MaxiCharger AC Elite Home 40A - NEMA 14-50 - EV Charger With In-Body Holster
I have the hard-wired version of this charger, mounted on the wall a few inches away from my circuit breaker box. Installed it myself. Easy to do, & it worked immediately. Used the built-in wi-fi to update itself so their newest cell phone app is compatible with latest Android OS. The charger's original version would not synch when I updated my cell phone. I've set the charger to auto start, so charging begins as soon as I plug it into my car. I use the car's software to stop charging when the battery is 90% full. Most research I've found warns that 100% charging will shorten the life of the car's battery. I also love the cell phone app that keeps track of each charging session & tells me how many kilowatt hours were delivered & how much it cost.
Electrician was impressed with the size of the unit. App installallation on the iPhone was easy to install/setup. The app itself gives a lot of information when set up properly. Unit is nice in appearance, and the indicator lights are easy to understand. Using a 40amp circuit breaker, and set the EVSE to 32amps. Charging a 2022 VW ID4, the ID4 communicates with the Autel without any issues. The unit works flawlessly!
The Autel Maxicharger is so much better than I expected! I got the 240v/40amp version which is perfect for the outlet we put in at our garage. The unit itself is super sleek and compact, much smaller than I expected so it was a piece of cake to mount on the wall near the outlet we put in.
There's an app you can download from Autel that gives you detailed information about power draw and charging times.
This charger has far exceeded my expectations. And its true to claims - 40 miles of range charged in one hour! Score!
If you have a plug-in hybrid vehicle or a full EV, it really helps to have a level 2 charger in your garage. With the level 1 charger that comes with most EVs, you can only add about 4 miles of range per hour of charging. That's fine if you can charge your car overnight and you only drive about 40 miles per day. But if you have a car with a range of over 200 miles and you take a longer trip, it will take a few days to recharge your vehicle with a level 1 charger. With a level 2 charger like this new model from Autel, you can add about 20 miles of range per hour of charging, so you can easily add 200 miles of range in about 10 hours. You do need a 240-volt outlet to plug this charger into, which is the same type of outlet that most electric dryers use. If your dryer is in your garage, you can just unplug it and plug in this charger (Be sure to order the version based on the type of plug you have). You can order either a version for the older style NEMA 6-50 3-prong plug, or the newer NEMA 14-50 4-prong plug. If you don't have a 240-volt outlet in your garage, you can pay an electrician to install one as long as you have sufficient space and capacity in your current electrical panel. If you do, adding this type of plug on the wall will usually cost $500 or less, depending on how far away from the electrical panel you want to install it. If your electrical panel cannot accommodate it, you might need to upgrade your panel first. So check with an electrician about this before you order this level 2 charger. The charger itself is very nice and works great. It only takes a few minutes to mount it on the wall of your garage and plug it into your 240-volt outlet. You can control it either from the front panel or by using the free Autel app. It comes with a 3-year warranty, so if you have any trouble with the charger you can just contact Autel for service. This charger has a 25-foot cable, so make sure you mount it in a location that is within 25 feet of where your car will be parked.