Extra bang in your buck

Juice Americas launched its moveable two-in-one EV charger, the J+ BOOSTER 2, in North America in August and invited Electrek to evaluation it. Right here’s the way it went.

J+ BOOSTER 2 specs

Juice Americas is the US subsidiary of Swiss-based Juice Technology AG. The St. Petersburg, Florida-based Juice Americas despatched me the J+ BOOSTER 2 set, which included a cloth-covered bag with velcro on the underside in order that it doesn’t slide round within the trunk; the J+ BOOSTER 2 with an SAE J1772 automobile connector; and NEMA 14-50 and 5-15 adapters.

It additionally comes with a wall bracket, and that’s why the corporate says it’s a two-in-one: It may be used as each a wall charger and a transportable charger.

Michael Boehm, managing director of Juice Americas, advised Electrek in a video name:

Within the US, folks like wall chargers at residence. Ours is simply as quick if not sooner, plus it has the added worth of portability. We prefer to name it a transportable wall charger. It’s mainly a 2-in-1. As a result of most moveable chargers aren’t actually designed to be on a regular basis chargers.

Adapters for NEMA 6-15, 6-50, and TT-30 charging shops at the moment are accessible for buy as of this month.

The corporate can be now providing the 120-240 VAC, 40A heavy-duty cable in an prolonged 25-foot length option (listing value $749.97) along with its unique 21-foot length option (listing value $699.97).

The two.2-pound (1 kg) BOOSTER 2 is IP67 water and mud proof, and its aluminum housing is UV resistant, so it’s protected for outside use. It may possibly stand up to 6,600 kilos of stress in the event you by chance run over it along with your automotive.

And the J+ BOOSTER 2 is appropriate with any EV, together with Teslas, in the event you use Tesla’s J1772 adapter.

J+ BOOSTER 2 evaluation

The BOOSTER 2’s energy enter choices cowl all provide present variants, both 120V or 240V, and from 6 to 40 amps. The unit delivers a charging energy starting from 720 W to 9.6 kW. In my storage is a NEMA 6-50 outlet with a 30 amp breaker (I didn’t set up it) and a typical 5-15 outlet. If I cost my 2021 Tesla Mannequin 3 with Tesla’s moveable EV charger, for which I’ve adapters for each shops, I simply plug it in, and the automotive takes care of the remaining. Tesla’s 6-50 adapter can deal with a most 32 amp output.

Once I plugged within the J+ BOOSTER 2 charger to cost my 2023 Volkswagen ID.4, it acknowledged the adapter and defaulted to 40 amp functionality, tried to attract an excessive amount of energy, and tripped the field.

The operate show flashed a pink LED “socket” fault indication. (Error messages are defined on web page 15 of the product’s guide.)

I unplugged the BOOSTER 2 to reset the charger. My electrician additionally advised me I may maintain the “choose” button all the way down to reset it, however it doesn’t say that within the guide.

The everlasting resolution to my downside was to manually change the amperage by urgent the choose button on the operate show. I set it for twenty-four amps, and it now prices my VW ID.4 with out tripping the field. I get 24 miles every hour, 8.5 kW.

Photograph: Michelle Lewis

If I’d learn the guide extra fastidiously, I most likely would have prevented this glitch. The Swiss are contemplating together with a fast begin information for North America, which might be nice for these of us who’re a wee bit impatient.

Know your amperage and set the charger accordingly if mandatory.

Electrek’s Take

If you have already got a Degree 2 EV wall charger and a transportable EV charger that may cost at each Degree 1 and Degree 2, together with mandatory adapters, then you definitely most likely don’t want a J+ BOOSTER 2.

In case your utility gives particular EV charging charges in the event you use their wall charger, then the BOOSTER 2 won’t be the best choice for on a regular basis charging.

However if you’re a brand new EV proprietor, and your automotive doesn’t include a transportable EV charger, and also you haven’t but put in an EV wall charger and received’t get particular charging charges out of your utility, then the BOOSTER 2 is a good possibility.

You don’t must pay an electrician to put in it, and also you solely want to purchase one charger, so it’s value efficient.

Grasp it on the wall bracket to cost up at residence, and take it with you while you journey.

As a two-EV family, we discovered this to be a terrific possibility because it’s versatile, dependable, and moveable.

Simply bear in mind to RTFM.

Images: Juice Americas

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