Our Top Home EV Charging Recommendations

Jul 1, 2023 | Blog | 0 comments

Now that you’ve purchased an electric vehicle, the next question is how to charge it. For first-time owners, the process of home EV Charging can be a learning curve as you can’t just gas up and go as you would with an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle. 

While you can recharge your EV’s battery using a standard 120-volt wall outlet, this is inefficient and may take several days to do so. Public charging stations are faster (enabling a full charge in about 30 minutes), one may not be nearby when needed and wait times are a factor as well, not to mention the wait while the vehicle recharges.

You will quickly learn to appreciate the convenience of EV home charging for a full battery in just a few hours. Home charging, EV equipment and the installation costs don’t have to break the bank and can usually be configured to fit your budget. In addition, you may qualify for incentives, energy bill credits and tax credits as well.

Are you still trying to decide if a home EV charging installation is worth it? If so, read on, as we cover the basics and give you some of our top picks.

Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Home EV Charging Station

Vehicle Compatibility

Nearly every home charger sold today is compatible in some form or fashion with all EV models sold in the US. However, you may need an adapter depending on whether or not your vehicle and charger conform to the J1772 or Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). We’re particularly excited for Tesla’s latest release of the Universal Wall Connector which is suitable for all styles of EV.

Charging Speed and Power

There are two types of home chargers: Level 1 and Level 2. Level 1 uses a standard 120-volt connection with a maximum output of about 1.2 kW, translating to about 2-4 miles of range added per hour. 

On the other hand, Level 2 taps into your home’s 240-volt supply, the same used by clothes dryers, air conditioners and ovens. The output will vary, but many can deliver up to 48 amps (11.5 kW), or about 30-45 miles of range per hour depending on your model of electric vehicle.

Installation Requirements

There are a few things to consider, such as whether your home has spare electrical capacity. If not, this will have to be increased, adding to the installation costs. Our team can inspect your home’s existing electrical panel and discuss what, if any, modifications are needed.

Smart Features and Connectivity

The features and connectivity options vary between charging stations. Some are basic units that plug into your car and shut off when the battery is full. Others have WiFi connectivity or programmable settings, giving owners more control over the charging process. In general we suggest a charger with a WiFi connection as it usually offers a better customer experience when it comes to remotely accessing the unit and troubleshooting by the manufacturer. 

Price and Warranty

Home chargers generally cost around $300 to $800, with smart and WiFi-enabled models being on the higher end. However, accessories like adapters, cable organizers, mounting hardware, and pedestals are often sold separately. The standard warranty on most chargers runs anywhere from three to five years.

3 EV Home Charging Station Favorites 

Tesla Wall Connector (Including J1772 and Universal Models) 

Key features and specifications

  • Output: Up to 48 amps 
  • Indoor and outdoor rated
  • 24-foot cord
  • 4-year warranty

Pros and cons


  • Output: Up to 48 amps
  • Very competitive price point
  • Thinner charging cable and low profile handle
  • Different color faceplates available for purchase
  • Better engineering and design for electrical installation
  • Options for J1772, NACS and both together in one
  • Strong warranty


  • Potential customer service pains in some cases 

Price range

  • $475-$595

Tesla needs no introduction when it comes to EVs, and its Wall Connector is one of the best chargers out there. If you own a Tesla, look no further, as it offers additional connectivity features compatible with its vehicles such as VIN assignment and load sharing multiple Tesla Wall Connectors on a single circuit.

Our primary complaint about the Tesla J1772 Wall Connector used to be the inability for non-Tesla owners to access the charger through any sort of dedicated app. Now that the Universal Wall Connector has been released, the app functionality has also been updated and this con is no more. 

While customers may still experience customer service pains, you can largely avoid this by selecting a qualified professional to complete your installation and ensure its proper registration with Tesla. 

For Tesla vehicles, the Tesla Wall Connector stands out for its practicality, ease of access and software features. Non-Tesla drivers may still take issue with accessibility or brand, but the charger is still well-liked in the EV community. Non-Tesla drivers often opt for this charging station for its compact design, thinner charging cable and lower price point compared to stations offered by Rivian, Ford or Porsche.

Update: The Tesla J1772 Wall Connector is no longer sold by Tesla, however Gulfstar has this unit in stock here in our Pinellas County warehouse. Ask for details! 


Enphase HCS 40, 50 and 60

Key features and specifications

  • Output: Up to 48 amps (for hardwired HCS 60) 
  • Outdoor rated
  • Cord length: 25 feet
  • 5-year warranty

Pros and cons


  • Easy to use
  • Rugged build quality
  • Ideal for outdoor use
  • Ideal in certain commercial settings
  • Comes with a physical lock


  • Expensive for a “dumb” charger
  • No Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Clipper Creek hardware was 100% made in the USA, but since the acquisition by Enphase this appears to be no more

Price range

  • $500-800+

Formerly known as ClipperCreek, the Enphase HCS charger series are basic, no-frills chargers with no programming or configuration needed. Just plug in your car, and it will shut off once the battery is recharged. Where the HCS-50 and its counterparts lack certain smart features, they make up for it with a rugged design and simplicity. Likewise, these chargers are backed by an excellent five-year warranty. The only complaint is the price point given there is no Wi-Fi or smart features, however we feel this is a great “light commercial” EV charging option and so the price point feels appropriate when you look at it from that frame of mind.

Further, where some might consider a lack of smart features a “con,” others would consider it a benefit. The sometimes painstaking steps of downloading an app, connecting to WiFi, creating an account, passwords, etc., are not a concern with the Enphase HCS series. You simply plug in and go. Enphase has in the past, however, teased new HCS models with WiFi features so keep an eye out for news on that front.

Update: Enphase has since rolled out their IQ Series Level 2 EV Chargers which are remotely controllable using the Enphase App. Hello, smart features!

ChargePoint Home Flex

Key features and specifications

  • Output: Up to 48 amps (if hardwired)
  • Indoor and outdoor rated
  • J1772 and NACS charge nozzles available
  • Cord length: 23 feet
  • 5-year warranty

Pros and cons


  • Flexible specifications for plug-in (using NEMA 6-50 or NEMA 14-50) or hardwired
  • More advanced cost tracking within the app
  • Many smart features


  • Design feels slightly dated
  • If not properly commissioned or connected to WiFi and bluetooth, charger defaults to 16A output
  • Replacement units seem to have a several-week lead time based on reports from our customers

Price range

  • $549+

Many EV drivers are familiar with Chargepoint as one of the leaders in electrification. The Home Flex is a home EV charger that consistently ranks among the most popular. Delivering an impressive array of options, EV owners can monitor things like range, battery status, energy output and charge time. In addition, the app gives owners the ability to track costs and take advantage of variable (off-peak) electricity rates should your energy provider offer them.

Aside from plenty of graphs and charging data, the same settings and configurations can be used across ChargePoint’s network of public charging stations.

Contact Gulfstar For Your Home EV Charging Needs

Are you interested in purchasing a Level 2 home charger? If so, you are in the right place, and for over a decade, Gulfstar Electric has been serving Pinellas County and the surrounding region. Since then, our team has installed thousands of commercial and residential EV chargers, while earning hundreds of five-star reviews and being nominated as the area’s best electrician in 2021 and 2022 by the Tampa Bay Times. 

Ready to get started? Simply complete a Work Request Form or call our installation advisors at 727-755-1805 to discuss your EV home charging needs. Prefer text? Message us at: 727-800-3730!