ClipperCreek Introduces Plug-In L2 Charging Station For Under $400

MAR 31 2015 BY STAFF 50

Chevrolet Volt Gets A Boost From ClipperCreek's LCS-20 EVSE

Chevrolet Volt Gets A Boost From ClipperCreek’s LCS-20 EVSE

ClipperCreek Has Now Priced Their Plug-In EVSE Unit Under $400

ClipperCreek Has Now Priced Their LCS-20P Plug-In EVSE Unit (specs above)  Under $400 (click to enlarge)

Deals on level 2 charging equipment are becoming more and more abundant these days.  Finding a base hardwired model under $500-$600 isn’t that hard at all, but add some customized options – like the ability to plug the EVSE into a standard 240 plug, and the price can soar.

Not so apparently at ClipperCreek, as today the company has put its plug-in LCS-20P charging station on sale for $395.

“The LCS-20 is the most reliable Level 2 charging station on the market and was the first to break the $400 price barrier, making it affordable for EV owners to charge quickly. The plug-in LCS-20P ensures even more EV owners can enjoy Level 2 charging inexpensively,” said Jason France, President and Founder of ClipperCreek.

“As the popularity of moveable charging stations has increased, customers have been asking for a plug-in version at the LCS-20 price point and we are proud to continue to be the leader in high value EVSE products,” said France.

ClipperCreek sells the LCS-20P with 4 different plug options: NEMA L6-30, NEMA 14-30, NEMA 14-50 and NEMA 6-50.The original LCS-20 hardwired unit also got a price reduction and now retails for $379.

You can check out both products (and others) from Clipper Creek here.

A Clipper Creek press release from on the LCS-20P product can be found below.

ClipperCreek Announces Availability of LCS-20P Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Station at $395

Most popular Level 2 EV charging station now available with four NEMA plug styles

Auburn, CA— Availability of ClipperCreek LCS-20P Plug-In Electric Vehicle Charging Station at $395Today announced immediate availability of its popular LCS-20 EV charging station with a plug, previously available only as a hardwired unit.

ClipperCreek LCS-20P released: Level 2 EV Charging Stations now starting at $379 hardwired and $395 with 4 plug options!

“The LCS-20 is the most reliable Level 2 charging station on the market and was the first to break the $400 price barrier, making it affordable for EV owners to charge quickly. The plug-in LCS-20P ensures even more EV owners can enjoy Level 2 charging inexpensively,” said Jason France, President and Founder of ClipperCreek. “As the popularity of moveable charging stations has increased, customers have been asking for a plug-in version at the LCS-20 price point and we are proud to continue to be the leader in high value EVSE products,” said France. The LCS-20P is offered at $395 and the original LCS-20 hardwire unit is now offered at $379.

Positive Customer Impact

“The LCS-20P now comes with the four most common residential 240V supply power plugs. Some customers will be able to use an existing receptacle and it will cost virtually nothing to install. If a customer does not have a pre-existing receptacle, a licensed electrician can wire one in,” said Will Barrett, ClipperCreek Sales Manager. “At ClipperCreek we use long cables in all our charging stations, potentially saving our customers more money. Plus it’s nice to be able to reach your electric vehicle in more than one location or reach a friend’s vehicle. The cable wraps around the unit to keep it off the floor and our units come with a very durable, low-profile holster to hold the connector close to the wall and out of the way. ClipperCreek stations require no assembly, just mount it to the wall, connect power and start charging.”

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That is a wonderful EVSE, and they should make it so it also works on 120V. I emailed them about that, and for some reason they do not want to make 120/240V units. I hope thye reconsider.

why would you want 120v it uses the same 12/2 romex cable as a 20amp 220V only difference is the circuit breaker.

Jon

I think you are assuming the unit is hard wired.

If you have a look at this unit, it is actually small enough and robust enough to make a great portable unit to leave in the back of the car. And for a portable unit I’d like it to also support 120V.

The only solution to my problem was to get a JuiceBox, which is about the same price, but substantially bigger. JuiceBox is very well made, good quality and excellent value for money.

Oh i though it was hard wired my bad

I bought a JuiceBox 30 ($449 including shipping with 7.5 kW capacity) and had an electrician wire a 14-50 socket into my garage for it. Works great and is quite portable, and can charge my Leaf at most campgrounds in a pinch.

To compete w/the Turbocord. I love the Turbocord and am still debating buying one, but its $200 more than this Clipper Creek one. The Turbocord design is much more compact which is good for travelling and it will work on 120V outlets.

The title of this is wrong, because every day for the last few months I’ve had the $395 advertising banner on all my insideevs screens.

The only thing NEW here is the price lowered to $379 for the plugless model.

GE must be forcing the market down ever since it released its $449 charger, which is a better buy if you want 30 instead of 15 amps. And the cheesy looking ‘Durastation’ (not to be confused with the $2500 old ones) supposedly works just fine provided you have a hole saw. Its the same price as a Juicebox so you might as well get the GE since at least with the GE you can complain if it doesn’t work, but supposedly all of them do, and its ok to get snow or rain on it.

Thats the other nice thing about these cheap 15 amp jobs. You can put ’em outside if you hide the plug from the weather.

But for all GM products to date, the CC model here is adequate.

The hardwire version had been advertised for $395. The plugged version was still a few bucks more, until now that is.

True, I bought my hardwired LCS-20 for $395 in June 2014 and it has been flawless. Independently of which plug-in vehicle I buy next, there will be a Clipper Creek EVSE in my garage.

I essentially just said that. A few months ago it would have been a good value. But now, it is only marginally a good value, and only if you need 12 or 15 amp models, which granted, workplaces and condos might want low current models deliberately.

But the only other ‘value’ size is the 48 amp clipper creek which competes for the equally priced Leviton 400.

Other sizes are no longer the price leader, as I thought my first post was exceedingly clear.

This was newsworthy months ago. Not so much now.

I bought one of those GE residential DuraStation models when on sale at Home Depot last month. Although it isn’t pretty, it’s virtually bullet proof with the Hoffman NEMA outdoor housing and conformal coated PCB. It supports up to 7.2kw and represents good value even though it is hard wired (or put on your own dryer/range cord).

But I agree that the 15 amp Clipper Creek is more than adequate for a Volt, and good enough for most other overnighters too.

I like that the picture of the Volt is reversed; the charge port is on the drivers side, LOL.

I also noticed that, and that they photoshopped the Volt logo away.

Not to mention that the new Volt (as well as all Leafs since the beginning) will be able to draw 16A.

Your math doesn’t work. 16A = 3.8kW. The first-gen Volt (and second-gen if I remember correctly) and the non-charge-package LEAF charge at 3.3kW which is 13.75A.

I have a Clipper Creek LCS-25 and it works great on my i-MiEV and my LEAF S without charge package. This unit should work equally well.

I believe the Next Gen Volt will draw 3.6kW. This is to compensate for the larger battery, 18.4kWh.

His math works just fine. Not everyone everywhere has 240 volts.

Hate to break it to you, but few places have a solidly regulated 240.

The volt will draw up to 16 amps if the voltage is lacking. If the new volt performs similarly, since I’m obviously not privy to the charger manufacturer’s data sheet, then it will draw 16 amps at anything less than 226 volts and more than 15 amps at anything less than 240 assuming pf > 0.99.

Are you sure it’s not a right-hand drive Volt? 😉

My GE Durastation (Home Depot offer) failed after 20 uses. It was de-rated to 24 amps and run on a 30 amp circuit. Promptly returned it and grabbed the LCS 25 from CC. It is fantastic and not really noticeably slower. Wish I’d have gone with the Clipper Creek sooner. It is MUCH better quality.

The circuit for all EVSE must be 125% of the constant current draw of the device. Therefore, 24A on a 30A circuit is exactly as it should be. Just like the HCS-40 from Clipper Creek requires a 40A circuit and delivers 32A to the vehicle. The LCS-20 is a little strange in that it only allows 15A on a 20A circuit when it could deliver 16A.

Yes, I noticed the 15A, when 16A would be optimal.

And they also have a 20A version of this, rather than 24A.

I guess in each case there is a single component (perhaps the specific J1772 they have) that has a lower rating and effectively sets a lower limit for the entire unit.

BTW charging 15A instead of 16A does to stretch the charge time all that much! 🙂

Scott, do you mean ‘it failed’ with the power still on, or do you mean the circuit breaker or fuse blew?

If the former, then THAT is newsworthy. If the latter, well…..

Sorry Bill, Haven’t been here in a while. Yes, the EVSE failed. Breaker eventually tripped after the Leads exiting the box to the J1772 cord welded together where they first come together. Glad the breaker tripped before things got really ugly. It was being used outdoors, but I’m sure there are plenty sitting in garages.

For those not familiar with the GE Durastation, they can be “de-rated” via a small jumper wire to tell the car what it may draw. Sadly, even if it was operating properly, the EVSE still had a massive failure while charging at just under 6.6Kw, without immediately tripping the breaker.

3.6KW Max. Meh.

Perfect for Ford Focus Electric, LEAF without charge package, i-MiEV, Ford Fusion PHEV, Ford C-Max PHEV, etc. It still works on vehicles with higher charge rates, too, if the owner wants to save some money. Not everyone needs to charge at 6.6kW+. I sleep 8 hours a night. Plenty for my LEAF to charge at its maximum 3.3kW.

approximately how much are installation costs for these units?

In short, your mileage may vary. Contact your local electrician. If you have a NEMA 14-30, for example, your installation cost will be $0. If your house has a detatched garage, an old electrical panel, old wiring, etc., your cost will be much more to have an electrician out and install/upgrade/fix all the problems.

If a PEV driver is to install a 240V outlet in the garage, does it matter which one (e.g. NEMA L6-30, NEMA 14-30, NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50)?

Yes it does matter somewhat.

This unit only draws 15A, which is way below the maximum of the 4 plugs mentioned.

It depends if you want to leave the option open to later upgrade to a bigger EVSE.

The -30 outlets will support a maximum of 24A continuous.

If you want 6-50 or 14-50 you need heavier cable and a bigger breaker installed, but then you can easily in the future upgrade to a bigger EVSE that charges up to 40A.

It matters how much you want to draw from the circuit. The last two digits indicate the max amperage/circuit breaker required … and also indicates how large your wiring needs to be for that circuit. For example, you should use 8ga wire for a 50amp circuit, whereas a 30 amp requires only 10ga [rough example – it also depends on how far you’re running your wire].

If you can I would install the largest possible so that you can take advantage of future/newere EVSE’s + EV combinations that can charge at higher rates AND the most standard plug type outside the home. Which, by my experience is the 14-50 since it is very common to find at campgrounds.

Depends on what you need and want.

Regarding current, if you charge at 24A or less, put in a 30A circuit. If you want to charge at 32A, you must put in the 50A circuit, but it costs more for the cables and has a bigger impact on the panel.

As for the plug, although the twist lock looks cool and has less chance of sticking your finger in, they do not “hang” well on a wall socket application. A conventional plug is lower profile and allows the cord to drop down vertically.

All in all, most people would be happiest with a standard NEMA 14-30 30A dryer socket in the garage. It is cheaper, lower profile and less impact on the distribution panel.

(The older 3 pin 10-30 socket works for chargers that don’t need the neutral, but I think most jurisdiction codes don’t allow it any more)

Not bad for an L1 EVSE. Any plans for an L2 version?

EVI’s universal 120/240 Dual Voltage charging cord for under $400.00 USD. it is adjustable amperage 10 -16 amp and soon to be released all will have a LCD smart meter.

For more information call us at: 410-685-1109
or email Sales department manager harrystormes@ev-institute.com

Your website has very little information in the about us section.

https://electric-vehicle-charging-station-store.myshopify.com/pages/about-us

I am curious if this is the same company called EVI that had a product on Amazon for a while? I wonder because the folks who bought from Amazon got a low quality EVSE that got really hot and seemed prone to fail.

Disclaimer: I have no commercial interest in any company that makes or sells EVSEs. My statements above are done solely to share information that I know personally or got from other consumers.

The 22′ cord length is just a little bit too short, although better than the more common 18′ length. I needed at least 25′ to get to the far spot in our two car garage from the new 240V outlet near the electrical panel on one side. My wife wanted to park in the far side spot, and I also wanted to be ready to accommodate plug in vehicles in both spots.

25′ options were few, and as a result I paid much more than this Clipper Creek. A standard two car garage is 20×20 or 22×22, so my situation won’t be unique. As it is, we have the drape the 25′ cord over the hood to get it to the PHEV charge port (insufficient length to run on floor). Longer EVSE cord length options would be good to cover more garages.

The EVSE’s we sell are top of the line and have many Safety Features, as well as indicator lights to show communication with EVs. As I am aware our EVSE does not Heat Up during use and has hardware inside to prevent such an event. For more information on this product once again please contact harrystormes@ev-institute.com.

Is it safety listed/UL or ETL certified?

It has an international CE Safety Rating

Harry

(1) It would be better if you learn how to properly reply to a post rather than starting a new post below
(2) It would be great if your ‘about us’ web page gave some information about the company, such as phone number, physical address etc
(3) It would be fantastic if you could confirm if you are also the company behind this EVSE on amazon, where 36% of the customer reviews are the minimum, or 1 star?

http://www.amazon.com/Plug–Charger-Portable-Cord-Nema/dp/B00D6OGRX6/ref=sr_1_14?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1427835451&sr=1-14&keywords=EVSE#customerReviews

ggpa,

Looks like Harry above is indeed from the same company that sells the Amazon Marketplace EVSE you linked — the logo on the Amazon pic is the same as the one on the EVI website (which is also present on his comments, just before the “EVI” title.

(While I’ve no direct experience of this or the Amazon product, I’d generally be rather wary of a high-energy, heavy duty electric appliance whose manufacturer only has a Web shop presence, but no indication of where the company is based, who its management is, and who designs or manufactures the products.

In other words, I’m amazed there are actually people who’d buy these products based on so little info).

The EVSE on amazon being talked about is an EVI product. We had issues with our gen 1 and 2 chargers compatibility. We are now on our 5th generation of portable charger and it is compatible with all EV’s and comes with a 1 year warranty. This latest generation of chargers is assembled in the USA. This charger can charge at 1.85k/w & 3.84 k/w and is CE certified. EVI is a Baltimore, MD based company. Please visit http://www.ev-institute.com for more info.

Thanks for the information. It is great that you improved the product after the initial issues.

I have a question about “CE certified”. Is that a certification that you assert as manufacturer, or is it like UL in that it needs independent testing?

The CE marking is a product’s compliance with European Union (EU) health, safety and environmental protection directives and regulations. For more information on CE markings, please visit: https://cemarking.net/

The CE marking as the UL marking are compliance indicators.

Good news and I have a Clipper Creek unit and it has been solid for 4+ years.

Great price. Add to it a small battery and a smart grid controller(used, from a PHEV or a BEV) and you can expect to have a sub $1,500 smart charging device that can also power your house.

People asking how much to install. I had a breaker and plug (so I could take the charger if I move) installed for a 20 amp connection. He also hung the Leviton 3.3 kwt charger all for about $350.