Portable Electric Car EV Charger Comparison: Which One’s The Best?

DEC 28 2018 BY TOM MOLOUGHNEY 69

Small, light and portable, but still packing a 240-volt punch

We recently posted our Ultimate Buyers Guide to Level 2 Chargers, that included our Top 5 picks for wall-mounted, medium power (30-amps to 40-amps) level 2 charging stations. We’re now turning our attention to lower-powered, portable Level 2 EVSE units, and have selected the ClipperCreek LCS-20P, the AmazingE, and the AeroVironment (now Webasto) TurboCord for our side-by-side comparison.

These devices offer a middle-ground between the standard 120-volt, level 1 chargers that most EVs come standard with, and a typical wall-mounted EVSE like the ones we compared in our Ultimate Buyers Guide. These units are especially well-suited for those customers who want to charge at multiple locations (home, work, a relative’s house, etc) with only one unit, and also for those who don’t have the electric capacity to install a higher powered unit at home. Also, they allow PHEV owners to fully recharge their batteries in a couple of hours, instead of the 10 to 15 hours that it would take on level 1. PHEV owners may not feel the need for a more powerful, wall-mounted unit since their car has a smaller battery, and a lower charge rate than a pure EV.

The ClipperCreek and Webasto units have been available for years now, and have long since established themselves as high quality, dependable units. However, these well known favorites aren’t inexpensive, and have recently been challenged by a number of new entries to the market, many of which are offered at a significantly lower price point.

One example of the new, lower-priced units is the AmazingE. The AmazingE has been available for a little over a year now, and seems to have a relatively high customer satisfaction rate. It has an Amazon rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, and the reviews on many online EV forums are mostly satisfactory.

High Powered or Low Powered? That Depends.

Before we start the comparison, we’d like to talk a little about the power delivery of these units. Some manufacturers like to boast about the charging speed of these units in their advertisements, and it can sometimes get a little confusing. We’ve seen claims of “charges three times as fast” and “lightning fast” being used, and some people new to EVs may not fully understand how EV charging works. Some EVs can only accept 16-amps of power, while others, like the new Audi e-Tron for instance, can accept up to 40-amps. Therefore, make sure you know your car’s charging capabilities before you purchase charging equipment, or you may not pair the correct device with your car’s charging ability, and your driving needs.

Most EVs today come with a 120-volt portable EVSE. Some EVs however, come standard with a portable level-2 unit, and this trend seems to be increasing. Tesla for instance, provides a 120-v/240-v Mobile Charger with every car they sell. Therefore, Tesla owners typically wouldn’t be in the market for a portable unit like those we’re comparing here. Audi is also going to be providing a high-powered (40-amp) portable 240-v EVSE with every e-Tron, so it’s possible that more OEMs may start to follow Tesla’s model of including a 240-v EVSE with the car.

If your EV comes with a portable 240-volt charger, then you probably have no need for another one. In that case, you’re more likely to be in the market for a higher-amperage wall mounted unit.  As for charging speed, it is true that a 16-amp portable 240-volt EVSE will charge an EV at nearly three times as fast as a 120-volt, 12-amp unit as the ads claim. Just make sure you know exactly what charging equipment came with your EV before making a purchase, or you may end up buying something that isn’t really better than what you already have. The advertisments that claim their products will “charge your car 3 times faster” don’t always tell the whole story.

There are also many EV owners who may be better served buying a 32-amp wall mounted unit for only a little more than the cost of many of these lower-powered, portable 240-volt units. These wall-mounted chargers are twice as powerful as the 16-amp portable units we’re discussing here today. Therefore, “powerful” is a relative term, and we urge customers to do their due-diligence before purchasing any EV charging equipment.

ClipperCreek includes a wall-mounted connector holster with every EVSE. Webasto includes a wall-mounted cable organizer and a carry case. AmazingE includes two large grocery-style bags for storing & transporting the unit.

Part of your research should be determining whether or not it’s even possible to add a dedicated 40-amp or 50-amp circuit necessary for a 32-amp or 40-amp higher powered wall unit to your home. Many homes, especially older ones, cannot add a 40-amp circuit without an entire service upgrade that costs thousands of dollars. Those in that position may have no choice but to settle for a lower-powered 16-amp 240-volt EVSE. All three of the units in our comparison can deliver 16-amps of power, which will charge a typical EV at a rate of rough 11 to 15 miles of range per hour, depending on how efficient the vehicle is.

One last consideration is the plug. While they all use the same industry-standard J1772 connector to plug into the car, each of the three units in our comparison uses a different wall plug on the other end. The variety of different types of outlets can be a big problem for those who want to take these small, portable units on the road with them. It’s not an issue for home charging, because you can install the outlet you need at home, your place of work or maybe even at a relative or friend’s house.

However, trying to find an available NEMA 14-30 outlet at the local shopping mall, or a NEMA 6-50 at a rest stop along the highway can be challenging. The NEMA 14-50 outlet seems to be the most popular, and that’s probably because Tesla uses it for their Mobile Charger. Tesla has had them installed for destination charging in many locations, as have Tesla owners. If it’s your intention to use your portable 240-volt EVSE at multiple locations and opportunity charge whenever possible, we’d recommend investing in an array of adapters, definitely including a NEMA 14-50, so you’re ready for any available 240-volt outlet that you come across.

The Contenders

ClipperCreek LCS-20P

ClipperCreek has been making electric vehicle charging equipment at least as long, if not longer, than anyone in the business. Many manufactures have turned to them for the standard level 1 charging equipment that is supplied with their electric vehicles. The LCS-20P we’re using for the comparison is the heaviest of the three and weighs 6 lbs. However, it also has a standard 25-foot cable, which is 5-feet longer than the other two units. It has a built-in cable management by coiling the cable around the unit, and securing it in place with a locking strap. There are four holes (two on top and two on the bottom of the unit) which allow for easy wall mounting and removal if desired. The unit is NEMA 4 rated which is good for outdoor use even in extreme weather.

ClipperCreek includes a wall-mounted connector holster in the box with all of their EVSE, which is especially useful if you’re going to be charging outside. We at InsideEVs recommend always holstering or capping your EVSE connector when not in use to prevent dust, water and other contaminants from infiltrating the connector head. Unlike Webasto or AmazingE, ClipperCreek doesn’t provide a carrying case or bag with the unit. However, as mentioned above, it does have a nice cable management system to make handling and transporting it easy.

One notable point is that ClipperCreek is the only company that allows their customers to choose which plug they would like on the unit. They offer the LCS-20P with four different plug configurations: NEMA 14-50, NEMA 6-50, NEMA 14-30 or NEMA L6-30. By allowing the customer to choose which plug is used, the customer could potentially save up to a couple hundred dollars by not needing to install a new outlet, or needing to upgrade the wiring in the existing circuit. We got our unit in a NEMA 14-50 plug configuration because that seems to be the most popular. Plugshare even has a 14-50 plug option in their search criteria, so you can search a destination for available outlets. You can’t do that for the other 240v plug configurations.

Webasto TurboCord

The TurboCord was developed and sold by AeroVironment until earlier in 2018 when Webasto purchased AeroVironmant’s EV charging business. AeroVironment specializes in “Unmanned Aircraft Systems and tactical missile systems used for surveillance and reconnaissance by the military,” so EV-charging equipment should be pretty simple for them. They did in fact, prove their engineering expertise when they developed and introduced the TurboCord in 2014.

The TurboCord is tiny, and weighs only 4 lbs. It’s so small and light, that it plugs directly into the outlet, so there’s no need to have any kind of wall mounting system. It has a 20-foot cable and the unit has a NEMA-6 rating, which is not only good for all kinds of weather, including direct hose spray like the NEMA 4 rated ClipperCreek and AmazingE, but it is also rated for up to 30 minutes of complete immersion in up to a meter of water. It’s the smallest, lightest and highest NEMA-rated unit of the three. Webasto includes a wall-mounted cable hanger in the box, but not a connector holster.

The TurboCord is also the only 120-volt/240-volt unit of the three in our comparison. It’s worth noting that you can get the TurboCord in a dedicated 240-volt configuration for $389, which is $110 less than the dual-voltage version we have that retails for $499. To switch from 240-volts, to 120-volt charging on the dual-voltage unit, you simply remove the 240-volt adapter and locking clip, and plug the unit into any simple household outlet.

When the unit is charging on 120-volts, it will deliver up to 12-amps (1.4kW) of power which will charge a typical EV at about 3 to 5 miles of range per hour. Add the NEMA 6-20, 240-volt adapter, and the charge rate jumps up to roughly 11 to 15 miles per hour. Having the ability to switch between 120-volts and 240-volts is desirable, because the one unit is all you ever need to charge at home or take with you on the road.

AmazingE 

The AmazingE is the lowest-cost choice of the three, and by a significant amount. At only $219.00 it’s a good value for a solid 240-volt portable charger. Like the ClipperCreek unit, it’s NEMA 4 rated, which is fine for use in all outdoor weather conditions.

Unlike the two other units, there’s no cable management system. The only thing included for cable management is a small Velcro strap attached to the cable. As for wall mounting, there are two brackets on the rear of the unit which will slide over screw heads to hold it on a wall. It works, but it’s not as easy or as secure as the ClipperCreek’s mounting process. There is no connector holster included but their website does have a connector holster available for $19.00. It’s actually the exact same holster that’s included with the ClipperCreek unit.

In fact, the AmazingE is sold through, serviced by, and uses components made by ClipperCreek, and that offers buyers a higher level of confidence, since ClipperCreek is an established brand with high customer satisfaction. As mentioned above, AmazingE has started off well, and currently has a very-high 4.8 of out 5-star rating on Amazon, which is part of the reason why we chose to include it in this review, instead of one of the other new-to-market portable 16-amp EVSE.

On the negative side, AmazingE only offers an 18-month warranty, which is half as long as what ClipperCreek and Webasto offers on their products. That’s a significant shortcomming in our opinion, and buyers should definitely take warranty length into consideration when making a purchase decision. It also uses a NEMA 14-30 plug which aren’t very common in many public places. We’d recommend getting a NEMA 14-50 adapter if you have an AmazingE and plan to charge on the road at times.

By the numbers:

                   ClipperCreek HCS-20P                  Webasto TurboCord                          AmazingE

Power:               16-amps @240v              12-amps @120v 16-amps @240v           16-amps @240v

Weight:                     6 lbs.                                               4 lbs.                                             4.6 lbs.

Cord Lenght:          25-feet                                              20-feet                                        20-feet

Dimensions:     11″L x 4″W x 3″D                     5.5″L x 3.7″W x 1.8″D                   9.2″L x 3.5″W x 2″D

NEMA Rating:      NEMA-4                                        NEMA-6P                                        NEMA-4

Plug:   (NEMA 14-50, 6-50, L6-30 or 14-30)          NEMA 6-20                                   NEMA 14-30

Connector Holster:  Included                                         No                                              Optional

Cable Mgmt:    Built-in w/locking strap         Included- wall mounted                      Velcro Strap

Warranty:                  3 Years                                         3 Years                                           1.5 Years

Price:                           $395.00           $389.00(240-v only) $499.00 (120/240v)              $219.00

Other Considerations

As mentioned above, there have been a lot of new entries in the portable 240v EVSE market in the past couple of years. The units selected for this comparison are, in our opinion, some of the better choices available today.

InsideEVs also reached out to Duosida to see if they wanted to be included in this comparison test, but they didn’t respond back. Duosida offers a low cost (sub-$200) portable 120v / 240v EVSE that is marketed and sold under 4 or 5 different names (Zencar, EVChargeSolutions, BougeRV, OrionMotorTech and more). However, this unit seems to have many unfavorable ratings on Amazon, with customers complaining that their units failed within the first year of use. Also, the Duosida website states that the product is only covered by a 30-day warranty, so buyer beware.

Another consideration worth mentioning is the fact that ClipperCreek offers a variety of different power level options to meet the customer’s needs. We focused on 16-amp unit here, because 16-amp units are the most popular, and what the majority of the competition is offering. In addition to offering four different plug configurations, ClipperCreek also offers their LCS models in power ratings of:

  • 12-amps (2.8 kW)  – Delivers about 8-11 miles of range per hour
  • 16-amps (3.8 kW)  – Delivers about 11-15 mph (The model used in our comparison)
  • 20-amps (4.8 kW)  – Delivers about 14-19 mph
  • 24-amps (5.8 kW)  – Delivers about 17-23 mph

Recommendations

Choosing the right level 2 portable EVSE for your needs is a personal decision based on budget, the charging capability of your EV, the power you have available at your house, the daily driving range you need, and perhaps the outlets you have available for you to use at work or other locations you frequent.

The three units we present here are all very capable, well made devices and InsideEVs feels comfortable recommending all of them. With that said, it would be hard to say that ClipperCreek isn’t our favorite brand for portable EV charging for the following reasons:

  • They offer units in 4 different power levels, and all come in 4 different plug configurations
  • All of their units come with the industry-best 25-foot cables
  • All of their products come with a robust 3-year warranty
  • They have built-in cable management, and include a wall-mounted connector holster
  • ClipperCreek has a long history of making top-quality products & great customer service

But that’s not to say that someone might be looking for the least expensive, well-built 16-amp portable EVSE available and find ClipperCreek’s $395.00 price a little too high. Those people may find the $219.00 AmazingE the right fit for them (provided they can look past AmazingE’s kitschy cartoon advertising!).

The TurboCord’s ability to switch between 120-volts and 240-volts is a feature that others will put a premium on. It’s small, light, and comes with a nice carrying case, but at $499 it’s more than twice the price of the AmazingE. On the other hand, the warranty is twice as long as the AmazingE’s, and it’s the only unit of the three that’s NEMA 6P rated, which means it can be fully submerged in up to a meter of water for at least 30 minutes and still operate and quality like that does come with a price.

The TurboCord’s 240v adapter pulls off to reveal a simple 120v household outlet

While there’s no one-size-fits-all when buying electric vehicle charging equipment, there are some important features and other considerations when shopping for one. First, make sure your home can accommodate the electric demand the unit you want needs. Make sure it’s paired well with the amount of electric your EV can accept (the car always dictates how much power it will accept, so you don’t have to worry if you get a charger that can deliver more than your car’s maximum charge rate). Decide which plug you want, and get adapters if necessary. Check to see if the unit is safety certified and that it has at least a NEMA 4 outdoor rating for adverse weather conditions. Make sure the cable is long enough for your needs, and that you have a holster or cap for the connector when not in use. Finally, don’t rush to buy a unit that is a few dollars less without thoroughly checking product reviews and ratings.

There are a lot of new entries to this market, and many of these units aren’t built as well, and don’t have the proven track record as the three we used for this comparison. Since these devices will likely be used every day and for many continous hours, and if they aren’t well-made you could run into serious problems. Saving a few bucks today could be very costly down the road, so do your homework before buying an EVSE, and certainly make sure it’s safety-certified and market tested.

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69 Comments on "Portable Electric Car EV Charger Comparison: Which One’s The Best?"

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If you carry just one portable EVSE you would be crazy to not have a dual voltage EVSE.
So in this comparison the turbo should win hands down.

I sent my factory EVSE to these folks…
http://evseupgrade.com/

Now I have a 120vac 12A or 240vac 12A EVSE

I also built myself an OpenEVSE 240vac 24A as a backup portable as well as a 240vac 40A backup home EVSE.
All adapters built by myself as well.

Well, most cars come with a 120v charger so getting the cheaper amazing e could be a good deal it you don’t mind carrying two.

Just love the Tesla’s portable for being able to do so many different power levels and plugs.

I just hope Plugless Power has the next gen SAE standard 22kW inductive charger available for Model 3 by 2020 and skip the old school plug in like I do with my iPhone. At that rate it can offer 45-50 miles per hour of charge. Just need one for the garage.

But since there is a SAE Standard finally, Tessa should be making their own and do away with the plug whenever possible.

Also cheaper than Webasto’s. Hope Tesla brings out a CCS adapter 😋

Tom. thank you for this helpful information. When I bought my Leaf I sent my 120 EVSE to a third party that converted it to 240. I have to say that it has worked wonderfully for the last 3 + years. It has an attachment that will work on 120 as well.

The Volt gen 2 stock EVSE is 120/240 volt capable. All you need for 240 is an easy DIY plug adapter for $20-30.

In any case, why not JuiceBox Pro portable 240v, 32 or 40 amp EVSE? Much quicker charger speeds and still portable…

110V is under rated. Ive been commuting 80 miles a day in my 2013 volt and the range extender barely kicks in. 110V at home when i sleep and 110V at work while im there.

Its easy in the batteries but increases the “hours” put on supporting components like pumps and power electronics.

I will be the minority here. After a month of ownership and an average daily commute of 70 miles, I am still charging my Model 3 on a 120V 12 amp ‘regular’ plug at about 5 MPH. When I bought the cart I did not have my garage ready, so I told myself let’s give it a month. After a month I am telling myself “lets give it two months”.

Charging on 120V is fine, but you take a hit on efficiency. Moving from 120 to 240V cuts the charging losses from 20% down 10% approximately. Not a huge change, but the dollars will add up with time.

Does the slower charging prolong the battery though?

As far as I know, Level 1 or level 2 charging is gentle in the battery. Multiple high voltage DC charging is what hurts. Biggest factors to negatively impact battery life are deep discharge, high temperature, and keeping them fully charged for long periods of time.

It can work very well. My wife charges her Fiat on the big Clipper Creek between midnight and five AM and my Bolt gets the 120 supplied charger in the same time frame. The bigger battery catches up on the weekends.😊

We’re kind of in the same boat. My wife charges her 2015 i3 with 120V every night. Commute distance is about 75 miles round trip. The gas range extender occasionally kicks in on longer stints, but not often. We haven’t felt the need to move to 240V yet, but one day.

When my wife and I got our first EV in 2013, we decided to try to live with 120V charging via a garage outlet, knowing we could pretty quickly add L2 capability, as needed. Well, we’re now on our second EV and virtually ever electron that’s powered either car has been delivered by the same outlet.

My advice to new EV owners is to do the same — try to live with 120V first — and if it works well enough, you just saved yourself enough money to drive a LOT of miles.

Well I like this article better than the blatant commercials here lately for charging equipment – the only commercial (by this definition – I mean the ones that constantly appear in pop up advertisements here, namely FLO and Amazing-E; so only a partial commercial- you know, the ones they never accept any money for. Usually that past sentence will got the posting deleted so we’ll see. No mention about the extremely popular Duosida Unit which is similar to the Amazing-E, yet is currently priced between $179-199. This Duosida unit is so well built that I can’t think of a reason for anything else, unless you would like more than 16 amperes. As far as Aerovironment making great stuff since they do Military stuff, Tesla told me never to use Aerovironment “Round” 30 amp models with the Roadster since its crappy 5 volt data line regulation caused the Roadster to fault more often than not – and usually the older models were better than the newer (only 4 year old) models. The kicker here for me is the Clipper creek 16 amp product line apparently does not offer any longer (since they used to), the most common plug for this size… Read more »

Correction to the Legality part: The Clipper Creek is legal if the attachment plug is only 1 foot long and internally fused, which it apparently is, or at least seems to be by the photo. My apologies to Californians 🙂

I now have a Model 3 with the great Tesla 120/240V unit but for years I used a Turbocord with my 2011 Leaf, the great thing about it is it fit in the door pocket of the Leaf, since I often charged on a 6-20 (240V) outlet at work this was just too convenient! I still have it and can plug it into my air compressor circuit if needed.

I have been using the Duosida charger for more than a year outdoors in all sorts of weather. 16amp (3.6Kw), no ground check, simple and durable like Kalashnikov gun. $165
The price of $300-400 looks crazy to me.

1) I need a replacement for the 120v charger that came with my 2012 Volt. Any economical recommendations? GM dealer wants almost $500 for a replacement charger.
2) On a 240v charger, what plug type is compatible with the outlet for a typical electric clothes dryer?

If the 120V is working fine for you and you just want a temporary solution. look on Ebay. They go for between $80-$120 all day long.

Buy this one. $150.00 and free shipping.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Duosida-Portable-EVSE-16A-SAE-J1772-Type-1-ev-plug-schuko-2-pin-plug-5M-cable/32814475587.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.2.43217745eb2QrF&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_1_10065_10068_10130_10890_10547_319_10546_317_10548_5730311_10545_10696_453_10084_454_10083_5729211_10618_10307_538_537_536_10059_10884_10887_100031_321_322_10103,searchweb201603_51,ppcSwitch_0&algo_expid=b2e05bea-0776-44ee-a279-961f71325df8-0&algo_pvid=b2e05bea-0776-44ee-a279-961f71325df8
Cut the European plug off of the power cord and replace it with a plug that suits your needs. I have this exact same charger and have been using it flawlessly for over almost 2 years now. I use mine for 120V and 240V as needed. I replaced the plug on mine with an industrial grade 5-15P. I made my own 240V adapter cable by using a Dryer Cord with a 14-30P and put an industrial grade 5-15R on the other end. The Charger will not draw more than 16Amps, so it is within 10% rating of the 15 Amp plug and will operate completely safely this way. I realize the 5-15 plug is not actually rated for 240V so so if you do use this for 240V as I do, you assume the risk involved. Alternatively, you could replace the plug with a 240V plug and adapt down to 120V. My charger never gets hot and has been exposed to rain and freezing temperatures with no adverse affects. I could post pictures of my charger and adapter cord if anyone would like to see them.

Not completely safe at all. Continuous load is limited by code to 80% of breaker and outlet rating. This is code in the USA. (NEC). This is what happens when unqualified, and untrained people do electrical work illegally (No inspection). Fire hazard.

The Siemens Versicharge is 30 amps and portable.

I’ve replaced our BMW i3 EVSE with a KHONS portable (120-240 VAC, 12-32 A). It has a NEMA 14-50 plug and adapter for NEMA 5-20. This EVSE gives L2 performance when I find a NEMA 14-50 wired for 30 A or more, the maximum our BMW i3 takes.

Recently I found six ShorePower.com, trucker electrical power stations, located midway between Huntsville AL and Nashville TN. Perfectly placed, I can grab a 1.5-2.0 hour charge for $3 while hanging out at the Tennessean Truck Stop, exit 22, on I-65.

Using the fast DC charger at Manchester TN costs $12 for a 40 minute charge and adds ~40 miles. Worse, the existing L2 chargers in Pulaski or Shelbyville are derated to 16-24 A adding a 2 hour charging delay; cost ~$5.00, and; adds 15-20 extra miles.

Why so much technology is there no simple answer, like good better best ,quality or recommend or not recommended

These things used to be so expensive (the 30% tax credit didn’t really help that much since the manufacturers just raised the price more than 30% ! ), and for such a simple piece of equipment some models didn’t really work all that well. The Pass & Seymour (LeGrande) unit was a bit surprising to me since P&S has traditionally been pretty good. But the 16 ampere unit for $999 had 4 indicator lights which were always on – you know: Power Available Power On Ready to charge Charger working ok and ready I wouldn’t be surprised if the lights were just hard-wired together. If a computer had to ‘think’ about turning all 4 lights on at once (which is all it ever did, even if it would ‘fault)’ – then that is especially brain-dead. It had a nice coily cord similar to the round 15 amp $499 Voltec (which GM would only sell you if you or a friend owned a VOLT), but the tension was so high some people complained it was wearing out the jack at the car. You could get them a few hundred cheaper at a Fisker Dealership as this was ‘badge engineered’. But it… Read more »

Why so much story make it simple like good. Better. Best or ..or..cheap or Recommend

Tesla Gen 2 UMC + JDapter Stub/TeslaTap = most versatile portable 32 amp L1/L2 combo.
https://insideevs.com/tesla-best-value-evse-non-tesla-owners/

If someone wants to buy new and future proof, this make the most sense to me too.

” The NEMA 14-50 outlet seems to be the most popular, and that’s probably because Tesla uses it for their Mobile Charger.”
Hah! Boy that’s a short term perspective. NEMA 14-50 was in wide use years before the first Tesla roadster came off the production line. Been in wide use by RVs for many years.

Yeah, and to think they thought for 3 years this was a DRYER outlet, and when one tried to tell them residential USA dryers do not use a 14-50 they’d swear up and down you didn’t know what you were talking about. Its a range outlet of course, and also popular with the RV crowd.

None of these are any good if you don’t live in the US :/

Nope – Relax though…. Each of your different Euro countries have plenty of different receptacle combinations for more or less similar types of power connections.

Since all my cars came with a portable EVSE, I choose to buy a 40-amp GE wall-mounted unit. Got a $300 tax refund and it’s still going strong after six years of continuous use on three different cars.

I also find that the higher power GE has a better J1772 connector. Much more well-built solid feel than the portables.

40 amp GE unit? Not familiar with that one Loboc – Or do you mean a plain old Wattstation?

It would be nice if you could get a portable charger like Tesla’s travel connector, with up to 40 Amps, and interchangeable plugs you could use it at home as your main charger. Then a home charger would be as easy as plugging in your smart phone, and you wouldn’t have to have a wall box installed, just an outlet. I have a family member with a Model S 75 using a second travel connector as their home charger, they have the right plug, and breaker to get 40 Amps out of it plus a cord holder on the wall to wrap it around. You don’t even see the cord until they unwind it, and plug-in.

Would love a charger for apartment and condo-dwellers. A charger plugged into an outlet in the residence, battery storage, bring it down to your car and transfer the charge. Why not?

They used to make a roll-’em-around (about the size of a washing machine) thing that you could charge up and then dump it at a ‘level 2’ rate into your car. What killed it besides the cost of the internal battery was people got tired of transporting a “SAFE SIZED” contraption between your 3rd floor apartment, and the street twice a day.

Thanks for this information! Very helpful as I need to buy just such a product.

As others have pointed out, the AmazingE is literally the current charger to that ships with the Bolt with only a different plug. You can easily make an adapter that basically just changes the shape of the plug for nearly free (compared to the price of buying a second charger anyway) to allow the Bolt charger to take 220V, and it’s happy to do so, and I’ll also point out that the charger in the bolt is naturally a Clipper Creek on the inside as well. Clipper Creek is know to be rock solid, lots of municipal units are of this brand, so it’s totally unsurprising that it’s a favorite in this permutation. Tinkerers be warned however, don’t be tempted to cut the plug off your Bolt charger – it’s got a temperature sensor in the plug end to help detect overheating outlets, and cutting it would likely disable the charger. Have fun otherwise. Funny story, I plugged in to an outdoor outlet with my stock portable Bolt charger at an airBnB and was confused as to why I couldn’t set the charging amps to 12, and even more confused when it said it was going to be charged in… Read more »

Ha!!! Reminds me of what happened one time at work when the MOTORMOUTH Big Expert would open up a breakered lighting panel and say ‘ All these white wires need to be under breakers!”.

(He ended up putting 208 on the lighting circuits). The clocks on the wall started smoking and the fluorescent lights started having their ballasts melt and there was a heck of a mess… hehe.

Webasto’s (Aerovironment) Turbocord cannot handle the rated -40C . As soon as the temperature hit ~ – 12C, the unit’s wire lost length as the cold twisted the cable while the EV was plugged in outside. For those who have Tesla’s portable charger,you will know the cable can handle the same temp.Bosch, Smart ED’s portable charger(Clipper Creek?) also doesn’t have the same issue in cold temperatures. Inside EVs correct when they comment warranty, it matters.

I’ve been using the ClipperCreek LCS-20P as my garage charger for my C-Max for a year now and it has worked great. It was a logical choice, since I already had a dedicated 240 circuit and outlet because the previous homeowner had a welder. Now that I’ve added an i3, I’m back to several hours to get a full battery, but I typically drive less than 10 miles a day, so the CC is still all I really need for a top off. I have to admit though, I’ve never thought to unplug it from the wall and bring it along. I will now! Thanks.

Tom: I really enjoyed this article, was waiting for it since the “hard wired” article that you did. I use the Amazing E for my Volt, and as you said it does the job nicely. About 12 miles per hour in the warmer weather, around 8-9 MPH in the colder weather. That is perfect for us PHEV owners, with small batteries and slower on board charging speed. Since the Amazing E is made( it seems, anyway) by Clipper Creek, I felt it was a safe choice. My only issue with the unit is that it causes a “fault”(poor choice of words on my part, but I don’t know the correct term)whenever I use my Keuring. According to Clipper Creek, the Keuring introduces signal noise that hampers the “E”. The Volt’s warning beeps go off and I simply hit my key fob’s unlock button and at least it stops the warning beeps/horn honking. After 15 minutes, the until resets itself. More of a nuisance than anything else. If I chose to, simply unplugging the “E” from the outlet and plugging it back in does the trick. CC’s Customer Service gave me a workaround involving a dedicated circuit breaker and another device… Read more »

I got the bigger Clipper Creek 40p 32-amp and the wall brackets. I installed outlets and brackets at both of my houses (170 miles apart) and it’s soo nice to have a full tank of electrons whenever I leave the house/cabin!! Love it. The charger is big, but I have plenty of cargo space. I have a 2019 Bolt and it’s perfect for me! I don’t think most people “need” this setup, but for me it was a requirement for my weekend outings.