Buying EV Charging Cables: Pitfalls To Avoid

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When it comes to electric car charging cables, an astute electric car owner will focus on quality and performance over cheapest price. We at e-zoomed have an excellent range of high quality and high performance electric car charging cables, all priced very competitively!


For those of you new to electric car charging, we highly recommend a read of the following articles on the e-zoomed Electric Living Blog. For those keen to gain more knowledge to assist in buying EV charging equipment, read on!


3 Top Pitfalls To Avoid


1). Never Buy Cheap

Not all EV charging cables are the same. It is simply false economy to try and save a few quid on buying a cheaper cable, when in all probability the EV you own is worth over £30,000! Nor are we suggesting you buy the most expensive.

There is a always a balance between price and quality and charging cables are no different. The last thing you need is to have the EV charging cable stop working when you most need it. At e-zoomed we have put significant effort in sourcing EV cables that are well priced but also good quality.

EV cables on the e-zoomed Electric Living Shop are made from TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane), a higher quality material that is extremely flexible, durable and smooth to touch. Some of the advantages of TPU are:

  • High abrasion, wear, oil, radiation resistance
  • High elasticity
  • Strength
  • Good tactile properties
  • Easily coloured
  • Versatility
  • And can be sterilised

The e-zoomed EV cables are also thin and lightweight. In fact, some of our cables are the thinnest on the market. Perfect for carrying around for public EV charging or workplace EV charging.

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Excellent Design And Ergonomic EV Cables Available Via e-zoomed

These cables also have superior ergonomics and design by leveraging the fantastic properties of TPU (rubberised grip). Moreover all our cables are IP55 rated (water and dust), CE certified and TUV certified. The cables will operate in dusty conditions, resist low pressure water jets when mated. Please note that the charging process is not fully water sealed and the EV cables should not be submerged in water or operated in the rain!

EV cables that will work well for years to come and don’t break the bank!


2). The Shortest Length Is Never The Best Choice

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A High Quality EV Charging Cable Available Via e-zoomed

A number of customers seek the shortest length (2m EV charging cable) because it is the cheapest. However, most charging destinations (home or public) require an EV charging cable that is longer than 2m. In our experience customers should buy EV charging cables between 3.5m and 10m. We recommend a 5m charging cable. It is long enough to meet most charging needs, but compact enough to be carried and put away easily!

At e-zoomed we offer charging cables from 2m to 25m for single phase and three phase EV charging cables as standard. However, for those keen on a bespoke length or a longer EV charging cable, simply email us at shop@ezoomed.com.


3). A Lower Specification EV Charging Cable Is Never the Best Choice

As above, a number of electric car owners seek to buy a 16 amp EV charging cable, instead of a 32 amp EV charging cable. The reason is simple. The 16 amp is marginally cheaper! However, a 16 amp charging cable charges at 3.6kW, a much slower rate to a 32 amp EV charging cable that charges at 7.2 kW. An ampere is the unit for measuring electricity. The accepted standard unit used for measuring how fast an electric current flows is an example of an ampere.

Given the marginal price difference, it really makes much more sense to invest a little more and buy a 32 amp EV charging cable. As an example, at e-zoomed a 16 amp (5m) EV charging cable is priced at £177.95, while a 32 amp (5m) EV charging cable is priced at £179.95. It is certainly worth the extra £2 investment to reduce the time to charge your plug-in electric car!


Best Selling Electric Car Charging Cable: Which Type?


It should come as no surprise that Type 2 electric car charging cables are more popular than Type 1 EV charging cables. To see which type charging cable is suitable for your plug-in car, simply follow the above links. We have listed them in detail.

Most of the earlier generations of battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) use a type 1 to type 2 EV charging cable, while the latest generation of green cars like the award winning all-electric Nissan Leaf uses type 2 to type 2 EV charging cable.

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Lastly, we also encourage all EV owners to only buy high visibility charging cables to increase safety while charging. At e-zoomed we sell a wonderful range of brightly coloured high visibility cables, perfect for day and night charging.

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Webasto EV Charging Points Available Via e-zoomed

For those of you seeking to buy and install EV home charging points, we offer a vast range of high quality and high performance electric car charging points to include a seamless service of supply of product and installation at very competitive prices.


We at e-zoomed are more than happy to assist you buying your Next Green Car and with all your EV needs, to include:


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Author

Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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