You may have noticed that most EV home chargers are labelled ‘smart chargers’. A smart charger is a charger that can take advantage of scheduled times and kWh price caps for greater charging control.
Smart chargers are also connected to your smartphone, sometimes syncing directly with your electric car and relaying the vehicle’s charging information to your smartphone. Other times, the charger collects all data from a CT clamp and sends it to your smartphone.
The alternative to a smart charger is a standard socket (3-pin at 2.3kW or Commando at 7kW) or a ‘dumb’ charger that provides a wall box but is a plug and play device.
Smart chargers are definitely worth it over standard sockets. The ability to control charging on your smartphone is extremely useful. Smart chargers also let you schedule charge times, lock and unlock the charger, and set kWh price caps to take advantage of low electricity rates.
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