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Yesterday we released this video:


Our new Smart+ offering is quite simply one of the smartest EV chargers on the market offering a range of innovative features for the driver and optimised by our award winning Kaluza platform.

A revolutionary smart charger for electric vehicles with variable charge rate up to 7kW fastcharging, controlled via the cloud by Kaluza energy management software.

Enjoy!

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I understood only DC units are chargers, AC units are simply smart sockets which can communicate with the charger in the car to set power levels.
My car can not use an external charger, would be nice as a bit quicker, just a standard smart socket or wallport.
The term charger as used here could be applied to a 3pin socket.
 

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Hi Spiny,

I understood only DC units are chargers, AC units are simply smart sockets which can communicate with the charger in the car to set power levels.
My car can not use an external charger, would be nice as a bit quicker, just a standard smart socket or wallport.
The term charger as used here could be applied to a 3pin socket.
Technically you are correct, however the EV industry generally uses the term charger for AC chargers (sockets) as well as not to over complicate it for many end users.

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Why don't I trust a company that produces a video with funerial music and only gets round to showing me a poor picture of the product in the closing seconds with incredibly little product information? What a waste of 2 minutes.
 

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Hi Orrery,

Why don't I trust a company that produces a video with funerial music and only gets round to showing me a poor picture of the product in the closing seconds with incredibly little product information? What a waste of 2 minutes.
Apologies that the music wasn't to your taste. It is to engage and suspense the viewer. It wasn't intended to give you a full breakdown of the Smart+, it was to reveal what we have been campaigning, that we were releasing something to market.

Please feel free to visit ChargedEV for a full breakdown of the charger and to see more pictures of it, too.

Thanks for your feedback.

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By conicidence I found this yesterday on your website and was chatting with support about it. Looks good, I think, seems a great price too.

Agree with @Orrery on the video though, it was a bit of an anticlimax. I imaging videos in that concept work well for big movie/tv franchises that already have an abundance of excitement, so that any release of material whips people into a frenzy, but for your product I think maybe try to include a bit more product detail next time. Especially as your target market at the moment is more likely than not ‘into’ EVs and wanting the details.

Was getting excited at this new smart charger, but when looked into it, you need to run a Ethernet cable from unit to your router or have a plug socket to plug into near the unit
I questioned them on this and apparently for £50 there’s a WiFi adapter that can be installed in the unit to pickup your house WiFi.
 

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That's strange, as i had a long chat about it with them and they adamant you need a cable. Wifi is in the unit but it's to connect to the app. To connect to your router first, it needs a cable they said only way due to security. My router is no where near where unit will go, so not a possiblity for me, which was disapointing as unit looks good.
 

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That's strange, as i had a long chat about it with them and they adamant you need a cable. Wifi is in the unit but it's to connect to the app. To connect to your router first, it needs a cable they said only way due to security. My router is no where near where unit will go, so not a possiblity for me, which was disapointing as unit looks good.
Ah, sounds like you might have gone into more detail than me. I just noticed in the specification table that “communications” lists “Ethernet, Wi-Fi (optional), Cellular Network (optional)” so I asked how much the WiFi cost and they said £50

If you are right then I suggest @ChargedEV provide their installation engineers with 50m Ethernet cables for installation! :)

Be interested to know what the cellular cost is, as that would save me putting a couple of wifi extenders in to reach the garage
 

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Hi All.

I led the design of these chargers.

From a reliability perspective, the preferred installation option is always wired Ethernet directly to your home router where possible.

There are what we call 'out of box' solutions to wifi and cellular comms.

The issue is that the wifi on domestic grade broadband routers these days is generally extremely poor quality and this makes the unit look like it is constantly dropping connection. There are also issues with re-pairing the device if the router or password is changed.

With cellular/mobile comms there is a potential coverage issue (no guarantee of a signal) latency is high and there is an ongoing cost for connectivity.

We have installed quite a few of these now with Powerline adapters (also known as PLC, Ethernet over power, etc) which uses the AC wiring in your house to pass data. This works well in most scenarios where a direct Ethernet connection is not possible. With an EVSE install, an AC cable is already run from the EVSE to the consumer unit/meter cabinet. Running another cable alongside it for Ethernet is fairly trivial. The Powerline adaptor can then be plugged in near the consumer unit or even an extra socket fitted next to it. the other end simply plugs in by the router.

This is what this solution looks like for me at home (running well since August). Powerline adaptor on the router plug. There is another behind my fridge which is immediately next to the consumer unit. The Ethernet cable runs with the AC feed to the charger.


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We have installed quite a few of these now with Powerline adapters (also known as PLC, Ethernet over power, etc) which uses the AC wiring in your house to pass data.
I use these in the house already, they’ve come on lots in recent years and work great!

In my install the garage power will be taken from the meter box outside rather than the house CU; I thought powerline capabilities would be limited to a CU? I.e. it wouldn’t be capable of sharing from the house CU to garage CU through the henley blocks in the meter box? Might have to do a bit of googling...
 

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Hi Guys,

Can this unit be installed without an earth rod, like Zappi and Podpoint?
No

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Hi Guys,

Can this unit be installed without an earth rod, like Zappi and Podpoint?
Yes, they can now fit these using a device called a Matt-e. It incorporates the same function looking for earth leakage etc but sits external to the smart+. It’s bulky and ugly to say the least but it does the job when an earth rod cannot.

 

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I use these in the house already, they’ve come on lots in recent years and work great!

In my install the garage power will be taken from the meter box outside rather than the house CU; I thought powerline capabilities would be limited to a CU? I.e. it wouldn’t be capable of sharing from the house CU to garage CU through the henley blocks in the meter box? Might have to do a bit of googling...
Yes they can. Mine run an awful long way through lots of protective devices. So through a ring main circuit, MCB, RCD, 25mm Tails, 100A Isolator, RCBO, 10m of 10mm 3core SWA, another RCD, MCB and finally another ring man in the garage. If anyone has picked up on it yes there are 3 RCD devices in one sub main. But it is what it is and it’s inconvenient not unsafe in my view.
So yes powerline adaptors can really go a long way.
 
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