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Home EV Charging Options.

Vehicle technology has excelled dramatically in the past few years. Home EV Charging Options. The millennium brought in the trend of electric cars, and as we get into 2019, those electric cars have become even more advanced. One of the best parts of having an electric car is being able to drive it on a charge, rather than using fossil fuels. Typically when you purchase an EV, you get a standard 120-volt Level 1 portable charger. They're not the most powerful though, so what other options are out there for a home EV charger? Here you will find a few top picks for your EV charging needs!

One of the cheapest options is the Siemens VC30GRYU Versicharge 30-Amp EV Charger. This charger is very easy to use and has lighted indicators on a large surface that makes it highly visible. That being said, the charging unit is a large one, so it is not recommended for tight/small spaces. The price for this charger is $549.99, making it the cheapest option of efficient charging and a popular choice.

A "smart" option would be the JuiceBox Pro 40. This charger is Wifi compatible, making it a dream to operate since it's as simple as picking up your phone. This model comes with a 24-foot J1772 cable and a six-foot input cable with 14-50P plug and is sold as a 40-amp unit. Owners of the JuiceBox Pro 40 have said the wires it comes with aren't the easiest to move around and manipulate. Other than that, this smart charger is ideal. Its cost is only a bit more than the Siemens model, coming in at $579.

If you're looking for a highly rated charger and don't need a lot of bells and whistles, the ClipperCreek HCS-40 is for you. Visually, this charger seems pretty standard and typical, but once you dive into all the reviews from the past 15 years (yep, 15 whole years!), you'll understand it's much more than a bland design. It's been described as durable, reliable, even everlasting. No need to sit through long unnecessary automatic updates because there's no software in the charger. Just a 32-amp limit, a 25-foot cord, and the option for a NEMA 14-50 or 6-50 plug. The price on these is $565 for the HCS-40 and $589 for the NEMA option.

Advancements in home charging options for electric vehicles seem to get updated every year, whereas some companies keep a good thing going strong with a simple but effective charging station. Whatever option you decide is best for your home and EV, make sure you have a professional electrician check to make sure your outlet can handle the output for your home charger. This will ensure the safety of your home, vehicle, and most importantly you and your loved ones!

If you need an EV charging station Best Electric can make it happen! Contact us today! 

How do you know if you hired the best electrician?

Electric work is no easy task, and it's something that runs through all of our homes, tucked away behind the scenes.  When it comes to having work done on your electrical systems throughout the house, it's best (and safest) to have a professional get the job done. How do you know who the right electrician is for your home? Here we will go over what makes a good electrician, so you don't end up with a bad one with more work to do than what they started with.

Finding the best electrician for your home has a lot to do with attitude. Working with an electrical company who have positive employees with bountiful knowledge at hand is the best case scenario. Worst case would be getting a crew that doesn't seem to know what issue they're dealing with and also doesn't  seem to care. Pay attention to the detail of work the company does before hiring on an electrical crew. Look for reviews as well to see what past experiences other customers may have had with the team. A positive, cheerful demeanor can go a lot further than a grimace and waiting for the exact minute to leave.

Along with attitude, the amount of experience your electrician has is  significant as well. People are more inclined to go toward a company that's been around longer because it seems the most trustworthy. While this can be true, it's also important to pick an electrician that knows what he's doing and is  continuing to learn. This means you have selected an electrician who understands what he's working on and has the mental capacity to find various options to fix it and not just one hard-wired option that may not be a universal fix-all for everyone's electrical problems. So just because one of your potential choices for an electrician has been doing this for 20+ years, and the other option is less than half that, doesn't mean the one who's been doing it longer is the best choice.

Being a good electrician means that they understand the science of electricity, are continuing to learn and understand that science, and enjoy doing so. If your choices for the best electrician don't have a hold on those, or it's only 1 or 2 out of the three, it may be time to continue that search. Finding the best electrician the first time will ensure your electrical work is done right the first time and will keep your life bright for years to come.

If you're looking for the best electrician in the Colorado Springs area, look no further than Best Electric!

What you should know about home camera installation.

Technology has advanced so far in the past few years. This is especially true for home camera systems. Best home camera installation. It leaves homeowners with peace of mind when leaving their homes for long periods or even just for an afternoon away. Installing home cameras inside and outside is an incredibly smart move for any homeowner.

With the advancement of home, cameras come apps for smartphones that show you a direct feed of the installed cameras at your fingertips. For your home camera installation, it could be a simple set up like a single webcam in one of the main rooms, but that doesn't secure your entire home. The best option is to contact a professional and get an estimate on what you'll need and where.

Complete home camera installation typically includes cameras in main traffic areas of the home. This includes but not limited to; front porch/yard, living room, dining room, master bedroom, and back porch/yard. Another excellent option for camera placement is a doorbell camera that lets you know when someone new has approached your doorway, moments before they decide to ring the bell. This gives homeowners a heads up to arriving company, expected or not when they're inside.

Home cameras have the best benefits when there is no one home, though. This gives homeowner's the peace of knowing their home is safe and secure and there is nothing out of place and no one there that shouldn't be. Like stated earlier, it's incredibly easy to check the feed of the cameras in your home with an app on your phone. Some services even send out text messages when strange activity is suspected, allowing you to open up the camera feed and figure out the issue.

Don't let the dread of leaving your home for extended periods time spoil your vacation or any other kind of away time. Let Best Electric install a home camera system inside and around your house today and never worry again!

New Years is the best time for an electrical inspection

electrical inspection coloradoJanuary is a beautiful time of year to start a new with fresh goals and ideas. It is a time to make sure our lives and homes are for the new year. This is also usually the time when people renew contracts, get their taxes in order and have routine yearly maintenance on many things. 

As you sit down to schedule appointments for your car, hair, and health, it is also a good idea to schedule an annual electrical safety inspection. A lot can happen in a year especially when it comes to your home and the electrical components inside. 

Many people don't call electrician until they have a big electrical problem. By the time the electrician gets out to give them a quote, they learn that if they had known about it earlier before it gotten worse, they could've prevented the damage just like anything else small problems can escalate quickly and turn into big problems in a hurry, leading to expensive repair bills down the road. 

By consulting an electrician wants or twice a year for general electrical inspection and maintenance you can save yourself a lot of headache and money over the next coming year. The best way to prevent electrical issues is to be proactive and have the problem solved before he gets out of hand. 

Contact professionals at Best Electric to schedule your annual electrical inspection today. 

Up Front Pricing

up front price electricianNot a lot is more frustrating than being told something is going to cost one amount, and suddenly it's increased into a much more considerable amount. Getting an estimate on an important home improvement job can snowball into something more with other companies, but not with Best Electric's services. At Best Electric, we believe in upfront pricing. This means there will be no surprise charges or tacked on fees at the last minute. 

Up front, pricing gives our customers a piece of mind knowing that what they were told as far as cost goes will always stay the same. Too many good people are taken advantage of in their time of need when they require professional services such as the ones we provide. Best Electric will ensure that you know what we're doing, how we're doing it, and exactly where your money is going.

We stick by the national standard of pricing; there are no hidden secrets fees or hourly rates to worry about. Just that - the jobs are charges other jobs. This means there is no hourly requirement or charge for the amount of time an associate is working on your electrical needs. All the standard pricing are listed on company iPads and are readily available for clients to see as well. This shows the transparency of our prices and lets the consumer know precisely how their money is being spent. 

At Best Electric Service, our goal is to provide professional electrical work at a fair and accessible price. Our upfront pricing is set in place to show how committed we are to keeping costs at a minimum while still providing top-notch work. Don't let the allure of a contractor get you in a mess later on, contact the professionals today!

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What Others Say About Us

I called Best Electric for a problem I was having with non-working pendant lights. Joe promptly called back to schedule an appointment. He arrived on time, was straight forward with the pricing and was able to diagnose and fix my problem in a relatively short time. While he was at my home he also was able to hang a new chandelier. I would highly recommend Best Electric!

I was extremely pleased with the work Joe did for me this past week and wanted to say something positive so others would consider him for jobs.  But the rating has to be done through a google account, and I do not want to have an account with them - the information required is personal, and I have no doubt sold immediately to places that do solicitations.  But if there is a way to insert my comments, so they contribute to the rating system, here they are. I wanted to say this:  I have an older home and a not-so-robust budget.   Joe inspired confidence with his knowledge, solved a sticky problem for me with my new range, left everything looking good and accommodated my work schedule.  His fees were competitive and, most importantly,  I am confident the work will stand up to the test of time.  I would recommend him highly to anyone asking for an electrician.

I hired Joe Bartels and Best Electric Service to add a 240V circuit for a hot tub at my home. I couldn't have been happier with their thoroughness and customer focus. They worked with our installation schedule, listened to my input and were creative in routing the final conduit. Quick and very professional. They have my highest recommendation!

Brands We Carry

  • Siemens
  • Cutler Hammer
  • Square D
  • General Electric
  • Touch-Plate Lighting Controls

Brands We Service

  • General Electric
  • Touch-Plate Lighting Controls
  • Kichler
  • Siemens
  • Casablanca Fan Company
  • Bryant Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Federal Pacific
  • Cutler Hammer
  • Square D

Areas Serviced: Black Forest | Castle Rock | Colorado Springs | Falcon | Fountain | Larkspur | Manitou Springs | Monument | Palmer Lake | Peyton | Security-Widefield | Woodland Park