5 Tips for Choosing The Right EV Charger

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5 Tips for Choosing The Right EV Charger

Nothing is easier than buying a phone charger. You go to the tech store or supermarket, head to the phone charger section and choose the one that fits your phone. Simple!

Choosing a charger for an EV, on the other hand? This requires a little more thought.

There are numerous EV chargers on the market, and several that fit your electric vehicle. So, how do you know which one is the one for you?

In this post, we give you five tips for choosing the right EV charger, thanks to the electric vehicle experts at Carbroker.com.au.

1. Plug-in or hard-wired?

The first thing to assess is whether you want an EV charger that is hard-wired into your garage wall, or one that you can remove and use in a different location. You might immediately think, ‘Well, a portable plug-in charger is obviously the better option’, but there’s always a catch.

Hard-wired chargers usually offer a larger amperage and faster charging than plug-in ones. So, you have to toss-up between the convenience of a portable charging station, or the practicality of bigger amperage and a faster charge.

2. Assess the cost

Another huge factor when choosing the right EV charger is, of course, the price. It can cost anywhere between $500-$3000 for a charger, depending on type, amperage, charging speed, brand quality and a range of other factors. Assessing your budget for an EV charger is one of the most important things to do before shopping for one.

3. Choose a reliable brand

You’re investing a considerable amount of cash in an electric vehicle charger, so you may as well get something of good quality. Don’t hop on to Wish.com and choose a dodgy home-brand charger for half the price… it’ll likely end up costing you more money when you need to replace it after three weeks.

Choose a reliable, quality manufacturer of EV chargers so that you buy once and buy right. Brands like EVSE, Tritium and Infinite Energy are among the most popular.

4. Smart charger or non-smart charger

Characteristic of EVs and EV technology, chargers come in smart and non-smart options. Yep, smart chargers allow you to access an app where you can do all sorts of fun things like monitor real-time charging, start and stop a charging session, schedule charging, set up reminders to plug-in and more.

Non-smart chargers do one thing only: charge your vehicle and stop when it’s fully charged which, for some owners, may be just what they want out of their EV charger.

5. Amperage

Amperage is important – the higher the amperage, the quicker your car will be fully charged. Aim for a charger that’s at least 32-amps (3.84 kW). This will deliver around 40km of Range Per Hour, perfect for an overnight charge. Super-fast chargers of 150kW can charge a large Tesla Model 3 battery in under an hour.