wtdedula wrote:Hi All;
Can you recommend a good home level 2 charging station brand and model ?
There are so many - Siemens, Chargepoint, AeroVironment , etc ...
Is there any better one ?
Any to stay away from ?
Are there any particularly prone to problems/failures
Any that have proven reliability or features worth considering?
What brand do most of you buy ? Are you happy with it ?
You need to let us know more what you want.
Wall mount or ability to charge on the go.
Do you want features like WiFi, ability to limit charging current, maybe delayed charging by the EVSE?
How about cord length, 14' OK or would need it longer, most stop at 25' but I believe you can get longer.
Do you want a plug or hardwired version? I like plug for flexibility but others might like it hard wired.
Do you want a display or is a simple power/charge button ok?
How about amperage? the max a Leaf can use is 27.5a(30a EVSE on a 40a circuit) but if wanting to futureproof maybe you'd want 40a or more.
I have the GE mentioned above and it's a decent very plain EVSE but works fine. At $399 it's a decent deal but lately it's been listed for >$500 which IMO is too much for what you get.
I have a Juicebox and it's quite nice, lots of features for a decent price.
I also have a couple Chinese built units which are very flexible and have proven to work quite well, they are portable 120v/240v units. My latest, a Zencar model goes up to 30a and has lots of features, comes in ~$400 with shipping directly from China.
Clipper Creek is a popular model around hear, not flexible at all and priced on the higher end, but quality built for sure.
IMO I haven't really seen any bad EVSEs, other than the ones mentioned above, it's more about the features you want and how much you want to spend. Even my $299 Ebusbar is working quite well, like most in it's price range it's only 16a but does both 120v and 240v and is really portable.