How to Choose a Home EV Charger | Kazam EV
Charging an electric vehicle at home is a real asset for any electromobility freak. By being able to charge their vehicle at home, any user can make the most of its capacity. With the development of the electric car market, manufacturers tend to offer a variety of terminals designed for home installation. However, it remains to be seen which model meets your needs. If you have just purchased an electric vehicle and want to choose your home charging solution, discover all the selection criteria through this article.
Home charging station: what is it for?
To support the development of the market for rechargeable electric vehicles, the state and local authorities have set themselves the task of providing users with charging solutions accessible to the general public. However, these infrastructures prove to be relatively restrictive insofar as the user must dedicate a moment in his day to going to recharge his vehicle, which seems unfeasible for a worker. The ideal time to recharge your vehicle is when it is stationary, that is to say, in the evening when the motorist returns home.
In this way, he will be able to recover his fully charged vehicle when he wakes up. To do this, the installation of a home charging station is necessary. The home charging station generally takes the form of a box that attaches to the wall. Connected to the home's distribution network by a dedicated circuit, it provides fast and secure charging compared to charging on a conventional socket. On the market, there are a multitude of charging station options, which means that when the owner of an electric vehicle wishes to acquire a module, it is not easy to choose.
Choose a charging station according to its use and power
There are different models of charging stations designed for charging electric vehicles. If the power of the device is a decisive selection criterion, the choice of the charging station must above all depend on the use you are going to make of it, because it may happen that a charging station with high power is not necessary. Indeed, it happens that a user does not use all of the autonomy of his car in one day. This is the case, for example, of a vehicle with 300 km of autonomy whose owner only spends 40 km per day. If he charges his car every day, a powerful terminal will not be necessary. Moreover, a reinforced grip can do the trick in this case.
To find out what the appropriate power is, you will have to refer to the maximum load capacity of your model. The charging capacity of most electric vehicles on the road today is capped at 7 kW, apart from powerful and prestigious models such as German electric sedans and SUVs. If your vehicle has a charging capacity of 7 kW, you can opt for a 3.7 kW or 7 kW terminal. It is useless to take a terminal beyond this power since the car will only receive what it is capable of supporting.
Charging speed: a decisive criterion
Generally, electric vehicle users choose to install a charging station at home to speed up the charging time and thus make their vehicles more available. However, this depends on the power of the terminal. With a reinforced socket, for example, recharging a 30 kWh electric vehicle takes 9 hours and 20 minutes. But with a 7 kW Wallbox, this charging time drops to 4.5 hours. That is to say that the charging power is an important criterion. In terms of domestic Wallboxes, this power can go up to 11 or even 22 kW in a three-phase alternating current, and in this case, the charging time is reduced to 1 hour 30 minutes.
However, as pointed out previously, the capacity supported by the vehicle must also be taken into account. It would not be good to buy an 11 kW terminal which is more expensive when your car only charges a maximum of 7 kW. On the other hand, investing in a powerful terminal is not such a bad idea. Indeed, car manufacturers are gradually increasing the charging power accepted by their vehicles to optimize the speed of charging. By equipping yourself with a 22 kW terminal, you are sure to meet the needs of the next generations of electric vehicles. Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that the cable can reduce the charging power perceived by the car if it is undersized with the power of the charging station.
Choose the charging station according to its functions
Currently, we are witnessing the appearance of a whole new generation of so-called smart charging stations. This type of model will not only recharge your vehicle faster, but it will allow you to access information that will allow you to better manage the recharge via a website or a mobile application. If you opt for a smart terminal, you control access to it, which is particularly practical when the terminal is installed outdoors. It also allows you to monitor your consumption, schedule your charging sessions or balance the energy supply of your home between vehicle charging and other electrical appliances in the house. Most private charging stations are connected directly to the electrical panel of the house.
You can choose your home charger between:
Kazam Mini: Kazam Mini is a 3.3 KW AC Smart Charging Station available at an affordable price of Rs 7,500. It is a Wi-fi based IOT Enabled smart charger that supports almost all types of electric vehicles including Electric cars, Electric Scooters. You can use it at 3 Pinpoint with a 16A Socket Charger. It comes in a slim and compact design that looks attractive and reliable. The compact and elegant design of Kazam Mini combined with IP-65 waterproof and dustproof protection and MCB rugged protection provide a complete solution. It can protect your battery from power surges. You can earn money in parking lots, shops, in front of your office, and get track of earnings in the Kazam mobile application.
Kazam 3.3: Kazam 3.3 is a 3.3 KW AC Smart Charging Station available at an affordable price of Rs. 18,000. It is a SIM-based IoT Enabled charger that requires 3 Pinpoint and a 16A Socket Charger. You can charge Electric Car, Electric Bikes, and scooters. Kazam 3.3 charging station is weatherproof and can withstand storms from the rains in Mumbai to high temperatures in Rajasthan. It has a length of 45 cm, a width of 30 cm. It is IP65 certified and comes with anti-theft features.