Unplug Your Charger

How To Unplug EV Chargers? A Step-by-Step Guide

To safely unplug an EV charger, ensure the vehicle is off and it's in 'park'. Check the charger's status light (green typically indicates a full charge). Press the connector's release button, gently remove it from the vehicle's port, and return it to its dock. Always prioritize safety.

how to unplug your EV charger

Electric vehicles (EVs) are revolutionizing the way we think about transportation, and the adoption rate in the Chicagoland area has been nothing short of impressive. At Chicago EV, we are proud to be at the forefront of this revolution, offering commercial EV charger sales, installation, and service. As a preferred partner with Enel X, we aim to provide our clients with the best experience possible.

One of the common questions we get from both new and experienced EV owners is: “How do I unplug my EV charger safely?” Whether you’re a business offering EV charging for your customers or an individual driver, ensuring safe disconnection is crucial.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of properly unplugging your EV charger and then dive into a step-by-step guide to ensure you do this correctly.

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Benefits of Proper Unplugging

In the rapidly evolving landscape of electric vehicles, every detail counts in ensuring a seamless user experience. The act of unplugging your EV charger might seem like a simple task, but doing it correctly can have a plethora of benefits.

From safeguarding your equipment to optimizing battery health, the right technique plays a vital role. Let’s delve deeper into why proper unplugging is more than just a step, but a commitment to the longevity and efficiency of your EV and its accompanying charger.

Longevity of Equipment

Properly unplugging ensures that the charging port and the charger cable are protected from undue stress, ensuring they last longer and perform optimally.

Battery Health

Consistently unplugging the charger once the vehicle is fully charged can prevent overcharging, which over time can negatively affect the battery’s health and lifespan.

Safety First

By following the correct procedure, you minimize the risk of electric shocks or any potential electrical hazards, ensuring a safe environment for yourself and those around you.


Proper care and handling can reduce wear and tear, decreasing the likelihood of needing premature replacements or repairs, saving you money in the long run.

Optimal Charging Cycles

By ensuring you unplug only when the charging cycle is complete, you guarantee that the battery gets a full and efficient charge, maintaining its performance and range.

Environmental Care

Properly returning the charger to its dock protects it from weather elements, which can reduce its operational efficiency and increase its energy consumption.

Peace of Mind

Knowing you’re following the right steps gives you the confidence and peace of mind that you’re treating your vehicle and the environment with care.

1. Begin with Safety First

Before interacting with your EV or charger, it’s essential to prioritize safety. Always confirm that your vehicle is in the ‘park’ position, ensuring it won’t inadvertently move. Additionally, turn off the ignition. This not only ensures that the car is stationary but also minimizes any electric interactions when unplugging.

2. Check the Charger Status

Before unplugging, look at the charger’s indicator light or display screen. If you’re using an Enel X charger, you’ll typically find a light indicating the charging status. Make sure the charging process has completed. If the light is green, it generally means the vehicle has been fully charged.

3. Release the Connector

Many EV charging connectors have a button or release mechanism to ensure they remain securely attached to the vehicle during charging. Gently press this button or trigger the release mechanism. It’s essential not to pull or yank the connector without releasing it first, as this can damage the plug or the vehicle’s charging port.

4. Gently Remove the Connector

With the release mechanism engaged, hold the connector by its body (not the cable) and smoothly extract it from the vehicle’s port. It’s similar to unplugging any electronic device—doing it with care prevents undue stress on the plug and the charging point, ensuring longevity for both.

5. Return the Connector to its Dock

Once you’ve successfully unplugged your EV, it’s time to think about the next user or your next charge. Safely placing the connector back in its holder or docking station ensures it remains in pristine condition. It avoids tripping hazards, keeps the connector clean, and reduces wear from exposure to the elements.

6. Check the Vehicle's Onboard Display

While your charger indicates the status of the charge, your vehicle provides more detailed insights. After unplugging, take a moment to inspect your car’s onboard display. This screen will confirm that the charging session is complete and can also provide other useful information like range and battery health.

7. Drive Safely

Now that your EV is charged and ready, always remember the fundamental rule of the road: safety first. Whether you’re driving within Chicagoland or venturing out, always be mindful of traffic rules and conditions. Your electric vehicle offers a unique, silent, and smooth drive, so always stay attentive to your surroundings.

Final Thoughts

At Chicago EV, we understand the importance of ensuring every aspect of the EV charging experience is smooth and safe. By adhering to the steps above, you can be sure that unplugging your EV charger will be as efficient and safe as the charging process itself.

For more insights, guides, and information on EV charging in the Chicagoland area, continue browsing our website. And remember, if you ever have questions about your Enel X charger or any other EV-related topic, don’t hesitate to reach out to our expert team at Chicago EV. Safe driving and happy charging!