Quick Guide to EV Chargers – 10 things you should know

Home EV chargers aren’t complicated, even if they may seem it. To prove this, in our 60-second read we’ve provided all the key information you need to know in this easy to understand format.

1 Power – All home chargers run at 7kW (minor variances sometimes quoted). Home chargers cannot run at higher powers because they are limited by the power to your home.

2 Connections – All use Type 2 connections which are universal to 98% of cars in the UK, both EV and Hybrid

3 Size -and looks are the main differences, generally the older the design the larger they are.

4 Earth rods – Some require earth rods which means another cable and a 1m rod being put into the ground. This is fine if you have soft ground nearby but not if you don’t. Many other chargers do not require these now as earthing is built in. This gives a neater finish.

5 Data connections – All have to have Wifi and/or 4G connections to qualify for the OZEV grant.

6 Apps – All have Apps but these are hit and miss and it’s often best to ignore and just use the car App. Apps mostly just allow scheduling and monitoring. You do not need to use Apps, you can just plug in your car and charge, which most people do.

7 Tethers – Tethered chargers (ones with a cable permanently attached, like a petrol pump) are personal choice, there’s no right or wrong option.

8 Prices – Pricing varies but watch for low prices which are usually ‘From…’. Also worthy of note is that NICEIC, a large electrical body, found that 70% of charger installations they checked were incorrectly fitted. Choose your installer carefully.

9 Grants – To obtain your OZEV grant you need an EV on order or you need to own one and have your own private, off road parking space.

10 Longevity – Bear in mind that your charger will sit on your home for at least 10 years so looks can be quite important (but also personal to you of course).

These are the basics for choosing a charger. You’ll see negative comments and positive comments about every charger online but there are no universally bad ones. We hope you found this useful. If you’d like to know a little more then please contact us today.

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    Simon Standish
    Simon Standish
    15:52 08 Sep 21
    really professional service from start to finish- total time from initial order to install was 7 days. Sunita communicated by phone and email and was really helpful in choice of charger and on the technical issues re install. Install by Marcello who was prompt, careful, considerate and really neat... in his installation. Overall really excellent and sets a high standard for other companies!read more
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    Excellent end to end service. I spoke to quite a few companies to get a quote for my EV charger installation. Chargebase were the most professional and helpful. My installation was not a straightforward one because of the location of my meter. The electrician that came to install my EV charger did... an amazing job and exceeded my expectations.read more
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    Mike Greenwood
    12:22 14 Jul 21
    Sunita and the team, installed my EV charger earlier this year and gave an excellent service. Our house was hit by lightning which blew much of the electrics and Sunita has been very helpful in sourcing a replacement charger and electrician to assist.
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    brian odonnell
    07:27 14 Jul 21
    Very good service from initial inquiry through installation and commissioning. Installation itself was done within a few days and the connection itself is small and neat. Would definitely recommend using Chargebase for anyone looking for a home charging point.
    Richard Mantell
    Richard Mantell
    07:41 26 Jan 21
    Excellent service - would certainly recommend. Thanks!
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    Sanjay Obhrai
    11:34 25 Jan 21
    Great service. Sunita is very professional and friendly and made the process extremely easy.Very happy with the service that I received!!
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    Jan & Paul Jackson
    15:22 11 Jan 21
    Excellent service from Chargebase. Sunita handled the order very professionally from start to finish. Gary provided a very neat and tidy installation. Good company to do business with. Well done
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    Stuart F
    17:08 16 Dec 20
    Big thanks to Ross for his great advice and customer care. The installation of our two commercial chargers were done on time and to an excellent standard. Highly recommend.
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