Shell EV Charger Level 2 40 Amp Review
The unit comes in a good carrying case, its pretty decent, its solid, its sturdy. The only uh my only like negative to it is just its trying to pack that all in there, then that little box is just the hardest part, but well get into more detail here in a few moments and start talking about setup and plugging it in and How to use the the charge controller ive opened up the case to show you whats inside. This is not how it comes. It actually comes nice and neat and everything all in there, but its really hard to put back that way. So this is currently how it is right now it actually comes with the charge controller and the converter to where you can plug in a normal 110 and its got these little baggies on it to prevent scratches on the unit and everything to keep it looking nice. So here is the converter, the 1450 to 110. Obviously plugging this in is going to limit your amperage on how much you can use on the charge controller down to about. I think 12 amps with the unit, though you can adjust your amperage inside there, but if it knows its in that plug its not going to allow you to do that so and then these buttons here will show you how to go through that once we plug It all in and then up in here you have your manuals and everything next part of this video im going to have it all set up on the wall outside and go through.
Everything had to be done to get to that point and show you it plugged into the vehicle. So right here is the unit getting ready to mount it um. What i did here was on the wall is just put a little screw up here, just to kind of mount it right here, um. What i want to do is theres on the back here. You can see theres like a little mount point right here. So just sit it right here and then slide it down into place, and then i go and plug it into here and plug it into the receptacle here in the next part of the video im going to show you it all plugged in here Music. As you can see here, ive got everything plugged in right. Here is your 1450 50 amp plug ive got a couple locks in there, tsa locks you can use or smaller locks, because you can lock this up and you can actually lock it up on the car. At the actual connector, but you want to make sure that you have that installed. Currently the car i have obviously is a 2017 chevy bolt so that that car will only go to 32 amps right here. Is it plugged in obviously the its led so everythings out of sync, but you can kind of see as its flipping through there on your bottom left, where it says charging the left shows how much kilowatt hours is going into your battery on the right.
It shows how much was put in um. The car was topped off already, so this is only showing 0.5 kilowatt hours because, if thats all it would take um on the left there above that youll see 0 0 amps and 40 amps 40 amps is the max thats the setting you got it set to Because i found that, if i put it at 32, it only gives me 30 on the charging circuit to the car which the car will take up to 32.. So i moved it to 40, just so that i know that i would get the full 32 amps, because the car will only allow 32 amps in so itll show 32 amps when its on full charging status. The upper upper left youll see a temperature gauge, says 80 fahrenheit right now. What thats doing right now is saying that thats, currently the temperature of the unit thats the temperature of the unit circuitry and everything it checks itself and off to the top right. It shows how long its been plugged in 31 minutes and 25 seconds right now and how much voltage it is getting from the actual power grid, which is 241 volts. This is the connector for the car. It has a cover to block it off from the elements here when you get not in use, if you hang it up outside um, obviously seen here, you plug it in into the circuit it locks into place on the side.
Here you can see that you can put in there. You can put in a little tsa lock or something similar to secure it, so nobody can just grab it and take it out. One of the reasons i purchased the shell recharge one is because i was looking online for a charge, controller that was portable and, at the same time could handle the elements outside, as i dont have a garage, so the main unit is um, which is right here. This unit right here is rated with an operating temperature of negative 22 to 122 degrees fahrenheit on both models: the 32 amp and the 40 amp model, their ip66 rated on the main unit and the charging gun itself, though it also has inner um some connections inside It which i wanted to point out as well um. It does have some protections almost like a gfci when it detects water or some kind of thing going on itll, actually stop the actual charge. I only found this out up front because my first unit i had when i purchased it – and i want to point this out – really its a big thing too – about um the company that actually makes these for shell their tech support is awesome. Just want to point that out theres a person there named bonita, which has been really helpful on taking care of the issue when i first called the first time i put the charge in under the car, it had stopped and gave a fault stating that something was Wrong, it was detecting, you know some kind of back feed in the voltage and everything so that particular first unit that i purchased um had a manufacturer defect in it.
Not a big deal its going to happen, sometimes so called them up all right. I hit them up on the email and everything and send it back and they were immediately saying hey. This might be the problem. Can you check this? I said well, ive tried it in a couple different circuits, um, ive plugged it in on the wall ive plugged. It in and the 15 amp circuit, receptacle and im getting the same thing and all my other. I have another charger that comes with the car. That does not have that issue at all. With these kind of plug ins, you know so they turned around and just immediately shipped me a new one and um. Once i got the new one, i shipped the other one back and havent had a problem since so they were very excellent about their tech support. Didnt even question it: they had the order number on amazon, because this is only sold through amazon that i can tell so far theres the model, which is the sev320 01 and the sev 40 01. This ones a 40 0, because i wanted to future proof myself. As this was going to be the chevy bolts, my interim car, into what im doing in the ev world here so the next car is either going to be a tesla cyber truck or an f, 150 lightning. Im still deciding at this point. But i want to be able to have that ability to use a 40 amp portable as well, and have that with me eventually.
Obviously, all these newer car companies that are coming out with evs right now are saying: hey lets uh just put in a class two and have that installed as part of your your purchase as well. So you know, chevrolet is doing it. Gmc um fords, starting to do it. They got their own 80 amp thing for the for the ford lightning, which will actually allow you to backfeed theres, a system that allows you to backfeed the house and actually power the house for up to seven days. On the f 150, but i want to have something thats actually portable, that i can take with me as well, and this unit would give me that ability as well so, no matter what i get or put on the house. This unit will still have its place to be able to be portable. In case you get, you know stranded. I just want to point out. You know this gauge this. This cord is just massive, its very its its heavy. I mean the whole the whole unit. Um. Definitely can hold this kind of charge and everything and its about by the time i think its done its like 20 or 30 pounds for this unit to you know, i think its like 20 pounds, if im not mistaken um, but its definitely very sturdy. Its very good um good quality. It just feels like its not like a piece of junk. You know its its really a high quality, great, very responsive and quick and uh.
You know they give feedback an email really fast. They got good intel, uh good support, um. The people there are obviously intelligent. They they, you know, know what the errors are and they come back to you quickly, so its very good good uh good company, like i said this is a very sturdy unit. Nice looking appealing compared to the other ones, theyre just bland gray and black and and they just feel chintzy to the touch ive, you know had my hands on some of them and just you know i wanted something that was like strong meaty and, like you know, It was gon na last, you know so this this unit does not feel cheap by any means and its. You know its roughly around. I think five to six hundred dollars, depending on what you find it on amazon. But if you look it up, you want to look up the suv 40 01 for the 40 amp or the suv 32 01 for the 32 amp. But if you look at it on amazon, where they sell it youre just going to look up shell ev charging. You know, and then it should pop up for you and ill put some links in the actual youtube video here as well. Just wan na quickly go over cost as well um, just to kind of give you an idea on how much money im saving between taking my my vehicle, my electric vehicle to and from work as opposed to my minivan.
The minivan gets 28 miles per gallon highway. So, with an average of about 26 miles getting to and from work per gallon, so you break it down with im going to break it down. Current gas prices is 3.19, a gallon for for gasoline, so at 26 miles per gallon im going 135 134 miles to and from work every day, so at 134, miles to and from work every day takes about 5.15 gallons doing the math here, um at 3.19 cents. A gallon were getting um 16.44 to go to and from work every day in this. In this we get by having this charger instead of using a fast charger at a facility or going to a fast charge station somewhere, you know at a store or somewhere around there, that has one which costs about 34 cents a mile, but doing it from home. Having this particular charger plugged in it is on off peak times its 10 cents per kilowatt so um, i normally run it on off peak times, because on peak times its 15 cents, a kilowatt, you know im saving five cents. If i do it at night, so most of my charging happens in the evening and that breaks it down to at 134 miles cost me 30.45 kilowatts. So a little over. You know almost 30 and a half kilowatts um on average to go to and from work at with an average of 4.4 miles per kilowatt, so thats 4.
4 miles per kilowatt at 134 miles to and from work, so thats a round trip so that cost breakdown goes Into it 10 cents a kilowatt hour, it comes out to about and four cents per day, as opposed to sixteen dollars and forty four cents per day, so its a drastic difference, driving an electric vehicle, plus the maintenance cost on the van cost. A lot more too, because youre changing oil and everything like that on a regular basis with that much mileage with the ev, its just a degradation of the battery, which is still yet to be determined in the ev market. A lot of people havent really found real degradation values because lithium ion batteries seem to hold up really well. So i just wanted to bring that into perspective on cost. I wanted to point out how to change the settings as well on here. You can actually do by pressing the button here and holding it down to put it into a change mode. Youll see it start blinking on the top right here, where it says: 32 amp. You can change that hold it down until it starts blinking, you can hit it and it goes to 40. You can go down to 12 amp 16 amp. So obviously you want to set those when you have different types of plugs or youre somewhere else, or you know that your car is rated for a certain amount but 12 to 12. Amp is a safe place to put it if youre running on a 15 um 15 amps receptacle, which is a typical outlet, you can go to 16 if you know that youre on a 20 amp circuit, uh 24, if youre on a 30 amp circuit um 32.
If youre on a 40 amp circuit and 50, if youre on a you, know 40, if youre on a 50 amp circuit, so you know just so. You know that its safe at that point put mine on a 40, because i know that my car will limit. Only to 32 so im not worried about not having a 50 amp circuit. I have a 40 amp circuit, but the car will not allow more than 32 amps. So if it pops a breaker at 40, amps theres something wrong so were good there um down here. You can also set a delay on when you want to start it, so you say hey. I want to wait an hour. I want to wait two hours. I want it through three hours before it starts, you can go all the way up to. I believe you can just keep going so you can just say hey. I dont want this to start for 30 hours. You know, and at that point it will not. You know it will not charge for up to 30 hours and once at 30 hour markets itll start charging your car, so its kind of like a delayed, a delayed charge circuit. So you can set that to what you know whatever you choose to have it at. But if its you know, mine didnt stay because its not plugged in right now i have it actually unplugged from the vehicle at the moment. So just wanted to point that out as well on there thats a lot of the neat features that you can make sure that you set.
So you have a choice. Some of some of the units that you buy online. They dont have a choice on what you set them to and it just its all or nothing its the amperage that it is or not. You know, some of the more sophisticated ones like this one. You know actually have that and this one for the cost.