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Best charging networks please and do we need the plastic cards for all of them or do phone apps work?

We just set out to find charging stations for our new EV (waiting for home charger to be installed). Tried 6 points in two towns. 3 not working, 3 not taking money. Came home again, bit annoyed and very wet.
We have the BP Pulse app on the phone but the charging point didn't 'wake up' in response to this.
 

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I think Instavolt and Osprey are up there - you can charge from both with just a contactless card or use their respective apps.

Are you using Zapmap to research chargers around you?
 

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I think Instavolt and Osprey are up there - you can charge from both with just a contactless card or use their respective apps.

Are you using Zapmap to research chargers around you?
Yes, we've used Zapmap (is that the best one?) although we live in the sticks so choices are limited. We made the mistake of going for the BP Pulse app because so many of the points seemed to use their charging stations but we have since found threads on here that basically repeat all of the problems that we found (no 'stop charging' button on the app(!), no answer from 'helpline etc). I'd certainly rather just make a contactless payment and avoid the apps where possible - keep it simple.
 

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Whilst BP Pulse is the worst network out there, I have always had a reply from the helpline so that’s unusual. They are the only ones i’d Have a rfid card for - for the rest, apps work well, as long as you (and therefore the post) have a good signal.

I do object to be pulse charging a monthly charge for the card though - for my very occasional use it’s too dear, so I just call them
 

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The best charge network is the one with chargers on the routes you use. Apps are useful but you really don't want to be fiddling around with your phone at the charger when it is raining collect RFID cards instead. Chargepoint app/card gives you access to their own plus Osprey, Instavolt and a few others and doesn't require any deposit or connection fee. See if your electricity provider gives any particular account/card that charges to your electricity bill, Octopus have the Electric Juice card for instance..
 

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Add plugshare app
some cars allow it to work via car-play etc

with the bp pulse app, scroll down on the window when charging has started, to see an End Charge large button. It’s not obvious, I found it by chance.
However that does stop you from accidentally hitting it, when having locked car, walked off putting phone in pocket.
 
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The best charge network is the one with chargers on the routes you use. Apps are useful but you really don't want to be fiddling around with your phone at the charger when it is raining collect RFID cards instead. Chargepoint app/card gives you access to their own plus Osprey, Instavolt and a few others and doesn't require any deposit or connection fee. See if your electricity provider gives any particular account/card that charges to your electricity bill, Octopus have the Electric Juice card for instance..

Thank you. I took your advice and opened a Chargepoint account. Card on its way.
 

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Which apps are the best or most used? I will driving approximately 30 k a year and lots of different road types but mainly the bottom half of the country.
 

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Try the Electric Juice card from Octopus Energy.
They do not have pre authorisation fees like some and covers a number of charging networks.
Zap-map is great for finding chargers.
 
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