OCPP EV Charging Solutions

How to maintain your home EV charger?

Electric Vehicles are now becoming more and more popular. Most EV owners have residential EV charger at their home and parking spot. Periodical maintenance of the EV charger helps keep it in good condition, high charging efficiency and reliability.

How often should a EV charger get maintained?
Keep a regular basic maintenance including wiping down the charger, cord, and connectors weekly. You will need to replace your charging cable as part of your regular maintenance if you notice signs of wear. A charging cable can develop loose connections after extended use, causing inefficiencies in charging and even potential hazardous situation. Staying proactive and keeping a routine maintenance schedule will avoid costly repairs for an EV charger owner.

How to tell if an EV charger needs maintenance?
3 most common signs an EV charging station needs maintenance:

  1. Visible damage: If there is visible damage to the EV charger, it’s best to have a professional inspect the system. Damage can affect the function of the system and may require immediate repairs.
  2. Longer charging time: When there is anobvious increase in your typical charging time, you should call a professional for help.
  3. Extreme weather: If you have a charging station outside, an extreme weather event can damage it. While you may not notice visible damage, having an EV specialist inspect is best.

Maintenance items for an home EV charger

  • Regular inspection & cleaning
    Schedule periodic inspections of EV charger to check for housing & charging cable if signs of wear, damage or loose connections. Use a soft cloth or sponge dampened with mild soap and water to gently wipe down the charger housing and charging cable.
  • Add enclosure for outdoor charger
    If your EV charger is installed outdoors, consider investing in a weatherproof enclosure to shield it from rain, snow, sunlight, and extreme temperatures. Ensure that the enclosure provides adequate ventilation to prevent overheating and moisture.
  • Monitor energy consumption
    Monitoring energy usage can help you optimize charging schedules, reduce electricity costs, and detect potential issues such as faulty components or excessive standby power consumption. By IOC Lite mobile app, user can view the real-time energy consumption data, set charging schedules to charge at any time, invite family members to share and manage the charger etc. It’s the good partner for home charging and energy management.
  • Update firmware
    Keep your EV charger’s firmware up to date. Firmware updates can improve performance, address security vulnerabilities, and add new features. Check the manufacturer’s website regularly for firmware updates or enable automatic updates if available. Our smart home EV charger can update the firmware on charger web portal, IOC Lite mobile app or via IOC Lite charging management system remotely.
  • Schedule professional maintenance
    Consider scheduling periodic maintenance inspections with a qualified electrician or EV charger service provider. Professional technicians can perform thorough diagnostics, identify underlying issues, and perform necessary repairs or adjustments. Regular professional maintenance helps ensure that your EV charger in good operating condition.