Complete review of the Enel X Way JuiceBox home EV charger
If you've bought an electric vehicle (EV) recently or are considering one, you're not alone! Global EV sales doubled in 2021 from the previous year to a new record of 6.6 million, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Global EV Outlook 2022 Report. Having an EV charger at your home allows you to more efficiently and quickly charge your EV at home while managing and monitoring your charging and energy usage. (Bonus: if you have solar, you can power your car with the sun!)
Enel X Way is one of the leaders in smart EV charging stations, providing residential, commercial, and utility solutions. Their smart home EV chargers are regularly top-rated by trusted sites like CNET, Car & Driver, This Old House, and Electrek, as well as highly reviewed by users on Amazon. In this article, we'll focus on the Enel X Way JuiceBox.
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The Enel X Way JuiceBox home EV chargers cost between $669 to $739, depending on which model you select.
Enel X Way offers a few options for Level 2 EV chargers to charge at home— the JuiceBox 32, JuiceBox 40, and JuiceBox 48.
The JuiceBox offers some nice features, including over-the-air updates, and enables you to connect multiple chargers to one circuit through load-sharing features.
The charger's JuicePass app helps you manage your EV charging at home and on the go.
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Before diving into Enel X Way EV chargers specifically, it's important to know the different levels of charging you can do at home and how they vary. EV chargers are also known as EVSEs, which stands for electric vehicle supply equipment.
A Level 1 charger is just using a standard outlet at your home. To do this, you just use a standard 120-volt wall outlet with a J1772 connector. However, this is very slow, only adding approximately 2-5 miles per hour to your range. The JuiceBox home EV chargers are Level 2 chargers, the standard for home EV charging. It allows you to charge much more quickly than a Level 1 charger, providing up to 12-60 miles of range per hour, depending on which EV you own.
The Enel X Way JuiceBox is a Level 2, 240 V flexible amperage home EV charger. It costs between $669 and $749, comes with a 25-foot charging cable, and is easy for an electrician to install indoors or outdoors. There are three main models currently available in the U.S.: the best-selling JuiceBox 40, the high performance JuiceBox 48 (currently only available from third-party resellers), and the JuiceBox 32, which is best suited for older homes with electrical circuits limited to 40 amps (A).
Key features of Enel X Way's JuiceBox
Juice Box 32
Juice Box 40
Juice Box 48
|$669: plug in (NEMA 14-50 outlet) $719: hardwired $249: JuiceStand (mount/stand)||$699: plug in (NEMA 6-50 outlet) $749: plug in (NEMA 14-50 outlet) or hardwired $249: JuiceStand (mount/stand)||$739|
|Offers plug in (mountable) version for NEMA 14-50 outlet as well as a hardwired option||Offers plug in (mountable) versions for NEMA 6-50 and NEMA 14-50 outlets as well as a hardwired option||Hardwired|
|Compatible with all EVs (Tesla adapter needed)||Compatible with all EVs (Tesla adapter needed)||Compatible with all EVs (Tesla adapter needed)|
|Compatible with J1772 connections||Compatible with J1772 connections||Compatible with J1772 connections|
|12-60 miles per hour, up to 6 times fast than Level 1 chargers||12-60 miles per hour, up to 7 times fast than Level 1 chargers||12-60 miles per hour, up to 9 times faster than Level 1 chargers|
|Up to 7.7 kW/32 A||Up to 9.6 kW/40 A||Up to 11.5kW/48A|
|25 feet||25 feet||25 feet|
|WiFi-enabled Over the air updates App||WiFi-enabled Over the air updates App||WiFi-enabled Over the air updates App|
|Connectivity to inverter/solar, load sharing for multiple chargers||Connectivity to inverter/solar, load sharing for multiple chargers||Connectivity to inverter/solar, load sharing for multiple chargers|
|Can be installed outdoors or indoors||Can be installed outdoors or indoors||Can be installed outdoors or indoors|
|3 years||3 years||3 years|
|ENERGY STAR certified JuiceEco Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)||Built in cable rack Security lock Voice controls ENERGY STAR certified JuiceEco RECs||Built in cable rack Security lock Voice controls ENERGY STAR certified JuiceEco RECs|
Wiring and EV compatibility
The JuiceBox EV home chargers are compatible with all EV models as long as they have the capability to charge with a J1772 charge plug, which most EVs today have other than Teslas. Teslas do come with a J1772 adapter, though, so you can still charge your Tesla with this common Level 2 charge plug.
The JuiceBox EV home chargers can adapt and be used with most home's electrical systems. It also has customizable power levels on a range of circuit breakers and is versatile enough to install either indoors or outdoors in most homes, apartments, and condo complexes. (Do keep in mind that if you live in a multi-unit complex, you will need to confirm with your HOA or complex that you can install an EV charger at your parking spot.) The Enel X Way's cable is lightweight and 25 feet long, providing flexibility in where you install it – whether that's in your garage, carport, or parking garage.
If you have two EVs to charge but don't have enough power for multiple electrical circuits, you are also able to connect two Enel X Way EV chargers to share power from one circuit while sufficiently charging your vehicles.
The Enel X Way JuiceBox can connect to your home's WiFi network to receive over-the-air firmware updates, remote diagnostics access, and usage data tracking capability.
The Enel X Way JuiceBox comes with a 3-year equipment warranty. This is the standard for most home EV chargers. There's also a 100% money-back 30-day satisfaction guarantee on JuiceBox home EV chargers.
The JuicePass app
All Enel X Way products use their JuiceNet network and dashboard as well as a JuicePass app for your smartphone (on both iOs and Google Play) to manage and monitor your EV charging at home and on the go. The JuicePass app lets you track charging remotely, estimates the time it will take for your car to fully charge, and even reminds you to plug in your EV. It also has time-of-use features that enable you to charge at the lowest cost.
One added benefit of the JuicePass app is that it enables you to see various EV networks, including more than 30,000 public charging stations across North America, through partnerships with ChargePoint and others. You can see charging station locations availability, monitor charging, and even pay for charging with your Visa or Mastercard through the JuicePass app.
Additional Enel X Way JuiceBox features
There are a few additional features you get with a Juice Box home EV charger, including:
Voice control: JuiceBox home EV chargers offer the ability to monitor, manage, and control your charger via voice commands on Amazon Echo / Alexa and Google Home.
Ability to charge with clean energy: If you have solar panels on your roof, you're already powering your EV with clean energy. However, if you aren't using solar and you want to ensure your EV is not running on fossil fuels, JuiceBox offers a program called JuiceEco, where you can purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs).
Added protection from outdoor elements: If you're installing your JuiceBox in a carport or outdoors, it has excellent ratings for weatherproofing and withstanding extreme temperatures. The technical ratings are 4x NEMA rating (many other EV chargers only have a 4 rating), which means that it can be safely installed in most environments and deliver reliable, long-term service. JuiceBox chargers also have an IP66 rating, indicating that it has a high degree of protection from dust and water infiltration. Lastly, the chargers passed UL and CUL testing and are approved to operate in temperatures from -40 F to 140 F.
Energy efficient: All JuiceBox home EV chargers are also ENERGY STAR certified, which means they help maximize energy efficiency.
The Enel X Way JuiceBox EV home charger costs between $699 to $739, depending on the model you purchase. Keep in mind that you'll also have EV charger installation costs, as you’ll want a trusted, licensed, and experienced electrician to ensure your charger is correctly installed. According to Qmerit, most standard EV home charger installations cost between $799 and $1,999. Additionally, depending on your home's electrical panel, floor plan, and wiring, you may need additional wiring, so your costs may increase.
Enel X Way is known as a leader in EV charging, with the JuiceBox's load-sharing capabilities a sleek built-in security system serving as some of the key highlights. However, JuiceBox chargers have a thicker charging cable with more limited flexibility.
|Well-reviewed and repeatedly noted as one of the top home EV chargers available by major publications and sites||Its charging cable is thicker and not as flexible as other EV charging cables|
|Sleek design with dynamic LED lights showing power, connectivity, and charging status|
|Offers share load capabilities for two or more chargers on one circuit|
|Built-in security lock and integrated cable management system|
Schedule your charging for off-peak hours if you have time-of-use (TOU) rates.
Like many home EV chargers, the Enel X Way JuiceBox home EV charger can help you schedule and manage EV charging if you live in an area with TOU or surge electricity rates. In the app, you can enter your TOU details and create a schedule to charge your EV when it costs the least.
One of the nice things about driving an EV compared to gas-powered vehicles (outside of avoiding the rising gas prices!) is that you can plug your car in overnight to charge and usually wake up to a full – or nearly full – charge. That said, the speed of your EV charger is helpful to know and consider. The Enel X Way JuiceBox EV home charger is capable of providing up to 12-60 miles of range per hour of charge on average, with up to 11.5 kW /48 A output, depending on which JuiceBox model you purchase and your specific EV's make and model.
Your JuiceBox charger can charge at different speeds depending on a few factors, including:
Which JuiceBox model you choose, and the output available (32 A, 40 A, or 48 A)
Your home's circuit breaker output: Higher output capabilities mean quicker charging
Energy use: Power may be limited at certain times because of other energy use in your home – limited usage equals slower charging
The specific make, model, and options of your EV: Bigger batteries will take longer to charge, efficiency varies by EV, and different EVs have different onboard charging capabilities, which will impact the charging speed
The age of your EV's battery: Over time your battery will degrade, and its discharge rate (battery capacity/number of hours it takes to charge) will decrease
The installation will depend slightly on the specific model and plug option you choose and your existing electrical setup. If you have an available 240V NEMA 14-50 or 240V NEMA 6-50 receptacle near where you park your electric car, you will likely not need any professional work — you can simply plug in, connect to WiFi, and get going. In other cases, an electrician may be required to add a new outlet.
As with any EV charger, you'll want to get a licensed electrician to do any electrical work for your Enel X Way JuiceBox, such as if you need to add wiring or upgrades to your electrical panel. While these can add to your cost, covering both the safety aspects and enabling long-term savings (compared to filling up a gas tank) will usually make it financially beneficial to drive and charge your EV at home.
If you are looking for an affordable yet durable charger with an easy installation process and monitoring system, the JuiceBox is a great option for you. With a range of models to choose from and additional services like the JuicePass app and JuiceEco, Enel X Way chargers are very popular among EV users.
EnergySage partners with Qmerit, a home EV charging installation leader who works with a trusted network of certified installers. They offer the Enel X Way Juicebox and can help you quickly and easily install your home EV charger.
There's sometimes a misconception that home EV charging is expensive. However, it's substantially less expensive in most areas than buying gasoline – especially if you're using solar to power your charging. Your exact comparison depends on the cost of electricity in your area and the make and model of the EV you own (since various models have different ranges).
One of the best long-term solutions to lower your home EV charging costs is to go solar. You can use the EnergySage Marketplace to compare several quotes from pre-screened installers, helping you find a system that fits your needs at the right price. If you're planning to charge an EV at home, make sure to add a note to your profile so installers can right size your solar system to sufficiently power your EV.
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