Best EV Charging Stations in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 28, 2020
Electric car charging stations make sure you're able to use your electric vehicle every day without visiting gas stations. The best electric car charging stations that we've gathered here can even compete with commercial models. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Charging Speed
Connector Type
Cord Length
Extras
Warranty
 
PROS

The IP65 housing protects the unit against the elements, so you can leave it charging overnight when it is snowing or raining outside. The hard-wearing polycarbonate body will not start forming rust patches or showing corrosion signs with time. 

CONS

The white housing is easily soiled. 

OUR VERDICT

The Rolec Type 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Unit reduces size without compromising performance. Measuring ~18 x 14 x 41.5 centimetres, this model will fit people with space constraints. That said, as long as they're fine with the price, most drivers with electric cars will benefit wonders from this charging unit.

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in station

Power

230 V, 32 A

Charging Speed

Up to 40 km of range per hour 

Connector Type

Type 2 (IEC 62196) 

Cord Length

5 metres

Extras

Weatherproof housing (IP65 protection class), Built-in overload and leakage-current protection, Mounting hardware included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The LCD screen displays the car's data, including the vehicle's temperature, voltage, as well as the current state. The 6.1-metre cable makes sure there's enough space between the connected EV and the station.

CONS

You cannot change the charging speed. 

OUR VERDICT

The Morec B20-BC-32A-T2 will accommodate home use as well as commercial use. You can fix, secure, and lock the backplate, preventing theft. Implementing a collision-avoidance design and a power leveller, this charging station avoids breakage and the safety hazards that current instability can induce.

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in station (1.5-m cord)

Power

230 V, 25 A

Charging Speed

Up to 32 km of range per hour

Connector Type

Type 2 (IEC 62196)

Cord Length

6.1 metres

Extras

LCD screen, Weatherproof housing (IP66 protection class), Built-in overload and leakage-current protection, Holder for the plug, J-hook and mounting hardware included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The plug includes a protective cap. You can reduce the amperage from 32 to 6, minimising the load on the electricity grid. Besides the IP65 enclosure, the housing integrates overload and leakage-current protection switches. 

CONS

Mounting the station is not easy. 

OUR VERDICT

The QUBEV EVON0010 offers premium specs at a budget price point. Reaching 40 kilometres of range per hour, this unit lets you recharge electric cars without leaving them charging overnight. The IP65 enclosure that the model incorporates is fire-retardant and sealed against dust and rain.

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in station

Power

230 V, 32 A

Charging Speed

Up to 40 km of range per hour

Connector Type

Type 2 (IEC 62196)

Cord Length

No cable included

Extras

Weatherproof housing (IP65 protection class), Built-in overload and leakage-current protection, Mounting hardware included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The supplied carry bag enables easy storage and transportation. The model is fine with extreme temperature conditions (anything from -30 to 50 degrees Celcius). The IP55 housing is protected from limited dust ingress, preventing harmful deposits. 

CONS

The connector is tight initially. 

OUR VERDICT

The K.H.O.N.S. Type 1 Portable EV Charger is compatible with American electric cars (including Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chevrolet Volt, and Teslas) as well Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander Phev, and more. This is the charger that you bring with you for emergencies.

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in charger

Power

230 V, 10 A

Charging Speed

Up to 13 km of range per hour

Connector Type

Type 1 (SAE J1772™)

Cord Length

~7.5 metres

Extras

Weatherproof housing (IP55 protection class), Built-in overload and leakage-current protection, Carry bag included

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The cable measures ~7.5 metres long, so you don't have to park especially close to the outlet. The TravelMaster™ connectors can turn Type-2 connectors into UK plugs, letting you recharge on the mainland and anywhere in Europe. 

CONS

The charger heats up during prolonged use. 

OUR VERDICT

The EVFUEL Type 2 Portable EV Charger Cable and Charging Box delivers a portable package with charging stations' output. Moreover, the IP44 housing will protect both accessories from rain and small solid objects (such as wires or nails).

detailed parameters
Type

Plug-in charger / charging cable 

Power

230 V, 32 A

Charging Speed

Up to 40 km of range per hour

Connector Type

Type 2 (IEC 62196)

Cord Length

~7.5 metres

Extras

Weatherproof housing (IP44 protection class), TravelMaster™ connectors (for changing Type-2 connector to UK plug), Built-in overload and leakage-current protection, Carry bag included

Warranty

2 years

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Rolec Type 2

Reducing Size Without Compromising Performance

The Rolec Type 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Unit is almost flawless. The white housing's easily soiled but it is also quite attractive. Besides this, this expensive but effective, efficient, and capable charging station has no noteworthy downsides.

First things first, its housing is weatherproof, with the IP65 protection class letting you leave the unit charging overnight even when it is raining outside. Constructed from hard-wearing polycarbonate, there's almost no chance the station will deform. Furthermore, it is UV stabilised, working alongside the integrated overload and fault current protection switches that electric car charging stations are not complete without nowadays.

The best thing about this unit is its size though. At 17.9 x 14.2 x 41.6 centimetres, this is the most compact EV charging station that offers the charging speed reaching 40 kilometres per hour. More often than not, the units that boast comparable charging speeds are much less space-saving.

In closing, the Rolec Type 2 Electric Vehicle Charging Unit will accommodate most people with electric vehicles and hybrid cars. But the people that will benefit even more from this product are the ones that are working with limited space.

Review of Rolec Type 2 EV/Electric Vehicle Charging Unit (32 Amp)

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Last updated price £419.99
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Morec (B20-BC-32A-T2)

More Sophisticated

The Morec B20-BC-32A-T2 looks a little more sophisticated than its competition. The polished housing, rounded edges, and LCD screen make this model as sleek as EV charging stations come. On this screen, you will find the vehicle's data during charging. It will display the charge state, including temperature, voltage, and current. However, the screen will not let you change the charging speed, which is a little unfortunate but, reaching 32 kilometres of range per hour, the speed will seldom disappoint anyway.

The mounting hardware that's fitted into the box includes hard-wearing screws that will prevent the screen from falling. Plus, the 6.1-metre cable will leave enough space between the vehicle and the charging unit. The package also includes a holder for the plug and a J-hook for the cable.

Nevertheless, its biggest standout feature is the power leveller, balancing the station when multiple electric devices are charging. Thanks to this implement, the unit can work under constant current, avoiding breakage and different safety hazards that come from current instability.

All things considered, the Morec B20-BC-32A-T2 gives you more information and makes sure that its operation remains safe.

Review of Morec (B20-BC-32A-T2) EV Charging Station (25 Amp)
Last updated price £465.99
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ASIN B07RLB6XQ2

 

QUBEV EVON0010

Premium Specs at a Budget Price

The QUBEV EVON0010 does not present the sleek front that the previous model presents nor does this charging station sport the first unit's compact design. Nevertheless, this station features the same high-end specs and costs almost two times less than its more expensive peers, making quite an appealing case.

Sure, the unit is bulky, but the heavy-duty ABS plastic that it is made from won't get brittle with time and has no problems with high temperatures. Its housing is also IP65 weatherproof, meaning that the model is fine with most elements, including total protection against dust and the biggest downpours.

Aside from the size, what makes the low-end price and the high-end specs possible is the fact that the mounting hardware that's shipped with the unit is a little fiddly, making installation difficult. Also, the shipment does not include a cable, but you can always purchase one separately for a few bucks.

The 'high-end' specs that we've alluded to a few times already refer to the 230-volt, 32-ampere output that gives you up to 40 kilometres of range per hour. With this output, the QUBEV EVON0010 boasts the best price-performance ratio on the market today. Plus, you can decrease the amperage, going with 6 amperes to minimise the load on the grid.

Review of QUBEV EVON0010 EV Charging Unit (32 Amp)
Last updated price £229.99
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ASIN B07WW6ZWVN

 

K.H.O.N.S. Type 1

Bring It With You

The K.H.O.N.S. Type 1 Portable EV Charger is not quite the station that the previous models are. No, this portable charger caps at 13 kilometres of range per hour, which is respectable considering its size. Needless to say, this is not something you install at home, this is something that smart EV owners should have with them at all times. What's more, the package includes a carry bag, making transportation even more hassle-free. Measuring ~7.5 metres, the cable lets you park practically anywhere around the charging unit, not keeping you as tied to the unit/station as most EV charging cables do.

Despite its humble beginnings, this model features an IP55 enclosure, protecting the internal components against limited dust ingress and ensuring no harmful deposits. With the second '5' referring to liquids, the result is that the enclosure can also handle the worst rain. Last but not least, there're multiple LED indicators that display the power, connector, charge, and fault status.

Of course, the product has its shortcomings too. But, apart from the connector being tight initially, we don't reckon most users will have problems with anything else, making the K.H.O.N.S. Type 1 Portable EV Charger an excellent portable solution.

Review of K.H.O.N.S. Type 1 Portable EV Charger Cable and Charging Box (13 Amp)
Last updated price £179.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07SY7YHLV

 

EVFUEL Type 2

Portable Package with Stationary Output

The EVFUEL Type 2 Portable EV Charger Cable and Charging Box sticks with the portable crowd but borrows its performance from charging stations. offering 40 kilometres of range per hour, this package recharges electric cars as fast as much less portable charging units. Of course, the difference here is that you can use the charger and the cable at home as well as anywhere else (as long as you can plug these bad boys in). That said, there's a pretty good chance you'll be able to do that, with credits going to the TravelMaster™ connectors that transform Type-2 connectors into UK plugs. With these, you can recharge your EV anywhere in the mainland or Europe.

The housing on these 2 charging accessories is not quite as robust, with the IP44 enclosure protecting them from rain but not from dust. However, the same enclosure will be able to shield the internal components from 1-millimetre solid objects like wires and nails, so that's something. Also, the charger heats up during prolonged use, but nothing serious. So, taking the package's portable nature and performance into account, the EVFUEL Type 2 Portable EV Charger Cable and Charging Box should leave even the most demanding drivers satisfied, especially those who are frequent travellers.

Review of EVFUEL Type 2 Portable EV Charger Cable and Charging Box (10/32 Amp)
Last updated price £449.00
Stock In stock
ASIN B08HMDH8W8

 

What Is an EV Charging Station?

Electric car charging stations, usually referred to as EV charging stations, where EV stands for electric vehicles, are these implements that support the charger and provide additional convenience benefits. What separates these stations from chargers is sometimes semantics alone, but we like to differentiate them based upon these additional convenience benefits that we've alluded to before.

These benefits can include compatibility with some mobile app that lets you set charging reminders, enable smart grid savings by scheduling charging during off-peak hours when the rates are the lowest, send you notifications when the vehicle is done charging, track the charging history, and more. We might also be talking about small benefits like security locks that prevent random people from accessing the charger and cable racks that, oddly enough, allow you to store the cable.

What does not separate stations from car chargers but does separate high-end models from budget products is the charging speed, usually hovering around 10 miles of range per hour with budget chargers and going as high as 30 miles of range per hour when you start approaching more expensive devices.

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Publish Date: 2020-10-21 18:05:16