If you found this style of charger on websites like Amazon, Walmart, eBay, and probably a few other spots, don’t be confused. This is just a generic styled level 2 charger that you can buy on Alibaba and AliExpress for a few hundred dollars. However, since I wanted a warranty and fast shipping, I chose Amazon as my source of purchase.
If you are reading this review in hopes of learning more about the Morec level 2 charger and whether you should buy it or not, this post is for you. Let’s dive into it!
First Impressions of the Morec 32A Charger
Amazon delivered this charger straight to my door in just a few days, so far so good. When I got the box, it was rather wide and weighed a good 10 lbs or so. After opening it up, I was presented with simple English and Chinese instructions that were easy to follow (but not necessary).
The charger itself is coiled up into a 15″ inch by 15″ inch circle with zip ties keeping it all together.
After getting everything out of the box, I took double sided tape and mounted it to the wall. The cord which you use to plug into a NEMA 14-50 socket was about 18″ inches long and the remaining part of the cord was about 24-25 feet long ( i did not measure the exact length).
Once you plug in the charger, you will be presented with a small screen which show you the following information:
- The 30.2A represents the AMP current being drawn from the charger, into the car.
- Just below it, you’ll see the 242.4V, this represents the voltage available. This number will jump up and down. I’ve seen it go between 239V to 242V constantly, this is normal and nothing to worry about.
- Moving down to the 00:25:23, this represents Hours, Minutes, and Seconds of how long the vehicle has been charging since the session started.
- At the bottom left, you’ll see temperature in Fahrenheit which tells you how HOT the charger unit is running. That number is recommended to stay as low as possible to ensure long life of the charging unit.
- Lastly, at the bottom right there’s the 32A rating which just means thats what the charger is rated for. Nothing less and nothing more.
Let’s talk about the good things that come with this MOREC charger.
- If you want a warranty and don’t want to wait a few weeks for shipping, you can grab this charger on Amazon for less than $400. At 32 amps, very few are priced so aggressively low.
- At 32 amps, you can inject 7-7.5kWh of energy into a battery pack. A Chevy Bolt EV can get a full charge in as little as 7.5 hours. If you have something smaller like a Nissan Leaf with a 24kW battery pack in as little as 3.5 hours.
- The screen tells you the most important specs, such as amps, kilowatts delivered, and the time charged.
- Electronics are prone to overheating, this charger is no exception. Below all other charging details is the charger temperature. If you keep track of that, you can extend the life of the unit by quite some time.
- Installing this charger is a breeze. This can be done by either using double-sided tape, or short drywall screws.
While this may be a great option if you are on a budget, don’t get too excited. There’s a few “questions” that are yet to be answered.
- Go to Amazon and you’ll see this exact charger being sold under at least 5 other private-label companies. To be fair though, most have decent reviews.
- This charger is mostly made of plastic. Durability in the event of a drop may come into question. To reduce the charger from bouncing around, mount the charging unit to the wall using double-sided gorilla tape. Also, install a cheap J-1772 charger holder to ensure the charging handle is not laying on the ground when it’s not being used.
- When a charging session is complete, the timer for how long a vehicle has been charging for automatically restarts (as does the kilowatts delivered). Unless you track this like a hawk, it won’t give you accurate readings when it comes to the exact time it took to charger how much electricity was delivered.
- No app integration. Of course there is no surprise here, very few electric car chargers have this as an option, let alone ones for under $400.
Should You Get It?
Now you have read the review including the pro’s and con’s, what do you do now? If you want a personal recommendation, I’d say go for it, especially if you are buying it from a reputable company that offers at least a 30-day money back guarantee. For the price, it is one of the cheapest level 2 chargers on the market today.
WARNING: If your electric vehicle does not support on-board charging of 32 amps, don’t waste your money. This type of charger is available in both 16 and 24 amps variants.
On average, those cheaper options are significantly cheaper and you can get 2-3x the charging speeds of regular 110-120 volts outlets for very little money out of pocket.