A portable electric car charger will allow you to charge your electric vehicle at any time and any place. If you have bought an electric car and the range is not long enough to cover your journey or maybe you are interested in purchasing an electric car, but put off by the fear of running out of charge.
If you are in either of these situations don’t worry there is a solution for you. You can carry a portable electric charging station, but which one is best for you. In this blog, we review the best portable EV chargers on the market available for you to purchase:
SparkCharge – Portable Charging Station for Electric Vehicles
The spark charge was one of the first portable EV chargers on the market. The SparkCharge splits into two pieces the top half is the charger that can charge an electric car at speeds up to 20kw. The bottom half of the SparkCharge unit is the battery pack and it connects into one seamless portable charging unit for electric cars. The cool part about this product is it can be used like Lego blocks, to connect multiple batteries to provide a longer charge for your vehicle. This would eliminate the need to get towed or be stuck on the side of the road.
The SparkCharge Portable Car Charger can be charged in a range of ways, but the most energy-efficient way this device can be charged is via solar power. In effect, this means that you could charge your electric car for free! This is a small and lightweight device that can fit into the boot of your electric car, meaning you don’t need to bring much equipment with you when you embark on a long-distance commute.
The benefit of the charger being portable means, they can be delivered to an EV driver when required even if you don’t own a unit yourself. With this device you can add up to 5 different modules, each adding 10-15 miles of charge, meaning the total range of the unit is a pretty impressive 75 miles!
- 1 mile every 60 seconds
- Portable electric car charging unit
- Allows 70-75 miles of charge
- Cost – The smallest unit is £7,000
- Not available to the domestic market
EV Rescue Portable Electric Vehicle Charging System
The product name EV rescue has been brought to the market with the goal of eliminating the requirements of tow trucks to rescue electric cars that haven’t had enough range to reach there destination. The British company has released the UKs first “100% portable EV power” and it is on sale to customers.
The unit is non tethered charging station allowing you to recharge cars using a Type 1 and Type 2 charging cable. This portable EV charging station can charge an electric car at the rate of 1 mile per 3 minutes, so slightly slower then the SparkCharge unit. The EV rescue charging unit can charge at 2 speeds depending which grid the charging cable is connected to. In total the unit will charge up to 15 miles, this should give you sufficient charge to reach the nearest public charging station.
- Get up to 15 miles of charge
- Both Type 1 and Type 2 electric cars can be charged
- Cost effective solution for recovery vehicles
- Display shows the units power level
- Even though the unit is portable, it is still quite large and wouldn’t fit into a standard car
- Slower charge speeds
- Product targets the commercial market
EV CubiCharge Portable EV Charger
Rolec have released a portable EV charger targeting the domestic market. This portable car charging station can be used for both temporary charging or emergency measures. Perfect if you are travelling a long distance, or you are able to charge your car at night. These portable EV charging stations come in handy when EV charging stations aren’t as common as electric car drivers would like. The advantages about this product is that it is available in a 1 way, 2 way or 3 way unit allowing you to charge multiple vehicles at once. It is ideal for use around car showrooms, events, emergencies or pretty much anywhere you can benefit from a portable charger.
- Easy to transport and set up
- Cost effective vs competitors
- 3 Phase model is available
- No smart charging app
- Doesn’t mention the range it offers
Advantages of a portable EV charger?
Portable electric car chargers are a relatively new arrival on the EV scene and they could make all the difference. For many new adopters of electric motoring, range anxiety is often found lurking at the back of the driver’s mind. A portable charger will suit the majority of vehicles that utilise Type 1 or Type 2 charging cables. It’s a great idea, so what’s to stop a driver carrying one in the boot?
Well, some models can be very expensive and any will add weight to a car; never a good thing. People who drive very long distances as part of their work may find it useful to carry one as a stop-gap, but perhaps the idea is a bit over the top for most domestic motoring. If range is of concern day to day then it is best to ensure a regular regime is adopted to ensure the vehicle is at maximum charge whenever possible. That said, a smaller lighter unit might provide some peace of mind for family motoring, say. Home charging stations however are a must-have and, say, an app that identifies where public charging points are available in any given area. By keeping an eye on consumption just as a driver would a petrol gauge, there’s no reason to worry about range.
The good news is that motoring and breakdown organisations are beginning to equip their service vehicles with a portable charger that connects to the popular EV connectors. That way, in extremis, a driver knows that his provider can come out to deliver a power boost at the roadside much as they would with a jerry can for a petrol or diesel car, to get the stranded motorist on their way again. It seems likely that as electric car use grows so garages and dealerships will routinely add portable electric chargers to their service vehicles. Similarly hire car providers could have them available for customers in an emergency and business users could make them a vital part of on-board fleet equipment to ensure their vehicles can get to a regular recharging point or back to base.