Smart chargers are the future of EV charging at home, replacing regular sockets and dumb chargers en masse. But why?
Smart chargers are becoming increasingly affordable, making it easier to get desirable features like solar integration and Bluetooth + Wi-Fi connectivity.
Additionally, smart chargers are usually much faster than standard sockets, so if you’re waiting for your car to charge then you’re probably waiting a long time.
With a smart charger, you can set a charging schedule which will ensure your car is fully charged as quickly as possible.
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Plus, if your home has a smart meter then your charging routine will be monitored in real time, so you can see when your battery is getting close to being full.
A smart charger is a beneficial addition to an EV owner’s arsenal because it can:
- Manage your charging process so you don’t have to wait long for your car to charge
- Set a charging schedule so your car is charged as quickly as possible
- Monitor your car’s battery status in real time to ensure you’re not overcharging it
There are a few downsides to a smart charger, though.
First, they can be more expensive than standard chargers. And secondly, they may not be compatible with all EV models. But overall, the benefits of having a smart charger should be enough to justify the cost.
1. Charging Status Monitoring – One of the most important features of any charging station is the ability to monitor the status of the batteries being charged. This allows the operator to ensure that the batteries are being charged to the correct level, and that they are not overcharging or over-discharging the batteries.
2. Auto-Return and Auto-Rollover Functions – Many chargers have features that allow them to automatically return to idle after a set time, and then begin charging again once the battery is full. This helps to prevent the battery from getting too hot, and also helps to maximise the time that is spent charging the battery.
3. Balancing Charging – charging too fast can lead to damaging the battery, while charging too slowly can lead to it not being fully charged. Many smart chargers (especially those connected to the grid) have algorithms that help to balance the charge, so that the battery is charged efficiently.
Overall, a smart charger is a useful tool for electric car owners, and can help keep your battery working at its best.