How do I decide which EV Charger to choose?

This is a question that we are asked a lot. Along with, what is the difference between chargers? Here we will try to outline the main differences between each EV charger and the things you should be looking for to suit your needs.

Firstly, every EV charger on our website is OLEV grant fundable. This means that if you are eligible, you could save up to £350 on your EV charger. We discussed OLEV eligibility in detail in a previous blog that you can check out here. If you’re eligible, this is something to very much take advantage of!

An EV charger that is going to be fitted to the inside or outside of your property needs to be pleasing on the eye. The chargers available on our website come in a wide range of shapes, sizes and colours. Picking a charger that looks good is completely down to your individual preference. Some chargers are available in a range of colours such as the Andersen A2 Tethered, which in our opinion, is one of the most stylish chargers on the market.

Most chargers on EV Supermarket are 7kW. A typical electric car with a 60kWh battery would take around 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charger, making them perfect to fully charge your car overnight. Obviously, a car with a bigger battery would take slightly longer to charge and those with a smaller battery, less time.

The next decision you will need to make is if you want your charger to be socketed or tethered. In simple terms, this means do you want your EV charger to have an integrated cable or not? Again, this is very much down to personal preference. Tethered chargers come with a built-in integrated cable whereas, with a socketed charger, you will need to supply your own cable which comes at a cost. The price is usually balanced out when buying a tethered charger vs a socketed one and a cable. Most tethered chargers now have built-in storage to keep the cable tidy when not in use. If you have a socketed EV charger, you can just take out the cable and store it in your vehicle or elsewhere.

Finally, there are a number of different features that vary across manufacturers and models. Most chargers are now smart enabled, meaning you can connect them to your mobile and tablet and set charging times and check analytics at the touch of a button. If you have solar panels, the myenergi zappi can connect to them and effectively charge your car using the sun, making it free to drive. Others like the Ohme wall charger have built-in intelligence that automatically chooses the cheapest times to charge your car based on energy prices. These are the features that may sway you towards one charger over another. Many of them are outlined on our website!

As you can see there are a number of different things to consider when choosing your charger. We hope the above makes it slightly easier when deciding which is right for you. If you need more advice, check out our website here or speak to one of our friendly team, who will be happy to help!