Why You Should Install Only a Level 2 Charger for EVS at Home? Let Us Take a Look 

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As the demand for Electric Vehicles (EVs) is increasing, companies like Brightwater Services Inc. that provide a variety of electrical services to homes are ready to assist in installing EV chargers at homes. It’s a great relief for homeowners to receive the services of professional electricians who can do a satisfactory job. Usually, a Level 2 charger installed in your garage can make charging EVs most convenient. The technician responsible for installing the charger can even guide you in choosing the appropriate location for installing the charger. In addition, they can handle any kind of electrical upgrade that may be necessary to install the charger, complete the job by mounting the charger, and ensure its proper functioning at the chosen location.

This article should help you understand what to expect from the company undertaking the installation job of an electrical charging station for EVs at your home.

What is a Level 2 charger?

A level 2 charger is equipment for charging EVs intelligently via Tesla’s proprietary adapters and ev charging cable or a ‘J-plug,’ which is the industry standard SAE J1772. The ‘J-Plug’ stays connected to a pole or utility-style box using a cable. The box contains the software and electronics necessary for communicating with the Level 2 charger’s network and your EV. 

The box draws power from a 240-volt outlet, which is similar to the one used for some heavy-duty home appliances like clothes dryers and other equipment. The higher voltage of the system allows for fast charging of EVs compared to the speed of charging by Level 1 charger. 

Charging speed of Level 2 charger

A Level 2 charger can supply power to EVs ranging between 3KW and 20 KW. It means that charging EVs for an hour with a Level 2 charger translates into a driving range of 30 to 5 km, which is equivalent to 20 to 30 miles. The charge can fully charge EVs overnight. Usually, EV makers provide a Level 1 charger with the vehicle. Still, due to the extremely low charging speed, which can deliver a maximum of 2.4 KW or 5 km (3.1 miles), it is advisable to install a Level 2 charger only.

Ensuring compatibility with the home electrical system

When installing a Level 2 charger at home, it is essential to ensure that the charging system is compatible with the electrical system of the house. The company undertaking the charger installation job can provide additional services such as electrical services upgrades, new electrical circuit installation, electrical panel upgrades, and installation of a new 240-volt outlet. The technician will first evaluate the existing electrical system and then suggest the necessary upgrades to make the charger work satisfactorily; only after doing the upgrade can the technician install the Level 2 charger. 

Fast charging or Supercharging is a term associated with commercial EV charging stations that use a Level 3 charger. You will usually see these at highway stops, car dealerships, shopping plazas, and other public places. It takes only 30 minutes to charge a completely drained battery.

Brightwater Services Inc, 75091 St Charles Pl Suite B, Palm Desert, CA 92211, (760) 341-1488

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