I have 40 amps on the EV breaker. Keeping things at 32 total or less, the e-Golf will do13 amps (or 30 if you set it for that) on my existing evse and the Bolt could do 16 amps via dip switch settings on a Grizzle. Our 2 EV's get a lot of seat time but 16 amps seems plenty fast enough most of the time. I also like summer charging at lower amperages due to lower voltages that can occur in my area.
While I have my factory EVSE in the trunk, I've never even taken it out of the bag. So far, any charging away from home has been on a commercial charging station, mostly Chargepoint. I'm taking a road trip at the end of the month, and the hotel I've booked has free charging for guests, so I won't be using mine there either.
So I've used the OEM L1 120V so far, after reading here I am going to install a 240V breaker and plug and made an adapter to plug the OEM at my inlaws, a place we travel to 160 miles one way, a lot. it will allow a full recharge in about 12 hours so we can get home from any length trip the next day.
I got a Turbocord 240V, and worked out a whole set of adapters (okay maybe reworked for use from the OEM charger), as a back up for my while I tried to iron out issue with a Siemens Versicharge which I never got to work reliably. So that got packed when I was out at the parents. Later I picked up a lightly used CC AmazingE 32A charge (basically a scaled up a OEM charger) for a good deal to use for our 2nd Bolt.
NEMA 14-50 is useful enough as if you plan to do any camping. Some hotels have valets that allow charging if you bring your own charger and a surprising number of museums.
That being said, I purchased this all in 2019 In the last three years, with the growth of fast DC networks, it is less necessary.
Normally, I use DCFC (DC Level 2) for travel, except when I am staying overnight. Then I use whatever AC Level 2 they have installed. When I travel to the EVSE wasteland in the hills of eastern WV, I take my portable 30-amp Siemens VersiCharge with its NEMA 6-50 plug and my homemade 10' extension cord with NEMA 6-50 outlet (in weatherproof box) and NEMA 14-50 plug. Then I only need that NEMA 14-50 outlet found at all RV parks and all KOA Kampgrounds.
I just bought a Shell Recharge 32a portable EVSE. It checked all the boxes for me:
(apparently) high quality. Not a no-name brand.
can charge Bolt at full 32a.
adjustable to 12, 16, or 24a if on smaller circuit.
can connect to 120v with included adapter.
nice carrying case.
Being able to turn down the amperage is a big deal to me if I’m plugging in to someone’s 30a dryer outlet or something similar. Having 120v capability means I can sell my OEM EVSE to recoup some of the cost. It has a tiny screen that shows all the pertinent info such as line voltage, amperage, total kW, and temperature of the unit. And as far as the aqua blue color…. It’s growing on me. I kind of like that it’s not just a black box with a black cord.
As best I can tell, they both have 32 Amp output, are both made by Clipper Creek (so I trust them from a safety perspective) and the AmazingE is $100 cheaper and lighter. I realize that assembly of the AmazingE is "contracted out," but its still backed by CC and both are listed.
Is there a drawback to using a "portable" charger for daily home charging? Is there a shorter life on the portable ones or something? You can use it to charge at home, but then also have it to throw in the trunk for a road trip.