Charging your ride at home means you can save your hard-earned dinero, keep up with your car’s needs, and never be stuck waiting for your car to power up.
Choosing the right charging station is essential if you want a successful home charging experience. Determining the right charger for your car can feel like a bit of a guessing game, but it’s fairly straightforward.
First, take a look at the manufacturer’s specs for your car. Most electric cars come with a Level 1 or Level 2 charger. Level 1 is usually the slower charger that comes packaged with the car, but it takes a lot longer to power up.
Level 2 options are around 3x faster but you may need to buy one separately. Most cars on the market today have a Level 2 charge port, but double-check with your manufacturer, which will also tell you the type of plug your charger needs.
After you’ve chosen the right charging station for your car, you need to install it at home.
If you’ve decided on a Level 1 charger, you should be able to charge your car simply by plugging it into an ordinary household outlet using the charger that came with your ride.
If you’ve chosen a Level 2 charger, you’ll need to have your charger professionally installed and connected to a 240-volt circuit to get the most optimal charge.
Figuring out the charging time for your car is important so you can set up a schedule that works for you.
If you’re using a Level 1 charger, it can take anywhere from 8-20 hours to recharge your car. With a Level 2 charger, charging times can range from 3-8 hours.
Most cars will have an approximate time estimate for a full charge in their documentation or on the manufacturer’s website.
Whether you’re buying a new electric car or you’re just looking to get the most out of your current ride, understanding the basics of home charging can save you time and money.
By choosing the right charging station, understanding the charging time, and having it professionally installed, you can get the maximum benefits of charging your car at home.
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