How to choose an EV charger for your home

Discover five top tips from the Mayday Electricals team on how to choose the best EV charger for your home.

  • Electric vehicles have become increasingly popular over the last few years and for a good reason! Not only are they more environmentally friendly than your traditional gas-powered cars, but they are also cheaper to run. As more and more people switch to EVs, the demand for charging installations increases.

    If you are in the process of purchasing your first electric car, or your first at-home EV charging point, you’re likely spending a lot of time on Google researching EV chargers and questioning how to choose an EV charger when there are many options.

    At Mayday Electrical, we understand that choosing the best EV charger for your car and home can be challenging, which is why we’ve broken the process down into five key elements: future-proofing your installation, tethered or untethered chargers, aesthetics, features and budget.

    Essentially, we want to make your transition from Fuel to Electric as stress-free as possible. So, keep reading to learn more about how to choose an EV charger you can rely on.

1. Future-Proofing Your Installation

When it comes to an EV charger installation, future-proofing refers to making sure your charging point won’t become obsolete when new infrastructure and technology comes into play.

To ensure that your installation is future proof, you should consider the following.

  • Choosing a modular charger, which allows for individual parts to be replaced and upgraded rather than your entire system becoming out of date.
  • Opt for a Smart Charger, which has programming that can be updated to accommodate new features and charging needs.
  • Consider the brand you are buying from. Are they known for innovation? The rate at which technology around electric vehicles and EV chargers is changing demands innovation, so it’s worth investing in a charger from a brand that is known for its technological innovation as a form of future-proofing.

One of the biggest benefits of EVs is that they are a more sustainable option for people, but how sustainable is it to have to replace your charging point every time technological advances take place? This is why it’s crucial to consider future-proofing when choosing your EV charger.

2. Tethered Or Untethered Chargers

You have two options when it comes to choosing an EV charger, tethered or untethered.

Let’s take a closer look at them both.

Tethered EV chargers have a charging cable that is permanently attached to the charging unit.

Advantages of tethered chargers include:

  • Convenience: They are always ready to use. When you want to charge your vehicle, you simply plug in the cable.
  • Security: Because they are completely attached, tethered chargers are usually more secure and less likely to be tampered with.

Disadvantages of tethered chargers include:

  • Static location: You will have to park in a specific location to accommodate a tethered charger.
  • Damage: If your tethered charger becomes damaged, you will likely have to replace the entire system.

Untethered EV chargers have a separate charging cable that is plugged into both the unit and your vehicle.

Advantages of untethered chargers include:

  • Storage: Your cable can be stored separately when not in use.
  • Flexibility: The length of the cable can also be changed depending on your charging needs and to fit your desired parking spot.
  • Damage: You can replace the cable separately to the charging unit if it becomes damaged.

Disadvantages of untethered chargers include:

  • Security: Untethered chargers are more prone to theft and damage when the parts are stored separately.
  • Cost: It’s often more costly to have an untethered charger as you’ll need to purchase your cable separately.

There are pros and cons to both options but when it comes to how to choose an EV charger, you need to look at your own personal circumstances and decide which option is best suited to you.

 3. The Importance of Aesthetics

Aesthetics are a vital part of choosing an EV charger, and most people will be looking for a system that blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment. Nobody wants their EV charger to be an eye-sore.

There are many factors of aesthetics to consider, including size, colour, shape and finishes. Being able to select a charger that best suits your home and personal preferences is a huge benefit of at-home installations.

Of course, aesthetics tend to go hand and hand with cost. Lower-cost chargers will likely be made of plastic, whereas higher-cost chargers might be finished with metal casing. Many EV owners feel a sense of pride, and these visually appealing chargers can enhance that feeling even more.

 4. Unique Features

Another way to choose the perfect charger is by assessing the system’s key features. When you’re reviewing at-home chargers, you should ask yourself “Are there any specific features that I require from my charger?”.

Most at-home chargers will share some baseline features, such as smart tech to help you manage your charging schedule and monitor costs. Others will have unique features that may be necessary for your set up, such as mobile data connection capabilities if your WiFi is weak or enhanced safety systems.

When choosing your EV charger, it’s worth considering what your non-negotiables are, as you may find yourself having to sacrifice something like aesthetics to accommodate any specific features that you need or vice-versa.

 5. Budget

One of the first points people will consider when choosing an EV charger for their home is the cost. The amount you spend on your EV charger will depend on several factors, including your driving habits, charging habits, the vehicle you own and your budget. Here are some things you need to know.

Your Budget: The price of your EV charger will depend on the charging speed, the features included with the charger you choose. EV chargers can range from hundreds to thousands. If you are on a tighter budget, there are basic EV chargers that typically offer a slower charging speed and may not come with as many additional features. However, if you are willing to invest more in your EV charger, you will be able to install a fast charging station, including some great features like WIFI connectivity, monitoring your charging and output, as well as the ability to schedule a charging time.

Your Driving Habits: If you are someone who drives short distances and can quickly top up your charger overnight, then opting for a basic EV charger that offers slow charging and is more budget-friendly may work well for you. If you travel long distances more frequently for work or to visit family, then investing in a fast-charging system will have the highest return on investment for you.

Your Vehicle: This may sound like an obvious point but the vehicle you own will play a factor in determining which EV charger you have installed. For example, Tesla owners will need to invest in a Tesla-specific charger which can be more expensive. Similarly, if you are the owner of a newer EV with a large battery, then you will be looking at chargers with fast charging to ensure you charge your vehicle efficiently.

You can find out more about the specific features of different EV chargers with our charger comparison table.

  • Future-Proofing Your Installation

    When it comes to an EV charger installation, future-proofing refers to making sure your charging point won’t become obsolete when new infrastructure and technology comes into play.

    To ensure that your installation is future proof, you should consider the following.

    • Choosing a modular charger, which allows for individual parts to be replaced and upgraded rather than your entire system becoming out of date.
    • Opt for a Smart Charger, which has programming that can be updated to accommodate new features and charging needs.
    • Consider the brand you are buying from. Are they known for innovation? The rate at which technology around electric vehicles and EV chargers is changing demands innovation, so it’s worth investing in a charger from a brand that is known for its technological innovation as a form of future-proofing.

    One of the biggest benefits of EVs is that they are a more sustainable option for people, but how sustainable is it to have to replace your charging point every time technological advances take place? This is why it’s crucial to consider future-proofing when choosing your EV charger.

  • Tethered Or Untethered Chargers

    You have two options when it comes to choosing an EV charger, tethered or untethered.

    Let’s take a closer look at them both.

    Tethered EV chargers have a charging cable that is permanently attached to the charging unit.

    Advantages of tethered chargers include:

    • Convenience: They are always ready to use. When you want to charge your vehicle, you simply plug in the cable.
    • Security: Because they are completely attached, tethered chargers are usually more secure and less likely to be tampered with.

    Disadvantages of tethered chargers include:

    • Static location: You will have to park in a specific location to accommodate a tethered charger.
    • Damage: If your tethered charger becomes damaged, you will likely have to replace the entire system.

    Untethered EV chargers have a separate charging cable that is plugged into both the unit and your vehicle.

    Advantages of untethered chargers include:

    • Storage: Your cable can be stored separately when not in use.
    • Flexibility: The length of the cable can also be changed depending on your charging needs and to fit your desired parking spot.
    • Damage: You can replace the cable separately to the charging unit if it becomes damaged.

    Disadvantages of untethered chargers include:

    • Security: Untethered chargers are more prone to theft and damage when the parts are stored separately.
    • Cost: It’s often more costly to have an untethered charger as you’ll need to purchase your cable separately.

    There are pros and cons to both options but when it comes to how to choose an EV charger, you need to look at your own personal circumstances and decide which option is best suited to you.

  • The Importance Of Aesthetics

    Aesthetics are a vital part of choosing an EV charger, and most people will be looking for a system that blends seamlessly with the surrounding environment. Nobody wants their EV charger to be an eye-sore.

    There are many factors of aesthetics to consider, including size, colour, shape and finishes. Being able to select a charger that best suits your home and personal preferences is a huge benefit of at-home installations.

    Of course, aesthetics tend to go hand and hand with cost. Lower-cost chargers will likely be made of plastic, whereas higher-cost chargers might be finished with metal casing. Many EV owners feel a sense of pride, and these visually appealing chargers can enhance that feeling even more.

  • Unique Features

    Another way to choose the perfect charger is by assessing the system’s key features. When you’re reviewing at-home chargers, you should ask yourself “Are there any specific features that I require from my charger?”.

    Most at-home chargers will share some baseline features, such as smart tech to help you manage your charging schedule and monitor costs. Others will have unique features that may be necessary for your set up, such as mobile data connection capabilities if your WiFi is weak or enhanced safety systems.

    When choosing your EV charger, it’s worth considering what your non-negotiables are, as you may find yourself having to sacrifice something like aesthetics to accommodate any specific features that you need or vice-versa.

  • Budget

    One of the first points people will consider when choosing an EV charger for their home is the cost. The amount you spend on your EV charger will depend on several factors, including your driving habits, charging habits, the vehicle you own and your budget. Here are some things you need to know.

    Your Budget: The price of your EV charger will depend on the charging speed, the features included with the charger you choose. EV chargers can range from hundreds to thousands. If you are on a tighter budget, there are basic EV chargers that typically offer a slower charging speed and may not come with as many additional features. However, if you are willing to invest more in your EV charger, you will be able to install a fast charging station, including some great features like WIFI connectivity, monitoring your charging and output, as well as the ability to schedule a charging time.

    Your Driving Habits: If you are someone who drives short distances and can quickly top up your charger overnight, then opting for a basic EV charger that offers slow charging and is more budget-friendly may work well for you. If you travel long distances more frequently for work or to visit family, then investing in a fast-charging system will have the highest return on investment for you.

    Your Vehicle: This may sound like an obvious point but the vehicle you own will play a factor in determining which EV charger you have installed. For example, Tesla owners will need to invest in a Tesla-specific charger which can be more expensive. Similarly, if you are the owner of a newer EV with a large battery, then you will be looking at chargers with fast charging to ensure you charge your vehicle efficiently.

You can find out more about the specific features of different EV chargers with our charger comparison table.
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