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    Default 240V Charging Station Newcomer needs help

    As a new Volt owner as of 11/08/2013 and a reader of this forum for just as long I need some help in choosing a 240V charging station.

    I have looked at the following:
    Leviton
    Evr-Green 160 Level 2, 16A, 240V Electric Vehicle Charging Station, 3.8kW output, cord-connected (plug-in), EVB22-3PT
    Price: 799.00

    Clipper Creek
    LCS-25, Level 2
    Price: 495.00

    Voltec Charge Station from SPX(or GM)
    Price 490.00
    (should I be concerned that the coiled plug wire is 14 gauge)


    Is there a clear cut choice, or maybe something I've overlooked. I have been doing fine with the supplied 120V charger, but a four hour charge certainly sounds inviting. I live about 45 miles north of Philadelphia in Bucks county so it can get pretty cold up here.

    Thanks so much for your help !!

    David

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    I went with the Clipper Creek as it met my needs, has great reviews and is not too expensive. I did not bother buying more than I needed. In the future if we get another EV, there is no guarantee that one of the current higher power (and more expensive) chargers is going to meet our needs.
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    The Clipper Creek LCS-25 is a very nice unit and I have found it very reliable so far. I have seen the EVO level 2 on Amazon recently for $345 I think. I don't know anything about them, but the price is tempting. I wouldn't touch the GM version with a ten foot pole. Just my opinion.
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    I'd just say I've had no end of troubles with the plug provided with the Voltec, and that the curly cord really doesn't work out in my situation. But I've also had issues with another cord I replaced it with - but at least that one was well built enough to be repairable. I then went all the way and got an open-evse kit and use that now...it's more informative with the LCD that changes backlight color according to the state - you can get that from across the room, or walk up to it and read more info if you want, but you don't need to.

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    I don't really have a need for an L2 charger at home, because I have one at work.
    But from everything I've read here, stay away from the Voltec unit. They have a high failure rate soon after the warranty expires. The Clipper Creek seems to be the crowd favorite for the most part. It's relatively compact and can be portable, and I believe a 2 or 3 year warranty. It is also the best value.
    I haven't seen much about the Leviton units, but they are a reputable company, and it should be a reliable product.
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    Well I don't want to jinx myself, but FWIW i have had a Voltec unit for 3 1/2 years and it works perfectly every day. OTOH the plug in unit sounds tempting if you already have a compatible 240v receptacle. Careful though, a lot of the older dryer outlets are for 3 prong plugs and it may not plug in without some upgrading.
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    I went with Clipper Creek, here at work, when the Voltec unit crapped out at 2 months beyond it's 1 year warranty. The Clipper Creek has a 3 year warranty...even for a non-certified installer.
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    I have been very pleased with my Siemens Versicharger. The 2 year warranty was the longest available when I purchased (becoming more common?) and I appreciate the ability to delay charge 2,4,6,or 8 hours right on the unit itself. And, you can choose the cool green led lighting while charging if that appeals to you (gives the garage an otherworldly look)!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David B. Kelting View Post
    I went with Clipper Creek, here at work, when the Voltec unit crapped out at 2 months beyond it's 1 year warranty. The Clipper Creek has a 3 year warranty...even for a non-certified installer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drose View Post
    As a new Volt owner as of 11/08/2013 and a reader of this forum for just as long I need some help in choosing a 240V charging station.
    Welcome, David!

    I ran out and bought a Voltec right away from the dealer (Cost me $700 by the way!), before I knew about this site (a dumb move on my part). Then, it sat in its box for more 9 months, because it took quite a while to get the wiring set up in the garage for it. The 110-volt charger worked fine all that time.

    So, before you buy, figure out where you will connect it in your garage. If the wiring is there, then you are ok, but if you need to run wiring, find out the costs BEFORE you buy the EVSE unit.

    Others here say the costs don't justify getting the L2 unit, but part of it is just the convenience of having it and being able to charge more quickly. In fact, I use mine to add a few miles to the drained battery if we want to run errands in the evening. The L1 unit just wouldn't charge enough for that.

    And for costs, etc, I went ahead and added a dedicated meter here in Calif to take advantage of lower rates. Here's the info on that: PG&E Dual Meter Installation
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