Which Charger is the Best for You?

While electric vehicle chargers may not be as sexy as the car itself, they can add real value to your investment over time. Think of it as buying your own personal fuel pump except you can buy a pump that fills your car slowly (9 hours for example), or one that fills your car really fast (2-3 hours).

 

Level 1

Level 1 chargers are for people who own a car with a small battery, like those in plug-in hybrids (PHEVs - Petrol-hybrid electric vehicles), or who don't mind a full recharge taking most of the evening (9-10 hours). Because you need the charger to be running as soon as you get home, these chargers tend not to have any intelligence built-in because they are so slow in the way they fill up a car. Chargemaster only recommends these products for people who drive limited distances a year (less than 4,000kms). Click HERE to view our Level 1 range.

Level 2

Level 2 charging is what we generally recommend to our customers. These chargers require a dedicated electrical circuit and allow for a wide range of charging speeds right up to 22 kilowatts, or around 110km's drivable distance per hour of charging. Level 2 is much faster because it is done at a higher voltage and a higher amperage. And because you can recharge your car in a short period of time, you can flex when you charge it, allowing you to access lower electricity costs during the evening, and reduce the peak amount of electricity your home uses at any one point in time (peak demand).

Level 2 chargers require a professional electrician to install them. All manufacturers recommend that you install a level 2 charging station at home.

Level 2 Chargemaster charging equipment may cost more to buy, but there's more to be gained. There are the obvious time savings and the increase in convenience. Chargemaster recommends this type of charger for home installations, business, and public charging.

 

Level 3

DC Level 3 chargers are the largest and the fastest type of charger and require significant energy requirements from the electricity network so need extensive planning and development requirements, and are the most expensive to deploy.

These chargers typically provide 70km of range for every 10 minutes of charging. These stations use more power than your house, so it's likely to be more than you'll need for your daily commute. While it's unlikely you'll need these chargers every day, it pays to know where they are in NZ.

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