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Home Chargers Like Electrify Canada’s HomeStation can Change Everything for EV Owners

You’ve ordered an EV, you will need a home charger

  • Reviewing more and more electric vehicles meant I had to buy a home charger.

  • Electrify Canada loaned me a Level 2 Homestation to review.

  • Before long, home chargers will be sold as little more than another home appliance.

The day will soon come when home chargers will be purchased in much the same as a refrigerator or television is. They’ll all do the same thing, boast slightly different specifications, vary wildly in price, and as an end consumer, you’ll have to select one. For our first home charger review, we put Electrify Canada’s Homestation to the test.

2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5

First, a little context. In the last two years, I’ve gone from reviewing three or four EVs per year to over a dozen and counting. I’ve never worried about charging as there are public Level 2 chargers located within a 15-minute walk from my house. This arrangement became an annoyance, especially in winter which is why, in late summer 2022, I purchased a Level 2 home charger from Amazon.

The basics

I’ll be honest: I shopped for all of five minutes online and ordered one of the cheapest portable units available made by Nanjing Shenqi Electronic Technology in China. It was discounted to $350 and with the following specs: Capable of up to 40A, 230V, and with a maximum of 9.6kW of output power. Its shortcomings are that it is not programmable, must be unplugged when not in use, and isn’t a modern showpiece like most wall-mounted chargers, and that’s about it.

Nanjing Shenqi Electronic Technology Charger | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

My experience with it has so far been eye-opening. The inability to create a schedule with the charger was effortlessly countered by the possibility of programming the tested EVs, such as the Kia Soul EV and Ford Lightning, by setting up charging windows at off-peak hours via the vehicle, and it worked beautifully. And if need be, charge levels can be tracked via the automakers’ own apps.

Electrify Canada Homestation Level 2

Wall-mounted chargers are one of the most popular EV home charging solutions. Most are very sleek-looking and are showpieces, much like a stainless-steel fridge. Other than the display aspect, these chargers all come with several different features that make them more convenient for EV owners. For example, many offer built-in Wi-Fi connectivity so you can monitor your charge from anywhere, while others have LED lights that indicate when charging is complete or if there’s a problem with your charger’s equipment.

Electrify Canada’s (EC) Homestation has all of this and more. At $999.00, it’s also nearly three times more expensive than my portable charger but it is priced on par with its competition. Its basic specs are 40A max current, 240V input power, and with a maximum of 9.6kW of output power. Its operating range of -30°C to +50°C is 10° is narrower than the portable unit though between -30°C and -40°C, let’s agree that no one’s leaving the house… As well, EC has an app that enables the user to access programing, state of charge, and so on.

App difficulties

I received my first charger from EC only to discover that it was unfortunately defective. A few calls and emails with Electrify America later, a second Homestation was delivered. This one launched immediately and showed its true LED colours. Although connecting to WiFi and the unit was easy, navigating and programing the app turned out to be far less intuitive. In brief, the application is not entirely user-friendly and menu selections such as planning a charging schedule, are never completed via a “set” or “save” option – one must go back through the menus or skip directly to the landing page. Some changes may have been done to the app since I used it in January.

Electrify Canada App Schedule Page | Screenshot Electrify Canada App

I set the unit to 32A and began using it the same day it went online. I made sure to de-program charging schedules in the tested EVs (if they were set up) to rely on and review EC’s app. For the most part, the app bridged the EV and the charger to deliver much-needed juice however on a few occasions, the schedule failed to allow a charging session to occur when desired.

I suspect that, due to the app not providing a “set” or “save” option, caused the programming to be dropped. I know this as I found myself re-programming the schedule twice – the consequence was that the vehicle did not recharge overnight as planned. Except for the less-than-ideal app, the EC Homestation is everything an EV owner is looking for. It’s got the style and performance expected from a Level 2 home charger.

Competition is growing

When compared to other home chargers, the Homestation is averagely priced. Chargers from ChargePoint, JuiceBox, and others, including the new TurboConnect Wallbox from Webasto provide similar performance for roughly the same price. One differentiator will certainly be customer service.

We hope to review more chargers in the future as the offer continues to grow.


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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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