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TurnOnGreen EV700 EV Charging Station Review
A plug-in EV charging station with great user management features
A newer player on the electric vehicle supply equipment (or EVSE) scene, TurnOnGreen has released a 32-amp plug-in charging unit that is available for residential use. The TurnOnGreen EV700 offers adjustable power output with smart charging features that will appeal to many modern consumers.
The unit has a touchscreen display where you can see the current amperage being delivered, the station’s voltage, and the amount of power that’s already been dispensed. It also comes with a LED ring light around the connector holster that indicates whether the charger is on standby, plugged in, actively charging, or has some sort of error. It’s a simple feature, but one that we wished more EV charging stations came with.
Key Specs of the TurnOnGreen EV700
The TurnOnGreen EV700 mounts to the wall very easily, so installation should be a breeze for most. The unit arrives with a mounting plate on the back, and you can attach it to the wall by securing it with screws through the four holes drilled in the plate. Once that’s done, all you need to do is slide the unit into place. There’s also a hole in an angled bracket on the base of the plate that matches with one on the unit, which allows you to lock the two together for added security.
Since the TurnOnGreen EV700 is a plug-in charging station, you won’t have to worry about hardwiring this one in. It utilizes a NEMA 6-50 plug, unlike most pluggable charging stations today that use the NEMA 14-50 plug which is generally considered the industry standard. It is possible to pick up an adaptor if you only have a NEMA 14-50 outlet on hand, but if you’re planning on using this unit long-term, it could be worth considering just replacing the outlet– it shouldn’t be very expensive to do.
Surprisingly, there isn’t any cable management system that comes with the EV700. We’d recommend picking up this combination holster and j-hook on Amazon for about $19 to complete your setup.
The TurnOnGreen EV700 is a 32-amp EVSE that can deliver up to 7.7 kW to an electric vehicle and add between 22 to 32 miles of range per hour at full power, depending on the efficiency of your EV. The unit does provide an adjustable power output that can be controlled from either the touchscreen or an app, allowing you to set the power between 6 and 32 amps.
With a steel case and a NEMA 3 rating, the EV700 should have no trouble with either indoor or outdoor use. The charging cable is only 18 feet long, however, while many other charging stations of a similar quality offer cables that are generally 20+ feet long. TurnOnGreen does offer a cable upgrade for a 24-foot option, but that add-on costs an extra $120 and seems rather ridiculous.
While the TurnOnGreen EV700 is considered a smart charger thanks to its WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, it really doesn’t offer a lot of noteworthy features. You can’t view your charging session history in the app or connect it via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. It also hasn’t been Energy Star approved (though TurnOnGreen says that they’re working on that), nor can you use it with any utility demand response programs. You can, however, control who uses the station through the app or an RFID card, making it a great choice for public areas where access control is necessary.
In order to show consumers how well different EV charging stations perform under problematic conditions, we make sure our ultimate reviews showcase tests that check for cold-weather cable pliability and durability. We were pleased to see that the TurnOnGreen EV700 did not disappoint.
The Connector Drop Test
In order to test how well a connector will hold up when faced with clumsy handling, we drop it five times from about 4-5 feet high onto a concrete floor. After the test, the TurnOnGreen EV700 showed no scratches, dings, scuffs, or any other damage to the casing, which wasn’t terribly surprising considering that it felt like a solid, well-built connector. We can definitely say that it passed this test with full marks.
The Cable Deep Freeze Test
In order to check how an EV charging station and its charging cable will perform in frigid temperatures, we put our units into a commercial ice cream freezer for about 14 hours before taking them out to check the cable pliability. When we pulled the TurnOnGreen EV700 out, the temperature inside the freezer was measured at -15° F (-9.4° C). The cable’s flexibility wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either; it didn’t end up losing any points on the ChargerRater system because the cable was thin enough to be maneuvered even while frozen. Ultimately we consider the EV700 to be passable for cold-weather climates, but if you are looking for an EV charger whose cable does fantastic in more extreme weather, we’d have to recommend the ChargePoint Home Flex.
After averaging my personal score of 4.6 stars out of 5 for the charger with its ChargerRater score, the TurnOnGreen EV700 came away with a total of 4.4 stars out of 5. We like this unit, especially with its user management features, though there are certainly areas where it could use improvement.
The TurnOnGreen EV700 is available for $399.99 on Amazon. Take a look at the full review in the video above and tell us what you think about this unit in the comments below.
By: Tom Moloughney
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