Buyers Guide

Can I charge an electric car at home?

Yes, you can, in fact, most of the electric car owners prefer to charge their vehicles at home instead of queuing and paying at commercial charging stations. Charging at home is viable in several ways and all you have to do is to plug-in your vehicle at night and your car will be fully charged in the morning, with a domestic charging station. You will either need a dedicated home charging unit or an EVSE for the 3-pin plug socket to charge your car at home.

Charging through a home charging point:

Installing a dedicated home charging point is an effective, convenient, fast and secure way to charge your electric car. All you have to do is to connect your EV to the charging point using an ev charging cable, switch it on and you’re done. These smart charging points are designed to automatically switch off, once the battery is 100% charged. Some charging units even update their users about the amount of electricity used on charging.

These home charging points are fully weatherproofed therefore they are safe to be mounted in the open. Built-in safety features of the home-charge units protect the EV; moreover, the overload protection circuitry and the direct connection to the fuse board will protect the circuits from additional load. You will need services of specialist installers to install a dedicated charging point at home.

Charging through 3-pin plug:

Charging your EV through a standard 3-pin socket at home is an extremely convenient way to recharge your car, but this should be a backup charging option and car owners shouldn’t use this mean of charging for the long term. For charging through a standard socket, you’ll only need the EVSE and then plug it in the socket; the power supply from there will be sufficient to fully charge the vehicle in 10 – 12 hours.

Time it takes to charge EV at home:

Two aspects determine the time that’ll be required to fully charge your electric car; these are the charging capacity of the EV’s battery and the power output of the home charging point.

Usually, home charging units charge at either 3.6 kW or 7 kW and provide almost 15-30 miles of range per hour. A 7 kW charging unit will charge 3 times faster than a standard 13 amp socket while the 3.6 kW charging unit will recharge the car 60% faster than the standard socket.

3-pin socket will charge the electric car at 2.3 kW which will provide as low as 3 miles of range per hour and maximum it has the capacity to offer up to 8 miles of range per hour (depending upon the model of the car and capacity of the battery). So you can buy the perfect EV Cable for your car from EV Cable Shop and start charging your car from home today.

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