ClipperCreek Level 2 Charger: HCS Series

by GlitchMind | Last Updated: August 11, 2020

The ClipperCreek Level 2 charger has a series of different powerful electric vehicle charging stations.

We are going to take an in-depth look at their HCS models.

The HCS stands for High-Powered Charging Station.

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ClipperCreek is rapidly becoming one of the go-to brands for EV owners interested in charging their cars directly from the comfort of their own home. ClipperCreek’s HCS series are available in numerous options with each offering a direct plug-in, or hardwired choice. These stations are excellent for both indoor and outdoor use. All of their products are UL Certified and SAE-J1772 compliant.
Ease of Installation
Ease of Use
Value for the Money
Warranty
Charging Power
the good
Extremely easy installation
Easy cable management system
3 or 5 year warranty depending on model
Hard-wired or Plug-in options
the bad
Wires can get warm while charging
No meter showing number of KW/H used
No WiFi compatibility
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Where to buy

ClipperCreek Company Details

ClipperCreek was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Auburn, CA. They proudly use American labor and source American parts. Their slogan is Reliable. Powerful. Made in America.

They specialize in providing UL Certified, SAE-J1772 compliant, Level 1 and 2 electric vehicle charging stations.

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ClipperCreek HCS Chargers

The HCS ClipperCreek level 2 charger types are a showcase of minimalist power. Below are some of their best rated and most common HCS chargers.

Note that these are all hardwired products. Each have a corresponding plug-in unit as well. If you are interested in those, click here.

ClipperCreek HCS-40

ClipperCreek HCS-40P
  • Amperage: 32 Amp
  • Voltage: 240 Volts
  • Wattage: 7.7 kW
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7"L x 8.9"W x 5.3"D
  • Product Weight: 13.5 lbs
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InstallationHardwired (3 foot service whip provided)
Supply Circuit208/240V, 40A
Warranty3 years
Charge Cable Length25 feet
Vehicle Connector TypeLockable SAE J1772
Accessories IncludedSAE J1772 Connector Holster (wall mount); Connector Lock and Keys
EnclosureFully Sealed NEMA 4
Operating Temperature-22°F to 122°F (-30°C to +50°C)
CertificationsETL, cETLus, ENERGY STAR®
Country of OriginUnited States of America

ClipperCreek HCS-50

ClipperCreek HCS-50P
  • Amperage: 40 Amp
  • Voltage: 240 Volts
  • Wattage: 9.6 kW
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7"L x 8.9"W x 5.3"D
  • Product Weight: 14 lbs
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InstallationHardwired (3 foot service whip provided)
Supply Circuit208/240V, 50A
Warranty3 years
Charge Cable Length25 feet
Vehicle Connector TypeLockable SAE J1772
Accessories IncludedSAE J1772 Connector Holster (wall mount); Connector Lock & Keys
EnclosureFully sealed NEMA 4
Operating Temperature-22°F to 122°F (-30°C to +50°C)
CertificationsETL, cETLus, ENERGY STAR®
Country of OriginUnited States of America

ClipperCreek HCS-60

ClipperCreek HCS-60
  • Amperage: 48 Amp
  • Voltage: 240 Volts
  • Wattage: 11.5 kW
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7"L x 8.9"W x 5.3"D
  • Product Weight: 20.6 lbs
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InstallationHardwired (3 foot service whip provided)
Supply Circuit208/240V, 60A
Warranty3 years
Charge Cable Length25 feet
Vehicle Connector TypeLockable SAE J1772
Accessories IncludedSAE J1772 Connector Holster (wall mount); Connector Lock & Keys
EnclosureFully Sealed NEMA 4
Operating Temperature-22°F to 122°F (-30°C to +50°C)
CertificationsETL, cETLus, ENERGY STAR®
Country of OriginUnited States of America

ClipperCreek HCS-80

ClipperCreek HCS-80
  • Amperage: 64 Amp
  • Voltage: 240 Volts
  • Wattage: 15.4 kW
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7"L x 8.9"W x 5.3"D
  • Product Weight: 20.6 lbs
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InstallationHardwired (3 foot service whip provided)
Supply Circuit208/240V, 80A
Warranty3 years
Charge Cable Length25 feet
Vehicle Connector TypeLockable SAE J1772
Accessories IncludedSAE J1772 Connector Holster (wall mount); Connector Lock & Keys
EnclosureFully Sealed NEMA 4
Operating Temperature-22°F to 122°F (-30°C to +50°C)
CertificationsETL, cETLus, ENERGY STAR®
Country of OriginUnited States of America

What Do The Numbers After HCS Mean?

The numbers after each model indicate how many amps are required from the circuit breaker in order to function.

So for example, the HCS-40 would require at least a 40 amp circuit to be installed, and an HCS-60 would require a 60 amp circuit breaker to be installed.

What Do The P and R In The Product Name Mean?

When looking at the ClipperCreek charging stations you may see a P or and R in the product name. For example HCS50-P, or HCS60-R. The P stands for Plug-in and R stands for Ruggedized.

When a station is ruggedized, this refers to the connector head that plugs into the vehicle to charge the car.

A ruggedized station can connect via plug or a hardwired “spliced” connection. The ruggedized stations also feature a field replaceable connector head button latch that easily swaps out if need be. Lastly, the ruggedized units have a slightly more impact resistant connector head and come with a longer 5 year warranty.

ClipperCreek level 2 charger
Pictured: HCS-40R

If the ruggedized is plug-in as well, it will have the PR after the HCS product name. For example, an HCS-40R is a hardwired ruggedized station, and the HCS-40PR is a plug-in, ruggedized station.

Indoor vs Outdoor Installation

Generally, for an outdoor installation, we recommend a hardwired station, as it provides the best weather protection for the supply cable (that is, the cable that feeds the charging station with electricity).

ClipperCreek’s hardwired models have a 3 foot conduit whip, which allow for more flexibility during install.

If you intend to install a plug-in unit outside, keep in mind that United States national electric code requires protection of the outlet itself from the elements via a weather-proof outlet cover. ClipperCreek’s plug-in units have a cord length of 12 inches, including the plug head. As the station install needs to be in an upright position, this can make it difficult to fit the 12 inch plug under the umbrella like outlet cover.

If you intend to install your unit in an indoor location, say in a garage, the choice is yours.

In Closing

ClipperCreek is a reliable and consistent brand of EV charging stations. If you need solid manufacturing with parts sourced in the United States, this brand is for you.