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I have been happy with the stock charger. But we are moving to am ore rural location and there is 220 in the garage.

Looking at the aftermarket Lever 2 chargers I am getting very confused about what "size" to buy. I read there was a maximum input the car will accept, but the chargers are rates in Amps. I dont want to waste money over buying...

Anyone have experience with this and can shed some light?

Many thanks.
 

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I have been happy with the stock charger. But we are moving to am ore rural location and there is 220 in the garage.

Looking at the aftermarket Lever 2 chargers I am getting very confused about what "size" to buy. I read there was a maximum input the car will accept, but the chargers are rates in Amps. I dont want to waste money over buying...

Anyone have experience with this and can shed some light?

Many thanks.
I think 32 Amp 7.7 KW is the right one? Maybe?
 

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I've had my Level 2 charger since March, 2021, and it's provided flawless nightly charges to my Mini SE -- very happy with it. It's a MUSTART Level 2 Portable EV Charger (240 Volt, 25ft Cable, 26 Amp), Electric Vehicle Charger Plug-in EV Charging Station with NEMA 10-30P (Update Version), and I got it through Amazon. It plugs into a standard US 220 Volt receptacle which was in our garage, originally intended for an electric clothes dryer. I notice that the Mustart is currently unavailable on Amazon, but there are a number of others which look pretty similar.
 

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I think 32 Amp 7.7 KW is the right one? Maybe?
I ordered a ChargePoint 50 amp level 2 charger from Amazon. My reasoning was that if I ever get another electric car that will accept 50 amps I would be ready. Your car will only allow what it is supposed to regardless. I bought it way ahead of time (my car is on a ship right now) because I wanted it installed before it got here. But the other day I saw an link to Consumer Reports that listed all the incentives by state.

EV Savings Finder

I found out that my electric company (PG&E, Sonoma Clean Power) offers level two chargers for free. They only offered the JuiceBox, which was my second choice anyway, and you buy one for 1/2 the price ($350). Then the first time you use it they will send you a check for the $350. Since I had not yet installed the ChargePoint I returned it to Amazon and received a refund. Check this out.
 

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I have the ChargePoint 50 Amp Home Flex EVSE installed (50 amp breaker and NEMA 14-50 outlet) and I really like it. The cable is easy to manage and estimates the energy usage based on their utility database (Have SMUD in Northern CA). Also have a Tesla wall connector installed (60 amp breaker), which is hardwired. The cable is fairly heavy, stiff and not as easy to manage as the ChargePoint. Since I sold the Tesla Model 3 Performance, will replace the Tesla wall connector with another 48 amp capable EVSE.

I agree with @Ispringer314 and think you should plan for the future and get the highest amp EVSE possible for your situation. EVs are now being installed with larger onboard chargers, so future proof now if possible. IMHO of course.
 

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I have the ChargePoint 50 Amp Home Flex EVSE installed (50 amp breaker and NEMA 14-50 outlet) and I really like it. The cable is easy to manage and estimates the energy usage based on their utility database (Have SMUD in Northern CA). Also have a Tesla wall connector installed (60 amp breaker), which is hardwired. The cable is fairly heavy, stiff and not as easy to manage as the ChargePoint. Since I sold the Tesla Model 3 Performance, will replace the Tesla wall connector with another 48 amp capable EVSE.

I agree with @Ispringer314 and think you should plan for the future and get the highest amp EVSE possible for your situation. EVs are now being installed with larger onboard chargers, so future proof now if possible. IMHO of course.
I did return my ChargePoint just because I got the JuiceBox for free (eventually). The cable is very thick and heavy. I have not received my car yet and will make sure my electrician will install my charger in a position that I won't have to stretch the cable too far. I thought the ChargePoint sounded the best but I couldn't argue with $750 vs. free. Hoping the app is decent.
 

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I did return my ChargePoint just because I got the JuiceBox for free (eventually). The cable is very thick and heavy. I have not received my car yet and will make sure my electrician will install my charger in a position that I won't have to stretch the cable too far. I thought the ChargePoint sounded the best but I couldn't argue with $750 vs. free. Hoping the app is decent.
Excellent idea on discussing with your electrician on the location for your EVSE install. The Mini Cooper SE I ordered will be the 6th plug in electric vehicle for us - and of course, the J1772 charging port was in a different location for almost all of the cars.

Hope you get your Mini soon. I was told there was a 50-50 chance ours would arrive before the end of the year. I'm located in Sacramento, but purchasing our Mini from Mini of Marin in Corte Madera.
 

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Excellent idea on discussing with your electrician on the location for your EVSE install. The Mini Cooper SE I ordered will be the 6th plug in electric vehicle for us - and of course, the J1772 charging port was in a different location for almost all of the cars.

Hope you get your Mini soon. I was told there was a 50-50 chance ours would arrive before the end of the year. I'm located in Sacramento, but purchasing our Mini from Mini of Marin in Corte Madera.
I bought my car from Mini of Marin also and I was told that they had 20 cars still in the port in Long Beach that arrived on August 1 and they just received three of the 20 around 3 days ago. So I think we have a long wait once it gets here. Mine is due to be in Long Beach on the 21st.
 

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I bought my car from Mini of Marin also and I was told that they had 20 cars still in the port in Long Beach that arrived on August 1 and they just received three of the 20 around 3 days ago. So I think we have a long wait once it gets here. Mine is due to be in Long Beach on the 21st.
Wow - Congrats and I hope you get your Mini soon !!! The Mini dealer in Sacramento wanted a $4,000 dealer markup, so started looking elsewhere and found Mini of Marin....

I took delivery of a different EV on May 26th of this year and prior to delivery, it sat at The Port of Benicia for over two months for "Port Processing". It was there during the Port of Benicia fire, but luckily was far enough away and was not damaged by the fire.

Let us know how the delivery goes and have fun !!!
 
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