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Level 1 charging is widely considered a trickle charge, giving the car about 4-6 miles per hour of charge.
Level 2 charging is almost exclusively the circuit we are talking about installing since the home will already have a standard household outlet. Each car will charge at a different speed based on the car, the cord, and the amperage available.
For example, below is the Tesla Charging Rate Table, if someone purchased a mobile connector cord for their Model S, they would be able to charge at 23 miles per hour since the cord only has the ability to charge the car from a 40 amp circuit. Although the home may have more power than 40 amps available and the car may have the ability to charge on a larger circuit, the cord is the limiting factor.
In the same scenario if the home has the power available for a 60 amp circuit, and the car (in this case a Model S) has the ability to charge on a 60 amp circuit, and we install a Tesla Wall Connector, then the car would be able to charge at 34 miles per hour.
Level 1 vs Level 2: What's the difference?
Level 1 vs Level 2: Which is better?
Level 1 vs Level 2: Charging Speed
Which is better ultimately depends on what your ideal scenario looks like.
Level 1 charging is 120-volt circuit, most often thought of as the standard household outlet found inside the home or garage. This would be the same outlet that you would plug in a phone charger.
Level 2 charging is a 240-volt circuit. A circuit at this voltage can vary in amperage but is commonly used for AC circuits, electric ovens or dryers, and RVs.
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