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For those of you contemplating adding a level 2 EVSE to your home, are you also adding a whole house surge protector?

This article, picked at random, discusses whole house surge protectors:
 

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Depends on how good your electrical supply is. Where I live, no need. If you have surges, the EVSE would be the least of your concerns. I would worry a lot more about all your other appliances and electronic devices.

Also, I would not leave your EVSE plugged in, except when in use. They do draw some power, even when not in use, although not a lot. I also have that breaker shut off.

One thing to keep in mind, and this is very important. NEVER unplug the EVSE at your source receptacle when charging. Unplug it at the car first after stopping the charge. They carry a fairly high current (32A) and you don't want it arcing as you unplug, as that can damage the plug and receptacle. The car won't let you unplug its end until the charging stops. Several ways to do it, but most cars stop charging for about 15 secs if you just unlock the door, with your FOB or at the door, or even by phone. And there is an emergency shut off switch under the hood if all else fails. There are also communication leads in the plug itself, so when you pull it out (if you can), it shuts the main power leads down first to avoid the arc. Same with when you plug it in. Power doesn't start until after the plug is seated.
 

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For what it is worth, I had a Level 2 EVSE hardwire installed in my garage. It was Nissan-branded, as it came with the purchase of a Leaf in 2017. In 2020 we have a terrible power surge, and the EVSE was blown, with the cover of the unit cracked and burned. Our whole electrical panel had to be replaced, along with the EVSE.

We did not have a whole house surge protector. We do now.
 

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For what it is worth, I had a Level 2 EVSE hardwire installed in my garage. It was Nissan-branded, as it came with the purchase of a Leaf in 2017. In 2020 we have a terrible power surge, and the EVSE was blown, with the cover of the unit cracked and burned. Our whole electrical panel had to be replaced, along with the EVSE.

We did not have a whole house surge protector. We do now.
Welcome to the forum @soldmybolt! Which charger do you have in your home?
 

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Welcome to the forum @soldmybolt! Which charger do you have in your home?
It's a Chargepoint CPH25. It's my second EVSE since the first one burned out. I like the Chargepoint. It charges at ~6 kW, so a car like a Bolt (or a Solterra) would recharge overnight from nearly dead. Living with a charger like that means pretty much never paying to charge outside the house. Road trips are the exception, but somehow in 6 years of driving an EV I've never really needed to charge on the road.

The Chargepoint is nice in that it has an app showing the time charging, and even the cost of the charge. It knows my local rates, and adjusts as needed.

I'm sure there are other equally good options out there, but this one has worked for me for several years.
 
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