This Portable EV Charger Operates On 120 Or 240: Costs Just $299

AUG 16 2018 BY MARK KANE 26

Accell AxFAST EVSE is portable, universal 120 or 240 V and it’s very affordable

The Accell just introduced its new portable AxFAST Level 2 EVSE, which is not only ready for 120 V or 240 V at 16 Amps (3.84 kW), but also affordable at $299.99 on Walmart.com.

The 3.84 kW is not much juice, but still it should be well suited for most plug-in hybrids and some EVs, as well as being an additional portable EVSE. 10 years ago, a product such as this would’ve cost several times more.

The compatible outlets are: NEMA 5-15 (120V) and NEMA 6-20 (240V).

Here is how ACCELL describes its EVSE:

The ACCELL Dual-Voltage AxFAST Portable Electric Vehicle Charger (EVSE) Level 2 is the result of extensive consumer market research and artisan workmanship. It delivers convenient features, premium material quality and cost effectiveness. This electric vehicle charger is portable and is designed for simple plug and charge. It works with both standard 90-volt to 135-volt grounded NEMA 5-15 outlets for Level 1 charging as well as 190-volt to 250-volt grounded NEMA 6-20 outlets for Level 2 charging. The charging gun follows the standard for USA electric vehicles and is built with premium material, allowing for ultra-toughness and waterproof ability. This unit is compatible with all electric vehicles that meet SAE J1772 standards. Tesla owners will need an additional adapter to convert to SAE J1772. So whether you need Level 1 charging or Level 2 charging, this dual voltage electric vehicle charger has you covered!

  • Level 2 Sae J1772 Ev Charger With Voltage Range From 100V-240V
  • Compatible With All Electric Vehicles That Meet Sae J1772 Standards
  • Level 2 Is Up To 3X Faster Charging As It Uses A 240V Outlet
  • Can Be Used With Standard Grounded 120V Nema 5-15 Outlet With Supplied Adapter Or Direct Charging With 240V NEMA 6-20 Outlet
  • Plugs Into A Dryer Outlet With Optional Nema 10-30 Adapter
  • Portable For Use Anywhere There’s An Outlet
  • Can Also Be Installed Permanently Indoors Or Outdoors
  • Designed & Supported In Usa
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
  • Includes Manual, Carry Bag, 24.6Ft Cable, Female NEMA 6-20 To Male NEMA 5-15 Adapter, 4 Screws & 4 Drywall Anchors

 

ACCELL AxFAST Level 2 EVSE

Source: Accell AxFAST via Green Car Congress

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26 Comments on "This Portable EV Charger Operates On 120 Or 240: Costs Just $299"

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Matt

No regulatory/safety agency marks? No thanks. This is what you get with a super cheap product.

Also, check that history. “10 years ago, a product such as this would’ve cost several times more.” The current J1772 standard wasn’t adopted until 2009… so it couldn’t have even existed. 🙂

Bill Howland

What you say might have merit – but how many people have bought Model S’s in previous years and used the ‘occasional use cord’ at 40 amperes, 240 volts with that Plug that got really hot and caused problems with the home mounted receptacle which it was plugged into?

Tesla realized they had a problem with it, but they to date have done THREE THINGS.

1). Made the car decrease the draw first to 32 then 24 amps, should the voltage dip.

2). More importantly, put a fusible link on the Plug end should it be on the verge of catching fire.

3). New Model “S”‘s get the new 32 ampere unit, with 2 different attachment cords such that the heat is generated at the adapter, far away from the house receptacle.

Meanwhile, looking at my comment down below, for $199 You can get something that runs STONE COLD.

I know which unit I can sleep at night with.

Bill Howland

This kind of thing is good, but at $300 its 50% overpriced – STILL. Its only cheap compared to an Aerovironment.

I picked up a Duosida $199 – 16 ampere unit which is sold all over the place (especially ebay). At 16 amperes it runs STONE COLD, has very substantial rubber cording (better than the ‘occasional use cords’ coming with the cars), and a replaceable, substantial NEMA 6-20 Plug, as well as a heavy J1772 connector. It also has a very convenient 25 foot cord length.

So I understand this commercial may be appealing to people who want to save money. But just by looking at ebay, they can save another $100 and there really is no worry about quality.

Tom

Thanks. I just took delivery (finally). Of a Kia Niro PHEV yesterday and was shopping for a 240v charger. My utility will refund up to $250. So…free. they also are going to submeter that outlet and give me 5.5 cents per kwh off peak. It charges up overnight just fine with the level1 but when running kids around town its nice to have faster charge for those short periods at home.

Bill Howland

You are welcome. I found a good economical charging cord (and i’m sure its fine for outside if you just put it in a plastic bag since it generates apparently almost no heat), and I figured others would want to know,.

TL
WARREN

The BMW/Aero… Turbocord is under $500, DUAL VOLTAGE, And half the size and weight.
Came with my i3.

https://www.jakesweeneybmwparts.com/p/BMW__i3-60Ah-Rex/TurboCord-Charger/71999363/61442448670.html

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I bought a used Toyota OEM one for $25 on craigslist, verified it worked for a week then sent it to these folks…

http://evseupgrade.com/?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=11

It’s only 12A but it was far less expensive. I eventually built an OpenEVSE portable one that I can select the amperage rate on.

The sad part is, manufacturers should be shipping dual voltage portable units with every EV and PHEV! As far as I know, Tesla is the only one doing this in the USA.

Tony

The portable units which comes with the second gen Volt and the Kia Soul both work at 240V with no modifications even though they have 120V stickers.

Brandon

I also thought that the 2018 LEAF comes with a NEMA 14-50 plug and an adapter for 110 charging. Anyone confirm??

Djoni

Absolutly, and as a electrical contractor who install many EVSE, Nissan has it right. No need to buy anything else, just call an electrician to install a 14-50R, basically a stove receptacle, and you’re done.

Very clever, that’s EV for the masses.

Mike I.

Volvo also provides a TurboCord Dual with their plug-ins.

hpver

It would be more useful if it had a NEMA 14-50 plug for L2 charging. Also, no UL listing? I think I would stick with a Clipper Creek for a little more money.

james

I concur. In the US, there should be a UL listing tax paid…

jamcl3

Safety certification fees are not a “tax”. But Walmart should not be selling this if it is not UL listed.

jamcl3

There is a UL listed 240 VAC charging box for $219 from “Amazing E”. A review on You Tube says it is a retail version of the EVSE that Chevy delivers with the new Volt.

Don’t mess with non-UL-certified electrical equipment, you risk your insurance coverage if it starts a fire, as I understand it.

MAF

Exactly. I won’t trust my car + garage to mystery electronics slapped together in China unless they at least have a UL or equivalent cert.

Bill Howland

Those original 40 Amp Tesla occasional use cords didn’t have a UL listing… So you are saying people shouldn’t use them either?

Speculawyer

Nice for those with a 3.2KW charger in their EV. And nice for people that need a portable charger in their car for charging at work.

But for a main home charger…meh.

Speculawyer

Tesla actually has one of the best & relatively low priced chargers. Of course it only works on a Tesla. But there is a Tesla-to-J1772 adapter available for $200.

Paul

I bought my DUOSIDA 16Amp dual voltage charger for $153.00 with free shipping on AliExpress. I made my own 240 volt adapter cord out of an electric dryer cord. I have been using this charger with 120 volts and 240 volts for almost a year now. I also have a Clipper Creek LCS20, the DUOSIDA charger works equally as well as the Clipper Creek at less than half the price.

Eco

My Tesla M3 came with J1772, 240V-50A, and 120V-15A portable adapters.

I made my own 240V-30A adapter by wiring a ‘Dryer’ (240V-30A) plug to a ‘Range’ (240V-50A) receptacle.

I also made my own 240V-15A adapter by wiring two ‘Regular’ (120V-15A) plugs to a ‘Range’ (240V-50A) receptacle. NOTE: this requires plugging into a ‘split’ 120V-15A receptacle where each side of the 120V-15A receptacle is on a separate phase (usually in kitchens, workshops and particularly the ‘block-heater’ receptacle at my apartment parking stall).

I bought an ‘RV’ 120V-30A (Angle plug) to 240V-50A (Range receptacle) adapter at a local hardware store. NOTE: this does NOT convert 120V to 240V, but it does allow you to plug into an RV style connector at a campsite and get twice as much power as from a 120V-15A outlet.

MAF

I emailed AxFast, they say their unit is UL listed, it is just not advertised as such on the web site.

PHEVfan

“Designed & Supported In USA” But not manufactured in USA. I’ll pass. I’m trying to get Clipper Creek to make one like this. So far they’re holding off. I’m going to bug them again at this year’s NDEW event.

Ron M

Finally something to charge my EV while I’m at a hotel definitely gonna get this and ask for room on ground floor facing parking lot.