Complete guide to Pod Point home chargers
Founded in 2009, Pod Point is one of the more established providers of electric-car charging points in the UK. It has sold more than 40,000 private, public and workplace charging points – one of a relatively small number of providers to do so.
Pod Point offers one charger for the home market, but it comes in three different versions, and with two mounting options. Buyers can choose from tethered and untethered options – the difference being tethered units have their own charging cable attached to the unit; untethered versions require you to use your own.
Pod Point Solo home wallbox charger
To call the Pod Point Solo a wallbox charger is slightly misleading, because Pod Point 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 Pod Point Solo is a circular unit, about 35cm in diameter and 15cm deep, and with a centrally-mounted Type 1/Type 2 socket accessed by lifting a flap. The unit 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 householder.
Most buyers will choose the 3.6 or 7kW Solo charger, although we recommend paying a little more for the higher-output version, as it significantly cuts charging time.
The 3.6kW version is 1.6 times faster than charging from a three-pin plug and should add up to 15 miles of range per hour (RPH), while the 7kW model is three times faster than a three-pin, promising up to 30RPH. The 22kW Solo is 10 times faster and provides up to 50RPH.
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.
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 look after your wallbox grant paperwork, and will perform a remote survey before your installation, and 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 pod-point.com