Before we get fully underway, there are three main specifications of the latest Nissan Leaf models to be aware of, namely, charging ports/sockets, max AC/DC power output, and estimated charging times.
|AC port: SAE J1772||DC port: CHAdeMO 1.0|
|Max. AC power output: 6.6 kW||Max. DC charge power: 100 kW|
|Estimated AC charge time: ~10h45m||Estimated DC charge time: 30-40 min|
You’ll see that I highlighted the max AC power output. That’s because the Leaf is limited to 6.6 kW, and buying a charging station that will do nearer to 10 kW is just wasted cash.
So this review of the best EV home chargers for Nissan Leaf’s is going to focus on level 2 chargers that deliver 32 Amps or roughly 7.7 kW of AC output.
And although there are more powerful versions of the chargers on this list available, don’t let that tempt you because the vehicle can’t actually benefit from the additional amperage.
In any case, you’ll still get up to 6x faster charge than a trickle level 1 charger. Here are three can’t miss options and the best EV home chargers in general:
ChargePoint Home Flex (EV) Charger
Our Rating: 4.4/5
Our top pick for the best EV home charger for a Nissan Leaf is this ChargePoint Home unit. It is one of the most premium options on the market but also one of the most popular due to its versatility and also the convenience that it offers for its users.
This Level 2 charger will charge up any EV 9x faster than a regular wall outlet and has flexible amperage settings (16-50 amps) to suit your home. So if you ever sell your Leaf you don’t need a new charger.
It comes with a 23-foot charging, which in my opinion, is a shortfall from ChargePoint and could be made longer. But it’s NEMA 3R weatherproof rated, so it will be suitable for indoor and outdoor use.
The charger is WiFi-enabled, so you can connect it to your ChargePoint app on your smartphone, set a schedule for your EV to charge when electricity is the cheapest, and set reminders on your phone so you never forget to plug it in.
You can also use Alexa Control with your EV charger.
This charger is also eligible for many utility rebates and incentives along with the U.S. federal EV charger tax credit, so you’ll be able to gain back money from your purchase cost.
The Home Flex is UL listed for maximum safety and has an ENERGY STAR certification for efficiency. You’ll also get a 3-year guarantee along with 24/7 support for any issues that may arise.
- Adjustable amperage – Can reach around homes to charge the car on the driveway
- WiFi-enabled – You can schedule charging from your phone when electricity is cheap
- 9x faster charging – 37 miles of range per hour
- Plug-in or hardwired installation – Suits a variety of home environments
- Premium option – Not attainable for everyone
- 23-foot cable – Could have a couple of extra feet for charging on the driveway
JuiceBox (EV) Charging Station
Our Rating: 4.2/5
When it comes to purchasing an EV charger, the most important thing you want is power that matches your vehicle. And the JuiceBox Smart EV charger delivers this perfectly.
The high-powered JuiceBox 32 amp EV charger offers up to 7.7 kW, allowing you to achieve around the best estimates of charging times on your Nissan Leaf.
The 25-foot charging cable allows you to install the unit either indoors or outdoors, depending on where you need it. In addition, the weatherproof casing of the unit offers high protection for the unit against the elements outdoors.
The charger is WiFi-enabled and allows you to monitor your EV’s charging progress right from your phone as well as schedule charging times. You’ll also be able to view your vehicle’s charging progress via the dynamic LED lights on the unit.
The charger can also be voice-controlled by Amazon Alexa/Echo, so if you’re lying in bed and suddenly remember you’ve forgotten to charge your EV, you can just ask it to charge before you go to sleep. This is a handy feature even though the Nissan Leaf stops charging when full.
As the charger is UL-listed and ENERGY STAR certified it qualifies for local utility incentives and the federal tax credit. There is even a 3-year warranty for regular residential use to cover any problems.
- UL listed & Energy Star certified – Can get partially reimbursed for purchasing this unit
- WiFi-enabled – Can monitor and schedule charging from your phone
- 25-foot charging cable – Allows for indoor and outdoor installation
- Issues with WiFi – Customer reports frequent WiFi failure
Grizzl-E Smart Home Charger
Our Rating: 3.6/5
Manufactured in Canada, the Grizzl-E Level 2 EV charger features a 24-foot premium cable and has been IP67 rated for its resistance to natural elements. There is also the option to buy a 5-year warranty.
Beyond this, the EV charger has a range of safety features, including a built-in GFCI and over-temperature protection.
It also has the option of adjustable amperage, with the charge’s overall power range falling between 16A and 40A. The charger’s exterior has been made using durable and sturdy materials and is incredibly easy to detach from its wall mount.
- Durable Design: The Grizzl-E Level 2 EV charger’s exterior has been made using durable materials and features an air-tight enclosure to protect the charger from extreme weather conditions.
- Adjustable Amperage: The EV charger comes with the option of adjustable amperage: 16A, 24A, 32A, and 40A.
- IP67 Certified: The Grizzl-E Level 2 EV charger has been IP67 certified due to its water and fire resistance.
- No App Support: Unfortunately, United Chargers does not feature app support.
- Short Power Cord: There have been reports of the power cord being too short, making charging your car difficult and time-consuming.
ClipperCreek Level 2 EV Charging Station
Our Rating: 3.1/5
Don’t let 3.1 stars out of 5 mislead you. It only scores there because it doesn’t offer smart features, nor does it pretend to. Check out how we review and score home charging stations to get a better picture.
ClipperCreek by Enphase is one of the most trusted names in EVSE, and their Level 2 charger can offer up to 5.5x faster charging than the Level 1 charger that came with your EV.
It has a NEMA-4-rated enclosure, so it’s safe to install outside your home and will stand up against the elements.
You can easily plug in your charger to a NEMA 14-50 receptacle or hire an electrician to install a 240v socket in your home to then plug in your charger.
It comes with a 25-foot charging cable so you can neatly install the unit in a corner of your garage and then charge your vehicle on your driveway. In addition, the unit is compact, so it won’t look too obnoxious if you do decide to install it outside your home.
If you’ve got other EVs at your home, or you’re likely to update your current EV in the future, then this EV charger is universally compatible.
The 3-year warranty will be able to cover any teething issues you may experience with the ClipperCreek model, and they offer reliable customer service to help you whenever you need assistance.
The unit comes with an Energy Star certification and is ETL-listed, so it should hopefully qualify for an incentive or rebate from the government or your local utility provider.
- Can qualify for incentives – Saves you money when you purchase
- 3-year warranty – Solve any issues without paying someone to fix them
- Universal charger – Will work with all EVs
- No advanced features like WiFi – Not as convenient as other models
MEGEAR Level 1-2 EV Charger
If you are on a really tight budget, then this Megear unit is the best budget EV charger currently out there.
I haven’t given it a star rating because we only award those to dedicated Level 2 home systems.
It’s a level 1 and level 2 EV charger that is compatible with most major EV manufacturers and multiple power sources.
It comes with a 25-foot cable, so you can reach your car to charge it up, even if it’s parked on the driveway. In addition, the cables are waterproof, so you will be able to connect your car that’s parked outside to your EV unit in your garage.
The level 2 setting will be able to charge your electric car up to 3x faster than your car’s original charger.
The charger is primarily recommended for indoor use due to the lower IP55 rating, which protects the charger unit against dust and debris but is not considered waterproof.
However, if you live in an area like California, you could probably get away with keeping it outside.
It comes with over-current and over-voltage protection to prevent damage to the unit’s electrical components and your EV.
- Charges your car 3x faster than a regular charger – Less time waiting around
- 25-foot cable – Can reach your car parked on the driveway
- Over-voltage & current protection – Prevents damage to the charging unit and vehicle
- Not suitable for outdoor use – Limits where you can install it
EV Charger Cable Length
The cable length on your EV charger will be an essential factor you’ll need to consider when buying a unit.
If you require your cable to reach around your house to reach your driveway or your car, then you’ll need to make sure you have a long enough cable.
However, if your charger is going to be installed close to (or on) your driveway, then you may only need a shorter cable.
UL or ETL Safe
Look for a UL or ETL rating on EV chargers, which means the unit has met all the requirements for product safety standards. Therefore there should be a lessened risk of any problems or accidents occurring.
If your EV charger is going to live in your garage all the time, then you won’t have to worry about making sure it holds up against bad weather.
However, if it’s going to be installed outside your home, then you’ll need to ensure that it has a high enough NEMA rating for the climate that you live in.
Opt for a charger with NEMA 3-4 ratings for outdoor installations. This will hold up against falling rain, snow, dirt, dust, and any accidental splashing when you’re cleaning your car.
If you are going to install your charger in your garage, think about how else the space is used and if this could negatively impact your EV charger.
For example, if you use your garage as a workshop, then a lower NEMA rating may not be able to protect the charger from flying dust or dirt.
WiFi capability is not something that will come with every EV charger, but if you’re after maximum convenience, then it’ll be something you want to consider.
WiFi-enabled chargers will allow you to connect from your smartphone and view the charging progress of your EV. And also, schedule charging times for the EV without you having to go out and manually turn it off and on.
You may want to check with your current utility provider or the state or federal regulations regarding EV incentives to see if there is any sort of rebate or incentive available for purchasing or installing an EV charger at your home.
Some utility companies may require you to have a specific charger brand to get some money back, so it’s worth double-checking beforehand to see what qualifies.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to fully charge a Nissan LEAF?
The average cost to fully charge your Nissan Leaf to the full mile range is around $5-$6. Depending on the cost of electricity at your home and in your area.
Your electricity bill will increase depending on how frequently you charge your LEAF and how long you’re charging it for each time.
Electricity is more expensive during peak hours of the day (4-9 pm), so it’s always best to charge your EV before or after this period.
How much does it cost to install an EV charger at home?
The cost of installing an EV charger at your home can range anywhere from $200 to $1000, depending on how complex the job is.
The U.S. government offers a tax credit of up to $1,000 for the purchase and installation of EV chargers at homes, which should partially be able to cover the cost of getting an EV charger installed.
Several states also offer rebates and incentives for people who purchase an EV and will need a charging station installed at their homes.
Which is the best charger for a Nissan Leaf?
The answer really depends, but to be direct, you can’t go wrong with the Home Flex, the JuiceBox, or the Grizzl-e Smart.