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Hello everyone. This is my first Kia vehicle and I am quite excited. The combo of plug-in and hybrid, along with the crossover feel (higher than most cars but not as huge as most SUVs) got me to move brands! I have always owned a Toyota or a Honda. Fortunately, my wife decided to upgrade and she agreed to buy my 2016 Toyota Prius (Touring 3) so we could get this one. =)

So I am struggling in choosing the right charger. I MAY have a 240V already installed by the previous owner of my home. It has a Nema 6-50 so I either have to get a charger that has that or one that is Nema 6-20 but comes with an adapter.

I know that a 2018 Niro PHEV LX has 12A but most chargers with Nema 6-50 has 32A. Would that be a problem? Any electricians here?
 

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Current can only flow as much as it can. Larger outputs dont "push" any more current, they are just able to flow more current if it is needed.
 

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Hello everyone. This is my first Kia vehicle and I am quite excited. The combo of plug-in and hybrid, along with the crossover feel (higher than most cars but not as huge as most SUVs) got me to move brands! I have always owned a Toyota or a Honda. Fortunately, my wife decided to upgrade and she agreed to buy my 2016 Toyota Prius (Touring 3) so we could get this one. =)

So I am struggling in choosing the right charger. I MAY have a 240V already installed by the previous owner of my home. It has a Nema 6-50 so I either have to get a charger that has that or one that is Nema 6-20 but comes with an adapter.

I know that a 2018 Niro PHEV LX has 12A but most chargers with Nema 6-50 has 32A. Would that be a problem? Any electricians here?
Not an electrician, but the best solution might be to just replace the 6-50 outlet with a 6-20 for the 16A charger. You could replace the circuit breakers too assuming the current ones are rated for the 6-50 (50A max) with 20A to match the 6-20 spec. The wiring should be fine since it should be rated for the higher current assuming it was installed correctly.

There's no issue with buying a 32A charger and using the existing 6-50 wiring, you're just not going to see any benefit from the more capable charger. I suppose the decision would come down to how much does it cost to replace the outlet/circuit breakers and does that negate the lower cost of the 16A charger?

There are a lot of inexpensive Level 2 chargers that can do 16A. I'm thinking about picking one up so I can quickly recharge on weekends when we do a bunch of short trips. Amazon has them for around $200.
 

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It makes no difference whether the charging station of your previous owner is 12, 20 30 or 60 A, or attached with either NEMA plug type to the 240V house receptacle - the only thing that matters is it has a J1772 plug on the end of the cable that goes into the car. The car internal charger/converter will dictate how much/fast it draws.
 

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Not an electrician, but the best solution might be to just replace the 6-50 outlet with a 6-20 for the 16A charger. You could replace the circuit breakers too assuming the current ones are rated for the 6-50 (50A max) with 20A to match the 6-20 spec. The wiring should be fine since it should be rated for the higher current assuming it was installed correctly.

There's no issue with buying a 32A charger and using the existing 6-50 wiring, you're just not going to see any benefit from the more capable charger. I suppose the decision would come down to how much does it cost to replace the outlet/circuit breakers and does that negate the lower cost of the 16A charger?

There are a lot of inexpensive Level 2 chargers that can do 16A. I'm thinking about picking one up so I can quickly recharge on weekends when we do a bunch of short trips. Amazon has them for around $200.
It's a different connector. It needs an adapter. I'm in the same situation. I already have a 14-50 in my shed because the previous owner had an electric welder. I couldn't find an appropriate adapter and am wondering if it's even a good idea. Looking to get a 16A level II charger.
 

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Not an electrician, but the best solution might be to just replace the 6-50 outlet with a 6-20 for the 16A charger. You could replace the circuit breakers too assuming the current ones are rated for the 6-50 (50A max) with 20A to match the 6-20 spec. The wiring should be fine since it should be rated for the higher current assuming it was installed correctly.

There's no issue with buying a 32A charger and using the existing 6-50 wiring, you're just not going to see any benefit from the more capable charger. I suppose the decision would come down to how much does it cost to replace the outlet/circuit breakers and does that negate the lower cost of the 16A charger?

There are a lot of inexpensive Level 2 chargers that can do 16A. I'm thinking about picking one up so I can quickly recharge on weekends when we do a bunch of short trips. Amazon has them for around $200.
Thank you for your insight. It will cost me $110 more to buy 32A charger and use what I currently have for my outlet. The electrician is charging me $245 to rewire for the 16A charger. So I guess I'm saving $25 to go with the 32A. Right?
 

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It's a different connector. It needs an adapter. I'm in the same situation. I already have a 14-50 in my shed because the previous owner had an electric welder. I couldn't find an appropriate adapter and am wondering if it's even a good idea. Looking to get a 16A level II charger.
The 32A charger I am looking at plugs into the one I already have in the garage. I mean it's Nema 6-50 so I guess it will fit just fine.
 

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It makes no difference whether the charging station of your previous owner is 12, 20 30 or 60 A, or attached with either NEMA plug type to the 240V house receptacle - the only thing that matters is it has a J1772 plug on the end of the cable that goes into the car. The car internal charger/converter will dictate how much/fast it draws.
So my 16A car battery will only take 16A at the supposed speed of 2.5 hours; and not make it go any quicker even if I use a 32A?
 

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Thank you for your insight. It will cost me $110 more to buy 32A charger and use what I currently have for my outlet. The electrician is charging me $245 to rewire for the 16A charger. So I guess I'm saving $25 to go with the 32A. Right?
Yep. In your case it sounds like it would be cheaper overall to just buy the 32A charger compatible with your existing wiring. Not a bad deal overall actually, you get some future proofing if you end up buying a car that can use the additional current in the future while avoiding the hassle of having an electrician re-wire your garage. Win-Win. :D
 

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Today is the first time I understood that word futureproof with charging. Ive been on this topic for like days now and I could not understand for the life of me how the amps and what not mean! lol
 
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