Level 1 EV chargers

Level 1 EV charging is the industry standard charging system.  When plug-in hybrid electric vehicles came out such as Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles, car manufacturers issued a standard level 1 ev charger.  They are light, easy to carry and will work anywhere since they plug into any regular residential plug.
What is level 1 charging?
Level 1 charging is known as overnight or trickle charging.  It is best used for an overnight charge since normally you will need 6-14 hours to fully charge your vehicle.  Level 1 charging means it is 120 volt (less powerful) compared to level 2 charging and will use a NEMA 5-15 or NEMA 5-20 plug receptacle.
What is level 1 charging best used for?
A level 1 ev charger is best suited for two things.  It can work well for plug-in hybrid vehicles which have smaller batteries.  Even the largest battery plug-in hybrids will charge in around 12 hours.  The other reason is to keep a back-up portable level 1 ev charger in the car so you have a charging solution wherever you go.  Car dealers often provide used cars with level 1 EV chargers since that is typically what the manufacturer provides with the new car.
Which plugs use level 1 charging?
Our (and all) portable electric level 1 use standard 3 pin residential plugs (NEMA 5-15 and NEMA 5-20).  A regular NEMA 5-15, the standard receptacle for all

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