Different Types of Electrical Outlets for Electric Car Chargers

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The electric car has been around for a few years now and it is no wonder that people are starting to invest in them. They are environmentally friendly, have great gas mileage and you can charge up at home or work. Electric car chargers need to be plugged into some kind of outlet in order to charge your car battery. There are basically two types of outlets available: the NEMA 5-20R, which is commonly found on homes; the NEMA 14-50R, which is used mostly in workplaces with electric vehicle charging stations; then there’s also the J1772 connector type that comes standard on all-electric cars manufactured after 2010.

So without further ado, let’s check out the various different electrical outlets for electric car chargers and see which one works best for you.

Different Types of Electrical Outlets for Electric Car Chargers

While there are plenty of different types of electrical outlets for electric car chargers, for max efficiency, electric Car chargers should be plugged into either the NEMA 14-50R or J1772 connector type and that is where they will work best.

NEMA Outlets

This outlet type was created for use in workplaces/homes with electric vehicle charging stations. This outlet type also has a 32 amp breaker to protect against overloads as well as being grounded for safety reasons because it uses higher amperage than standard electrical outlets.

For level 1 car charging at homes, NEMA 6-15 outlet is one of the best in the market. It’s the only option which is available in 120 volts. You can easily charge your car for just about 15 amps and get a range of 4 miles per hour. For level 2 car charging, you can charge your car at 240 volts and get a range of 20 miles per hour.

The best outlet types for electric car chargers in the Level 2 category are NEMA 14-30, 14-50, 10-30, 10-50 and 6-50.

J1772 Connector Type

The J1772 connector type is a standard on all Electric cars manufactured after 2010. It has been designed to charge electric vehicles at the fastest rate possible while also being very safe to use, especially when compared with older slow and ungrounded methods of car charging from years past.

For level 1 J1772 connectors,  you can charge your car battery at 120 volts and get a range of 12 miles per hour for an hour. For level two, you will be able to use 240 volts and have the option to choose whether it is 30 or 50 amps. The two categories in which you can purchase these connectors are J1772-30 & J1772-50.

These charger plugs come with their own replacement J1772 plugs.

One thing that’s worth mentioning here is how the Nema 6-15 is not a great electrical outlet for electric vehicles. This is because it’s one of the traditional old-style electrical outlets which are now becoming quite obsolete. Plus, with the J1772 becoming the standard connector, most electric vehicles now come with complete support of J1772.

Are you a proud owner of an electric vehicle? Do you want to get your electrical outlet replaced with a new one? Contact Modern Electric Inc. electricians today to discuss what type of electrical outlet would best suit your needs.



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