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So finally had a proper charge point installed today by those nice folk at The Pheonix Works and thought I would post some feedback on the forum as this seems to be a new unit, I was already talking to them about a charge point but when I saw the new EO Charging option they offer I went for that, see the deal here: OLEV EVHS - from July 2016 - New product promotion!

EO Charging (eo Charging - Electric Car Park Charging Specialists) are a UK based company, who seem dedicated to the cause - and cheaper than the alternate options.

I have to say that dealing with @Thomas_Newby and Pheonix Works from start to finish was great, I have a detached garage and as the house consumer unit was full a new feed was needed, but I wasn't really happy with a short sighted solution to install a single EVSE on a bit of cable suited only to its needs as other companies had suggested.

I approached Thomas who agreed that they were happy for me to do the ground works (read Donkey Work!) to put in a new substantial cable round the house to the garage, so I was not paying a qualified electrician to dig a hole or pull up the garden path. This means that with a new fuse board in the garage the new charger could be installed, but that there is capacity in future to add a second charger without changing the infrastructure down the road (pardon the pun).

Clint from Phoenix Works did a great job today to install the new charger, and the unit itself is quite smart and compact, I went for a 32A socket version. Its an interesting design as the base is wired in then the unit slots on to mount - I can see the immediate advantage that in the unlikely even the unit has a problem it can be slid of the unit and swapped out easily with a replacement.

Charger has a light up "EO" logo that is flashing blue when not connected, flashing green when connected but not charging (car on timer) and green when charging. I can't speak to the longevity having only had it installed today, but its nice and compact and easy to use.

No real negatives so far, only minor niggle is that cable has to enter from the bottom but in most external installs that is probably where its coming from anyway, and the conduit they put in is pretty neat and tidy.

Any questions ask away!
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Children like the flashing logo I quickly learnt...
 

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I have just two comments.

1) I get annoyed with the frequent quote about these EO chargers being "cheaper than the alternatives" as I believe Rolec are generally cheaper.

2) Bunching the cable like that will allow it to overheat - please don't do this :(
 

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1) Well, EO charger installed price was cheaper than Rolec installed price in my case, other's circumstances/experiences may vary. Rolec headline price is £149 vs EO £199 (both +VAT) - so your right your looking advertised not the actual installed price from quotes.

2) Yes that's very bad practice! Just taken the Type1-2 out of the Nissan box and plugged it in to check it all worked, I unplugged it few minutes later and cut the tape off to uncoil it all.

I think another part of the price equation is making sure you get someone who know's what they are doing, when I got quotes it quickly became clear that me having a better understanding of the earthing requirements (as a "read some stuff on the internet expert") than some of the "qualified electricians" was a bit worrying.

Just like flying through hyperspace is not like dusting crops, installing an EVSE is not like boshing a outside socket on a wall from a spur. @Thomas_Newby reply to my thread Installing your own charger & Part P sign-off - anyone tried? gave a good summary of the behind the scenes work.
 

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Can you turn the flashing logo off? I wouldn't want that attracting attention of passers by who may be tempted to fiddle...
Not that I am aware of (excluding gaffer tape), not a problem for me installed inside a garage.
 

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Just had one these EO units installed by Clint from PhoenixWorks. Thoroughly professional job and nothing was too much trouble. Also a really nice guy- even gave me some MCBs for my geriatric consumer unit FOC !
Clint and the PhoenixWorks are highly recommended!
 

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Yes, if you install it inside the door of the garage it needs to be TT earth (rod) to avoid risk of you earthing the street through a puddle in a fault on the supply. My garage was off the house on PME TN-C-S I think its called, but when the new consumer unit and sub main went in, the whole garage was moved over to TT earth on a rod.

You see some installers put a rod in beneath the unit, but you should not still be able to reach any other outlet not on the rod... like all the electrical regs it seems its all in the interpretation ;-)
 

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Sorry to revive an old thread , but how are you getting on with your chargers ?

I have had one replaced as it was tripping out, the new one has been good for a few months untill it has also tripped.

Just wondering how all yours are going ?
 

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Hello, nearly 20 months on ours is still going strong, not had any problems (looks worried at posting this!)
 

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Reopening this thread as I am looking at getting a basic EO installed in my garage. What I am looking to do is have it installed inside the garage (on a side brick wall) but the cable would be long enough to reach outside on rare occasions when my EV is parked outside.

Can someone clarify the following statements regarding earthing:

Yes, if you install it inside the door of the garage it needs to be TT earth (rod) to avoid risk of you earthing the street through a puddle in a fault on the supply. My garage was off the house on PME TN-C-S I think its called, but when the new consumer unit and sub main went in, the whole garage was moved over to TT earth on a rod.

You see some installers put a rod in beneath the unit, but you should not still be able to reach any other outlet not on the rod... like all the electrical regs it seems its all in the interpretation ;-)
I would have thought installing inside would require less stringent earthing but reading the above seems otherwise. The installer who came around to inspect told me he will be a rod beneath the unit but there was no mention of a TT earth rod.
 

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Our unit still going strong.

If they install a local Earth you will be fine. Earth rod = TT earth. If your house supply is something else it will not be connected to the EVSE
 
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