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The Best Home EV Chargers of 2024: A Multi-Part Series – Part Six

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What is the Best Home EV Charger?

Welcome to the final part of our series on the best home EV chargers of 2024. After reviewing several top contenders, we’ve concluded that the ChargePoint Home Flex EV charger stands out as our top pick. Let’s break down why and help you determine which charger might be best for you.

ChargePoint Home Flex EV: Our Top Pick

Cost: $492 Amps: 50 Cable length: 23 feet

The ChargePoint Home Flex EV charger strikes the perfect balance between price, charging capability, and special features. It’s versatile, user-friendly, and compatible with most EVs, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of users.

Comparing the Contenders

Here’s a quick glance at our top picks:

ChargerCostAmpsCable Length
ChargePoint Home Flex EV$4925023 feet
JuiceBox 40$4953225 feet
Grizzl-E Classic$3504024 feet
Blink HQ 150$3003225 feet
Electrify HomeStation$6504024 feet

Choosing the Right Charger for You

Selecting the right home EV charger depends on your installation preferences, power needs, and budget.

  • ChargePoint Home Flex EV: Best overall for its ease of use, compatibility, and weatherproofing.
  • JuiceBox 40: Ideal for those seeking a sleek charger with smart home integration.
  • Grizzl-E Classic: Perfect for budget-conscious buyers needing a straightforward, no-frills charger.
  • Blink HQ 150: A basic yet effective option for those who need a standard 32-amp charger.
  • Electrify HomeStation: For those wanting versatility and smart-charging capabilities with a higher amp output.

How We Chose These Chargers

Our selection criteria included:

  • Level 2 Charging: All chargers are Level 2 (240 volts) for faster charging.
  • Weatherproofing: Essential for outdoor use.
  • Smart Technology: Modern chargers with connectivity features.
  • Cost: Offering options for various budgets.

Special Considerations for Condo Living

For condo dwellers, shared chargers are a practical solution. ChargePoint and other companies offer options and resources to help advocate for installation in shared spaces.

Tax Breaks for EV Charger Purchases

In the U.S., many EVs qualify for Federal tax credits up to $7,500. Home chargers also qualify for a tax credit of up to 30% of the cost, maxing out at $1,000. Check federal websites and local incentives for more information.

Key Features in Home EV Chargers

According to Martin Desmond, an electrical engineer, important features include compliance with the Open Charge Point Protocol (OCPP) Standard, build quality, safety ratings, and smart charging capabilities.

Why Install a Home EV Charger?

The convenience and cost savings of home charging are significant. Compared to public charging stations, home charging is often more affordable and definitely more convenient.

Conclusion

Choosing the right EV charger is a blend of understanding your specific needs and considering the broader aspects of EV charging technology. The ChargePoint Home Flex EV stands out as the best overall option, but each charger we’ve reviewed has its unique strengths.

Remember, safe installation is key, so always consult a professional electrician. With the right charger, you’ll enjoy the convenience, efficiency, and environmental benefits of electric vehicle ownership to the fullest.

Thank you for following along in this series, and happy charging!

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