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Has anyone upgraded their charger from Type 1 to Type 2?

If so, can any grant be claimed?

It already a dedicated supply from the fuseboard etc etc, so the install should be much easier....

Fingers crossed!

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Has anyone upgraded their charger from Type 1 to Type 2?

If so, can any grant be claimed?

It already a dedicated supply from the fuseboard etc etc, so the install should be much easier....

Fingers crossed!

Thanks.
You just need to change the lead. I don't think you get a grant for that. :)
 

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Has anyone upgraded their charger from Type 1 to Type 2?

If so, can any grant be claimed?

It already a dedicated supply from the fuseboard etc etc, so the install should be much easier....

Fingers crossed!

Thanks.

If replacing the charger it may not be as simple as you think, the rules of installation have changed a lot of the last few years, your existing charger may only be a 16A so if your going for a 32A then the existing cabling etc may need upgrading.

Not sure how you can check if an OLEV grant was used to install your existing charger so cant help there.
 

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Changing the cable on a Rolec is a piece of cake. Just 4 wires into screw terminals. Should cost you no more than half an hour of a decent electrician’s time.

You do need to make sure you get the correct rated cable for the Rolec you have though (16 or 32 Amp) and you will need the fly ends of the tethered cable to be crimped - twisted conductors directly into the Rolec terminal blocks will simply overheat at close to 32A. An electrician worth his/her salt would have the necessary crimping tool.

Also, you would not be able to ‘park’ the type 2 plug into the wallpod without changing the type 1 dummy socket to a type 2.
 

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My experience of Rolec cables are that they aren't great, TBH, the one I had twisted up internally and ended up looking like it was full of knots. I'm not a fan of Chinese cable in general, and especially not the Chinese stuff that Rolec use.

Agree with all the above about this being a dead easy and quick job, and the new cable does need ferrules crimped on the ends, easy enough to do and any electrician should have a ferrule tool and box of assorted ferrules. It's perhaps worth buying a cheap ferrule kit like this one for less than £8, delivered: 1200X Crimp Tool W/ Bootlace Ferrule Crimper Plier Wire Terminal Connector Kits | eBay as ferrules make a tidy job of terminating any stranded wire.

The very best cables I've found come from these people: Unique Tesla charging cables - evChargeking I have no connection with them at all, other than as a customer.

Their cable is European made, very tough and quite stiff, so doesn't tend to get tangled or twisted, like some of the very soft cables. Buying a cable with the connector already fitted makes the job nice and easy to do, as most of the time is spent crimping the terminal pins within the connector, a job that needs a pretty heavy duty crimping tool.
 

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Just be cautious when buying cable. I got my fingers burned recently buying from one of the above supposedly "British" suppliers, only to find that the cable was Chinese crap , specifically, cable made by "Chang Zhou Painuo Electron Co Ltd". I have 5 or 6m of it that anyone that wants it can have for free, as I don't trust it further than I could throw it. (Clue: It didn't come from EcoHarmony).
 

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When I moved from the Ampera to the Zoe I sold my 16A Type 1 charger (Polar) on ebay and bought a Podpoint 32A Type 2. The existing cabling meant it had to be downrated to 20A but the plan was to use at 32A when we moved house.

The cost to change wasn't much more than buying a new tethered cable and it was a quick and easy swap - by my electrician.
 
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