There are three types of electric car charging stations on the market today. To determine which of the three electric car chargers is best suited to your needs depends primarily on the type of vehicle you have purchased and your specific charging needs and requirements.
DIFFERENT ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING STATIONS TO CHOOSE FROM
- Level One – Level 1 electric car chargers can simply be plugged into a 120-volt wall outlet. Though the setup is simple, Level 1 chargers are incredibly slow and are typically best suited for smaller battery hybrid vehicles or for your everyday electric golf carts. The benefit of a Level 1 charger is that they are extremely compatible with all cars. They can be easily charged at any accessible outlet you may locate or right at home.
- Level Two – Level 2 electric car chargers would require the use of a 240-volt circuit. If you do not have a 240-volt circuit in your home, it will be necessary to have one installed to accommodate the requirements for a Level 2 charger. The Level 2 chargers can charge much faster than Level 1 chargers, allowing owners to get 25-60 miles of driving distance per charge hour. The Level 2 chargers, much like the Level 1, are also compatible with all cars.
- Level Three – Level 3 electric car chargers are remarkably fast chargers and are often referred to as DC fast chargers. They are primarily used for long distance driving and are unable to be installed at a residence because they require a 440-volt circuit. With just one hour of charge time, Level 3 chargers can get up to 250 miles of driving distance and range. These electric chargers are most often found in either commercial or industrial locations.
DETERMINING WHICH ELECTRIC CAR CHARGER IS BEST SUITED FOR YOU
When trying to determine which electric car charger is best suited for you, the process is rather fast and simple. If you are looking to install the charging station in your home, then you can only choose from a Level 1 or a Level 2 charger. If you drive your car daily then perhaps a Level 1 charger would not be the best fit for you since they use a standard 110-volt outlet, which poses an issue with keeping your car adequately charged at all times.
A Level 2 charger, on the other hand, will allow you to attain the same level of charge provided by a Level 1, but in only 3 hours as opposed to the 20 hours it would take for a Level 1 charger. If you drive a larger car with a larger battery then a Level 2 electric car charger would be your ideal option.
Level 3 charging stations, again referred to as DC fast chargers, since they are used in both commercial and industrial locations would not be an option for installation in a home. These DC fast chargers are not only very expensive, but in order to operate properly, require specialized power equipment as well as a 440-volt outlet. For these reasons, a Level 3 charger would not be an option for a typical hybrid car owner looking to install a charging station at their home.
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