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Should You Upgrade to a Level 2 Charger?

If you drive an electric vehicle, you’ll have to think about where and when you’ll charge it. You could use a Level 1 charger with a standard household outlet, but that would take considerable time. A Level 2 charging system would significantly cut down on your charging time. Keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of upgrading to a Level 2 charging system.


There are several downsides to installing a Level 2 charger at your home. Most of them are financial in nature, but you’ll have to take time into account as well.

Cost of Purchase

There may be a few available Level 2 charger options, but you should expect to pay at least several hundred dollars for a new one. This expense can add even more to the initial cost of your vehicle.

Price of Installation

You’ll also have to pay a licensed electrician to install your Level 2 charging station. The station will need to be connected to a 240-volt outlet, so an electrician may have to make a few adjustments to your electrical system to set this up. This installation may cost several hundred dollars or more.

It Takes Time

Level 2 chargers are considerably faster than standard Level 1 chargers, but they can’t compete with some kinds of public charging stations. While you might be able to achieve a full charge in under an hour using a fast public charging station, it might take several hours for you to produce the same result using a Level 2 charger.


The advantages of a Level 2 charger, though, can counterbalance the disadvantages.


It can be so nice to have an easy way to charge your EV. Yes, Level 2 charging takes time. But if you look at your schedule, you’ll likely find long periods in which you’ll be at home. Many people charge their vehicles when they’re sleeping, for example, and this might work out well for you.

Economic Factors

As we discussed, it takes a lot of resources to install an EV charger. Once you’ve done so, you can enjoy its benefits. Instead of having to pay to use a public charger, you’ll be able to plug your vehicle in at home.

This can save you time and potentially money if your electric rates are cheaper than the cost of using a public charger. Additionally, note that some EV chargers are eligible for tax credits and various incentives.

Many Things to Consider

Before you install a Level 2 charger, think through all the logistics. Will it be worth it in the long run? For many of our customers, it certainly has been, and it might be for you, too. Contact Sublime Electric if you need any kind of EV charger service in Boise, ID.

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