buddhaauthor wrote:Grrrrr, someone stole my charger today (yes, during the day) while I was out. Now I'm deciding if I should replace it (but I can't find one anywhere) or step up to a Level 2 charger.
Is a replacement even available? I've been searching and can't find one, perhaps because I don't really even know what it's called.
Very sorry this happened to you! I guess you must have the misfortune to live in one of the very, very few places in the country where there may be enough of a concentration of EV's that a thief might actually be able to "fence" a hot level one EVSE!
As for your question of what to do to replace it -- there should be no problem buying a direct replacement through Kia of their stock Level One EVSE. Likewise, there should also be no problem buying one of the several compatible Level One EVSE's available from independent providers (eg, Clipper Creek.)
The bigger question is whether or not this theft should serve as a motivation for you to upgrade to a Level Two EVSE. The answer to this depends on a combination of your driving patterns (which drive your charging needs) and your wallet.
A Level Two EVSE will significantly cut the amount of time you need to charge your car, but installing a Level Two EVSE at home will also cost way more than just buying another portable Level One EVSE. If your driving pattern is such that on more than maybe just one or two nights a month you need the faster charging of a Level Two unit in order to be able to cover whatever total round trip distance you need to drive when you leave your house the next morning, then you should pay for buying and installing a level two EVSE.
Otherwise, maybe just replace your Level One and see how it goes. Even if you do eventually opt to get a level two unit, it will still be wise to carry a spare level one unit in your trunk.
Again, sorry you have to even be thinking about this.