Siemens Versicharge 30A
- Connection: Hardwired or NEMA 6-50 plug
- Power Level: 240V
- Amperage: 30A
- Cable Length: 14′ or 20′
- Safety Certification: UL Listed
- Warranty: 3 years
- Made in: China
- MSRP: See Today’s Price on Amazon
Our Review of the Siemens Versicharge
- Hardwired or Plug-in option
- UL Listed (Safety certified)
- Set power level between 1.8kW – 7.2kW
- NEMA 4 enclosure (rain, dirt, dust, wind resistant)
- Cable wrap is integrated into unit
- Hardwired unit is for indoor use only
- 14′ cable on hardwired is likely too short for many uses
- 20′ cable on plug-in is shorter than comparable models
- Power is 2 Amps lower than comparable models
- Plug-in model uses NEMA 6-50 plug, not a common outlet
- Station is larger than most; takes up more space
- Poor customer service
Typically hardwired units are fine outdoors and plug-in units are okay indoors or outdoors with a weatherproof receptacle. However, the manual for the VersiCharge stated the opposite (see below). The hardwire unit is only good for indoor use and they recommend a plug for outdoor use!
HARDWIRED UNITS are for indoor use only. These devices have no gaskets or seals. What?!
We went back to the Amazon listing and sure enough they say it there as well:
The Siemens 30-A Level II VersiCharge electric vehicle charger is available in two configurations – Hardwire for indoor use only (VC30GRYHW) and Universal which can be used indoors and outside (VC30GRYU). The Universal unit arrives ready to plug in for use into a 240V receptacle and is easily attachable to most surfaces with the provided mounting bracket.
We emailed customer service and got the standard ‘thank you for your email’ reply, but never a real reply with an answer. So – we ended up returning the hardwired and bought the plug-in (it was about $50 more).
Be forewarned that if you use the plug for an outdoor installation, it’s very important to use the receptacle enclosure. Not doing so will void the warranty:
Due to risk of moisture, cord-and-plug installations require a NEMA outdoor rated receptacle and enclosure, when installed outdoors. Installing outdoors without properly rated outdoor receptacles and enclosures will violate listings and void the device warranty. Outdoor cord-and-plug installations must be bottom fed only.
The 20’ cable is easily stored on the unit and the connector is stored on the unit as well. It does stick out a bit, so don’t install in a high-traffic area unless you’re certain you can avoid bumping into it. We will need to wrap the connector over the top of the unit and let it hang down for this reason.
The plug-in unit was fairly easy to install after having an electrician do the initial receptacle installation. It does require installing a mounting bracket first. This comes with the unit now. Previously you had to buy it separately so we saw a lot of negative reviews from people who got the unit, then realized they needed the bracket. Good decision to include it now. The bracket is plastic; it mounted fine. The bracket is designed in such a way that the charger wobbles, due to the way the lag bolts go into the bracket. While there’s no reason to suspect that it would fall down, the bracket simply doesn’t inspire confidence.
The Siemens VersiCharge uses a NEMA 4 enclosure to ensure weather resistance. The power levels can be adjusted between 1.8kW – 7.2kW. This had to go on a 50 Amp circuit and the vehicle takes as much power as it can accept, so I’m not sure why you’d need a range in power. I suppose if you were able to use the hardwired model indoors you could install it on a 20 amp circuit and dial the power back accordingly.
You can easily delay time to charge with buttons on the front of the unit. After we confirmed that it worked fine, we decided to go back to using the car’s timer delay function as we already knew that was reliable. There are several posted reviews about difficulty with the delay function not working correctly.
The charger comes with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty that applies even if you install the charging station without the help of an electrician (which I do not recommend if you need to install the hardwired or wire in a new receptacle!). Again, don’t install the plug version outdoors without a weatherproof (UL Listed and NEMA approved) cover, or that warranty is void.
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