It’ll make the most sense to many people to have their wallbox installed by an approved electrician sorted out through the maker or provider. You can utilize a qualified third-party electrician, but it’ll still need commissioning by an approved EV charge point installer Newport. Installing a wallbox isn't a DIY work.
The complexity of your wallbox installation and the time it’ll take depends on several factors. The easiest installations are usually where the wallbox is positioned close to the electricity meter. In these situations, the wallbox installation time could be as little as two hours
If you want – or need – the wallbox somewhere else, it could require a lot of your belongings to be lifted or furniture to be moved. But even in these cases, you should finished in around half a day.
It’s worth considering all this before you purchase, as some providers may charge an additional fee for ‘non-standard’ installations. What is deemed non-standard installations may vary, these include long cable runs, the covering of cables, running the cables at height or underground, or those requiring extra works to guarantee the safety of the installer and customer.
The first thing a wallbox installer will check is the condition of your home’s ground contact. Due to the power requirements of a wallbox charger, your house needs a good, solid earthing connection. It’s a fast job for the installer to check, but depending on their judgments, it could be the responsibility of you, your utility company or even UK Power Networks to upgrade. As a result, the operation could take days, weeks or even months to complete.
Next, the installer will review the rating of your home’s cut-out fuse. Several will be rated at 100 amps, while others will be rated at 60 amps. This won’t be a difficulty for most, but placing a wallbox charger on top of other power-hungry devices such as induction hobs, power showers or hot tubs could cause the fuse to trip, needing a reset.
If you have a 60-amp fuse, it’s smart to talk to your service provider from EV charge point installer Newport to update your fuse to 100 amps. This isn't something you should attempt yourself.
To reduce the risk of fuses falling out, wallboxes produced after January 1, 2019 contain a ‘fuse saver’. This is a smart bit of combined kit that reduces the power supplied to the car while keeping the same current to other electrical products. In practice, this means your induction hob and power shower will work as normal, but your car may take a little longer to charge – all in the interest of avoiding a ‘blown’ fuse. Get a smart home charging points Newport if you prefer.
Once the tests have been made, the installer will mount the wallbox by drilling a number of small holes and screwing the wallbox to your wall. A hole will be drilled into the wall leaving a length of armoured cable to be fed through. The position of this hole will depend on the wallbox’s location relative to the electricity meter and fuse box.
In some cases, the wire will run along the end of the wall. In other situations, the wire can run inside the home, although you’ll want to ensure it can be covered – the cable could measure 25mm in diameter and isn’t particularly flexible.
The installer will supply the armoured cable and fuse-saver wire through to the fusebox. This part of the process will need power for the home to be switched off. The cable will be attached to the main supply by a standalone RCD (residual current device). This bypasses the need for the installer to touch the present fuse boards, which lessens the risk of electrical supply issues elsewhere in the property.
It’s helpful to vacate the area in the proximity of the meter and fuse box to allow the installer good passage. Once it’s all attached, the installer will run some tests before acquiring the front of the wallbox in place. Electric car charger installation cost Newport.
Once the checks have been performed, the installer will install the wallbox by drilling several small holes and screwing the wallbox to the systems that offer some level of wi-fi connectivity, so you’ll need your broadband login details. The installer will attach the wallbox to your wi-fi, allowing you to observe the amount of power your car is taking. Finally, they’ll ask you to plug in your car to check it’s charging – and you’re all ready to go.
Most systems are fit with a smartphone app. You can even download this information to keep a proper record of your outgoings. Some providers have a website where you can access related information. Check out EV charge point installer Newport.
Depending on your service provider, you’ll be able to purchase several accessories at an extra cost. These include wires of different lengths, a key lock to restrict unauthorised use of your wallbox and a holster for managing the tethered wallbox cables tidy.
The four things you’ll need to have a wallbox installed:
Off-street parking: You can’t have cables running across the pavement, so you’ll need to have off-street parking for your car, with space for a wallbox charger. Seek help from Electric car charging point installer Newport.
Wi-fi: Most wallbox chargers have online services, available through smartphone apps or on the internet, which allows you to watch the number of power running through the charger into your car. It enables you to keep tabs on costs and the efficiency of your car and your driving.
The correct cables or adaptors: You can pick from tethered wallboxes, which have an combined cable, or untethered wallboxes, which need you to use your own cable. If it’s the former, you need to check it has the right plug for your car. If you have the latter, you need to guarantee you have your car’s charging cable with you.
A smartphone: Most wallbox providers give an app to tell you how much it’s getting to charge your car. If you don't have one, a smart meter can give you a good idea, too.
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