Best EV Chargers

If you’re looking for one of the best home EV chargers on the market, look no further.

In this post, we will compare some of the most popular products available and help you decide which one is right for you.

All of these chargers are compatible with the UK market and come with a range of features, looks and prices.

Whether you’re looking for a stylish wall-mounted charger or a compact design, we have you covered!

1. Andersen A2 (from £1,099)

Best for being the most stylish charger on the market!

Anderson logo

Paul’s Take

The Andersen A2 is the most beautiful electric car charging point on the market.

It’s perfect for anyone who wants a sleek, low-profile charging solution.

With smart connectivity, you can control when your EV charges – so you can always ensure you’re charged and ready to go.

You can also use the Anderson A2 with your solar panels, allowing you to use surplus solar to charge your EV giving you even more control over your energy consumption.

Transform your EV charging experience with the Andersen A2.

9.2 out of 10
9.2 out of 10

Best For: Exceptional Design and Style
Price: From £1,099 excl. installation and grant

Andersen produces perhaps the best-looking EV charge points on the market, distinctive for not looking like a charger. A 5 metre tethered unit but with the charging cable housed inside when not in use.

Anderson charger - cable housing

Yes, the A2 is big, at 49 x 34.5 x 12cm – nearly eight times larger than the EO Mini Pro 2, but big can be beautiful.

You can choose between 4 colours for the metal chassis, and between 8 metal shades or 4 wooden shades for the front.

The wood used is Accoya, a sustainably sourced, high-performance modified timber. This wood is low maintenance, beautiful and strong, and is more commonly used for bridge-building or on a ship’s decks.

All the materials are durable and there is a lifetime guarantee on the chassis.

Andersen chargers - 3 styles

The Andersen A2 isn’t just a great looking charger, with a focus on quality, the use of premium materials and British manufacturing the A2 is a piece of class-leading hardware.

The Andersen A2 comes with an in-built earthing and an option for solar integration, and 22kW charging (on a three-phase supply)

The solar pack allows you to use the energy from your solar array to ensure you are always using the cheapest, greenest energy. With 5 modes to choose from to determine the balance of grid and solar energy per charge. At maximum solar contribution, your vehicle will charge at the same rate as the output of the solar array.

The minimum charge rate using just solar is 5 amps. If your charge falls below this rate (i.e. there’s not enough sunlight) your charge will use grid energy to support the charge by default (you can change this in the settings).

You’ll get weekly reports on how much energy you’ve generated, imported, and exported via the Kønnect+ mobile app.

The Kønnect+ allows you to create a schedule for your charger, lock it remotely, and analyse your past charging sessions. The application doesn’t appear to have been updated since July 2021and many of the reviews are less than positive.

– Features

OZEV approved

Yes

Smart

Yes

Tethered

Yes

Untethered

No

Solar

Yes – optional extra

Load balancing

Yes – optional extra

Manage remotely

Yes

Software support

Yes

Warranty3 years
Colour Options8

– Bottom Line

The Anderson A2 stands out with a unique, sleek and modern design, it is a stylish but premium charger and if money’s no object it’s a great choice.

Brilliant hardware, a little let down by the Andersen Kønnect+ mobile app.


2. Myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV Charger (from £695)

Best for being the top-selling British-made solar EV charger

MyEnergi Logo

Paul’s Take

Tne Myenergi Zappi Smart Home EV is manufactured in the UK and is a solid choice especially if you generate your own electricity.

The Zappi comes with optional charging modes that you can use to utilise 100% green energy from your Solar PV or wind generation.

Even if you don’t have solar panels installed, the Zappi will still operate as a standard EV charger harnessing power from the grid.

The Zappi is easy to install, user friendly, mid-priced and built to last rather than excite or turn heads.

8.9 out of 10
8.9 out of 10

Best For: Solar EV charging
Price:
From £695 excl. installation and grant

There are two versions of the Zappi a 7.4kW and a quicker, 22kW version. Both come with three charging modes (Eco, Eco+ and Fast).

ECO: Charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in the generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home. Charging will continue until the vehicle is fully charged, even if power is drawn from the grid.

ECO+: Charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in the generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home. Charging will pause if there is too much-imported power, continuing only when there is surplus free power available.

FAST: In this mode, the vehicle will be charged at maximum power. This is just like an ordinary Mode 3 charging point.

The Zappi v2 has a great reputation as one of the most popular smart home chargers in the UK with both homeowners and electricians.

You can set up charge schedules to make power available when you need it and lock the charger from the unit or the Myenergi Hub (sold separately).

The lock feature requires a PIN number to be entered before the unit can be operated).

The charger comes with a choice of two colour schemes: black and grey or white and grey.

Zappi chargers in black and white

If you want to take advantage of OZEV grants, the Zappi app, remote control or firmware updates you will need the Myenergi Hub. The Hub is a separate, handheld device that acts as a gateway, connecting your Zappi charger to your Myenergi account and Myenergi servers, and is sold separately from £85 to £100.

Zappi charger with mobile application

The app is well regarded, with an intuitive design that allows for visibility of where your vehicle’s energy is coming from.

For installations, Myenergi has over 900 dedicated OZEV approved solar EV charger installers around the UK.

– Features

OZEV approved

Yes (with Hub)

Smart

Yes (with Hub)

Tethered

Yes

Untethered

No

Solar

Yes

Load balancing

Yes

Manage remotely

Yes

Software support

Yes

Warranty3 years
Colour Options2

– Bottom Line

The Zappi is a British made, well-built, robust and reliable mid-priced EV charger. Available as a tethered or untethered unit, that becomes part of an intelligent set-up when paired with the Myenergi Hub.

The Zappi isn’t the smallest charger on the market, and its large size means it doesn’t blend in well with its surroundings, however, it is a reliable British made and well-built charger, that has integration for renewable generation and is a smart setup when paired with the Myengeri Hub.

A great choice!


3. EVBox Elvi (£895)

Best for multi-occupancy dwellings

EVBox-logo

Paul’s Take

A reasonable looking, modular device that when combined with EVBox’s cloud-based services can manage the settlement and reimbursement of charging costs, tracking and controlling charging sessions remotely. You can add an unlimited number to your account making the Elvi an ideal solution for multi-dwelling properties.

7.5 out of 10
7.5 out of 10

Best For: Multi-occupancy dwellings
Price: From £895 excl. installation and grant

EVBox was founded in 2010 in the Netherlands, and acquired by the Global French Utility Company, Engie in the Spring of 2017. 

EVBox is one of the international market leaders in electric vehicle charging infrastructures and associated cloud-based services, providing solutions for domestic, businesses, facilities and major public charging networks.

EVBox produces the Elvi charger for home charging, with options for a single-phase 7kW or three-phase 22kW output.

The unit has a modular design allowing for charging cables and charging capacities to be easily upgraded to adapt to new vehicle requirements.​

The Elvi benefits from real-time charging session insights, remote diagnostics, remote control and monitoring via the EVBox cloud-based management system. Software updates and technical fixes can all be done remotely by the EVBox team.

The charger can be set to charge automatically, as soon as you connect your vehicle to the charging station. Alternatively, you can set the charge to only activate when recognised RFID cards (provided by EVBox) are presented to the RFID module. This option can be set via the web portal which is linked to your EVBox account.

The RFID capabilities make the Elvi an ideal solution for a multi-occupancy dwelling where an owner wants to provide EV charging facilities for tenants. Smart billing is incorporated into the system allowing for itemised billing for the energy you use.

The EVBox Elvi can optimise energy usage from solar installations, dynamic load balancing isn’t native but the Elvi is compatible with dynamic load balancing solutions like Smappee.

The unit doesn’t come with in-built earthing and will require an earth rod for all outside installation. EVBox provides this as an optional extra costing £50. Another extra is the cable mount (as shown in the image below) costing £60.

EVBox-Elvi

– Features

OZEV approved

Yes

Smart

Yes

Tethered

Yes

Untethered

Yes

Solar

Yes

Load balancing

No

Manage remotely

Yes

Software support

Yes

Warranty3 years, extendable to 5
Colour Options2

– Bottom Line

If you want to provide an EV charging solution for a multi-dwelling occupancy property then this may well be the solution for you.


4. Project EV EVA-07S-SE (from £415)

Best for a Smart Charger on a Budget Price

Project EV Logo

Paul’s Take

If you’re looking for a no-frills budget option, and don’t mind something on the bulkier side, the Project EV EVA-07S-SE (aka EV Pro Earth) may be the charger for you.

Project EV Pro Earth

You can pick this EV charger up for around £415, making it one of the cheapest on the market.

The EV Pro Earth has an optional extra for solar management, allowing you to use surplus solar power to power your vehicle. This said, I couldn’t find a great deal on its solar capabilities and would recommend a charger with a good solar track record like the Zappi or EO Mini Pro 2.

8.1 out of 10
8.1 out of 10

Best For: Smart Charging on a Budget Price
Price:
From £415 excl. installation and grant

Project EV Pro Earth in silver

The EV Pro Earth is a single-phase, fast AC electric vehicle charger that comes with built-in earthing protection, so doesn’t need an earth stake to be installed. 

The 7.3kW Pro Earth charging unit comes with a market-leading five-year warranty. While not the smallest unit it does have a sleek design. The unit comes with an integrated cable locking feature.

This charger is produced in China and licensed to Project EV – and is also known as the ATESS or Growatt.

The mobile app is rather basic, you can use it to start and stop the charging remotely, check on the charging, and set charging schedules.

– Features

OZEV approved

Yes

Smart

Yes

Tethered

No (lockable socket)

Untethered

Yes

Solar

Yes

Load balancing

Yes

Manage remotely

Yes

Software support

Yes

Warranty5 years
Colour Options2

– Bottom Line

This no-frills budget option is definitely worth a look at for a reliable cost-effective option.


5. EO Mini Pro 2 (£945)

Best compact smart charger

EO Logo

Paul’s Take

The EO Mini Pro 2 is one of the smallest smart home chargers available on the market coming in at 175mm (H) x 125m (W) x 125mm (D). It’s essentially a box with a logo on it

The Mini Pro 2 is well made, reliable and simple to use. It comes available in black, white, grey and blue, and doesn’t need an earth rod if installed with a Garo earthing device (an additional £125).

Overall, a great choice if you want something small and inconspicuous.

7.7 out of 10
7.7 out of 10

Best For: Being one of the market’s smallest smart chargers
Price: From £945 excl. installation and grant

The EO Mini Pro 2 doesn’t have PEN protection built-in. EO recommend a Garo earthing device (sold separately for £125) be installed for home installs (by EO approved installer). The Garo device will negate the need for an earth rod, alternatively, you can install an earth rod at a cost of around £20.

The EO Mini Pro 2 does not come with a locking socket but you can configure it to only charge during certain time periods and prevent others from using your charger when your car isn’t plugged in. There is also no cable tidy (for the tethered version) so you might want to get a hook fitted.

The official app for setting up and controlling the EO Mini Pro 2 & EO Mini Smart Home has less than stellar reviews from checking on the App stores, it also doesn’t appear to be under active development (or at the very least not a priority) having been last updated in Sept 2021.

The EO smart home app allows you to control your EO Mini charger, schedule your charging sessions and monitor energy usage from your solar panels (when it works).

EO Pro Mini 2 in black
EO Pro Mini 2 in blue
EO Mini Pro 2 in blue

The EO Mini Pro 2 comes in 4 colours including this bright blue.

The EO Mini Pro 2 offers power balancing, to avoid overloading your electrical supply, with an additional CT clamp sold as an optional extra of £60.00 (UK price only).

With the CT clamp, the EO Mini Pro 2 can read the incoming feed to the building, take into account the building energy usage and calculate a final amount of power that is then distributed to the charger.

The clamp is also needed if you want to utilise the solar charging management capabilities of the device. With the solar matching, the EO Mini reads the power being generated by your solar panels and sets its charging rate to match the output of the solar array. If the solar output drops below the specified minimum rate (e.g. sun goes behind a cloud) then the vehicle will charge at the minimum rate.

– Features

OZEV approved

Yes (with Hub)

Smart

Yes (with Hub)

Tethered

Yes (Model Dependent)

Untethered

Yes

Solar

Yes (optional extra)

Load balancing

Yes (optional extra)

Manage remotely

Yes

Software support

Yes

Warranty3 years
Colour Options4

– Bottom Line

The EO Mini Pro 2 is one of the smallest smart home chargers available on the market, it is well made, reliable and simple to use.

The app needs some love, and an earthing device is recommended, but overall a great choice if you want something small and inconspicuous.


6. Wallbox Pulsar Plus (£1,187)

Best for being one of the smallest tethered chargers

Wallbox Logo

Paul’s Tak

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is perfect for people wanting something discreet that just does the job!.

The mobile app is also one of the better EV charging apps on the market letting you control everything with a well thought out and user-friendly interface.

8.6 out of 10
8.6 out of 10

Best For: Being for being one of the smallest tethered chargers
Price: From £1,187 incl. installation

Wallbox Pulsar Plus EV Charger in White
Wallbox Pulsar in white

Manufactured in Spain, the Wallbox Pulsar Plus is a discrete EV charger with a unique (soon to be

dimmable) Halo RGB LED light ring that provides a visual representation of the charging status.

The charger comes only as a tethered unit with either a 5m or 7m integrated cable.

The Pulsar Plus is the most compact charger in the Wallbox range (166mm x 163mm x 82mm) or as Wallbox say, “smaller than a toaster, lighter than a laptop”. Despite its diminutive size, it is able to provide up to 22kW – 3-phase charging. Compatible with all Type 1 and 2 EVs and available in white or black.

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Wallbox Pulsar Plus EV Charger with Cable 7-4kW

Coming with solar integration and Bluetooth support (for those times Wi-Fi doesn’t work) and Android Wear and Apple Watch apps for remote control from anywhere in the world.

– Features

OZEV approved

Yes

Smart

Yes

Tethered

Yes

Untethered

No

Solar

Yes

Load balancing

No

Manage remotely

Yes

Software support

Yes

Warranty3 years
Colour Options2

– Bottom Line

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is a simple, well made, and stylish device. It comes with built-in earthing, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and solar integration as standard. Although the cable tidy lacks refinement it is easily one of the best small home chargers on the market.


Coming soon:

  • Rolec WallPod: EV HomeSmart (£795)
  • Hypervolt (£749*)
  • Easee (£795*)

FAQ

Can I install my own EV charger?

Self-installation of EV chargers at home isn’t something we’d recommend unless you’re qualified to do so for both safety and legal reasons.

What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 EV chargers?

The Type 1 charging connections have been phased out in favour of the more advanced Type 2 connection type, which has become the global industry standard. The number of pins on a Type 1 plug is five, whereas the Type 2 plug has seven pins.

Can you plug an electric car into a regular outlet?

Yes, you can charge an EV on a regular charging outlet; however only at the rate of 2.3 kWh. On a 60kWh battery, it might take up to 26 hours to fully charge from empty, depending on the charging rate.

There is no single response to how quickly it takes to charge an electric car because new electric vehicles are continuously being introduced to the market with different configurations.

The typical 7kWh home charger takes an average of 8 hours to charge the battery from empty to full, while a public rapid charger takes 30-60 minutes.

What is a smart EV charger?

In simple terms, a smart EV charger is a charger that can be connected to the internet to ensure that the device can receive firmware updates.
Being smart will also allow the charger to utilise renewable energy sources and make intelligent decisions based on tariff data.

Can I apply for an EV charger grant?

From a domestic perspective, EV charger grants are claimed on behalf of the customer by an OZEV approved installer, the grant is deducted from the quoted job price to supply and install, for which the government office reimburses the installer.

The OZEV grant (also known as the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme or ‘EVHS’) offers EV drivers money off the total cost of their new smart home charger, up to a maximum of £350 (including VAT).

Am I eligible for the grant?

To qualify, you must have the following:
– Off-street parking (e.g. a driveway or a garage)
– Your charger must use smart technology
– Your charger must be installed by an OZEV approved installer

Does my vehicle qualify for the grant?

The majority of plug-in vehicles qualify for the OZEV EVHS grant but CO2 emissions for plug-in hybrid vehicles must be calculated below 75g/km.

Check this list: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/electric-vehicle-homecharge-scheme-eligible-vehicles (maintained by OZEV) to verify if your vehicle is eligible.

Note: You can only claim one charger per eligible vehicle and up to two per household

Which grants are available for electric car drivers in Scotland?

In addition to the OZEV EVHS grant, the Scottish Government offers EV drivers an additional grant of up to £300 through the Energy Saving Trust Scotland.

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