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Need Help Selecting a Charger?

Try our feature selector tool as a starting point. Simply click on a combination of statements below to see which chargers match what you're looking for. 

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The Essentials
  • I want a charger with the cable permanently attached
  • I don't want the cables on show when I'm not charging my car
  • I want a charger that looks good
Connectivity
  • Show me chargers that have a Wi-Fi connection
  • Show me chargers that use a mobile signal
  • Show me chargers that also have Bluetooth
App Features
  • I want to remote lock/unlock the charger via the app (Android and iOS app, depending on charging unit)
  • I want the charger to work with a time-of-use energy tariff like Octopus Agile and other similar options
  • I’d like to plan when my car starts and stops charging, such as overnight.
Other
  • I don't want an earth rod installing or any additional monitoring equipment
  • I want to use my EV charger with my solar panels
  • Show me chargers that are eligible for the £350 Grant
  • Show me chargers available on finance

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Project EV EVA-07S
£382
£25.47
7.4KW
WiFi
Universal socket
No
No
Via charge schedule
Yes - via app
7.4kW
Requires extra equipment/cost
Project EV EVA-07S Pro Earth
£554
£36.93
7.4kW
WiFi
Universal socket
No
No
Via charge schedule
No
7.4kW
Requires extra equipment/cost
Ohme
£530
£35.33
7.4kW
3G/4G
Type 1 & 2
No
Yes - automatically charge at cheapest times
Via charge schedule
No
No
Wallbox Pulsar Plus
£584
£38.93
7.4kW
Bluetooth/WiFi
Type 1 & 2
Black or White
No
Via app
Yes - via app
22kW
No
Sync EV
£589
£39.27
7.4kW
3G/4G/WiFi
Universal socket
No
No
Via app
Yes - via app
No
Tesla Wall Connector
£940
7.4kW
Via app or vehicle
Type 2 only
No
No
Via app
Yes - via vehicle
22kW
No
myenergi Zappi
£979
7.4kW
WiFi
Universal socket
Black or White
No
Optional PIN access
No
22kW
Yes
Andersen A2
£1,045
7.4kW
Bluetooth/WiFi
Type 2 only
8 x metal finishes. 4 x Accoya wood (+£140)
No
Via app
No
22kW
Requires extra equipment/cost

If you’re new to electric cars and the world of electric car charging, then you might be a little unsure where to start when it comes to choosing an EV charger for your home.

In other words, you know your car runs on electricity and you know you need to charge the battery in it, but you don’t really know which electric car charging point to choose.

So, here are some pointers.

Use our electric car charger tool

We’ve created a tool at the top of this page to help you get started when it comes to choosing a charger for electric cars.

It is designed to get you thinking about the features you might want in a car charger point at home, such as Wi-Fi for connecting to your smartphone or including a charging cable as standard.

Choose from the most common EV charger features and our tool will narrow down your options. At the very least it will help you understand which products do what.

What should you look for in an electric vehicle charge point?

There are lots of different features available on home electric car charging points, so it can seem baffling at first.

If you find it all a little overwhelming, then start with these points.

Price

It’s important to decide roughly how much you’re happy to spend on a charger. We say “roughly” because your final installation cost can only be determined once you’ve completed a remote Online Site Survey with us – things like the distance between your power supply and where you want the charger will affect the cost of installation.

However, you can find the “from” prices for our EV chargers by browsing our product page or by using our comparison tool.

These are guide prices, but it’s worthwhile choosing which price bracket you’re happy with. Do you want a no-frills product with a lower starting price or are you happy to pay more to get a premium-looking product?

[Tip] Most customers go for something in the middle that has some extra features or quality but doesn’t break the bank. The Ohme Intelligent Wall Charger, Wallbox Pulsar Plus and Sync EV are some of our most popular products.

The Essentials

There are some basic things you’ll want to choose in any electric car charger for the home. Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you want your home EV charger to look good on the wall?
    Your electric car home charger (sometimes called a wallbox) will be on display for others to see, depending on where you park and want it installing on the wall. It’s up to you, but many customers want something that is stylish to suit the look of their property, like the Andersen A2, or want a product that is quite small and discreet, like the Wallbox Pulsar Plus or Sync EV.
  2. Do you want the charging cable permanently attached or not?
    There is one major difference between most wall chargers and that’s whether they have a charging cable attached to them or not. Some prefer the cable attached, a bit like a petrol pump, as it can be more convenient. Others prefer the “socket only” versions – these offer a little more flexibility as you can source your own charging cable while some customers think they look neater when not in use because there is no cable on show.
Connectivity and app features

Now you may be wondering why on earth you need a charger that has Wi-Fi or an app. Well, electric car chargers can do more than just supply electricity to the battery in your EV.

Some common smart electric car charger features include:

  • Scheduled charge – choose when charging starts and stops for your vehicle. Useful if you have cheaper electricity prices overnight, for example.
  • Charge history – some charger apps show you how much energy you’ve used to charge your vehicle as well as an estimated cost.
  • Remote lock/unlock – other products allow you to “lock” your charger via your phone to prevent unwanted use.

These are just a few examples of the features available on smart EV chargers, but to do this they need a way of communicating with the app on your phone where the main controls are located.

Most chargers use your home Wi-Fi to do this, while others use mobile data (like your phone does) for their internet connection and therefore communicate with the phone app.

There are other neat features, so take a look at the tool above or use our EV charger comparison tool, and have a think about which ones are important to you if any.

Other features

If you’re after a product that just charges your car, then all smart chargers will do the trick and it’s a case of choosing based on price and style in most cases.

But there are some electric chargers for cars that have unique features, which could be more important to you.

Use the tool at the top of this page to discover these products, but some examples include:

  • Built-in earth protection – some car charger points include earthing protection and therefore avoid the need for an earth rod to be drilled into the ground at your property.
  • Solar – a handful of products on the market can take surplus solar energy (if you have solar panels) to charge your car. If you don’t have solar panels yet, then it’s important to weigh up the cost of installing them versus how much you will actually save in electricity.
  • Finance – Smart Home Charge offers finance on some of our car chargers to help spread out the cost of purchase and installation.

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Definitions - The Essentials

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I want a charger with the cable permanently attached

Some chargers have the charging cable permanently attached (often called tethered), while other products only have a socket. Some people find it more convenient to have the cable permanently attached so it is easy to access.

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I don't want the cables on show when I'm not charging my car

Some people prefer products that do not have a charging cable permanently attached or products that hide the cable for a neater finish.

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I want a charger that looks good

Some products are better looking than others.

Definitions - Connectivity

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Show me chargers that have a Wi-Fi connection

For the charger’s smart features to function, like scheduling, you need a WiFi connection. In addition, this is needed for firmware updates and remote diagnostics.

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Show me chargers that use a mobile signal

Most chargers use WiFi but others use a mobile data connection (like your phone does) instead. This can be more reliable than a WiFi connection.

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Show me chargers that also have Bluetooth

Some products also include Bluetooth as an extra way to control the device. This is usually in addition to WiFi.

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I want to remote lock/unlock the charger via the app

This feature allows you to "lock" the charge point via the phone app to prevent unwanted use.

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I want the charger to work with a time-of-use energy tariff like Octopus Agile

A time of use energy tariff, such as Octopus Agile, has regular price changes that reflect the wholesale price. Some products have built-in software to help you make the most of a tariff like this.

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I’d like to plan when my car starts and stops charging, such as overnight

Many chargers allow you to set up a “charging window”, such as between 1am and 4am. This is handy if you want your vehicle charged at certain times or if you have cheaper electricity prices overnight, for example.

Definitions - Other

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I don't want an earth rod installing or any additional monitoring equipment

For safety reasons, some products need a metal rod (an earth rod) installing into the ground at your property or an external monitoring device such as the Matt-e. However, a number of chargers now include built-in protection which avoids this, resulting in a neater finish.

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I want to use my EV charger with my solar panels

If you have solar panels, you may want to consider a product that can use any excess energy produced to charge your EV. But think about how often your vehicle is parked during the day to make use of this feature.

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Show me chargers that are eligible for the £350 Grant

Many smart chargers are eligible for a grant from the Government to help with the cost of purchase and installation

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Show me chargers available on finance

Smart Home Charge offers flexible finance offers on some chargers to help spread the cost of purchase and installation.