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Meet the Redesigned Blink Portable EV Charger

Posted 03/15/2023

You asked, we delivered. We’re excited to relaunch the newly redesigned Blink Portable Charger! First debuted in 2020 and included in pilot programs with roadside assistance companies, our new version is lighter and more flexible than ever before! Here’s what you need to know about the new mobile charger for emergency roadside assistance, insurance companies, and fleet operators.

Why portable charging? 

To get full power, EV charging stations typically must be hardwired into an electrical system. Charging at home or work - the typical daily routine - is easy. While home charging means that an EV driver can begin every day with a full battery, and most drivers remember to plug-in before running out of power, accidents happen. That’s why roadside assistance and other emergency services are now adding emergency EV charging to their list of towing, tire, fuel, and battery services. Now when EV drivers run out of power, they can call your roadside assistance company to boost their battery using the new Blink Mobile Charger, no vehicle tow needed. 

Why should I buy mobile chargers for my fleet? 

If you manage a roadside assistance fleet, you’re in the business of getting drivers back on the road. You’re probably already jumpstarting batteries and delivering fuel to stranded drivers. Portable EV charging is the next step. With Blink, you can add cost-effective, free-standing EV chargers to your service vehicle truck beds and trailers. The new Mobile Charger supports 240V AC charging and is compatible with all electric vehicles. With the gas generator and a 9-hour runtime, you can charge EVs up to 1 mile of range per charging minute without returning to the fleet depot. Drivers can pay for their charge or search for nearby public charging stations using the Blink Charging mobile app

What’s new in 2023? 

The new Blink Mobile Charger has been redesigned and reimagined. Our first-generation portable charger included the IQ 200, a generator, and a modular frame. We’ve replaced the IQ 200 with an HQ 200, added a recoil start (in addition to the electric start), and reduced the overall size of the module. Now the portable charger weighs 120 pounds less and can provide up to 7.7kW of power with continuous output.  

Can a mobile charger replace a regular EV charger? 

Some may wonder, “If I can just buy a mobile EV charger, can I just use that instead of a public charging station?” The answer is simple. While a mobile charger is designed for emergency use, it cannot replace the standard Level 2 or DCFC station. Many of today’s EVs target 200 to 350+ miles of range, which typically means an overnight charge at a Level 2 charger. The Blink Mobile Charger will provide a boost to the EV range, but it is less efficient for EV drivers than charging at home or using a DC fast charger.  The Blink Mobile Charger is a gamechanger for the towing and roadside assistance industry. Ready to get started? Click here to learn more about the new Blink Mobile Charger.   

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