Back in the day, residential-grade level 2 EV chargers were limited to 32 amps, but recent developments in the EV game has forced automakers to equip their models with stronger on-board chargers. Home EV charger manufacturers had to adjust to suit the more powerful requirements, such as what ChargePoint has done with their Home Flex.
It is the company’s fastest, most technologically advanced home charger that works on any EV—past, present, and future. The Home Flex is packing some heat that allows it to work in all garages with quite tweaking of your home’s electrical system.
Up to 50-amp Charging
ChargePoint focuses only on providing the best, quickest residential-grade EV charges to their customers as you’ll see with the Home Flex. Most Level 2 home chargers are limited to 32-amp charging which the most part, is sufficient, but if you’re looking to go the extra mile with quicker charging, the Home Flex’s 50-amp charging rate is what you’re looking for.
According to ChargePoint, the Home Flex charges up to nine times faster than your regular wall outlet, providing your car with more than 35 miles of travel per hour of charging. The up-to-50-amp charging ability of the Home Flex can support any EV vehicle sold at any time in the past and present.
Plus, with EV manufacturers hinting that their AC charging cap sets to 48 amps, the Home Flex will remain a relevant Level 2 home-use charger for the foreseeable future.
Using the ChargePoint smartphone app, you can monitor the charging status of your vehicles from anywhere on the planet. All you need is a strong enough connection where you plan on installing the Home Flex (repeaters may be necessary here).
That’s not all the app can do. After successfully connecting the Home Flex to the internet, you’re free to select the amp rating from your smartphone. Its default settings are 16 amps, but you can bring it up several notches—up to 50 amps—to match your home’s power supply.
Other benefits of the app include creating scheduled charging times and locating ChargePoint stations anywhere in the world (more than 100,000 stations). In addition, if your hands are busy, you can yell at Alexa to relay your commands to the Home Flex.
Quick and Easy Setup
The Home Flex is a plug-in (for NEMA 14-50 and 6-50) EV Charging Unit that is compatible with a wide range of electrical circuits. Most homeowners will need to install a separate 240V circuit to accommodate 40-plus-amp charging—a job that you should leave to the professionals.
Another great feature is that the male plug can be removed to hardwire. It is done by removing the cover and plastic clip that holds the wires in place (no tools necessary).
The entire hardwiring process can be done in about an hour, and there are several YouTube tutorials to help finish the job. Or you can hire a professional electrician.
Long 23-foot Cable
The wall-mounted Home Flex features a long 23-foot cable making, moving simply the charging port to any side of your car. The cord is exceedingly durable and weatherproof (the entire unit is), and it doesn’t kink when moving from place to place.
This long cable will score bonus points for those who can’t be darned to hang the plug back onto the charger unit and instead leave it on the garage floor.
Notable Issues with the ChargePoint App
Even though the app is robust, well-designed, and covers more than the basics (it even calculates how you could end up spending on charging your car), there are a couple of things missing that would have made it perfect.
It may seem a bit nitpicky but please, bear with me.
First, despite a programmable charging scheduler, no countdown timer function can make charging your car for a set couple of hours a bit of a hassle to do. The LED lights on the Home Flex unit are far too bright, especially at nighttime when charging your car outdoors.
An option to dim or turn off the LEDs would be appreciated. Also, to use the app, an internet connection is mandatory.
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Verdict: Is the ChargePoint Home Flex on Point?
Overall, the build, performance, and convenience of the ChargePoint Home Flex make it a highly desired Level 2 EV charger for homes. With the ability to support old and new (even unreleased) EV cars, it’s definitely worth the admitted steep investment cost.
Installation is straightforward—the only problem you may come across is connecting it to your Wi-Fi. Other than that, you’ll enjoy the 35-plus miles you get from every 60 minutes of charging with the Home Flex.
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