Complete guide to Pod Point home chargers
Dating back to 2009, Pod Point is a long-established vendor of charging points for electric and plug-in hybrid cars in UK. In over a decade of operation, it has fitted more than 70,000 points in public, workplace and home locations, making it one of the biggest players on the market.
Pod Point's 'Solo' is its only offering for home wallbox buyers, but there are three distinct versions and two mounting options. You can choose from either tethered or untethered (which refers to whether the box comes with or without a charging cable attached).
In September 2020, Pod Point opened the largest electric vehicle charging hub on the UK rail network at Hatfield Station in Hertfordshire, with 27 charging points available.
Pod Point Solo home wallbox charger
Referring to the Pod Point Solo as a 'wallbox charger' is actually slightly misleading, because the make 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 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 3.6kW, 7kW and 22kW versions, although the latter requires a three-phase electricity supply, which can be a costly upgrade for the average householder. Pod Point chargers have load balancing that monitor your property’s electrical consumption and controls the car 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 plug 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 and provides up to 90 miles per hour.
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 the company's www.pod-point.com website.