If you are thinking about ditching your incredibly slow Level 1 charger and buying a home Level 2 charger instead, you’ve taken a huge step in simplifying your life and saying Adios! to your range anxiety (and that annoying public charging station that never seems to be working). Now you just have to figure out which electric vehicle (EV) charging station is best for you and your lifestyle. The Wallbox Pulsar Plus and ChargePoint Home Flex are popular among EV drivers. If you’re an EV owner, they’re both great for charging your electric car but which one is better? Take a few moments to read this Wallbox vs ChargePoint smart charger review and you’ll know which one is best for you!
ChargePoint Home Flex
The ChargePoint Home Flex comes in a NEMA 14-50 or NEMA 6-50 plug. It can charge any EV in the U.S. and has flexible amperage settings from 16 amps to 50 amps. It is available in a plug-in or hardwired version. The ChargePoint Home Flex has a standard SAE J1772 connector.
The Home Flex is a gray- and silver-colored EV charging station with a black cable. The cable rack is integrated into the design of the main unit and loops around the top of the charger. It has a green LED indicator light around the charger holder, which changes color to show charge status updates. It weighs 17.6 pounds.
You can use the Charge point app to start and stop charging, check how much energy you’ve used over time, and schedule charges during cheaper off-peak time-of-use rates so you can save on energy costs.
Wallbox Pulsar Plus
The Wallbox Pulsar Plus comes in a 40 amp or 48 amp version. The 48 amp is only available for a hardwired installation. Like the ChargePoint Home Flex, it can charge any EV in the nation. It uses a standard SAE J1772 connector.
The Wallbox is a black box with a gray inner box. It has LCD indicator lights that surround the gray box. It does not come with any cable mounting or racking. The 40 amp version weighs 18.2 pounds, while the 48 amp version weighs 20.9 pounds.
You can access smart charging features with the Wallbox Pulsar Plus through their app known as myWallbox. You’ll be able to schedule charging for when your electricity rates are cheapest and start or stop a charge.
Similarities: Wallbox vs ChargePoint
The Wallbox Pulsar Plus 48 amp version and the ChargePoint Home Flex deliver about the same amount of power – 11.5 kilowatt (kW) for the Wallbox and 12 kW for the ChargePoint. Having this much power means quicker charge times. Most of the other home EV charging stations in the industry are not available in these higher amperages. You don’t necessarily need this much power with the types of EVs available today, but choosing an EV charger with higher amperages helps you future-proof. Just keep in mind that if you choose the Wallbox 48 amp version it will be hardwired. Hardwired means it will be a permanent installation, while a plug-in EV charger is portable.
Both have LCD light indicators on the face of the EV charger.
The price point for both of them is $699. The Wallbox 40 amp version is cheaper at $649.
They both are eligible for incentives and rebates from utility companies and other organizations in your area dedicated to supporting EV adoption.
Differences: Wallbox vs ChargePoint
Both the Pulsar Plus and Home Flex offer smart features but the Wallbox has Bluetooth connectivity. While they both have Amazon Alexa connectivity, the Wallbox also has Google Assistant connectivity.
The Wallbox is a better choice if you plan to install your EV charger outside. The ChargePoint Home Flex is weatherproof and rated NEMA 3R for outdoor use but you will have to use either a hardwired installation or a weatherproof NEMA receptacle when you get it installed. On the other hand, the Wallbox Pulsar Plus is NEMA Type 4 rated for watertightness and dust resistance. It is suitable for outdoor installations without a receptacle.
Aesthetically, the Wallbox is more of a box (as the name implies) but is still sleek and can fit with your home decor while the ChargePoint Home Flex is a rounded rectangle. The Charge point comes with a built-in cable rack, while the Pulsar Plus does not. If would prefer the Pulsar Plus you could easily purchase a separate cable holster.
The Wallbox has a slightly longer charging cable at 25 feet, while the ChargePoint has a 23-foot cable.
You can install two Pulsar Plus’ on the same circuit for power-sharing options. If you have two EVs or plan to add another one in the future, this feature allows you to divide electricity between two EVs charging at the same time. The Home Flex does not have this option and each ChargePoint will have to be installed on its own dedicated circuit.
You can unlock and lock the Pulsar Plus through the myWallbox app, but with the ChargePoint the only way to prevent unauthorized use of your EV charging station is to schedule charging through the ChargePoint app when you will be home or check the charging status of the charger remotely.
The Pulsar Plus also offers solar charging, which the Home Flex does not. This means you can use the Wallboc to charge your EV with energy generated by your solar panels. The Pulsar Plus Eco-Smart Solar EV charging feature allow you to choose between two modes: full renewable or a mix of green and grid electricity. You can disable the mode at any time if you wish to switch back to solely grid power.
The Verdict. ChargePoint Home Flex vs Pulsar Plus?
The ChargePoint Home Flex and Wallbox Pulsar Plus will cost you the same amount of money and you can apply for the same incentives and rebates. So financially, you will end up spending the same whether you go with the ChargePoint or Wallbox for your home charging solution.
They both offer a smooth smart charging process so you can schedule your charges for when electricity is cheaper. Keep in mind, if you want to be able to use Google Assistant you would have to go with the Pulsar Plus since the ChargePoint only offers Amazon Alexa connectivity.
As noted earlier the 40 amp Pulsar Plus is cheaper at $649 as opposed to $699.
In the end, with price out of the way, they are both good choices. You just need to choose which one has the features you are looking for in your EV charging station. For example, if you prefer to have the higher power and not have a hardwired EV charger you would opt for the ChargePoint. Or maybe you want to be able to power share since you are a two-EV household or plan to install your electric vehicle charging station outdoors, which would mean you would opt for the Wallbox.
If you’re interested in how the ChargePointHome Flex compares with the Enel X Juicebox 40 check out our article here.
Installing a Wallbox or ChargePoint at your home
Since it is usually best to choose which EV charging station you want before connecting with an electrician for the NEMA 14-50 installation, you’ve already taken the first step to EV charging freedom!
WattLogic can help you find a verified and licensed electrician for your home Level 2 charging installation and much more. WattLogic is a different EV charging company. Our promise to help you find which home EV charger is best for as well as take care of everything else, including researching which permits you need for your installation and applying for them, sending a verified and licensed electrician to install the EV charging station at your home, and even applying to available rebates on your behalf.
Wallbox is our preferred EV residential charging solution for EV drivers. WattLogic has partnered with Wallbox to bring their incredible chargers to your home. By the way, we are offering a special deal on the two different versions of the Wallboxes (40 amp and 48 amp) that you won’t find anywhere else.
Whichever home EV charger you choose, we will help you regardless, wherever you are in the United States. All it takes is 5 minutes to fill out a quick and free digital survey. We will get you the best quote from electricians in your area so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of shopping around and figuring out which ones to call.