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To ensure you get the best value from your electric car and pay as little as possible to charge it, it requires you to “work” the system.
This means that your charging system should be able to schedule the charging times to ensure that the power is supplied at the lowest cost possible. So you can take advantage of the power utilities TOU (Time Of Use) schemes.
Grizzl-E Level 2 EV Charger Series
Six models of the domestic Grizzl-E EV charger are available:
- The Classic Grizzl-E charger.
- The Mini Grizzl-E charger.
- The Smart Grizzl-E charger.
- The Extreme Edition Grizzl-E charger.
- The Special Edition Grizzl-E charger
- The Duo Grizzl-E charger.
The Classic Grizzl-E Charger
This is the basic model in the series, which does not provide any of the SMART access features; however, it does have all of the single-vehicle charging capabilities of the other models.
The Classic home EV charger is supplied with the following items:
1️⃣ 24-foot soft cable
2️⃣ Mounting bracket and screws
3️⃣ Easy EV Plug Holster
4️⃣ The home charger
The Mini Grizzl-E Charger
Measuring only 6.9″ x 3.1″ x 2.4″ the Mini Grizzl-E is a versatile portable unit that will accept 120 and 240-volt power supplies.
The only limitation of the Mini Grizzl-E Charger is that it has a maximum charging capacity of 9.6kW.
The Mini model is provided with the following items:
1️⃣ Easy EV Plug Holster
2️⃣ Soft carrying case
3️⃣ The charging unit
The Smart Grizzl-E Charger
The Smart Grizzl-E home charging station has all of the capabilities of the Classic model; however, it adds SMART functionality, which includes the features listed below.
- Wi-Fi Connectivity.
- View the system’s charging statistics.
- Set up a schedule for the charging times.
- The “Smart” Grizzl-E Charger system enables integration into the power utility’s TOU (Time Of Use) schemes that help to lower charging costs while also helping to balance the consumption load from the utility.
- The system allows you to control the Grizzl-E charger remotely.
The Smart Grizzl-E Charger is supplied with the following items:
- 24-foot soft cable
- Mounting bracket and screws
- Easy EV Plug Holster.
- The charger.
The SMART charger can connect to any device using the open charge point protocol (OCPP), which communicates between the EV, the charging station, and a computer running OCPP 1.6J software.
The Smart system is available below:
The Extreme Edition Grizzl-E Charger
The Extreme Edition Grizzl-E charger is designed for use in outdoor environments and includes a camouflage paint scheme on the housing and the Easy EV Plug Holster.
The Special Edition Grizzl-E Charger
The Special Edition Grizzl-E Charger is stylized with sleek white housing.
The Duo Grizzl-E Charger
The Duo Grizzl-E Charger is essentially two classic chargers in one housing. The system can charge two EVs simultaneously and provides up to 10kW of charging current per vehicle.
The Intelligent power system ensures that the maximum available current is shared with each vehicle.
The Duo Grizzl-E Charger is supplied with the following items:
1️⃣ Two lengths of 24-foot soft cable
2️⃣ Mounting bracket and screws
3️⃣ Two Easy EV Plug Holsters
4️⃣ The charger contains two systems housed in one body
Specifications Common To Each Grizzl-E Charger
Key points to consider in your Grizzl-E Level 2 charger buying decision.
The Grizzl-E charging system has several features common to all of the models in the range, which are listed below.
- The Grizzl-E charging system is fully compatible with all of the currently manufactured EVs.
- The Grizzl-E charger has an adjustable power rating which includes the following amperages (16 amps, 24 amps, 32 amps, and 40 amps.)
- The varying amps provide up to 10kw of power.
- The Grizzl-E system will accept power supplies ranging from 20amps, 30 amps, 40 amps, and 50-amp circuit breakers.
- At the lowest power setting (20 amps in, 16 amps out, 7.7kw), the system supplies a charge sufficient to power an EV for 10 – 12 miles for each hour of charging. When set to the maximum setting of 40 amps (50 amps in, 40 amps out, 10kW), the system will provide sufficient charge for 28-30 miles per hour of charging.
- The system is sold with two optional connector types, NEMA 14-50 and NEMA 60-50.
- The Grizzl-E charger is enclosed in waterproof aluminum housing, so the system can be used indoors and outdoors.
- The system is sold with 24 feet of cable, designed to remain flexible irrespective of how cold it gets.
- The packaging includes a cable management system with a convenient holster to store the connector socket keeping it clean and dry.
- The charger requires a 208-volt to 240-volt power supply. The Mini will accept 120v.
- The systems are equipped with the following electronic protections – Over Current, Over Voltage, Ground Fault, and Over Temperature.
- The warranty term for the different models ranges between 3 to 5 years.
ChargePoint Home Flex Charger
The system includes an alarm that can be set to remind the user to plug the system and EV in.
Key points to consider in your ChargePoint Home Flex Charger buying decision:
- A single model is available, which can be set by the installing electrician for a range of power levels.
- The levels available are 16 amps, 24 amps, 32 amps, 40 amps, and 38 amps.
- The watt rating varies between 3.8kW to 12 kW according to the amp value selected at installation.
- At its highest rating, the system will provide a charge sufficient to add 37 miles of range per hour of charging.
- Three connector types are available: NEMA 6-50, NEMA 14-50, and hardwired options.
- As with the Grizzl-E charger, the device can charge all EVs.
ChargePoint Home FlexCharger is a SMART system with a free-to-download smartphone app.
- The Smart components provide the functionality to monitor the charging progress and adjust the speed of the charge.
- The system can also be integrated with SMART homes virtual assistants (Alexa, Google Home, or SIRI).
- The ChargePoint has the internal capability to schedule charging sessions that start as soon as the utility power supply’s cost decreases and stop when the cost increases.
- The ChargePoint system has TOU (Time Of Use) capabilities enabling it to provide cost savings while also helping to balance out the Utility power loads.
- A 23-foot charging cable is provided.
- The system can be used internally and externally.
Common Features: The Grizzl-E vs ChargePoint
Here are the features of the Grizzl-E Vs. ChargePoint charging systems have in common.
- The main models of The Grizzl-E and the ChargePoint systems require a 240-volt power supply.
- Both systems can be set to a maximum power rating of 40 amps.
- Both systems will accept an inbound current of 50 amps.
- Both products are supplied with wall attachments which include cable management.
- The SMART Grizzl-E and the ChargePoint systems have TOU capabilities.
- Both systems are compatible with currently manufactured EVs
- Both systems are supplied with more than 22 feet of cable.
- Both systems are designed to qualify for the federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, which provides a tax credit of 30% of the charger’s cost.
Notable Differences: The Grizzl-E Smart vs ChargePoint
The differences between the two chargers are listed below.
- The Grizzl-E system can be plugged into a standard NEMA 6-50 or 14-50R outlet. The ChargePoint system has the added benefit of being plugged in or hardwired (the fixture should be installed by a qualified electrician).
- The “Mini” Grizzl-E can work on 120 and 240 volts and can be plugged into any standard socket.
- The Grizzl-E amp rating can be adjusted by the user, whereas the ChargePoint system requires an electrician to change the amp settings.
- The ChargePoint offers a Smartphone App.
- The cost: The Grizzl-E models retail between $395.00 (Classic), $475.00 (Smart), and $799.00 (Duo), whereas the ChargePoint system retails for $749.00.
- The highest power rating of the Grizzl-E system is 10kW, whereas the highest rating of the ChargePoint is 12kW.
- At its highest rating, the ChargePoint system will provide 37 miles of range per hour of charging compared to 30 miles with the Grizzl-E charger.
Final Verdict: The Grizzl-E vs
ChargePoint Home Flex
The ChargePoint system has added features, including a mobile app on any smartphone and a nominally faster charging rate.
The Grizzl-E Level 2 EV charger offers several charger models, ranging from a single base unit, a smart charger to a dual charging system priced very closely to the single vehicle ChargePoint.
Both charging systems provide a stable and capable method to charge an EV. The Grizzl-E SMART EV charger is 40% cheaper than the ChargePoint device.
The Grizzl-E duo charger is only $50.00 more expensive than the ChargePoint system and can charge two vehicles simultaneously.
Ultimately the deciding factor is going to be the cost. The Grizzl-E is hands down the best value-for-money charger on the market today. While ChargePoint is considered by many industry experts to be the best overall home charger in terms of features and quality.
- Adjustable power rating (16,24,32,40 Amp)
- 5-year warranty available
- Value for money
- Charging connector could be better
- Cable length