Exploring Varieties of Level 2 EV Chargers: Residential, Private, and Public
Level 2 chargers are the most efficient and affordable ones. They are considered for residential as well as commercial purposes as they provide fast charging solutions and are affordable as well. Due to such wide popularity and usage, it is pretty much obvious for them to have more sub-varieties, each catering to the needs of different EV drivers.
In this section, we are going to bring the Sub-varieties of Level 2 Chargers under the spotlight. These sub-varieties are classified into 3 parts: Residential, Private, and Public. Let’s see each one of them one by one.
Level 2 Residential Chargers
You can think of Residential Chargers as your home charging station, where you can charge your EVs anytime without standing in a long queue. These chargers facilitate you and your EV by allowing you to charge the vehicle ‘N’ several times in a day. Level 2 chargers are going to power up the batteries of your car 5x faster than the Level 1 chargers, thus you can keep the battery in charge overnight and get your EV charged completely the next morning!
Level 2 chargers offer a pretty good electrical output of around 3kW to 20kW, thus allowing you the range of approx 40 km per hour charging. If you are just going to commute in the local area, then this range is sufficient for your EVs. Once kept in charge overnight, you might not feel the need to do that again for at least a day or two. This is because commuting in the local area won’t bring the battery of EV to 0%. You just have to keep in charge for a maximum of 5 hours to get it refueled completely.
The best and the most recommended Residential Charger is FLO. The ‘FLO Home Series offers outlasting, convenient, and affordable products that can withstand the harsh facets of the climates and efficiently charge your EVs personally. Look at the common features of the products in this series.
FLO HOME CHARGERS are housed in a tough type 4x aluminum casing that is resilient, waterproof, impact-resistant, and anticorrosive. This ensures the charger's resilience in harsh conditions.
It has a 25-foot cable that stays bendy even when it's really cold, making sure you can charge your car reliably even in tough weather.
The FLO HOME CHARGERS have a plug that works with both Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) using the SAE J1772 standard, making it adaptable for different kinds of cars.
These chargers can provide power in the range of 6.2 kilowatts (kW) to 7.2 kW, which makes electric vehicle charging quick and efficient.
Level 2 Private Chargers
use, serving teams, organizations, and employees. They offer viable charging solutions that are ideal for workplaces and retail locations, with faster charging times. Notably, commercial Level 2 chargers, like the CoRe+ MAX of FLO Chargers at 19.2kW, deliver high power outputs, perfect for group operators seeking efficient and dependable charging solutions.
Commercial Level 2 EV chargers are flexible in terms of where you can put them, whether indoors or outdoors, often in private parking lots. You can attach them to walls or stands. Some models even allow you to put them one after the other on a stand to save space. They also have stands with Cable Management that can hold one or two chargers and help keep the cables tidy and prevent tripping.
What makes these chargers special are their sophisticated features. They can be connected using daisy chaining, share power efficiently, and limit how much power they use. This makes them a smart choice for businesses that want to use electric vehicles and don't want to spend a lot on changing their infrastructure. In the above paragraph, we have mentioned the ‘FLO CoRe+ MAX Charger’, which is considered one of the best and most reliable Commercial Chargers. Have a look at some of its features:
The FLO CoRe+ MAX Chargers feature an extended 19-foot (5.8 meters) cable, catering to wider reach and flexibility for reliable electric vehicle charging, eliminating the need for close parking proximity.
(1.2 kW - 19.2 kW)
The CoRe+ MAX Chargers provide resourceful charging power, spanning from 1.2 kW to a high-speed 19.2 kW, promising compatibility with diverse electric vehicle models and accommodating specific charging preferences.
Cellular 4G LTE Connectivity
FLO CoRe+ MAX Chargers are outfitted with 4G LTE network connectivity, facilitating internet access and communication for remote monitoring, payment processing, and software updates. Thus, guaranteeing up-to-date performance.
SAE J1772 Connector
These chargers feature the widely accepted SAE J1772 connector, ensuring seamless compatibility with a broad array of electric vehicles and eliminating any concerns about charging compatibility.
Level 2 Public Chargers
Public Level 2 chargers in parking areas and streets are crucial for expanding EV technology. Secure setup, consistent performance, and streamlined payment processing are top priorities. Smart, connected chargers with cable management enhance safety and revenue generation while ensuring a seamless experience for EV drivers.
Level 2 Roadside EV chargers are purposefully developed for on-street use, featuring anti-abuse measures, safety-focused cable management, and realistic design for urban environments. For example, chargers like the FLO SmartTWO-BSR support parallel parking and dual-sided vehicle charging, enhancing usability and safety in city settings.
Roadside chargers benefit two key groups:
- People on the Go
- People without Home Chargers
The best example one can take of Public Chargers would be SmartTWO-BSR of FLO Charger. Let’s throw some light on the features of the same:
Twin SAE J1772 Connectors
The FLO SmartTWO-BSR Charger boasts two widely compatible connectors, enabling simultaneous dual-vehicle charging for heightened versatility and proficiency.
Built-in 20mA GFIC
The charger incorporates a 20-milliampere (mA) Ground Fault Interrupter Circuit (GFIC), heightening safety by mitigating the risk of electrical shocks and providing a secure charging experience for both vehicles and users.
Double 6A-30A Output
The FLO SmartTWO-BSR Charger offers a diverse current output range from 6A to 30A, allowing users to serve their vehicle's needs. With two ports, it can charge two vehicles at once.
RFID Access Control
The charger features an RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) card reader, enhancing security and user-friendliness. Users can swipe their RFID cards to safely initiate and authenticate the charging process, ensuring both security and ease of use.