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ClipperCreek HCS-40P Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger Review

Last updated Sep 21, 2021

The ClipperCreek HCS-40P EV charging station is one of the most popular choices among EV owners today, made by ClipperCreek in the USA.

It’s safety certified and backed with a 3-year warranty. The HCS-40P is the type of unit that’s built to last.

Overall Rating: 4.3 out of 5.0

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Main Features of the ClipperCreek HCS-40P EV Charger

Power Output – The ClipperCreek HCS-40P is a 32-amp EV charger, which can deliver 7.7 kW to the electric vehicle. The power output is good for somewhere between 24 and 30 miles of range per hour, depending on how efficient your EV is. The HCS-40P needs to be installed on a 40-amp circuit, and it can’t adjust power.

Energy Star Certificated – The ClipperCreek HCS-40P is energy star certificated for energy efficiency. It’s very efficient when it’s not being used, and it doesn’t waste much energy.

Cable Length and Pliability – The HCS-40P, like the JuiceBox Pro 40, comes with a 25-foot long cable, which is the most extended cable available on any home charging equipment today. It has an interesting lip on the top of the unit that holds the cord. You can loop the cable around the unit as many times as you want, and it will not fall over.

In terms of pliability, the cable performed below average when it was frozen for more than 12 hours.

Connector – The ClipperCreek HCS-40P comes with the J1772 charging connector. It’s a little plasticky, but it works fine. In comparison, the ChargePoint Home Flex has a strongly-built connector.

Connector Holster – Electric vehicle chargers either have integrated connector holsters or remote connector holsters. The ClipperCreek HCS-40P comes with a unique remote connector holster, which is side-mounted. It’s a little bit different from the one of the Grizzl-E classic EV charger that we usually see.

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Robust Construction – ClipperCreek uses airline-grade plastic making the EV chargers. These chargers are built to last for long. Some people have ClipperCreek products that are more than 10 years old, and they still use them to charge their EVs every day.

Connector Lock and Keys – ClipperCreek provides a nice little lock with their charging stations, and that’s to lock the connector to the car. If you’re charging in your own private garage, you might not need to lock the connector. But if you have it mounted outside, locking the connector can prevent somebody from unplugging your car.

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Hardwired or Plug-In – The “p” at the end of the product number means that it’s a plug-in unit. The EV charger comes in either the NEMA 6-50 or the NEMA 14-50 plug. You can also get it in the hardwired version, and it wouldn’t have the p at the end of it.

Automatic Restart – The HCS-40P can restart automatically.

Smart or Non-Smart – The ClipperCreek HCS-40P is not a smart charger.

Weatherproof Rating – The HCS-40P is NEMA 4 rated for extra protection against blowing wind and rain. The ClipperCreek HCS-40P is a good unit for installing outdoors.

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Safety Certified – The HCS-40P is safety certified for electrical safety. It’s UL listed.

Warranty – The ClipperCreek HCS-40P comes with a 3-year warranty.

Conclusion

ClipperCreek doesn’t sell smart chargers. If you’re interested in having an app with wi-fi connection where you can control the charger and where you can link it to your smart home.

You will not get that with ClipperCreek EV chargers. What you will get is a really well-built charger made in America, which can withstand time and is backed by a good warranty and a company that provides very good customer service.

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