Level 1 EV Charger


Depending on your EV model, it takes about 30-45 hours to charge from 0% to 100% with a Level 1 charger. If you charge your EV daily, rather than from empty each time, a Level 1 charger can be a very practical option. It is cheap, lightweight, and requires no installation costs, making it an excellent choice for many EV owners.

The Level 1 charger is slower compared to Level 2 and Level 3 chargers, with a maximum charging power of 1.8kW. However, it is very lightweight and easy to use.

If your EV uses the SAE J1772 charging standard, you can't charge it directly at a Tesla Supercharger. However, you can use a Tesla to CCS adapter to make it compatible.

If you have a standard 5-15R outlet in your garage or parking space, there are no additional installation costs. Simply purchase a Level 1 charger and plug it in.

Yes, you can. Most Level 1 chargers come with a 5-15P plug, which fits standard 5-15 outlets found in homes.

Yes, the Level 1 charger is safe. It uses 120V AC, the same voltage used for most household appliances.

What is a Level 1 EV Charger

What Is a Level 1 Charger?

A Level 1 charger charges an electric vehicle using the standard 120V household voltage. It typically takes about 40-60 hours to fully charge a vehicle, making it the slowest option among EV chargers. However, it is also the most portable and convenient.


Advantages of a Level 1 Charger

The biggest advantages of a Level 1 charger are its affordability and portability. Usually priced between $150 and $200, it is a very budget-friendly option. Additionally, it typically weighs between 3-5 pounds, making it easy to move and use wherever you have access to a 120V outlet. If you don't have a 240V outlet at home, a Level 1 charger can still power your electric vehicle effectively.


The Difference Between Level 1, 2, and 3 EV Chargers

  • Level 1 Chargers use 120V AC and are the slowest, adding about 4-5 miles of range per hour.
  • Level 2 Chargers use 240V AC and charge faster, adding about 20-30 miles of range per hour.
  • Level 3 Chargers (also known as DC fast chargers) use direct current and are the fastest, adding up to 100-200 miles of range in about 30 minutes.


How Long Does It Take for a Level 1 Charger to Fully Charge My EV?

Charging time depends on the battery capacity of your EV. The larger the battery, the longer the charging time. A 15A Level 1 charger can add about 6 miles of range per hour. For example, a Tesla Model 3 with a range of 220 miles would take approximately 36.6 hours to fully charge using a Level 1 charger.