don't have the freedom to carry it somewhere else.

Charging station installation to a power outlet is a minor change to what's shown in this picture. Instead of wiring to the junction box, the junction box has a power socket, and the charging station has a matching power plug. You then plug the charging station into the outlet. Q.E.D.

For the most part these issues are in the future, as the necessary standards are not settled.

Some home charging stations can connect to a networked control system, for example ChargePoint. It is convenient to check and/or control charging from anywhere in the world. But an expensive feature is not always worthwhile.

Both Smart Grid and V2G features are still out in the future. The idea is for automated control of charging rate to help balance the electricity grid, and even to siphon power from the car in case of power outages. All of this and more is still a matter of research and standards development and implementation in charging stations. Be on the lookout for these features in the future.

Best portable electric car charging stations

Product Charge Rate Description
Level 2 16 A Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charger EV Charging Station, NEMA 6-20 P with Adapter for 5-15P, 25ft Cable, 3.84 KW
3 kW
Maxgreen Level 1 & 2 EV Charger, 5 Adapters for Any Sockets, Portable EVSE Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Work with Chevy Volt/Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Energy, Fiat (120V/240V, 16Amp, 25’ 3.8KW)
3 kW It comes with a wide range of plug adapters. It is an unfortunate fact that there are many different 240 volt plugs in use in the USA.
Leviton EVBL2-P18 Level 2 Evr-Green Mini, Wall Mounted with Cord, 18'
5 kW At a similar size to line cord chargers, this offers almost the charge rate of full powered charging stations. The maker, Leviton, is a leader manufacturing electrical equipment.
ClipperCreek LCS-30P, Plug-in 240V, 24A, Level 2 EV Charging Station with NEMA 14-50
5 kW Clipper Creek is a highly regarded charging station manufacturer. This unit is a little larger than "portable" but is light weight and offers a relatively high charge rate for its size.
GoPlug 40 Amp WiFi Connected Professional Dual Voltage 120V/240V Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger with Color LCD Display, NEMA 14-50 Plug, Ultra Flexible 25-Foot EVSE J1772 Cable, Outdoor/Indoor
10 kW The GoPlug 40 is a highly flexible and potent charging station in a relatively small box. It has many settings that can be easily adjusted via a front-panel button and display, it runs on both 120 volts and 240 volts, and can be configured/monitored using a local WiFi connection rather than requiring a connection to a central hub service.

Best home electric car charging stations

Product Charge Rate Description
ClipperCreek LCS-20P, 240V,16A, EV Charging Station, with 14-50 plug, 25 ft cable
3 kW Clipper Creek is a highly regarded charging station manufacturer. This unit is inexpensive and with a low power demand will not tax your electrical service.
Leviton EVBL2-P18 Level 2 Evr-Green Mini, Wall Mounted with Cord, 18'
5 kW At a similar size to line cord chargers, this offers almost the charge rate of full powered charging stations. The maker, Leviton, is a leader manufacturing electrical equipment.
ClipperCreek LCS-30P, Plug-in 240V, 24A, Level 2 EV Charging Station with NEMA 14-50
5 kW Clipper Creek is a highly regarded charging station manufacturer. This unit is compact, and can therefore fit into tight spaces, yet offers a usably high charge rate.
ClipperCreek HCS-40P, 240V, 32A, EV Charging Station, with 14-50 plug, 25 ft cable, SAFETY CERTIFIED, Made in America
7 kW Clipper Creek is a highly regarded charging station manufacturer. This unit offers full-speed electric car charging.
ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger - Level 2 EVSE, 240 Volt, 32 Amp Electric Car Charger, UL Listed, Energy Star Certified, Hardwired Station, Indoor or Outdoor, 25 ft. Cable
7 kW Sold by ChargePoint, the largest electric car charging network in the world, this unit integrates with your ChargePoint account. With it you can remotely manage the charging on your car, and get unified reporting on energy consumption.
Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp Electric Vehicle Charger with Flexible Indoor/Outdoor and 20-Feet Cord
7 kW Sold by Siemens, one of the largest electrical equipment makers in the world, it offers an interesting features set. The charge rate can be adjusted based on your electrical circuit, and it can participate in demand response systems.

Electric vehicle charging station catalog

What follows is a list of J1772-compatible electric car charging stations. We'll note the power level, whether or not it is portable, and other features.

240 volt 16 amp -- 3 kiloWatt -- 11 miles range per hour of charging

Buy ClipperCreek LCS-20P, 240V,16A, EV Charging Station, with 14-50 plug, 25 ft cable

ClipperCreek LCS-20P, 240V,16A, EV Charging Station, with 14-50 plug, 25 ft cable

This charging station is very portable making it easy to use both at home and on the road. The 3 kiloWatt charging rate is an excellent choice for home charging, being 2-3 times faster than the charging speed at 120 volts. While away from home that charging speed may be too slow to be of practical use, but 3 kiloWatts is better than 0 kiloWatts or 1 kiloWatts. That it runs solely at 240 volts means it is less flexible than other compact EVSE's which support 120 volts. The LCS-20P comes fitted with a NEMA 14-50P Plug meaning that you'll need an adapter cord for any common 20 amp outlets like the NEMA 6-20. Clipper Creek is a highly recommended company with over a decade of experience building charging stations.
  • Charge Rate: 16 amps - roughly 12 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • 4 x 3 x 11 inches
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DUOSIDA Level 2 EVSE Portable Electric Vehicle Charger (240V, 16A) - Faster Charging Speeds

This extremely small and lightweight charging station is easy to carry in the car at all times. It supports a higher charging rate than the line-cord charger, but the charging rate is limited to 3 kiloWatts. It comes with a NEMA 6-20 plug on the cord. It is unclear whether this product is UL certified, and there are many negative comments on Amazon about this charging station.
  • Charge Rate: 16 amps - roughly 10-12 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 4 lbs
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Buy EVI Plug-in EV Charger -Portable Cord- (US, Europe & Asia)

EVI Plug-in EV Charger -Portable Cord- (US, Europe & Asia)

This is a properly portable charging station, with a small size and light weight. It supports 240V, 16A, 3.84 kw or 120V, 10A or 16A, 1.84kw. While this is not a top-of-the-line charging rate, it is darned useful to be switchable between 120 and 140 volts, and even a 3 kW charging rate is better than zero charging. Since it comes with L6-30, you will need adapters for the more common NEMA 14-50 and NEMA 5-20 outlets. It is unclear whether this product is UL certified, and there are many negative comments on Amazon about this charging station.
  • Charge Rate: 16 amps - roughly 10-12 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 5 lbs
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Buy Level 2 16 A Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charger EV Charging Station, NEMA 6-20 P with Adapter for 5-15P, 25ft Cable, 3.84 KW

Level 2 16 A Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charger EV Charging Station, NEMA 6-20 P with Adapter for 5-15P, 25ft Cable, 3.84 KW

This is a properly portable charging station, with a small size and light weight. It supports 240V, 16A, 3.84 kw or 120V, 10A or 16A, 1.84kw. While this is not a top-of-the-line charging rate, it is darned useful to be switchable between 120 and 140 volts, and even a 3 kW charging rate is better than zero charging. Since it comes with NEMA 6-20 plug, you will need adapters for other outlets. It comes with an adapter for NEMA 5-20 (120 volt) outlets.
  • Charge Rate: 16 amps - roughly 10-12 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 7 lbs
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Buy Duosida Portable Electric Vehicle Charger (220V-240V) - 21 ft long - Level 2 - 16 amp Electric Car Charger - J1772 - EVSE

Duosida Portable Electric Vehicle Charger (220V-240V) - 21 ft long - Level 2 - 16 amp Electric Car Charger - J1772 - EVSE

This is a lightweight, extremely portable, charging station making it very easy to carry in the car full-time. It supports a 240 volt 16 amp charging rate, or 3 kW, and connects to a NEMA 6-20R outlet. These outlets are cheap and easy to install at home, certainly less expensive to install than a 50 amp outlet. It is unclear whether this product is UL certified.
  • Charge Rate: 16 amps - roughly 10-12 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 5 lbs
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Buy AmazingE Level 2 Portable Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) (NEMA 14-30 Plug, J1772 Connector, 20' Cable Reach)

AmazingE Level 2 Portable Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) (NEMA 14-30 Plug, J1772 Connector, 20' Cable Reach)

This small and lightweight charging station can easily be used at home or on the road. With a 240 volt 16 amp charging you gain roughly 12 miles of range per hour of charging. It uses a NEMA 14-30 plug which is not all that common, and therefore you will need some adapter cords. It does not operate on 120 volts. It comes with a convenient cloth carrying bag.
  • Charge Rate 16 amps - roughly 12 miles range per hour of charging
  • 4 lbs
  • 9.2 x 3.5 x 2 inches
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Buy Maxgreen EV Charger with Timer, Level 1&2 Electric Vehicle Charger,100-240Volt, 16Amp Electric Car Charger for Timing 2/4/6/8 Hours, Portable EVSE with NEMA 6-20 Plug & NEMA 5-15 Adapter, 25 ft.Cable

Maxgreen EV Charger with Timer, Level 1&2 Electric Vehicle Charger,100-240Volt, 16Amp Electric Car Charger for Timing 2/4/6/8 Hours, Portable EVSE with NEMA 6-20 Plug & NEMA 5-15 Adapter, 25 ft.Cable

This small and lightweight charging station can easily be used at home or on the road. It has an LCD screen showing status information. It supports both 120 volt and 240 volt charging, at up to 16 amps charging rate. The 240 volt 16 amp rate gives roughly 12 hours of range per hour of charging. It has a timer to delay the start of charging, simply tap the RFID card to set the timer. While the sales literature mentions UL-listed components, it does not explicitly say it is UL listed, so buyer beware.
  • Charge Rate 16 amps - roughly 12 miles range per hour of charging
  • 6 pounds
  • 12.5 x 9.2 x 5 inches
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Buy Maxgreen Level 1 & 2 EV Charger, 5 Adapters for Any Sockets, Portable EVSE Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Work with Chevy Volt/Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Energy, Fiat (120V/240V, 16Amp, 25’ 3.8KW)

Maxgreen Level 1 & 2 EV Charger, 5 Adapters for Any Sockets, Portable EVSE Electric Vehicle Charging Station, Work with Chevy Volt/Bolt, Nissan Leaf, Ford Energy, Fiat (120V/240V, 16Amp, 25’ 3.8KW)

This small and lightweight charging station can easily be used at home or on the road. It has status indicator lights as well as a comprehensive chart on the back showing what each light means. While the sales literature mentions UL-listed components, it does not explicitly say it is UL listed, so buyer beware. It comes with a NEMA 6-20 plug, along with a handful of adapters for other power outlets. The built-in plug is suitable for the 16 amp charge rate, and the adapters let you use the charging station nearly anywhere you go. The 16 amp charge rate means roughly 12 miles of range per hour of charging.
  • Charge Rate 16 amps - roughly 12 miles range per hour of charging
  • 12.6 x 9.8 x 4.9 inches
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240 volts 24 amps -- 5.7 kiloWatt -- 18 miles range per hour of charging

Buy Leviton EVBL2-P18 Level 2 Evr-Green Mini, Wall Mounted with Cord, 18'

Leviton EVBL2-P18 Level 2 Evr-Green Mini, Wall Mounted with Cord, 18'

The Evr-Green Mini is a highly portable charging station that's very useful both at home or on the road. Its size is about the same size as the typical line cord charger, but it supports a 5.7 kiloWatt (24 amp) charging rate. Between the small size and the useful power level, this is close to the perfect portable charging station. It comes with a NEMA 6-30 plug attached to the end of the cord, so make sure you get or build appropriate adapters.
  • Charge Rate: 24 amps - roughly 18 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 2 lbs
  • 20.9 x 3.2 x 1.8 inches
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Buy ClipperCreek LCS-30P, Plug-in 240V, 24A, Level 2 EV Charging Station with NEMA 14-50

ClipperCreek LCS-30P, Plug-in 240V, 24A, Level 2 EV Charging Station with NEMA 14-50

The LCS-30P is a very portable charging station, that runs at a useful 5+ kiloWatt charging rate. It comes fitted with a NEMA 14-50P Plug so you can take it with you. Clipper Creek is a highly recommended company with over a decade of experience building charging stations.
  • Charge Rate: 14 amps - roughly 18 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • 4 x 3 x 11 inches
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240 volts 32 amps -- 7.7 kiloWatt -- 25 miles range per hour of charging

Buy ClipperCreek HCS-40P, 240V, 32A, EV Charging Station, with 14-50 plug, 25 ft cable, SAFETY CERTIFIED, Made in America

ClipperCreek HCS-40P, 240V, 32A, EV Charging Station, with 14-50 plug, 25 ft cable, SAFETY CERTIFIED, Made in America

The HCS-40P is a fairly portable charging station, that runs at the full 6+ kiloWatt charging rate. It is therefore as useful at home as it would be on the road. This unit comes with a NEMA 14-50 plug, and another comes with a NEMA 6-50. Clipper Creek is a highly recommended company with over a decade of experience building charging stations. In Canada the ClipperCreek brand is sold under the Sun Country name.
  • Charge Rate: 32 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 13 lbs
  • 9 x 19.7 x 5.3 inches (229mm W x 493mm H x 135mm D)
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Buy JuiceBox 40A Plug-in Electric Vehicle L2 Home Charging Station with 24-foot cable and NEMA 14-50 plug

JuiceBox 40A Plug-in Electric Vehicle L2 Home Charging Station with 24-foot cable and NEMA 14-50 plug

At 10" x 6" x 3.5" this charging station packs a lot of power in a small box, supporting full power charging in a tiny unit. That it supports up to 40 amps charging is important for those vehicles with 40 amp on-board chargers. Since most vehicles have 32 amp on-board chargers, most of the charging stations have a similar limit. A few cars have higher power on-board chargers, meaning a 40 amp charging station lets you enjoy the full charging rate. The design is more-or-less open source, meaning the Electric Motor Werks website has published enough information about the innards so you can hack on and modify the unit. That includes the ability to add a knob to control the charging rate. In Canada, the JuiceBox is manufactured in Canada by a Canadian company, AutoChargers.CA.
  • Charge Rate: 40 amps - roughly 25+ miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • 10 x 6 x 3.5 inches
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Buy Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp Electric Vehicle Charger with Flexible Indoor/Outdoor and 20-Feet Cord

Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp Electric Vehicle Charger with Flexible Indoor/Outdoor and 20-Feet Cord

This charging station is not portable, however it has an interesting set of features. It supports a maximum 30-32 amp charging rate, for a 3-4 hour recharge time on the 80 mile range electric vehicles. Unlike many of the charging stations, the Versicharge charge rate is adjustable allowing it to be installed on a lower power circuit. It can also be used with a Demand Response system allowing you to earn Demand Response revenue from certain electric utility companies. This version of the Siemens Versicharge comes pre-configured with a NEMA 6-50 plug, while another version must be hardwired.
  • Charge Rate: 32 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • 16.5 x 16.5 x 6.5 inches
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Buy ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger - Level 2 EVSE, 240 Volt, 32 Amp Electric Car Charger, UL Listed, Energy Star Certified, Hardwired Station, Indoor or Outdoor, 25 ft. Cable

ChargePoint Home WiFi Enabled Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger - Level 2 EVSE, 240 Volt, 32 Amp Electric Car Charger, UL Listed, Energy Star Certified, Hardwired Station, Indoor or Outdoor, 25 ft. Cable

At 11 x 7 inches (and very thin) this station is small enough to be almost portable. However, since it must connect to the ChargePoint home base via WiFi, your ability to use it "anywhere" is limited. That WiFi connection means your home charging data is reported alongside data for any public charging done with ChargePoint, giving you a unified view of your charging history. ChargePoint is one of the largest charging networks in the world, so expect high quality and good features. The charging cord is sold separately letting you choose the cord length you desire.
  • Charge Rate: 32 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • 11 x 7 inches
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Buy Leviton EVR30-B18 Evr-Green E30 Charging Station, 30A, 208-240Vac, 7.2Kw output, 18’ Charging Cable, Hardwired

Leviton EVR30-B18 Evr-Green E30 Charging Station, 30A, 208-240Vac, 7.2Kw output, 18’ Charging Cable, Hardwired

At 10.4 x 5 x 19.2 inches this is a bit large to take anywhere. Leviton is a large electronics manufacturer it should be excellently built. While this unit does not come with a plug, it is easy to add one.
  • Charge Rate: up to 30 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 32 lbs
  • 10.4 x 5 x 19.2 inches
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Buy Schneider Electric EV230WS EVlink 30-Amp Generation 2.5 Enhanced Model Indoor Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Schneider Electric EV230WS EVlink 30-Amp Generation 2.5 Enhanced Model Indoor Electric Vehicle Charging Station

At 12.7 x 9.5 x 4.4 inches this is not quite portable. The power level allows a 3-4 hour recharge time with the 80 mile range electric cars. It does not have any extra features, providing only basic charging capability. Schneider is a large electronics manufacturer and this unit is well regarded.
  • Charge Rate: 32 amps - roughly 25+ miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 18.6 pounds
  • 12.7 x 9.5 x 4.4 inches
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Buy Webasto/AeroVironment EV Charger: Plug-in, 25' Cable, 32A, 7.7kW

Webasto/AeroVironment EV Charger: Plug-in, 25' Cable, 32A, 7.7kW

At 12 x 8 x 12 inches this is a bit large to take anywhere. At a 30-32 amp charge rate, it will recharge an 80 mile range electric car in 3-4 hours. AeroVironment is a well-regarded charging station manufacturer whose history dates back to the earliest days of electric vehicles. This charging station is sold by several electric car manufacturers with their own badging.
  • Charge Rate: 30 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 19 lbs
  • 12 x 8 x 12 inches
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Buy Bosch EL-50600-B Power Xpress 240V Charging Station with Cord Holder

Bosch EL-50600-B Power Xpress 240V Charging Station with Cord Holder

Out of the box this charger supports a 30 amps charging rate, but it is easy to adjust the charging rate using a knob hidden under an access panel. If you find yourself at a lesser power outlet, simply access that knob and turn the charging rate down. You will need appropriate adapter cords, of course. At 23.9 x 9.5 x 7.2 inches it is more portable than some others.
  • Charge Rate: 32 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 16 lbs
  • 23.9 x 9.5 x 7.2 inches
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Buy Blink HQ 30-Amp Home Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger

Blink HQ 30-Amp Home Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger

At 21 x 9 x 21 inches this charging station is too large to lug along on a trip. It includes a timer allowing you to schedule the charging time. It is made by Blink, the large charging network.
  • Charge Rate: 30 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • 21 x 9 x 21 inches
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Buy POTATO Level 2 EV Charger (240V,25 feet) with Adjustable Current(16A,24A,32A),NEMA 14-50, Portable EVSE Electric Vehicle Charging Station with Timer Compatible with Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla

POTATO Level 2 EV Charger (240V,25 feet) with Adjustable Current(16A,24A,32A),NEMA 14-50, Portable EVSE Electric Vehicle Charging Station with Timer Compatible with Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, Tesla

This small and lightweight charging station can easily be used at home or on the road. It has an informative LCD screen showing status information as well as a comprehensive chart on the back. It comes with a pair of RFID cards allowing you to adjust the charging rate -- which is an important feature when taking a charging station on the road, to adjust for the power outlet you find. It comes with a NEMA 14-50 plug, which is fairly common, but of course you will need adapters for other plugs. The 32 amp maximum charge rate means 20-25 miles range gained per hour of charging. While the sales literature mentions UL-listed components, it does not explicitly say it is UL listed, so buyer beware.
  • Charge Rate 32 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • 10 pounds
  • 16 x 15.5 x 3.7 inches
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Buy Jekayla Level 2 32 Amp Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charger EV Charging Station for Home and Travel, NEMA 14-50 P,16.4' Cable, 7.68 KW

Jekayla Level 2 32 Amp Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charger EV Charging Station for Home and Travel, NEMA 14-50 P,16.4' Cable, 7.68 KW

This is a properly portable charging station, with a small size and light weight. It supports 240V, 32A, 7 kw or 120V, 1.84kw. It comes with NEMA 14-50 plug, and you will need adapters for other outlets. There are many positive reviews of this EVSE. Its extremely small size makes one wonder why other EVSEs are so large, and makes it very easy to bring along on trips.
  • Charge Rate: 32 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 7 lbs
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Buy EVoCharge EVSE 30 Amp (7.2 kW) Level 2 EV Charger, Outdoor Rated, UL Safety Certified, 18 Ft. Cable with Connector Holster, Plug-in or Hardwire, 2yr Warranty, Charges up to 8X Faster than a Standard AC Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging Station

EVoCharge EVSE 30 Amp (7.2 kW) Level 2 EV Charger, Outdoor Rated, UL Safety Certified, 18 Ft. Cable with Connector Holster, Plug-in or Hardwire, 2yr Warranty, Charges up to 8X Faster than a Standard AC Level 1 Electric Vehicle Charging Station

At 10.5 x 4.7 x 15 inches this is a luggable charging station. It can give a 3-4 hour recharge time for the 80 mile range electric cars. It has no advanced features, instead offering basic charging capability. Because it comes with a NEMA 6-50 Plug plug, a NEMA 14-50 adapter is highly recommended.
  • Charge Rate: 30 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 18 lbs
  • 10.5 x 4.7 x 15 inches
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Buy Gridcharge EV Charger Residential Level 2, 30 Amp, Plug-and-Cord, 25 foot cord Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Gridcharge EV Charger Residential Level 2, 30 Amp, Plug-and-Cord, 25 foot cord Electric Vehicle Charging Station

At 30 amps, the charging rate is just shy of 6 kiloWatts and therefore gives around 20 miles range per hour of charging. It comes with an attached plug making it fairly easy to install in the garage. The size and weight makes it not quite suitable for portable use.
  • Charge Rate 30 amps - roughly 20 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight 20 lbs
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240 volts greater than 32 amps

Buy GoPlug 40 Amp WiFi Connected Professional Dual Voltage 120V/240V Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger with Color LCD Display, NEMA 14-50 Plug, Ultra Flexible 25-Foot EVSE J1772 Cable, Outdoor/Indoor

GoPlug 40 Amp WiFi Connected Professional Dual Voltage 120V/240V Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger with Color LCD Display, NEMA 14-50 Plug, Ultra Flexible 25-Foot EVSE J1772 Cable, Outdoor/Indoor

At 14 x 12 x 6 inches and 10 pounds this is towards the upper limit of portable charging stations, however it is a very much worth the effort to do so. It supports up to 40 amps charge rate, which is probably beyond what your car supports. At 32 amps the rule of thumb is 20-25 miles per hour of charging, so at 40 amps (if your car supports that rate) you would gain close to 30 miles per hour of charging. The charger supports many settings that can be changed relatively easy through a button and display on the front panel. This includes adjusting the charging rate as needed. It is the only charging station on the market that can be configured/controlled via a local WiFi connection. All other configurable charging stations require the charging station communicate to/through a networked hub owned by the vendor. It has a NEMA 14-50 connector, and can run on any voltage from 90 volts to 264 volts.
  • Charge Rate: Up to 40 amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging or more
  • NEMA 14-50
  • Input voltage range 90v - 264v
  • Configurable through front panel button, or through local WiFi on smart phone app
  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • 14 x 12 x 6 inches
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Buy JuiceBox Pro 75A WiFi-equipped Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charger / Charging Station with 24-foot cable and THHN Input Whip for Hardwire

JuiceBox Pro 75A WiFi-equipped Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charger / Charging Station with 24-foot cable and THHN Input Whip for Hardwire

At 10" x 6" x 3.5" this charging station packs a lot of power in a small box, supporting full power charging in a small unit. That it supports up to 75 amps charging means it supports any AC charge rate, but is far beyond what most of us require. Very few electric vehicles have on-board chargers that can accept this much power. Namely, the Tesla Model S and Model X can be configured for an 80 amp charge rate. In other words, the market for this is limited to those with cars supporting this higher charge rate. The design is more-or-less open source, meaning the Electric Motor Werks website has published enough information about the innards so you can hack on and modify the unit. That includes the ability to add a knob to control the charging rate.
  • Charge Rate: 75 amps - roughly 50 miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • 10 x 6 x 3.5 inches
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Buy Leviton EVB40-PST Evr-Green 400 EV Charger, 40-Amp, Surface Mount, 25-Foot Cord, Requires 50Amp Circuit

Leviton EVB40-PST Evr-Green 400 EV Charger, 40-Amp, Surface Mount, 25-Foot Cord, Requires 50Amp Circuit

At 24 x 16.2 x 9 inches this is not portable. Because it runs at 40 amps this charging station is very important for owners of cars that run at a higher charging rate, such as the Gen2 Toyota RAV4 EV or the Honda Fit EV.
  • Charge Rate: 40 amps - roughly 25+ miles range per hour of charging
  • Weight: 35 lbs
  • 24 x 16.2 x 9 inches
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Buy MUSTART Level 2 Portable EV Charger (25ft Cable, 9.6KW), Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charging Station with NEMA 14-50P (40 Amp)

MUSTART Level 2 Portable EV Charger (25ft Cable, 9.6KW), Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-In EV Charging Station with NEMA 14-50P (40 Amp)

This small, light-weight, portable charging station, appears to be identical to the Jekayla unit, but with claimed higher charging rate. It supports 240V, 40A, which equates to 9.6 kW maximum. It does not claim support for 120 volt charging. It comes with NEMA 14-50 plug, and you will need adapters for other outlets. The charging rate is not adjustable at the charger, so on lower capacity outlets you will need to adjust the charging rate at the car. It comes with a handy carrying case which is ideal for stowing in a car during trips. There are many positive reviews of this EVSE. Its extremely small size makes one wonder why other EVSEs are so large, and makes it very easy to bring along on trips.
  • Charge Rate: 32+ amps - roughly 20-25 miles range per hour of charging
  • Claimed support for 240 volts 40 amps, or 9.6 kiloWatt maximum. You only get this benefit with cars that have a 40 amp charging system.
  • Convenient carrying case.
  • Weight: 7 lbs
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Buy Wall Wattz: EVSE, Level 2, 75 Amp Output, 25' J1772 charging cable w/ Cable Management System, Satin finish, Type 4X outdoor enclosure

Wall Wattz: EVSE, Level 2, 75 Amp Output, 25' J1772 charging cable w/ Cable Management System, Satin finish, Type 4X outdoor enclosure

For those electric cars supporting a high AC charging rate, this charging station fits the bill. If you want to save a few bucks, it is available with a 40 amp or 48 amp charging system.
  • Charge Rate 75 amps - roughly 50 miles range per hour of charging
  • 11 x 7.5 x 4.2 inches
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DC Fast Charging

For the most part we don't need DC charging at home. However, some people will want a higher charging rate. For them, this product is available. See Fast charging your electric car at home

Buy Delta EV Wallbox DC Fast Charger 25kW Commercial Charging Station - Single CCS Connector

Delta EV Wallbox DC Fast Charger 25kW Commercial Charging Station - Single CCS Connector

This DC Level 1 charging station is definitely non-portable, and seems meant for commercial use. It connects either to three-phase AC or single phase AC, the latter allowing for DC charging support at nearly any location in the US. Supporting 25 kiloWatts requires circuit capacity over 100 amps. The charging cord on this unit support only the Combo Charging System. The company sells another unit supporting both CCS and CHAdeMO. It can also integrate with renewable energy, such as solar power and wind power technology to provide the most energy saving infrastructure for EV system development
  • Charge Rate: 25 kiloWatts - roughly 100+ miles range per hour of charging
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Buy Bosch 25kW DC Fast Charger

Bosch 25kW DC Fast Charger

This DC Level 1 charging station is definitely non-portable, and seems meant for commercial use. It connects to single phase AC, allowing for DC charging support at nearly any location in the US. Supporting 25 kiloWatts requires circuit capacity over 165 amps, which is a hefty requirement.
  • Charge Rate: 25 kiloWatts - roughly 100+ miles range per hour of charging
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Miscellaneous

The (shop.quickchargepower.com) JESLA charger from Quick Charge Power. This is a modified Tesla portable charging unit that has a J1772 cord. It supports switchable plugs to automatically change the power level, and can run up to 240 volt 40 amps. It's also very pricey.

The (store.openevse.com) OpenEVSE is an open source portable charging station which you can build from a kit and whose power level is easily changeable from the front panel. The result does everything we want in a portable high power charging station, and at a reasonable price.

Charging stations and cords for Europe

Buy Coiled / Spiral Fast Charging EV Cable 32amp/5meter 7.2kW Mennekes Type 2 to Type 2 with Carry Case

Coiled / Spiral Fast Charging EV Cable 32amp/5meter 7.2kW Mennekes Type 2 to Type 2 with Carry Case

Charge your EV from all Type2 home or public charge points at 16 or 32 amps.
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Buy EV Charging Cable Type 1 to Type 2 16 Amp

EV Charging Cable Type 1 to Type 2 16 Amp

Some European electric cars have what they call a "Type 1" charging port, which is also known as the J1772 port. That is, they are using the American-style charging port, and this cable allows such a car to use a European style Type 2 charging station.
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Buy EV Electric Car Type 2, mode 2 portable charging station 13 A, IEC E13, IEC 62196, EMC (2004/108EC)

EV Electric Car Type 2, mode 2 portable charging station 13 A, IEC E13, IEC 62196, EMC (2004/108EC)

This is a portable charging station for use in the UK. It connects to a UK style power outlet, and has a Mennekes style Type 2 charging port.
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Wallbox wallb-e eco 2.0 - 22kW

This is a 3-phase 22 kiloWatt charging station (Wallbox). Be certain your car is compatible with this before ordering. At this charging rate it is almost considered "fast charging" and at 899 Euros it may be inexpensive enough for an individual to have it in their home.
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