NEMA 6-50 vs 14-50 – Which One is Right for You?

If you’re new to electric vehicles (EVs), you might be wondering what kind of wall connector you need to charge your car at home. While there are a few different types of plugs and outlets on the market, they all serve the same purpose: to deliver power to your EV quickly and safely.

When you buy an electric vehicle, you’ll have to charge it somewhere and somehow. Recognizing this, you are bound to encounter two types of plugs as you do your homework on which one to get. On the one hand, there’s the NEMA 6-50. On the other, there’s the 14-50. You also will have the option to hard-wire your Level 2 EV charger directly into the wall – this is often the preferred choice and some electrical utility providers even require this if you want to receive a rebate for installing your charger.

So what’s the difference between NEMA 6-50 vs 14-50? In this article, we’ll walk you through what distinguishes between the two and help guide you through your decision process. By the end of this article, you’ll be less shocked about which one is the right charger plug outlet for your EV.


What is the difference between a NEMA 6-50 and a 14-50 outlet?

Most people are familiar with the standard 110-volt outlets that are found in homes and businesses across the country. However, there is another type of outlet that is becoming increasingly popular, known as a NEMA 14-50 outlet. As the name suggests, this outlet is capable of providing up to 50 amps of power, making it well suited for charging electric vehicles. The NEMA 14-50 outlet has two hots, a ground, and a neutral, and is considered to be safe for use with 40 amp Level 2 chargers.

The NEMA 6-50 plug has a maximum amperage of 50 and is used for appliances that require a higher level of power, such as stoves and dryers. The difference between the NEMA 6-50 and the 14-50 is that the 6-50 has no neutral; it only has the two hots and the ground. The NEMA 6-50 is not as common as the 14-50, but it is becoming more popular with homeowners due to it being a slightly more affordable option.

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If you look at both the 6-50 and 14-50 plugs side-by-side, you’ll notice that one of them lacks a neutral. The neutral is the fourth hole at the bottom just under the “hots” – the hole you won’t see in a 6-50.

By contrast, the 14-50 comes with a neutral. This means that the 14-40 has four holes (the two hots, a neutral, and ground) while the 6-50 only has three.


What are the benefits of using a NEMA 14-50 vs 6-50?

The biggest benefit of using a NEMA 6-50 vs a 14-50 is that the 6-50 is more affordable. It also has the added benefit of being easier to install, as it doesn’t require a neutral connection. Most electricians would say that the 6-50 is easier to install.

At the end of the day, both plugs will charge your EV at the same amperage and rate. Installing a Level 2 charger is the best thing you can do after getting an electric car. Not only does it make charging your car at home much easier, but it also adds value to your home.

If you’re still undecided about which NEMA outlet plug to choose, we actually recommend a hardwired installation for your charger. It’s more affordable and easier to install, and it will get the job done just as well as the 14-50 or 6-50 outlet. The best part is that most utility providers are offering big incentives when you install your charger this way!

We sure are! And we think you should be too. That’s why we’re offering a free estimate to install an electric vehicle charging station in your home. All you need to do is answer a few questions and take a photo of your electrical panel. We’ll send over a quote in just a few days.

If you are looking to install a Chargepoint Home Flex, Tesla wall connector, or an Autel EV charger – you’ll want to hire a qualified electrician that has experience installing EV chargers.

Getting a home EV charging station installed does not have to be a hassle. Here at WattLogic, we have simplified the process and can help you get an installation quote across North America. We understand the frustration that can come with trying to install a charging station, so we have made it our mission to make the process as easy and stress-free as possible. With our experience and dedication, we can help you get your home EV charging station installed quickly and easily.

Learn more about our unique EV process and how you can get a no obligation EV charger installation quote today!

We hope this article helped clear up any confusion you had about NEMA 6-50 vs 14-50 plugs. As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions related to getting an EV charging station. We’re here to help!

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