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Hi all I’m new here lm just about to place an order for a new mini electric and was looking for recommendations on what charger to go for ?
 

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Hi, not ordered mine yet but have a few in mind. Depends on your budget I guess. I’ve shortlisted mine to either the Andersen EV charging point or the Hypervolt.
 

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It comes with a 2.3kW charger that is the maximum that will plug into a standard 13A domestic socket.

That is fine if you only intend short journeys and want to use the cheap overnight charging slots (ie, Octopus) but the best solution is a 7.5kW wall charger.... There are many available but they need a dedicated power supply, ie, a qualified electrician to install it and possibly your DNO to upgrade your main incoming fuse.

Mine is finally going to be installed next week, over a year since it was supposed to be (included in the purchase price of the car).

For the choice of which it's down to how many "extras" you get, "Apps" and things like that. Mine, next week, will be a BP Pulse, not by choice, it's just what the purchase deal came with.
 

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First things to check if you haven't already are the property fuse and where/how it will be cabled.

As Rod mentioned you need to check in your supply cupboard where your meter is what rating fuse you have. It is usually next to or under the meter and more often than not will have sticker on it. If its 100A you're laughing, if its 60A there's more to discuss.

Next is the location of your consumer unit (fuse box) in relation to where you want the charger. It will need a spare slot to install a separate breaker for the charge point, and they will need to run a dedicated cable from there to your chosen location. Depending on the locations it sometimes makes sense to put the charge point closer to the fuse box and use a longer cable.

For the actual chargepoints it comes down to features and looks in equal measure.

I went for an Easee One for a few reasons. Looks wise it's small and discrete, plus I can turn the lights off so it's not lit all night (opposite my neighbours bedroom window). Features wise the app gives good options for scheduling charge, remote activation and reporting etc. It also doesn't come tethered but you can lock a cable in which I have done with mine, so if I effectively have a tethered lead but can change it for a longer one if needed. If we need a second charge point in the future you can chain from one to another, you share (or queue) on the same 7.4kW but don't need all the electrical work to run back to the CU. It was recommended by the installer on the basis that they've not had to got out and fix any. It flagged a fault when installed due to our property having 250V rather than 240V but they remotely reconfigured it in a few minutes. Install was easy, approx 4 hours from arrival to commissioning including running the cable under floor.

The only fault I've had is it stopped charging after 1.5 hours a couple of nights when it was 25deg overnight. I logged a call and they applied an update after a couple of days investigating and its been fine since.
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You can get changeable covers if you dont like the black, but its not really bothered me, several people have stood near it or walked past it and then asked me if im getting a charge point.

Others I considered were...
Zappi- we have solar panels and it can be linked so you divert the solar to your car. But you need an extra box (Eddi) and the extra cost didn't work out worthwhile for our 2kW array. Plus the Zapppi is big, ugly and expensive IMO

Hypervolt - liked it but didn't want to be restricted to their cable length as was available as tethered only.

PodPoint - several installers told me the same thing. A pig to install and get more faults than any other make.

Ohme - didn't really like the look of it, but very good if you want to make the most of Octopus tariffs.
 

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Also, make sure you check out the Octopus Go tariff which gives you a discount 4 hour charge slot (00:30-04:30) at 7.5p per kW plus a slightly inflated day rate (fixed for 12 months) currently around 40p per kW depending on location


If want I have a spreadsheet to compare single rate to dual rate where you enter you average annual electricity use and weekly mileage. I've just been adding the estimated uplifts for Oct/Jan but got scared and ran away.

If you're not an Octopus customer and think about joining get a code from an existing customer and you get £50 each

 

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Also, make sure you check out the Octopus Go tariff which gives you a discount 4 hour charge slot (00:30-04:30) at 7.5p per kW plus a slightly inflated day rate (fixed for 12 months) currently around 40p per kW depending on location


If want I have a spreadsheet to compare single rate to dual rate where you enter you average annual electricity use and weekly mileage. I've just been adding the estimated uplifts for Oct/Jan but got scared and ran away.

If you're not an Octopus customer and think about joining get a code from an existing customer and you get £50 each

Thanks for the info ;)

:D I have a 100A fuse :ROFLMAO:

I also have solar panels I think they are 8kw so would want to make the most of them
Mini recommend the pod point but mite give that make a miss ! I do have a couple of independent firms coming to have a look but it is always good to have an idea of what I need 1st
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Thanks for the info ;)

:D I have a 100A fuse :ROFLMAO:

I also have solar panels I think they are 8kw so would want to make the most of them
Mini recommend the pod point but mite give that make a miss ! I do have a couple of independent firms coming to have a look but it is always good to have an idea of what I need 1st
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When I was looking the Zappi was the best option to use tge solar input. But you need another box to handle the monitoring and switching called an Eddi which is about £400. For me when I thought about how often I will be realistically able to connect while generating enough to put excess into the car throughout the year it wasn't worth it. Especially true as with my use case for the SE 100% of my charging is at 7.5p per kW. I think I calculated my break-even on the Eddi at about 5-6 years. Plus our solar array is OLD so we get around 50p per kW for feeding back.

One thing I forgot is if you intend to use a split tariff like GO don't rely on the car to do the timing. There's a few posts on here about it, but basically to set a timed charge on the car you have also set a departure time. The car will charge in the slot but then activate the charge again to warm for departure regardless of time. Its neither here or there with current rates and temps, but could make a difference come Feb rates and -5
 

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Some recommend not to supply the EVSE from the house CU but to supply it from a separate small CU with it's own Type B RCBO. This keeps it independent from the house supply. You need one with PEN fault protection or you may have to install an earth rod for it. Having advice from a proper qualified installer is the way to go. There are lots of videos on YouTube that you can look at to see what's involved.
Artisan Electric seem to know what they are talking about to give you some ideas.
 

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Hi all I’m new here lm just about to place an order for a new mini electric and was looking for recommendations on what charger to go for ?
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Hi all I’m new here lm just about to place an order for a new mini electric and was looking for recommendations on what charger to go for ?
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I have been using the podpoint now for two years no issues at all, I suggest you do your own research and make your own choice, that way you can only blame yourself if things go wrong.
 

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As per Red Mini mentioned, in my case they will be installing a small seperate CU in my meter box (it has plenty of spare room) as the existing CU indoors is only good for 80A total, doesn't have an RCD (age of the house, wasn''t mandatory back then), and everything has to uprated to 100A in my case because we are all electric, no gas in my rural area..
My main fuse was only 60A and when the DNO came to uprate it (which took months to organise) he said "no" because Octopus (or rather their metering company) had used 16mm^2 cable for the meter tails when they installed my smart meter and they should have used 25mm^2 and it took me ages more to get that fixed.

Some installs appear to be easy and quick - and then there is me.....

Good luck with yours, I'm off outside now to finish digging the required trench between my house and garage.....
 

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Some installs appear to be easy and quick - and then there is me.....

Good luck with yours, I'm off outside now to finish digging the required trench between my house and garage.....
My install of the charge point was super slick at 4 hours, but my fuse was 60A so I was limited to 10A charging until the DNO spent 2 weeks doing this...

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Wow.....

All the DNO has to do to mine is put the 100A fuse in, they physically verified the main incoming cable is 35mm^2 so just wanted the meter wiring upgraded (which is now done) and they will fit the new fuse next month.

My install (next Wednesday) will also be downrated until the new fuse is fitted..

The only big hole I'm digging is on my own property between the house and garage as I (obviously) want the charger on the front of the garage, not the house....
 
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