If you’ve bought an electric vehicle (EV) recently or are considering one, you’re not alone! According to McKinsey, if EV sales continue on their current trajectory, they’re likely to account for over half of U.S. passenger vehicle sales by 2030. Having an EV charger at your home allows you to more efficiently and quickly charge your EV, while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!)
Lectron is one of the leaders in the home EV charging space with several affordable models of EV chargers that you can install in your home. In this article, we’ll cover the V-BOX 40 and 48 Amp (A) chargers, the newest chargers in Lectron’s lineup. There are other Lectron chargers which we’ll mention briefly as well.
- Lectron VBOX home EV chargers generally cost between $450 and $500, depending on the power capacity you select and if there are any special promotions running.
- The V-BOX charges your EV up to 46 miles per hour and can be set to lower amp settings for a wide range of charging control and customization.
- The charger also comes with a mountable V-hook to keep cables organized on the wall next to it.
- Looking to power your EV on sunshine at home? Visit the EnergySage Marketplace to compare custom solar quotes.
What’s in this article?
- Key things to know about Lectron’s home EV charger
- Pros and cons of Lectron V-BOX
- Details about charging speeds
- Is the Lectron V-BOX EV charger right for you?
What to know about EV charging at home
Before diving into the V-BOX EV chargers specifically, it’s important to know the different levels of charging you can do at home and how they vary. EV chargers are also known as EVSEs, which stands for electric vehicle supply equipment.
A Level 1 charger is just using a standard outlet at your home. To do this, you just use a standard 120-volt wall outlet with a J1772 connector. However, this is very slow, only adding approximately 2-5 miles per hour to your range. A Lectron V-BOX is a Level 2 charger: the standard for home EV charging. It allows you to charge much more quickly than a Level 1 charger, providing up to 46 miles of range per hour, depending on which EV you own.
Key things to know about Lectron’s V-BOX home EV charger
The Lectron V-BOX is a Level 2, 240V flexible amperage home EV charger, with charging speeds up to 46 miles per hour. It comes with a 20-foot charging cable and is easy for an electrician to install indoors or outdoors.
Key features of Lectron’s V-BOX EV chargers
|Lectron V-BOX 40A||Lectron V-BOX 48A|
|Price (for the equipment)||Regular price: $449.99, currently listed on website for $392.99; Tesla bundle with adapter available for an additional $100 - $150 more||Regular price: $499.99, currently listed on website for $449.99; Tesla bundle with adapter available for an additional $100 - $150 more|
|Wiring/plug options||Plugs into a NEMA 14-50 outlet||Plugs into a NEMA 14-50 outlet|
|EV compatibility||Compatible with all EVs||Compatible with all EVs|
|Charging connection||Standard J1772 connector, Tesla bundle and adapter available for additional cost||Standard J1772 connector, Tesla bundle and adapter available for additional cost|
|Average EV charging speed||Up to 38 miles per hour||Up to 46 miles per hour|
|EV charger output||Up to 7.36 kW / 40A, offers adjustable charging at 16A, 24A, and 32A||Up to 9.2 kW/ 48A, offers adjustable charging at 16A, 24A, 32A, and 40A|
|Cable length||20 feet||20 feet|
|Connectivity||No WIFi capabilities or app||No WIFi capabilities or app|
|Indoor/outdoor||Rated highly to withstand low-pressure water from all directions and dust, so works inside or outside||Rated highly to withstand low-pressure water from all directions and dust, so works inside or outside|
|Equipment warranty||1 year||1 year|
Wiring and EV compatibility
The Lectron V-BOX EV home charger is compatible with all EV models as long as they have the capability to charge with a J1772 charge plug, which most EVs today have other than Teslas. Teslas do come with a J1772 adapter, though, so you can still charge your Tesla with this common Level 2 charge plug. Lectron also offers a Level 1 and Level 2 Tesla-compatible 16A/32A charger for $379.99.
The Lectron V-BOX EV home charger can be used with most home’s electrical systems. It comes with a bright LCD screen with a clear display of your charging status, temperature and other technicalities. It also has the ability to change and customize amperage settings for a wide range of charging functions. It is versatile enough to install either indoors or outdoors in most homes, apartments, and condo complexes. (Do keep in mind that if you live in a multi-unit complex, you will need to confirm with your HOA or complex that you can install an EV charger at your parking spot.) The Lectron V-BOX’s cable is lightweight and 20 feet long, providing a fair amount of flexibility in where you install it, though it is three to five feet shorter than many other home EV charger cables.
Connectivity & app
Most chargers can connect to your home’s WiFi network to receive over-the-air firmware updates, remote diagnostics access, and usage data tracking capability; however the V-BOX doesn’t have any connectivity or smart features. There’s also no app to charge and manage your charging.
The Lectron V-BOX comes with a 1-year equipment warranty, which is shorter than the industry standard of 3 years. Lectron also offers a 30-day refund policy if the charger is unused and returned in the packaging it was purchased in.
Additional Lectron V-BOX features
The Lectron V-BOX is designed to self-regulate and self-correct. Thus, when small problems like short current occur, the charging station automatically restarts to repair and continue charging. This reduces the need for constant maintenance.
Additionally, this charger is rated pretty highly (IP55) when it comes to withstanding the elements — including rain and dust.
How much does the Lectron V-BOX cost?
The Lectron V-BOX EV home charger costs between $449.99 and $499.99 depending on the model, though Lectron also seems to offer discounts regularly on their site. You can also get a Lectron V-BOX bundle which includes a Tesla adapter with both the 40A and 48A models.
Keep in mind that you’ll also have EV charger installation costs as you’ll want a trusted, licensed, and experienced electrician to ensure your charger is correctly installed. According to Qmerit, most standard EV home charger installations cost between $799 and $1,999. Additionally, depending on your home’s electrical panel, floor plan and wiring, you may need additional wiring so your costs may increase.
Pros and cons of Lectron V-BOX home EV charger
The V-BOX has a sleek design and gun-metal gray finish, but offers no smart features or high-tech features.
|One of the most affordable options for Level 2 home EV charging||No WiFi capabilities, smart features or supporting app to manage and monitor charging|
|Works well in extreme temperatures— ranging from -40 F to 141 F|
|Sleek design and LCD screen that shows you charging status, real-time current, charging time, rated current, and temperature|
Lectron V-BOX charging speeds
One of the nice things about driving an EV compared to gas-powered vehicles (outside of avoiding the rising gas prices!) is that you can plug your car in overnight to charge and usually wake up to a full – or nearly full – charge. That said, the speed of your EV charger is helpful to know and consider. The Lectron V-Box EV home charger is capable of providing up to 38 miles of charge on average, with up to Up to 9.2 kW/ 48A output, depending on your specific EV’s make and model.
Your Lectron V-BOX charger can charge at different speeds depending on a few factors, including:
- Which option you select (40A or 48A, or if you select a lower output)
- Your home’s circuit breaker output: higher output capabilities means quicker charging
- Energy use: power may be limited at certain times because of other energy use in your home – limited usage equals slower charging
- The specific make, model, and options of your EV: bigger batteries will take longer to charge, efficiency varies by EV, and different EVs have different onboard charging capabilities which will impact the charging speed
- The age of your EV’s battery: over time your battery will degrade and its discharge rate (battery capacity / number of hours it takes to charge) will decrease
How to install your Lectron EV charger
As with any EV charger, you’ll want to get a licensed electrician to install your V-BOX and ensure any additional supporting electrical work is covered, such as if you need to do added wiring or upgrades to your electrical panel. While these can add to your cost, covering both the safety aspects and enabling long-term savings (compared to filling up a gas tank) will usually make it financially beneficial to drive and charge your EV at home.
Is the Lectron V-BOX EV home charger right for you?
If you are looking for an affordable home EV charger and aren’t looking for any smart features, the V-BOX may be a good fit for you. It provides simplicity in a charger and withstands extreme temperatures well. Lectron also offers other Level 1 and Level 2 chargers ranging from a 16A priced at $199.99 to a 40A priced at $514.99, including some specifically for Tesla owners. Overall, their products get great customer reviews.
Power your EV with solar
There’s sometimes a misconception that home EV charging is expensive. However, it’s substantially less expensive in most areas than buying gasoline – especially if you’re using solar to power your charging. Your exact comparison depends on the cost of electricity in your area and the make and model of EV you own (since various models have different ranges).
One of the best long-term solutions to lower your home EV charging costs is to go solar. You can use the EnergySage Marketplace to compare several quotes from pre-screened installers, helping you find a system that fits your needs at the right price. If you’re planning to charge an EV at home, make sure to add a note to your profile so installers can right size your solar system to sufficiently power your EV.