Bosch is well-known for their household and building products. What most regular customers don’t know is that they are also the world’s largest supplier of automotive components. The Bosch Power Max is a product of many years of experience and vast industry expertise. This beautifully designed Level 2 charger makes fast home-charging affordable and can free people from the burden of included 110-vold cordsets, which are approximately 5 times slower.
The charger is UL-certified in both the United States and Canada and includes many safety features, such as a cord breakaway system and non-live current wire, to make it safe and reliable even under heavy daily use.
To meet a variety of electric vehicle charging needs, the Bosch Power Max charger is available in either 16A or 30A configuration. The 16A version comes with 12‘ cable, while the 30A version comes with 18‘ or 25‘ cable.
The slower, 16A version is suitable for owners of electric vehicles that are equipped with a 3.3 kW charger. Such charger couldn’t take advantage of all the power that the 30A version offers, and since it doesn’t require a more expensive circuit breaker, it’s a great way how to save some good money.
Electric vehicles equipped with a 7.2 kW onboard charger should be paired with the 30A Power Max, as it is the only way how to achieve maximum charging speeds and reduce the dreaded charging downtime.
What We Like
- Design: The design of Bosch Power Max reminds us of products created by Braun under Dieter Rams. The charger is designed with function in mind and every detail, contour, and shape has its purpose. The shiny white plastic used for the body is minimalistic and modern; interrupted only by a black, horizontal stripe that hides a multi-functional LED indicator light and a power switch, which turns the charger completely off to save power. The charging cable can be neatly wrapped around the charger and the plug can be secured in a compatible connector, located on the lower left side of the unit.
It’s safe to say that the Bosch Power Max is meant to be proudly displayed for everyone to see; not to be hidden in a dark corner and treated as any other piece of electric equipment. A charger like this becomes an integral part of the electric vehicle experience.
- Simple-to-use: EVSEs have one job to do: to supply your EV with electricity for charging. Such simple job shouldn’t require a complicated control scheme and a thick manual to go along with it. The Power Max demonstrates that Bosch understands this and did what they could to make their charger as user-friendly as possible. Typically, you would just grab the cable, plug it in your vehicle and walk away. There’s no need to press any buttons nor mess with configuration – the Bosch Power Max does everything for you. You can even leave the plug connected and just configure the timer in your electric vehicle to start charging during off-peak hours.
- Weather-resistant: The sleek design of the charger isn’t just for show: The Power Max is also resistant to rain, snow, and ice. You can install it indoors or outdoors and enjoy the high standard of protection offered by NEMA 3R enclosure. The 3R provides a degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of solid foreign objects, harmful effects on the equipment due to the entrance of water, and damage by the external formation of ice on the enclosure.
- Warranty: Another great thing about Bosch is that they a wide network of service stations and can quickly provide you with assistance. The Power Max is covered by one- or three-year-long warranty. You can enjoy a peace of mind knowing that Bosch is there to help you in case something goes wrong.
- Great price: The unfortunate reality is that most EV manufacturers try to increase their profit by selling overpriced Level 2 chargers. New owners can easily pay double of what they would have to spend for a charger from a third-party manufacturer. The sub $500 price tag that goes with the Power Max makes it extremely attractive alternative, and the money you save can be used for installation and purchase of a quality circuit breaker.
What We Don’t Like
- Only hardwired configuration: Unfortunately, the Power Max can only be installed in a hardwired configuration. If you decide to disregard this and turn it into a plug-in, Bosch will cancel your warranty. This is quite disappointing, and we would love to see a plug-in version available for purchase as an alternative for those who appreciate the added mobility that comes with it.
- Lack of networking features: The low cost of the Power Max comes at the expense of networking features, such as wireless charging analytics or the ability to connect the charger with smart home systems to track the energy consumption.
What can we say? The Bosch Power Max is a steal for what it costs. It gives electric vehicle owners a cost-effective way how to enjoy Level 2 charging, and its design is hard to beat. Bosch managed to set a new benchmark for what we are going to expect from EV chargers in the future.