There are two types of EV chargers that you should know about. The first type is a smart charger that has advanced features and connectivity capabilities. The other type is a dumb charger that excludes advanced features and simply charges your vehicle.
What is a smart charger?
A smart EV charger is a charger that includes advanced features such as remote monitoring, scheduling, software updates, solar charging, power monitoring, diagnostics and cloud connectivity from either wifi, Bluetooth or 5G.
What is the difference between smart charging and dumb charging?
The difference between dumb chargers (normal chargers) and smart chargers is that dumb chargers don't feature cloud connectivity and don't support advanced features such as scheduling or remote monitoring. A dumb charger will simply charge your EV at a constant rate when plugged in whereas a smart charger can be programmed to optimise charging at certain times and using power from either the grid or your own power source such as a solar relay.
Is it necessary to have a smart charger?
Some countries and locations require a smart charger due to certain laws and regulations as you may only draw power from the grid at specific times.