Winter is that perfect time of the year to spend time at home with your family while enjoying the cozy weather. Well, not for your vehicles and for its charging stations though. Choosing the best home charging station for your EV is important especially during the colder months. So what are the five factors that we should consider when choosing one? Let’s take a look at it down below.
Opt for a Level 2 Charging Station
- Electric vehicles are built with a 120V level 1 charging station that you can just plug in a standard wall socket. This is fine, but the only downside of a level 1 charging station is it can take a whole day before your EV will be fully charged. How much more in the cold where it can even charge longer than that.
- Having a full battery during winter is important to ward off any anxiety you might have when having an empty battery. Having a full battery enables you to use your car for a whole day especially when there are unexpected errands to run.
Check If It Can Withstand Cold Temperatures
- When purchasing a home charging station, it’s important to check if it can operate during cold temperatures. While not most of them are made with cold temperature in mind, the FLO Home charging station works wonders and can even withstand -40°F to 122°F. This charging station is made in Canada, a place where the weather can be very chilly sometimes.
- It’s also important to check the build quality of the charging station. Most charging stations are made from plastic or sheet metal which is not reliable especially for freezing temperatures. Opt for one that’s made from aluminum. Aluminum can withstand rust, ice, snow, and rain and is a stronger material overall.
Location is Important
- There are a lot of places where you can install your EV charging station. Be it in your garage, a space within your yard, or a location where you park your vehicle, or near an electrical source. However, you should not limit your places to install your home charging station, especially during winter. So it’s important to pick one that is versatile for both indoors and outdoors.
- But if you want to install it outdoors, protect the electrical source by installing a hardwired setup. And if you opt to install it outdoors using a plug, it’s highly recommended to pair it with a waterproof plug cover to protect it from rain and snow. Don’t forget to install the plug a little bit higher so that the snow won’t cover it up once the weather goes crazy.
Ensure Proper Storage for Both Cable and Connector
- Charging in cold temperatures requires high-quality cables. Cheaper cables will become stiff or freeze in the winter when installed outside. Cable length is just as important too when choosing an EV charging station. In fact, the longer the cable the better.
- Plugging an EV is not as simple as plugging your TV on an electric socket. Why? Because charging ports are positioned in different locations depending on your EV model. You may have to do lots of work before you can finally charge your EV while avoiding snow and any other obstacles at the same time.
- Opt for a charging station that has a built-in cable holder to keep your cables neat and off the ground. Don’t forget to install the unit high enough so the cable won’t get stuck in the snow.
- Now that we are done with cables, it’s time to protect the connector too. Without proper storage, snow and ice can get into the connector preventing it to function. Choose a charging station with a built-in connector storage such as the FLO Home. It has a special place to put your connector that’s angled down to drain any excess water that may have entered in.
- Keeping track of your home’s energy consumption during winter is the key to prevent any power surges and skyrocketing electrical fees. Choosing a home charging station that’s energy-efficient allows you to achieve all that.
- The FLO X5 is built-in with smart charging features so you can choose your preferred power options. Not only that, you can also track your usage data and adjust power output depending on your preference via the smartphone app. It also includes a real-time monitoring system, consistent software updates, and the ability to add a second charger on the same breaker.