The Tesla Wall Connector Gen 2 is on our list at number 5 because it was once the top selling EVSE in NZ, the only catch was that it would only charge Tesla vehicles. Now superseded, the Tesla Gen 2 wall connector will remain a key piece of history with thousands installed in NZ. The charger itself is basic compared to more modern options of EVSE; but with the Telsa badge attached, it encouraged people to move up from the trickle charging option. It has a high charging power of up to 22kW, which means it can charge your car quickly and efficiently although with more recent Tesla vehicles being unable to take 22kw, it has become more redundant. Additionally, this charger is an installers dream, with multiple mounting options and simple dip-switches for settings, this charger was straight forward and reliable for installation. Unfortunately, this charger has landed in the number 5 position due to its issues with reliability and lack of native DC protection, meaning additional installation costs.
The Schneider EVLink Wall Box is another great option that offers many conveniences. This charger comes with wall-mounting brackets and an energy meter, so you can easily track your energy usage and expenses. Additionally, it has an integrated Wi-Fi connection that allows you to view the charger’s status from any location. Unfortunately, the comfort of the schneider label and associated product support does come at a price point that puts this unit in a price bracket reserved mostly for businesses, this price point of this unit does not make it the best option for residential applications but may be well suited to an installation where a higher level of reliability, product support and technology is required. The unit also requires a significant amount of space in the switchboard as most overload and electrocution protection is located externally to the unit. For the price there is much better units but this unit does look good when installed, has great product support and unlike most modern EVSE units, is actually serviceable by a technician.
Designed in New Zealand, the Evnex electric vehicle charger is perfect for those looking for a minimalist design. This sleek charger features a modern look and has a built-in charging hub that allows you to charge multiple vehicles simultaneously. Additionally, it has advanced safety features, such as an advanced power management system and an emergency shut-off mechanism and cloud connectivity, so you can rest assured that your vehicle is always protected. Designed for NZ conditions and the NZ electricity grid, this charger is fantastic if you want to ensure you are future proofed, if any regulatory changes are made, as EVnex is NZ based it will be the first to roll them out changes to comply and always seems to be one step ahead of the competitors in this regard. EVnex chargers are also fantastically suited to larger installations such as apartment buildings.
The humble little Transnet Wallbox Pulsar is another excellent choice for quick and easy charging. With a dual-grid architecture and fast charge capabilities, this little box packs a punch. Additionally, the Transnet Wallbox has an intelligent energy management system that automatically adjusts the amount of power used, helping to reduce your energy costs if you are on time-of-use charges with your power retailer. You can also find out your car charging status using alex or google assistant. For larger installations the pulsar can also act as a slave unit to the master controller (Commander), allowing for large scale managed installations. Transnet has also teamed up with local electricians to offer competitive installation and supply packages.
Our top choice for a quality electric vehicle charger is the Tesla Wall Connector Gen 3. This charger can be configured from 1.8kW to 16kW depending on the capacity available and is compatible with all Tesla vehicles and other EV models, making it the ideal choice for EV owners. Additionally, it has many safety features, such as DC-Leakage and low-voltage protection, so you can rest assured that your vehicle is always protected. The Tesla Gen3 is WiFi connected so does receive software updates and now allows greater visibility into the cars charging status; the WiFi connectivity also allows the Gen 3 to load manage across 4 units, with this number increasing with each update, more recent updates even include charging for usage so that you can rent out your charger. The Tesla Wall Connector Gen 3 is cheapest and most capable unit on this list so firmly belongs at the top spot.
As you can see, there are many great options when it comes to electric vehicle chargers. If you’re looking for a quality charger that is easy to use and provides fast charging times, any of the top ten listed above would be an excellent choice. With these high-quality chargers, you can take full advantage of your electric vehicle and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer!