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The charging time of an electric vehicle (EV) battery is a significant marker in whether or not to purchase a Tesla EV or any other EV. Today, we were looking for the best bargain on EV Charging stations until we came across JuiceBox 32, a Smart EV Charging Station with Built-in WiFi that provides up to 6x faster-charging speeds for your EVs and can be installed indoors or outdoors. Simply plug in your JuiceBox, which comes with a 2-foot input cord, into a standard NEMA 14-50R outlet. Adapters are also available for use with some dryer outputs.
It’s currently on sale for $578 (Reg. $629) at Best Buy, with a $51 discount.
EV owners can use the JuiceNet app to control or monitor charging remotely using Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as receive notifications when their car is completely charged, set charging reminders, and access additional features such as LED lights charging status and voice control via Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Owners can also schedule charging times when rates are lower, making your electric vehicle even more cost-effective to drive.
This JuiceBox 32 is a 32 ampere 7.7kW EV charging station with Level 2 EVSE (Electric Vehicle Service Equipment), which is basically a charging power indicator. The higher the level, whether AC or DC, the greater the power. Higher charging levels suggest more power.
Because EV batteries are DC, the onboard car charger converts household AC current to DC current. The EVSE is the small box on the wall of your garage (usually 220V) or the portable unit in the trunk of your car that charges your electric vehicle (generally 120V). These EVSEs serve as a bridge between your vehicle and your home’s outlet. The EVSE “talks” to your car, determining things like the car’s maximum charging power and whether or not it is properly grounded.
Household AC power is typically used by AC chargers (either 120V or 240V). Level 1 AC is 120 volts, while level 2 AC is 240 volts. A level 1 charger has a maximum power output of 1.9kW. That is the amount of power your portable 120V AC EVSE will provide. The maximum current available from a 20 amp 120V wall outlet controls it.
As we step up to level 2 AC charging, we’re looking at 220V and a maximum of 19.4kW, or 80 amps. Level 1 or Level 2 AC plug-in hybrids are the most common. The AC charger for the Volt is a 3.3kW level 2 charger. The level 2 charger on the Spark EV is similarly 3.3 kW, but the Nissan Leaf’s is 6.6 kW. It’s worth noting that these cars aren’t straining the limits of level 2. A pure BEV like a Tesla normally uses the highest end of AC Level 2 (19.2kW).