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Today I installed my Grizzl-E 40 amp EVSE. Installation was simple. The Grizzl-E is made in Canada and seems like a very well made unit. The electronics are housed in a substantial aluminum box. It has a 24 foot cord. Amps can be set anywhere from 16 to 40. It comes set on 40. I bought this way before my ID4 will arrive because Amazon had a few marked down $100.
 

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Yeah my ID.4 will be late this year as I ordered the AWD. I have my eyes on the Grizzl E and the Charge Point. I wish Grizzl E would release their Wi-Fi version to see how it does. I am leaning toward the Grizzl E.
 

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My self-install is a little challenging. My garage is detached, and only has a 60A subpanel, which supplies an air compressor and a small water heater. I decided it best to run a dedicated new 50A service from the distribution panel, and this would allow me to charge both cars simultaneously. Yesterday I opened 6 feet of concrete to bury the conduit, today I cored a 14 inch deep hole in curb at the base of the fence to bring the conduit back up to the surface. I'll surface run it along that curb into the back wall of the garage, and finally I've got to open up about 30 feet of drywall to get it around to the front side of the garage.

Just for giggles, I tried L2 charging the ID.4 with the 240 volt / 16 Amp Duosida EVSE that I use daily with my 28kWh BMW i3, and saw a measly gain of 4% per hour (in the i3, it gives me 10% per hour). 4% per hour would actually be fine for overnight charging on most days, but I've been putting off this service upgrade long enough. With the 40 Amp EVSE that I've had collecting dust on the shelf for the past 6 months, I'm expecting just shy of 12% per hour.

But heck yeah -- self-install is the way to go! :D

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Today I installed my Grizzl-E 40 amp EVSE. Installation was simple. The Grizzl-E is made in Canada and seems like a very well made unit. The electronics are housed in a substantial aluminum box. It has a 24 foot cord. Amps can be set anywhere from 16 to 40. It comes set on 40. I bought this way before my ID4 will arrive because Amazon had a few marked down $100.
NICE! I have the Grizzl-E as well. My wife is using it on her Q5e while I wait on my AWD comes in. Shipped from the company set at 24A (I have a 30A circuit).
 

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I installed my Grizzl-E Avalanche Edition (white box, black cables) this weekend, and it was straightforward. The only issue I had was after unboxing and touching the cables, it left a residue on my hands that got all over the white case. It looked like the cops had dusted for prints. They were a pain in the ass to clean off. Soap and water didn’t work, Formula 409 barely made a dent. I broke out the rubbing alcohol and a big can of elbow grease to go to work on it. After 30 minutes, if I looked hard enough, I could still see slight hints of my prints. If you buy the same set up, the first thing you should do BEFORE unbagging the control box, is wipe down the cable 2-3 times with a rag soaked with rubbing alcohol.
 

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I installed my Grizzl-E Avalanche Edition (white box, black cables) this weekend, and it was straightforward. The only issue I had was after unboxing and touching the cables, it left a residue on my hands that got all over the white case. It looked like the cops had dusted for prints. They were a pain in the ass to clean off. Soap and water didn’t work, Formula 409 barely made a dent. I broke out the rubbing alcohol and a big can of elbow grease to go to work on it. After 30 minutes, if I looked hard enough, I could still see slight hints of my prints. If you buy the same set up, the first thing you should do BEFORE unbagging the control box, is wipe down the cable 2-3 times with a rag soaked with rubbing alcohol.
What a bummer with the cables. Did not have that experience with mine; gray box with black cables.
 

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Same here, no noticeable residue - but my case and wires are also black (chosen to hide dirt and grime over time). Glad you got your installed though. Mine has been flawless.
 

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The HomeStation is part of Electrify America's home-charging business, dubbed Electrify Home, announced in 2020. The station itself was announced earlier this year, but is only now going on sale through Electrify Home's website or Amazon, priced at $649, Electrify America announced Tuesday in a press release.

Electrify America’s Level 2 home charger is now available, with the Electrify Home HomeStation promising smoother synchronization with your public charging along with smart power management. Capable of up to 9.6 kW it’s the company’s fastest home charger, and though while that still means you won’t get the sort of DC fast charging rates you’d see Electrify America’s public locations, it’s still faster than many rivals.
Does the forum have an opinion on the EA HomeStation? Who's going to be the first beta tester? How does the price compare to other established home L2 chargers?
 

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Does the forum have an opinion on the EA HomeStation? Who's going to be the first beta tester? How does the price compare to other established home L2 chargers?
It is pretty much inline with the cost of similar "smart" type chargers but I haven't seen or heard of any delivered yet. It is currently (already) listed as out of stock which is true of most smart chargers on the market. The unit that has my attention (and my preorder) is the Alpha from United Chargers which should start to ship next week but is currently at $600 for preorders then $700 once it releases.
 

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It is pretty much inline with the cost of similar "smart" type chargers but I haven't seen or heard of any delivered yet. It is currently (already) listed as out of stock which is true of most smart chargers on the market. The unit that has my attention (and my preorder) is the Alpha from United Chargers which should start to ship next week but is currently at $600 for preorders then $700 once it releases.
I ordered the EA HomeStation last week when it was announced in this forum that they were available, and it was delivered today. Apparently they're already sold out. As soon as I get it installed and figured out I'll post a report here.
 

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HomeStation is in stock and shipping. I just installed mine and it is working well. It's an outdoor install. The base is big, very roomy inside. The charge cord is at least as thick as any L2 I've seen. The J1772 is all plastic including the latch mechanism, and has no overmolding. It seems better than the Clipper Creek, maybe on par with the Blink we got in 2012.

It's charging at 40mph at the moment; I'm pretty happy with that. It needs wifi connectivity for its limited "smarts" and its wifi seems pretty basic. It's fun to see the charge on the app, and I like getting Home and Public on the same app. It'll mean a lot more of course if our state can force Puget Sound Energy to offer a tiered rate structure.

This replaced an existing Clipper Creek 24a with numerous busted bits in its handle; it had replaced a Blink which died the week after its warranty expired. I had an electrician install the Blink and self-installed the next two in its place.

The original awg 8 3-wire in PVC conduit was insufficient for the HomeStation: per NEC tables for length of run awg 8 is fine to 50 feet, but 3 wires is not code to an L14-50 receptacle. Had it been EMT metal conduit it'd be fine to do equipment ground to the conduit. PVC conduit and just jumping in the outlet box does stop the EVSE from reporting ground fault, but would be a code violation. (Oddly the HomeStation's cable just caps the chassis-ground line in its cord: I don't know how it even knows there's a ground to fault on.) Since I had to unload the conduit I decided the right way to do it is hard wired in 3/4" PVC. HomeStation's instructions for this are sparse but include all info needed by an electrician to do the job right. Instructions call for a minimum awg 6, stranded THHN; they also call for ferrules crimped to the cable ends; but they only require 3-wire and do not have a chassis ground attach point. awg 6 is more than it needs for a 50-foot run but the extra margin will help to keep things cool.
 

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My 50 amp outlet is pretty high on the wall, about 5 feet above the floor. The ground pin (round) is at the bottom. Is there any problem with mounting the EA HomeStation high up on the wall? Do you ever have to look at anything on it--other than colored lights--after installation? I would put the holster down at a usable level.

Not a fan of electricity low in a garage where it can be crunched by a car.
 

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My source says:

The following regulatory and code issues affect the placement of EVSE:
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The NEC calls for indoor EV charging receptacles/coupler to be stored or located between 18
and 48 inches above the floor.
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In outdoor charging locations, chargers must be stored or located at least 24 inches above the
grade. The same is true for mounting outdoor power outlets.

There also may be ADA considerations for public locations, but I'm guessing those don't apply to yours.

That all said, make sure it's at a height that's comfortable to detach and to coil, and that the cord has a natural lay when it's plugged into the car.
 

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Thanks for the info. My outlet is definitely more than 48 inches high, and the way the HomeStation cord is configured suggests that the EVSE should be a foot or so above the outlet. But if the charging cord dangles down and the holster for coiling up the cord is mounted at a convenient height, what difference does the height of the EVSE make? Its WiFi reception might be better (this is in a detached garage) and I think I should still be able to see the status lights.
 
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