Complete guide to Pod Point home chargers
Find out all you need to know about the Pod Point Solo 3 home wallbox charger for electric cars
Pod Point was established in 2009 and since then has manufactured over 137,000 charging points installed at public, workplace and home locations across the UK for electric and plug-in hybrid cars, including the Pod Point network of public chargers in Tesco car parks.
The 'Solo 3' model is the company's only current offering for home wallbox buyers. There are three versions and two mounting options to pick from. You can choose from three outputs (3.6, 7 or 22kW), and whether it's 'tethered' or 'untethered' (which refers to whether the box comes with or without a charging cable attached).
As of January 2022, prices including installation started at £799 – this is due to the the government's Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) £350 grant no longer being available to those in single-occupancy properties with dedicated off-street parking.
Pod Point Solo 3 home wallbox charger
Referring to the Solo 3 as a 'wallbox charger' is slightly misleading, because the company can also supply a stand, which gives you more options when it comes to installation. The unit itself is identical wherever you mount it. The Solo 3 is circular, measures about 35cm in diameter and is 15cm deep. It has a centrally mounted Type 2 socket accessed by lifting a flap. The unit's case is a blend of dark and light grey plastic, and looks and feels more than up to the job of daily charging.
You can choose from 3.6, 7 and 22kW versions, although the latter requires a three-phase electricity supply, which can be a costly upgrade for the average UK household. Pod Point chargers have load-balancing function that monitors your property’s electricity consumption and controls the charger to ensure it never exceeds a safe level, meaning 7kW units can be installed at almost every property.
The 3.6kW version is 1.6 times faster than charging from a three-pin socket and should add up to 15 miles of range per hour, while the 7kW model is three times faster than a three-pin, promising up to 30 miles of range per hour. The 22kW Solo is 10 times faster than a three-pin and provides up to 90 miles per hour charging.
All versions are wi-fi-enabled, which allows over-the-air software updates for the life of the unit, and they can communicate with a smartphone app. Once you’ve entered your energy cost per unit, it can display the amount of power and the cost of your electricity every time you connect, helping you keep tabs on your outgoings even if you don’t have a smart meter.
You can also schedule specific times when you want your car to charge via the Pod Point app. This will help you save money when charging at home if you tell your Pod Point to charge during off-peak hours when energy rates become cheaper.
The unit is covered by a three-year warranty and the cost includes ‘standard’ installation, but you may have to pay extra for a more complex installation. Pod Point says 90% of its customers qualify for standard installation.
Pod Point will perform a remote survey before your installation and carry out a more thorough survey when the installer arrives. A number of accessories are offered, including charging cables, plug holsters and a key lock if you’re concerned about unauthorised use of your charger. For more information on Pod Point’s products, visit the company's website at www.pod-point.com. For more information on home chargers, read our guide to finding the right wallbox for you here.
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