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Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 EV Charging Station Review

A compact, 40-amp home charging offering from Wallbox
Last updated February 19, 2022

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Wallbox is a well-known brand worldwide, and it has released some fantastic-looking chargers in its time. Now that they’ve entered the US market, it’s easy to see why the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 is one of their most popular units– it’s compact, packed with smart features, and compatible with every EV on the market.

We took our time testing out the unit and giving it a thorough review. After a month of use, we put together this "Ultimate Review" to share our results so that consumers like you can make an educated choice when it comes to choosing your in-home EV charging station.

WALLBOX
amazon.com
$649.00

Key Specs of the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40

  • Charger: AC Level 2
  • AC Connector: Type 1 (SAE J1772)
  • Power Input: Hardwired, NEMA 14-50 plug
  • Rated Current: 40A
  • Adjustable Current: 16-40A
  • Maximum Power: 10 kW
  • Dimensions (without cable): 6.5" x 6.4" x 3.2"
  • Cable length: 25 feet
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Safety Certified: Yes
  • Comes with a remote connector holster for custom mounting
  • Both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled
  • App allows for scheduled charging at convenient hours
  • Cons

  • Exposure to extreme cold left the cable stiff and unwieldy
  • LED light is bright and undimmable
  • Expensive compared to similar chargers by other brands
  • Installation

    Installation is a breeze with the 40-amp version that plugs in, as all you need to do is screw the mounting plate to the wall with two screws. It's best to screw the unit into a stud, but if that's not possible, Wallbox includes four screws and drywall anchors, two for the main unit and two for the connector holster. If you decide to hardwire the unit, don't forget that it's always safer to hire a licensed and bonded electrician to make sure it's done right.
    If you don't mind having a hardwired unit and want a little more juice, try checking out the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 48 instead.

    Once the Pulsar Plus is installed you can then download the Wallbox app and connect the device to your WiFi network. While you don’t need to connect the unit to your WiFi network (the unit will charge your EV just fine without using the app and smart charging features), you might as well use them if you’re already paying for them.

    Once everything is set up, go ahead and plug your Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 in and start charging. With the full 40 amps, you should be able to add 30-35 miles of range to an EV per hour of charging, depending on how efficient it is.

    The Pulsar Plus has the ability to power share, so you can attach multiple units to a single circuit and the Pulsar Plus will intelligently share the power without overloading the circuit. Power-sharing can be a very convenient feature for multiple-EV households.

    The Pulsar Plus app has some nice features like the ability to view the current charging session, adjust the power input, set notifications, schedule delayed charging, and view past charging session history. You can even enter your electricity rate so you have a clear record of how much your EV charging is impacting your wallet.

    Testing

    If you’ve watched any of our other Ultimate Reviews, then you know that we don’t pull punches when it comes to putting charging units through a taxing series of tests. We didn’t let the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 off easily!


    The Cable Deep Freeze Test

    To simulate cold weather exposure, we toss our chargers into an ice cream freezer and then try to unravel the cable before attempting to wind it back up. If you’ve ever stood outside trying to charge your EV in sub-zero temperatures, you know how challenging such a simple activity can be at times. The temperature inside the freezer read -13° F when we pulled the cable out, and we were disappointed to hear the crackling of the rubber as it proved to be frozen quite stiff. It was so bad that we didn’t even bother trying to loop the cable back over the device when we were done.

    We can’t recommend the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 for extreme cold, but if you live in a warmer area like San Diego or Miami, this shouldn’t be a drawback for you. 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.

    In order to make it easier for you to compare the EV charging stations we’ve reviewed, we score each one on a 15-point categorical system before tallying up the final score out of 100. The Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 lost some points due to its cost, but more than made up for them in regards to its smart features. Overall, the Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 scored a total of 88 points and earned 4.4 out of 5 stars.

    We really like the Pulsar Plus 40, and after averaging my personal score of 4.8 stars out of 5 with the ChargerRating score, we gave it an overall rating of 4.6 stars. That tied it with the ChargePoint Home Flex and the Enel-X JuiceBox for the highest-rated EV charger that we've reviewed. It's compact, powerful, full of smart-charging features with a nice app, and it has a long cable and a great, rubberized connector. It really ticks all of the boxes and if the cable didn't get a poor rating in our cold-weather testing, it may have achieved the highest rating that we've given a charger to date.

    Those interested can check out and order a Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40 for $649 from Amazon. So check out the video and let us know what you think in the comment section below.

    4.6 / 5
    Wallbox Pulsar Plus 40

    By: Tom Moloughney

    Tom has been covering the electric vehicle scene since 2010 and has written for Forbes, Plugincars, GreenCarReports, BMWBLOG, and InsideEVs. He's a former director at Plug In America and specializes in the North American and Chinese electric vehicle markets, with a strong emphasis on EV charging and charging equipment. Tom is also the host of the EV charging YouTube channel, State of Charge.

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