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Enel X JuiceBox 48 EV Charging Station Review
A solid choice for a mid-powered Level 2 home EV charger
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Those familiar with JuiceBox will know that it’s always been a pioneer in the realm of EV charging, providing features like WiFi and real-time charging data before many of its competitors. Since then, ownership of JuiceBox has changed hands from eMotorWerks to Enel, and it left many of us wondering just how the second-generation version of this charging unit would fare in today’s market.
While the Enel-X JuiceBox is available in 32, 40, and 48-amp versions, they remain identical outside of the power output. Our “Ultimate Review” was completed using the 48-amp version. The new JuiceBox has all of the smart-charging features of the original plus a few more, as well as an integrated connector holster and cable management loop.
Key Specs of the Enel X JuiceBox 48
Installing the Enel X Juicebox 48 is rather simple– you can attach a mounting plate to the wall with a couple of screws, making sure to do that along a stud so that it’s stable. It’s a heavy unit, and with the cable wrapped around it and regular jostling as you use the charger, you want to make sure that it’s secured very well. This particular version of the JuiceBox is hardwired, meaning that you’ll likely want to hire a licensed and bonded electrician to safely install it. If you choose to go with the version that comes with a NEMA 14-50 plug, you can easily plug it into your available electric outlet instead.
Once you’ve got the mounting plate on the wall, you can slide the unit into the grooves and snap it down until it locks into place. Crave more security? There’s also a locking system with a key to lock your unit into place and prevent theft, a feature that’s not offered by many other EV chargers!
The Juicebox’s smart charging features are where this unit really shines. The JuicePass app allows you to access public, workplace, and home charging all in one place. It also adjusts the power output so that you can use the Juicebox on a circuit that’s less than 60-amps if that’s all you have available. Finally, it comes with Amazon Alexa and Google Home compatibility, as well as the ability to participate in utility demand response programs.
Another great feature of the Enel X JuiceBox 48 is the fact that it can power share with other units on the same circuit. That way, you can charge two vehicles on two separate JuiceBoxes, and the units will communicate with each other to make sure that the circuit doesn’t get overloaded, avoiding the need to install a second circuit.
The Juicebox also comes with an integrated connector holster and cable management loop. Prefer a remote holster and cable hook? You might want to check out this one to use instead.
Live in a place where the temperatures drop well below freezing? Then a big concern for you might be how well your EV charger’s cable holds up when that brutal cold hits. Thankfully, we here at EVChargingStations put charging units through rigorous testing to find out– so you don’t have to!
The Cable Deep Freeze Test
Our tests involve putting an EV charging unit into a commercial ice cream freezer for over 14 hours to simulate how its cables might react to being frozen overnight in sub-zero temperatures. When we finally removed the Enel X Juicebox 48 from its chilly prison, the interior temperature measured at -9.7° F. It felt really stiff when being picked up, and we could quickly see that it was really bad; in fact, it was one of the worst cables we’ve ever tested for cold weather. It was completely unmanageable, and we can’t fathom trying to use it to charge a vehicle in such a state.
If you are looking for an EV charger whose cable does well in more extreme weather, we’d have to recommend the ChargePoint Home Flex over this one.
After averaging the ChargerRater score with my personal score of 4.75 out of 5 stars, the Enel X Juicebox 48 came away with a final score of 4.525 stars out of 5. It’s a well-built and dependable EV charger that we have no problems recommending.
The Enel X JuiceBox 48 is available from Enel starting at $689.00. Watch our full review and then leave us a comment with your thoughts below.
By: Tom Moloughney
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