Home Charger Comparisons

Welcome to our home EV charging point video series, which has been developed to provide you with the features and benefits of the leading home EV charging points, to enable you to make an informed decision as to the one that best suits your needs and requirements.

Home Chargers

What’s the difference?

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Welcome to our home electric car charger comparison video series…

During each video we’ll focus on one of the top six home EV chargers available in the UK, explaining their features, whilst highlighting any areas of concern.

The top 6 home EV chargers as we see it are:

Each one of these has their own uniqueness, from Anderson being the most stylish (but most expensive), EO being the smallest, the solar ready Zappi to the best overall value Wallbox.

Today, we’re not going to delve deep into their features and benefits, as we’ll be doing individual product reviews on each home EV charger over the next few weeks.

But if you can’t wait and want to compare them now, you can find a copy of this comparison chart at https://evolutionsolutions.co.uk/home-charging/home-charger-units.

…or drop an email to darren@evolutionsolutions.co.uk and I’ll send you a copy.

Wallbox Pulser Plus

What’s it like?

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Today we’re educating you on the Wallbox Pulsar Plus home EV charging point.

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is a stylish looking unit with green led lights and available in black or white.

As well as being stylish, it’s one of the smallest electric car chargers on the market, at just over 16cm square.

Just because it’s small, don’t let it fool you.

As, it’s one of the fastest single phase EV chargers at 7.4Kw and will easily fully charge your electric vehicle whilst you’re sleeping.

Wallbox has even attached a 5-metre charging cable, which is a huge bonus, as when bought separately these cables can cost circa £150.

Control of the charging point is made easy through the myWallbox App, which allows you to time charge, manually regulate power and even lock the unit so no one can steal your electric.

Options available is a 3 phase 22Kw version (which you can also get with a 7-metre cable), a cable holder, and a power boost controller that automatically regulates the charging power available.

And for certainty and total peace of mind, the Wallbox Pulsar Plus comes with a 3-years parts and labour warranty as standard.

…making it our best overall value home electric car charging unit, receiving a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating.

Pod Point Solo Domestic

What’s it like?

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Today we’re educating you on the Pod Point Solo Domestic home EV charging point.

The Pod-Point Solo is a modern looking disk shape and is silver with a black stripe.

It’s a little larger in size (at 400mm square) than some of its rivals, but this is due to its ability to wrap the charging cable neatly around the tethered unit.

You’ve got the option of a 3.6Kw, 7Kw & 22Kw charging unit.

Don’t bother with the 3.6Kw, as it’s not much faster than a 3-pin plug and will take up to 24 hours to fully charge a pure electric vehicle.

The 22Kw unit is powered by 3 phase electricity only, which most homes (except for those converted from commercial properties) won’t have available.

99% of homes are powered by single phase electricity, so the fastest and best fit Pod-Point Solo charging unit is the 7Kw version.

You’ve also got the option of a tethered or socketed unit…

The tethered comes with an attached type 1 or type 2 charging cable, but the socketed unit does not, and you need to purchase your own, which can cost up to £150.

It also has an App allowing you to charge remotely, but at this stage, doesn’t allow timed charging.

What’s the best things about the Pod-Point Solo?

It’s got built in earth protection, so you don’t need an additional earth rod, and comes with an energy clamp safety device, which protects your home’s main house fuse from over current events.

The Pod-Point Solo is the 2nd best value home charger on the market.

…but because of its built-in energy clamp safety device, it still gets a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating.

EO Mini Pro 2

What’s it like?

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Today it’s education time on the EO Mini Pro 2.

The EO Mini Pro 2 is the world’s smallest home electric vehicle charging point.

It’s a modern looking square shape measuring just 175mm by 125mm, and is available in black, white, silver, or blue.

And its only available in single phase 7.2Kw for fast home charging.

All colours come as socketed and with type 2 connectors, but only the black has a tethered option with a 5-metre cable attached.

The socketed EO charger doesn’t come with a separate detached cable, so you’ll need to purchase your own, which can cost up to £150.

Control of the charging point is made easy through the EO App, which allows you to time charge, and will lock the unit so no one can steal your electric.

Be aware, the EO Mini Pro 2 needs an additional earth rod. But also has options for a power balancing for additional protection and a basic solar pack to work with your existing solar panels.

What’s the best things about the EO Mini Pro 2?

Number 1 is its size (being the world’s smallest), closely followed by the option to connect it to and use the free electricity provided by your solar panels (if you have them).

The EO Mini Pro 2 is more expensive (from us) than the Wallbox Pulsar Plus and Pod Point Solo.

…but because of its tiny size and ability to work off solar panel electricity, it gets a 5-star rating.

Zappi

What’s it like?

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Welcome to our home electric car charger comparison video series…

Today it’s time to evaluate Myenergi’s ground-breaking Zappi.

The Zappi comes with a whole host of features, such as:

  • 3 charging modes. Eco, Eco+ and fast
  • Works with solar panels and wind turbines
  • Compatible with battery storage systems
  • Programmable timer function through the app
  • Pin code locking function to stop people stealing your electric
  • A 3-year parts and labour warranty for peace of mind

It’s got a stylish futuristic shape measuring 439mm by 282mm and is available in black or white.

It’s also available in single phase 7.2Kw or 22Kw 3-phase fast charging. Although not many homes will have 3-phase electricity except maybe for converted commercial buildings.

Both the black and white units come as socketed or tethered with type 2 connectors, and the tethered unit has a lengthy 6.5 metre charging cable attached.

Be aware, the socketed unit doesn’t come with a separate detached cable, so you’ll need to purchase your own, which can cost up to £150.

Control of the charging point is made easy through Zappi’s App, which allows you to time charge, and will lock the unit so no one can steal your electric.

Another good thing, it doesn’t need an earth rod, as it’s got a built-in RCD protection.

What’s the best things about the Zappi?

Yes, it’ll work with solar panels, but more impressive that this, it’ll also work alongside battery storage systems, so you can charge overnight with your stored solar energy.

It’s not cheap though, but the extra cash you can save on electricity by using stored solar energy will make it much cheaper over time.

…because of the ability to use solar and stored battery energy, it gets a 5-star rating.

Andersen A2

What’s it like?

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Welcome to our home electric car charger comparison video series…

It’s time to evaluate the most stylish home ev charger on the market. The Andersen A2.

The Andersen A2 is an iconic wall mounted charge point that cleverly hides the integrated cable.

From modern town houses to charming coastal cottages, the Andersen A2 can be personalised to match the unique style of any home.

You can select from a range of metal finishes and natural woods, giving you unrivalled aesthetics, coupled with reliable charging.

To say the Andersen A2 stores and hides the charging cable when it’s not in use, it’s not huge either, at 494mm by 348mm.

It’s available in single phase 7Kw or 22Kw 3-phase fast charging. Although they only come with an attached type 2 cable. Socketed only units are not available.

The 7Kw version has a 5.5m cable length with a higher priced option for an 8.5m cable, and the 22Kw 3 phase version comes with a 6.5m cable.

The Andersen A2 has a useful easy to use App, which allows you to time charge, and remote locks the unit so no one can steal your electricity while you’re out.

Another good thing, it doesn’t need an earth rod, as it’s got built-in RCD protection, and it comes with a 3-year parts and labour warranty for peace of mind.

What’s the best things about the Andersen A2?

Although it’s got a basic solar pack option to use energy form solar panels during the day (which is great). The best thing must be its unrivalled aesthetic design.

But the downside, it’s very expensive, and even more so if you want a wood front cover.

…but due to its aesthetics, design driven people will love it. So, it still gets 5 stars.

Rolec Wallpod:EV Homestart

What’s it like?

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Our 6th and last evaluation is on the Rolec Wallpod:EV Homesmart charging point.

The Rolec Wallpod:EV Homesmart has been designed to provide the user with a simple, mobile phone interactive EV charging solution, and doesn’t work with Wi-Fi only via GPRS with a mobile device.

It’s only available as single phase and has options for 3.6Kw or 7.2Kw, but don’t bother with the 3.6Kw version, as it’s not much faster than charging with a 3-pin plug.

You’ve got the option of a socketed or tethered unit with a 5-metre attached cable. A separate cable is required for the socketed unit, which will set up back circa £150.

Size wise it’s not bad at 367mm by 179mm and comes with a good selection of colour choices, although, in our opinion, it’s a little bit ugly to look at.

It’s also got an App for ease of use which controls the charging, but it doesn’t have timed charging or a lock facility to stop people using your electric when you’re out.

A couple of other not so good things. It needs an earth rod, which costs extra, and only comes with a 3-year parts warranty, meaning potential extra labour costs if something goes wrong.

What’s the best thing about the Rolec Wallpod:EV Homesmart?

It’s the built-in modem and roaming sim, which makes the GPRS work and enables the charge point to be fitted in places where no Wi-Fi signal is available.

…unfortunately, the downsides out-way the upsides, and it only gets a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating.

Home EV charger round-up

Which is best?

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It’s time for a round-up of the 6 EV chargers we’ve reviewed over the last three weeks, including our personal views and recommendations.

If you can’t get a Wi-Fi signal where you want the charger your only option is a Rolec Wallpod:EV Homesmart, as it connects via GPRS through a modem and roaming sim.

Is design and aesthetics your thing? The Andersen A2 could be the EV charger for you, as it’s the best looking on the market with a vast range of colour options.

Looking to get the best use out of your solar panels and battery storage? There’re a few chargers that’ll work with solar, but only one will work with electric stored in batteries, that’s a Zappi.

If size is the issue, EO’s Mini Pro 2 is the smallest and most discrete home electric car charger available.

Got high energy use appliances, like a sauna and hot tub? Overloading the main fuse could be an issue. Making a Pod-Point (with built in load management) the most cost-effective charger for you.

Each charger has its own specialism, but which do we think is the best all-rounder?

For us, it’s got to be the Wallbox Pulsar Plus, why?

It’s small, stylish, has a great app with timed charging and locking facility, comes with an attached 5-metre cable (worth circa £150) and has a 3-year parts and labour warranty for peace of mind.

But want to know the best thing?

For limited period only, we’re giving you £140 off Wallbox’s own installed price.

Claim your installed Wallbox Pulsar Plus for just £499 (after the OLEV grant has been deducted).

…call 0330 1359990 or apply at https://evolutionsolutions.co.uk now.