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Hi all, I know from a few months back that the Professor installed a Charge Point Flex in a garage I assume would put mine to shame, but I don't think I've seen much else on this topic from those of us on this side of the pond.

I'm wondering what other's have installed? Based on Amazon reviews, Juice Box seems to have more failures than Charge Point but a better app experience. Charge Point seems to have more issues with vehicles like e-golf and e-tron doing the hand shake and making a solid connection, and costs more.

By chance, has anyone done a home test drive and attempted to hook up the Polestar to a home charger you have to verify it works? The brands our friends use over in the UK and EU seem to be different from what we would have here so curious. For now, I'm planning to just do a short 6 AWG run from a sub panel to the 14-50 plug over the weekend and will order an L2 charger once things start to actually move from Polestar but that's a quick install.
 

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I believe ChargePoint and Polestar have a preferential relationship and that the charger Polestar will offer to buy alongside a 2 will be the Home Flex. At the least, the ChargePoint and Polestar USA C-suite hang out:

So I think there's a good bet that the P*2 and the ChargePoint Home Flex should get along.
 

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I believe ChargePoint and Polestar have a preferential relationship and that the charger Polestar will offer to buy alongside a 2 will be the Home Flex. At the least, the ChargePoint and Polestar USA C-suite hang out:

So I think there's a good bet that the P*2 and the ChargePoint Home Flex should get along.
Oh thanks, I hadn't seen that. So maybe I should hold off and see if I get a discount code when I give them my check 😇
 
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I had the Charge Point Flex installed at the house, and it sat dormant for 4 months.

Walked by it one day and noticed the green light was white and long story short the wifi adapter had died. Took a day or so to get the Return process going and Chargepoint had me a new charger within 3 days (great support once I got thru phone tag at 1st)

When you can't connect to Wi-Fi you can't charge. I have already sunk the $ into this unit and I am sure it will go great once I have a car to charge!! However, lesson learned look at a unit that has the option to charge with manual interface on the unit as well as a nice app.
 
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Note the ChargePoint has a very short cable to plug into the receptacle. (I assume that's to meet code.) So if you think you'll get the ChargePoint, it may have an influence on where you'll want to install that 14-50 receptacle.
 

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I ended up getting a ChargePoint Flex for at home, and the local utility at my weekend place in Sonoma offers a free JuiceBox 40 if you are a customer, so I took them up on that. Will be interesting to see if one behaves better than the other once I get the car.
 

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I have a Clipper Creek HCS-40 that’s been installed in my driveway for 6 years. Simple (no Wifi) but durable and great customer service. We had an issue about 3 years in where the energizing relay contact had corroded & thus it was throwing an error due to not providing power within a certain number of milliseconds after the car requested it. Called CC, they sent me a new unit, no questions asked.
 

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I have a Clipper Creek HCS-40 that’s been installed in my driveway for 6 years. Simple (no Wifi) but durable and great customer service. We had an issue about 3 years in where the energizing relay contact had corroded & thus it was throwing an error due to not providing power within a certain number of milliseconds after the car requested it. Called CC, they sent me a new unit, no questions asked.
I've had a Clipper Creek for 3 years. There is no question that these units are built like a tank. Not many bells/whistles, but they just work. And as Poleatl said, their customer service is unrivaled. On other forums you will also find that the CC units are recommended most highly.

As with many appliances today, the fewer electronics in them (e.g. wi-fi) the fewer things there are to break.
 

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i'm waiting to install a charger at home until we do some renovations next year, so I've just been plugging mine into a regular outdoor outlet 🙈 Getting about 20% on an overnight charge lol. There are plenty of fast chargers all over the east bay including at my husband's office so I feel like we will be able to get by until then.

I wonder if there are any incentives in Oakland like the one @Jeff_in_SF mentions for Sonoma....
 
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I have a Siemens 20A/240VAC "bump in the cable" charger that I was able to hook up to an existing circuit. It works pretty well at 4.8kW. I have a JuiceBox 40 sitting in a box ready to install but that will require some new wiring.
 

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i'm waiting to install a charger at home until we do some renovations next year, so I've just been plugging mine into a regular outdoor outlet 🙈 Getting about 20% on an overnight charge lol. There are plenty of fast chargers all over the east bay including at my husband's office so I feel like we will be able to get by until then.

I wonder if there are any incentives in Oakland like the one @Jeff_in_SF mentions for Sonoma....
I just had a ChargePoint charger installed today so I could take advantage of the Federal tax credit that was mentioned by @polerad and a few others. It expires at the end of the month. The installation took a few hours because they had to run wiring for a new 50A circuit.

 

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Just be aware of what else is on that circuit. When you are charging the car you are likely pulling a continuous 12amps. You could easily blow a fuse by turning on the wrong light.
yeah, its plugged in to an outlet that was installed when my a/c was installed. not using the a/c right now obviously so it should be fine but this thread has convinced me to get something proper in by the end of the year.
 

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For those with the ChargePoint - I'll need an electrician to come out either way - is there any particular benefit to a 6 - 50 vs a 14 - 50 outlet?
 
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