Electric Car Charging Station – Which One Should You Put In Your Home?
If you are getting an electric car you’re probably thinking: how do i charge this thing at my place?
There are so many terms to learn, and who has time to learn them all? You just want to enjoy driving it, not learn a whole new field of knowledge. Imagine if you needed to learn all the technical details behind USB or Lightning port standards just to charge your mobile phone!
Well, we don’t think it should be that hard. So, in this blog post, we’re going to spare you all the talk about Levels, Modes, AC vs DC, and just put it in plain speak that we can all understand.
We’ve compiled a table of charging stations for various electric cars in Australia using the different charging methods at the end.
Let’s get into it.
Option 1: 10A GPO (some call it 240V outlet, a powerpoint, household outlet etc)
Almost all electric cars come with a portable charging cable that can be plugged into one of these (Renault and Nissan don’t come with one as standard):
That’s great because we all have one (and if you don’t, you might want to think about skipping an electric car for now).
The bad news is though that it charges SUPER slow (not yet an industry term). How slow? Around 8km of range per hour of charge. It’s great as an emergency cable though to be kept in your boot in case you want to charge somewhere out on the road. Power points are almost everywhere so you won’t get stuck.
It’s also suitable for Plug In Hybrid electric vehicles, which tend to have a smaller battery pack, and don’t need that long to charge up. It may also be useful for people who don’t travel far on a daily basis, and are happy to plug in every day.
Summary – 10A Power point charging
Often the cheapest way to charge
Comes with most cars
No additional cabling needed
Charges super slow
Frequent usage can result in loose connections with power point
Don’t get to keep the cable in the boot for emergencies or on the road charging
Plug in hybrids with small battery packs
Electric car drivers who don’t travel far
Plug your portable charging station into a power board
Use any double adapters
Put any other powerful appliances into the same power point circuit (eg vacuum cleaners, hair dryers etc)
One last thing:
Some manufacturers, such as Mitsubishi, actually supply you with a portable charging station that has a 15A power point fitting, which is to stop you from plugging it into power boards and adapters. Ironically, these still only charge at 10A. If you want to use these, you will need to install a 15A power point or get a 15A to 10A converter.
Make sure to visit JET Charge One for all your portable chargers and cable needs.