battery chargers

What's the Difference Between Level 1 & Level 2 EV Chargers?

Charging

Episode 1833

Carmine from Chicago, IL

Carmine has an electric vehicle and wants to know what's the difference between level 1 through level 3 charging. Leo says it's the size of the water pipe for the electricity. It uses the same amount of electricity, it just depends on how fast he wants it. The bigger the pipe, the more it costs. So charging an electric car in the middle of the day will cost more than filling it in the middle of the night, when demand is lower. He'll also need special 40 amp circuits and 240v AC plug receptacles to use them. That will require an electrician. It's about $200.

The Giz Wiz and the Tiny Charger

Dick

Episode 1804

This week's gadget from the Giz Wiz is Anker's new Nano II series of chargers ... the first in the world to take advantage of Gallium Nitride (GaN) II technology. The new Nano II lineup includes 65, 45, and 30 watt chargers - smaller and faster-charging options for consumers. This new generation of Nano II charger series is not only smaller and more portable but also makes a leap forward in compatibility and charging safety.

What's the best battery charger?

Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger

Episode 1456

Steven from Los Angeles, CA

Steven wants to know what battery charger is best. He's seen one on SharperImage.com that looks pretty good. It's a Universal Battery Charger and it promises to regenerate batteries. Is it legit? Leo says that it's a bad idea to recharge alkaline batteries. He should get a rechargeable NIMH battery charger. Steven can check out theWirecutter.com for the best battery charger. He can get the charger with four batteries for around $21.

Where can I buy a charger for my fitness watch?

New Balance NX950 GPS Runner

Episode 1300

Gary from Laughlin, NV

Gary picked up a second hand New Balance runner's watch and he needs to get a USB charger for it. Leo says that NBMonitors.com is where he can go if it uses a proprietary connector. It uses a Pogo pin plug, though, and that means he can't just pick up a third party charger.

If Gary can find out what model number it is, he may be able to go to eBay and pick one up. He should definitely get it from New Balance, though.

Why does it take so long to charge my iPad?

Episode 1101

Adam from Riverside, CA

Larry needs to get a new charger for the iPad. Leo says that the iPad requires 10w of charging and most chargers are only 5w. So he'll need to pay close attention to the amperage. He could use the same 10w charger for both his iPad and phone, because the phone will only take as much juice as it needs. If it takes forever to charge, it means the charger just isn't powerful enough. He can boost the charging time by putting the iPad into Airplane mode.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1053

Dickie D is back with the Anker Astro Pro (2nd Generation) backup battery. This is a 15000mAh battery pack, which holds enough power to charge smartphones 4 to 7 times and tablets 1 to 2 times before it needs to be recharged itself. The Astro Pro identifies what device you want charged and enables the best charging configuration for it thanks to a built-in chip. You can charge up to three devices at the same time.