The Clipper and ChargePoint brands have a long-established presence in the EV charging sector of the American market.
The ClipperCreek system is a little like a classic American muscle car. Big on power but lacks refinement (or smart features in this case). The ChargePoint system is sold with all the ‘refinement’ benefits of an import.
The impact of this is that the most powerful ClipperCreek system (64 amp, 15.4 kW) charges an EV at a charge rate of 60 miles in an hour!
Compared to 37 miles of range per hour of charging by the ChargePoint System (the Home Flex 50 amp).
But which should you buy? Keep reading to find out…
ClipperCreek Level 2 EV Charger
Our Rating: 3.1/5
Key points to consider when choosing a level 2 charger.
The Clipper Creek Level 2 EV Charger has several features which make it worthwhile investigating as your home charging station for an electric car or truck. The main specs are listed below.
- The charger is compatible with every electric vehicle.
- As it is a level 2 unit rated at up to 64 amps, it is superior to a base hardwired level 1 charger.
- Four ClipperCreek chargers are available, rated between 32 amps and 64 amps, and produce between 7.7kw and 15.4kW.
- The smallest model (32 amp, 7.7kw) will provide a charge sufficient for 31 miles in an hour, while the biggest charger (60 amp, 15.4 kW) will provide over 60 miles of charge in an hour.
- For the North American and Japanese markets, the units are fitted with a standard J1772 connector to which all EV charger leads will connect.
- The ClipperCreek system will not supply electricity unless the EVs onboard system requests it, possibly according to a schedule used to take advantage of the most affordable electrical rates.
- The ClipperCreek home charger is completely watertight and impervious to water, ice, and snow. As a result, it can be used in all weather conditions.
- The mounting stand accommodates two chargers which can be installed side by side and conveniently stored.
- The charger comes equipped with a 25-foot charging cable.
- The charger requires a 208-volt to a 240-volt power supply.
- The system qualifies for the federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit.
- The ClipperCreek system can charge an EV battery up to 9 times faster than a level 1 charger.
Although it is not a smart charging system, it will only start to deliver a charge when it receives a valid “handshake” from the car. If the car systems can schedule the charges, it will operate similarly to a smart charging unit.
The convenient stand will store two electric vehicle chargers, ensuring that two EVs can be charged simultaneously while keeping the installation neat and tidy.
ChargePoint Home Flex Charger
Our Rating: 4.4/5
Key points to consider in your ChargePoint Home Flex charger buying decision.
- Only one charger model is needed because an electrician can set the system to varying amperage. The system can be used internally and externally.
- The charger can be set for four charging levels (48 amps, 40 amps, 32 amps, 24 amps, and 16 amps.)
- The charger produced between 3.8kW to 12 kW of power depending on the input current and selected setting.
- The unit is sold with two options for the plug (NEMA 6-50 plug and NEMA 14-50 plug.)
- The charger is compatible with all EVs. is UL (Underwriter Laboratories) certified for safety and ENERGY STAR rated for efficiency.
- The ChargePoint Flex Charger has a smartphone app that can be downloaded from the relevant app store.
- The app will monitor the charging progress, adjust the charging speed, and enable connection to a smart home system that uses Alexa or SIRI as a virtual assistant.
- The ChargePoint can schedule charging when electricity costs are lowest.
- The ChargePoint system can be integrated into the power utilities TOU (Time Of Use) schedule, which assists in balancing the consumption load from the utility.
- The system qualifies for the federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit.
The Home Flex is a compact charging system that can be used inside and outside regardless of weather conditions.
The ChargePoint flex charger provides a fully enabled smart charging system and is supplied equipped with a 23-foot charging cable.
The free-to-use app offers many advanced smart charging features to ensure that users charge their EV in as optimal and cost-effective a schedule as possible.
The system includes an alarm that can be set to remind the user to plug the system and EV in. If the smart charger is already plugged in, the reminder does not activate.
The manufacturer provides a search capability to search for Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Incentives that affect each user.
Common Features: The ClipperCreek Vs. ChargePoint
Here are the features the ClipperCreek Vs. ChargePoint charging systems have in common:
1️⃣ Both systems provide charging rates that are significantly faster than level one systems.
2️⃣ Both systems can be used internally and externally in all weather conditions.
3️⃣ Both units require between a 208-volt and 240-volt power supply.
4️⃣ Both systems can charge all currently manufactured EVs.
5️⃣ The ClipperCreek and ChargePoint warranty are valid for three years.
6️⃣ Both systems qualify for the federal Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, which provides a tax credit of 30% of the charger’s cost.
7️⃣ Both systems are supplied with wall mounting accessories and can manage the cable.
Notable Differences: Between The ClipperCreek Vs. ChargePoint
The differences between the two chargers are listed below.
1️⃣ The price: the cost of the Clipper Creek system ranges between $622.00 to $1,066.00, and the ChargePoint system costs $749.00
2️⃣ The top-of-the-range Clipper Creek charger operates at 64 amps and produces 15.4 kW. This is higher than the ChargePoint system, which operates at a maximum of 50 amps and produces 12 kW of power.
3️⃣ The biggest Clipper Creek charger operates faster than the ChargePoint system.
4️⃣ The biggest Clipper Creek system (60 amp, 15.4 kW) can provide over 60 miles of charge in an hour compared to the ChargePoint System’s 37 miles range for each hour of charging.
6️⃣ The ChargePoint system can be locked to prevent unauthorized use.
7️⃣ The smart ChargePoint system can be monitored via a smartphone app and connected to a smart home communication system.
8️⃣ The app can start and stop charging, check the charging status, calculate the cost of charging, and check the range that has been added to the EV.
9️⃣ The ChargePoint system can be internally scheduled to ensure that charging occurs when it is at the lowest possible cost. The Clipper Creek system can operate with the EV’s own scheduling system, achieving a similar result.
🔟 The ChargePoint system’s internal scheduling capabilities enable the user to schedule charging sessions and save costs while recharging the EV. This factor and the lower price make this unit the cheaper option at purchase time and over the long term.
Additional key differences:
The smallest power version (32 amp) of the Clipper Creek system does not need to be installed by an electrician and instead can be plugged into conventional sockets.
The Clipper Creek mounting system accommodates two Clipper Creek chargers which can be installed side by side and conveniently stored, reducing the space the units take up.
The Clipper Creek system is sold with 25 feet of cable compared to the 23 feet supplied with the ChargePoint system.
Final Verdict: Clipper Creek vs
ChargePoint Home Flex
The verdict will depend on the budget you are prepared to make available, as each system has strong points.
The higher-powered versions of the ClipperCreek system are more powerful and will provide a quicker charge (which means more range) for the EV.
It does, however, cost 42% more than the equivalent ChargePoint and does not have any of the smart features built into the ChargePoint.
Both devices have a reputation for being well-built and will last for many years for EV owners.
The final decision may boil down to cost and convenience over power, in which case the ChargePoint system will be chosen.
Each system provides a reliable and secure method of recharging an EV as fast and conveniently as possible.
The most powerful version of the ClipperCreek system will have significantly faster electric vehicle charging than the ChargePoint system.
The downside is that it costs 50% more and does not have the convenience of ChargePoint’s Smart system, which includes remote monitoring via the ChargePoint app.