The Flexible Fast Charger is good as a portable charging device for your BMW, connecting to 120-volt and even 240-volt. The real fast charger is provided by home stations like the BMW Wallbox and the more powerful models we’ll review here.
Best hardwired EV chargers for BMW
If you live in the US, BMW will send you a home сharging Installation Kit to your address free of charge after purchasing your i4, i7 & iX online at their website. The out-of-pocket cost for home charging installation should be less than $500 , whereas most electricians would charge around $700 to install the same kind of charger.
Some Home Owners Associations (HOA) may not allow certain types of home EV Chargers to be installed, so please check with them before purchasing. If you do not have an outlet installed, or your HOA does not allow home EV Chargers to be installed, there are public charging stations located throughout the US. You can find the nearest charging station by using this website: https://www.plugshare.com/
Best plug-in EV chargers for BMW
We recommend plug-in chargers like Grizzl-E for those who have more than one electric vehicle because they can be used simultaneously and don’t require hardwiring. These types of chargers are less expensive up front but do have some drawbacks as well–you’ll need to remember to unplug them when not in use so they won’t overcharge your battery or overload your electrical system.
How to choose BMW-compatible home EV сhargers
The amperage of your home electric vehicle charger will need to be at least 16 amps, but most home сhargers can be found with 30 amps or more. For the BMW i3, i4, i7 and iX the optimal home сharger would be a Chargepoint 240-volt (50 amp) with weatherproof cover.
The average electric vehicle can go about 80 miles on a single charge, but that number will vary depending on the make and model of the car. The BMW i4, iX and i7 has an all-electric range of 81 miles and a total range of 150 miles when the gasoline engine is used. Once your battery is depleted, it will take approximately 3 hours to fully recharge at a 240-volt outlet.
Where can I buy an electric vehicle charger?
You can buy home EV Chargers from many different places, but we recommend checking with your local electrician, Home Depot, or Amazon. Home Depot offers the Chargepoint 240-volt (50 amp) home сharger with free shipping. If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can get the same home charger shipped to your door in two days for free.
What’s the difference between Level 1, 2, & 3 chargers?
Level 1 charging uses a standard wall outlet (the same one used for your computer or television) and can take anywhere from 7-30 hours to charge your car depending on how much power your local utility company is supplying at any given time. A level 1 charger will cost around $200 but it will only give you enough charge for 50 miles of driving per day. This makes level 1 charging impractical for most people.
Level 2 chargers are much more common because they are installed in your garage and connect directly to your electric system. A level 2 charger can charge a BMW i4, i7 and iX from 0 to 100% in 7-8 hours, so it’s much quicker than the standard home Depot outlet which is why level 2 chargers have rapidly grown in popularity.
Level 3 chargers are the fastest and most expensive type of EV charger, and can charge a BMW i4 & iX models from 0 to 100% in as little as 30 minutes. Level 3 chargers are not commonly found outside of commercial settings such as airports or shopping malls.
What’s the difference between an EV Charger and a Tesla EV Charger?
An EV Charger is compatible with BMW electric vehicles that use the standard J1772 plug, while a Tesla EV Charger is only compatible with Tesla vehicles.
Can I install an EV Charger myself?
Yes, you can install an EV Charger yourself as long as you are comfortable with basic electrical wiring (via NEMA 14-50 or 6-50). EV adept offers a free installation service for all EV Chargers, and most professional electricians are also familiar with installing EVSE.
How do home EV Chargers work?
Home EV chargers work by plugging into a standard outlet in your home and then connecting to the BMW i4, i7 and iX. Once plugged in, the charger will automatically start charging your car. Home EV chargers are available in different amperages, so it’s important to choose one that is compatible with your BMW i4, iX and i7. Most home EV chargers have an amperage of 16 amps, which will work with most electric vehicles.
How Much Will it Cost to Install a Home EV Charger for i4 & i3 models?
Home EV chargers can be installed by either a professional service or by DIY enthusiasts. The cost of installation will vary depending on the type of charger you choose and the amount of work required. Home EV chargers typically range in price from $200 to $1,500.
Charging your BMW i4, iX and i3 at home is easy with a home EV Charger. Home EV chargers are available in different amperages, so make sure to choose one that is compatible with your car. Most home EV Chargers have an amperage of 16 amps, which will work with most electric vehicles.
Calculation of waiting time for charging to a full battery of a BMW i4, i3 and i7
|BMW i3BEV 120 Ah||BMW i4 eDrive40||BMW iX xDrive50|
|32 Amp EV charger||4 h 06 min||8 h 10 min||11 h 15 min|
|50 Amp EV charger||2 h 53 min||5 h 43 min||7 h 52 min|
|16 Amp EV charger||8 h 19 min||16 h 33 min||22 h 48 min|
For public networks, the calculation can be done using a calculator.
We can assist you with installing EVSE for the i4, i7, iX.
For your house EV charger, we offer installation services for home chargers, which is a 240-volt Level 2 charging station. Installation includes standard electrical wiring and conduit, as well as all hardware needed for a successful installation. For more information or to schedule an appointment.
Comparison table – plug-in BMW iX, i7 & i4 EV chargers
|JuiceBox 40 Smart EV Home Charging Station (40 Amp, NEMA 14...||Lectron Level 2 Portable EV Charger (240 Volt, 21ft Cable, ...||Siemens US2 VersiCharge Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charg...||ChargePoint NEMA 6-50 plug Home Charging Station Level 2 (2...||Emporia Level 2 EV Charging Station (240 Volt, 24ft Cable,...|
|Overview||Reliable and durable charger that can provide up to 7x faster charging. It is also WiFi-enabled, so you can easily connect it to your home network.||Сompact device. The light weight makes it easy to transport.||Durable design. Medium power. Often installed in commercial and residential areas.||Charge Smarter, Not Just Faster. Safe and Reliable for Your Home and Your EV. Works with Any EV. Can be hardwired.||Hardwired connections are eligible up to 48 amps.|
|Amperage||40||32||30||16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 50||16, 24, 32, 40, 48|
|Cable length, ft||25||21||20||23||24|
|Socket||NEMA 14-50||NEMA 14-50||NEMA 6-50||NEMA 6-50||NEMA 14-50|
|Working temperature||n/a||-22°F to 122°F||-22°F to 122°F||-40°F to 122°F||-22°F to 122°F|
|Warranty||3 years||1 year||3 years||3-years||3-years|
|Certificate||UL & Energy Star||Ul certified||UL Listed||UL certificate 20190607-E328478 issued 06/07/2019; Type 3R per UL 50E; ENERGY STAR qualified 06/25/19.||EV Charger is not UL certified, it is manufactured to meet the safety criteria defined by these international standards: NEC 625, SAE J1772, UL 817, UL 991, UL 2231, UL 225, and UL 2594|
Comparison table – hardwired BMW EV chargers
|ChargePoint NEMA 14-50 plug/hardwired Home Charging Station...||Wallbox Pulsar Plus Level 2 EV Charging station 11.52 kW (2...||JuiceBox Pro 40 Hardwired Commercial Charging Station (40 A...||Siemens VersiCharge Level 2 Hardwired EV Home Charging stat...||AUTO ENTERPRISE Level 2 EV Charging station 12 kW (240 Volt...|
|Overview||Charge Smarter, Not Just Faster. The Flexibility to Work with Any Home. Works with Any EV. Hardwired connections are eligible up to 50 amps.||Voice control-enabled. Designed for intelligent, professional installation to a 70A breaker and provides excellent performance.||Designed for commercial areas. Supports access via RFID cards.||A high-powered home device. Has high WiFi signal requirements.||EVSE with IP65 protection class, IK10 mechanical protection. Charging speeds of up to 50 amps.|
|Amperage||16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 50||48||40||12, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48||12, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 50|
|Cable length, ft||23||25||25||20||22|
|Waterproof||Yes||NEMA Type 4||Yes||IP65|
|Working temperature||-40°F to 113°F||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Warranty||3-years||3 years||3 years||n/a|
|Certificate||UL certificate 20190607-E328478 issued 06/07/2019; Type 3R per UL 50E; ENERGY STAR qualified 06/25/19.||UL||UL and cUL Listed & ENERGY STAR certified||cUL listed||n/a|
Does my BMW come with an EV charger?
For the U.S. market, every new EV purchased from BMW comes with a Flexible Fast Charger, which plugs into 120/240-volt, but still can’t provide fast speed like the Wall Box and top-of-the-line models described here.
What’s the best BMW charger for fast charging at home?
If you’re happy with the price and speed, the BMW Wall Box is optimal. There are also more powerful top models, which we compared in our review.
How far i can drive on one charge with the iX xDrive50?
The BMW iX xDrive50 has a range on one battery charge up to 324 miles.
How far can the BMW iX M60 travel on a single charge?
The BMW iX M60 has a range of up to 288 miles on one battery charge.
How far i can drive on one charge with the i4 eDrive40?
The BMW i4 eDrive40 has a range on one battery charge up to 301 miles.
How far i can go on single charge with the i4 M50?
The i4 M50 has a range of up to 270 miles on a single charge.
- 1 Best hardwired EV chargers for BMW
- 2 Best plug-in EV chargers for BMW
- 3 How to choose BMW-compatible home EV сhargers
- 4 Where can I buy an electric vehicle charger?
- 5 What’s the difference between Level 1, 2, & 3 chargers?
- 6 What’s the difference between an EV Charger and a Tesla EV Charger?
- 7 Can I install an EV Charger myself?
- 8 How do home EV Chargers work?
- 9 How Much Will it Cost to Install a Home EV Charger for i4 & i3 models?
- 10 Calculation of waiting time for charging to a full battery of a BMW i4, i3 and i7
- 11 We can assist you with installing EVSE for the i4, i7, iX.
- 12 Comparison table – plug-in BMW iX, i7 & i4 EV chargers
- 13 Comparison table – hardwired BMW EV chargers