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Benno
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I'm planning ahead, and wondered if anybody has an opinion on a good home charger. I am currently supplied by Octopus, and if it makes any difference, I have a smart meter. Can't decide whether the charger should be inside or outside the garage, but I am planning on charging the car off peak? You are welcome to make me aware of similar or better EV charging tarriffs.

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gloucester
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My brother's had his charger installed in the garage (into which he can actually park the car unlike a lot of garages) but his garage door - like mine - has a large rubber seal on the bottom, so the tethered cable can come out under the door with the connector lodged on a wall mount adjacent to the door. He can thus charge the car inside or outside the garage. He has a Tesla and the car is charged via the app. There's no need to access the charger. I don't know what it is but he's on Octopus too. He used to be on Octopus Agile which was fun - occasionally getting electricity at a negative rate!

I'm toying with just using a granny charger with mine since I am retired and don't do much mileage. Undecided whether it's cost effective to install a c.£1k charger in that context. It's unlikely to be cost effective to have an overnight tariff.
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Persicm
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I’ve just had installed a Wallbox Pulsar Max charger after undertaking extensive research. One of the main requirements for me was for the charger to be compact given I have limited space in terms of where the charger is situated.
Benno
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Post by Benno »

Thank you for your replies.
gloucester: I have thought of doing similar so I can charge inside the garage, but also outside. I'm not a fan of lengths of cluttered cable, so I would have to have a think about cable management. I read that a granny charger would take 12 hours to charge from empty. And if you consider that charging with a wall charger would mean smart charging, and you could pretty much charge between 20 - 90 percent within 12pm to 5am at substantially reduced prices? A friend pays 27p per KwH, and I believe off peak is between 7.5 and 9p per KwH. Surely this would make a charger viable.
Percism: The Walbox looks like a pretty good charger. If it's tethered, is there anywhere you can hang the cable from it? And I see a price online at about £700. Does that include fitting?
Persicm
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I bought a Wallbox bracket (£36!) which the cable wraps around- see pic. I arranged installation separately having bought off Amazon- expect the £700 doesn’t include installation.

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P.S. Having thought about it I bought the more expensive 7m (rather than 5m) cable version and installation cost c. £250- on that basis c.£700 all in may be possible as see units can be purchased for c. £500 online.
DomB
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Post by DomB »

I have the Andersen home charger which hides all the cables. Best Tariff I have seen is Intelligent Octopus but you can only get this if you have compatible car or charger. Volvo is not yet compatible so you would need to get a compatible charger to get this tariff. I’m pretty sure Ohme is compatible but don’t know what else is.
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