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Mobile home charger electric car

With a mobile charger (also called a home charger), you can easily charge your hybrid or electric car via a normal power socket at home or at another location.

A mobile home charger is also very well suited as a back-up solution for an all-electric car. It is always handy to have a mobile charger in your electric car for when your battery is running low and you are away from home. Charging at home via the wall socket is obviously slower, but it is still often sufficient, especially for a hybrid or electric car with a smaller battery. 

Mobile chargers are compact, so you can easily take them with you. You can thus charge your electric car at any time and anywhere there is a power socket. You are not completely dependent on charging stations, because you always have your own charging station with you.

You can get a mobile charger for less than 200 euros. See below for more information on the options if you want to buy a charger for a hybrid or electric car.

Price

Between € 179 and € 699

Payload

3.7 kW - 22 kW

Cable length

5m - 15m

Watertightness

Very high with IP65

Socket type

Normal socket

Charging point plug

Schuko plug or CEE plug

Type of car plug

Type 1 en Type 2

Warranty period

24 - 36 months, depending on model

Number of amps per phase

6A - 32A (note: not every socket is suitable for 16A charging)

 

Difference between type 1 and type 2 mobile home charger

There are two types of plugs for an electric car: a type 1 plug and a type 2 plug. Nowadays, almost all brands of electric cars use type 2 Mennekes plug. Older Asian and American car models in particular use type 1 plug connectors. We have briefly listed the differences for you.

 

Type 1

Type 2

Number of pins

5

7

Most common

America / Asia

Europe

Number of phase charges

1-phase charging

Both 1-phase and 3-phase charging

Charging capacity

3,7 kW or 7,4 kW 

3.7 kW, 7.4 kW, 11 kW or 22 kW

Want to know if your electric car has a type 1 or type 2 plug?

Go to our overview of all car brands and plug type.

Most popular mobile home chargers

ChargeXpert adjustable mobile EV charger | type 2 - schuko plug | 6-16A

This mobile charger is suitable for any hybrid or electric car with type 2 plug.

Price: € 219

Warranty: 2 years

Pros:

  1. With this charger you can charge at 10A which any socket can
  2. Adjustable charging capacity up to 3.7 kW (6A, 8A, 10A, 13A or 16A)
  3. Very high water resistance with IP65
  4. Protection against over- and undervoltage, short circuit, overheating and DC leakage
  5. One of the few mobile chargers in the market available in 5, 10 and 15 charging cable

Cons:

  1. No storage bag included
  2. Not controllable via app

 

Ratio mobile EV charger | type 2 - schuko plug | 6 - 13A 

This mobile charger is suitable for any hybrid or electric car with type 2 plug.

Price: € 349

Pros:

  1. Cheapest charging solution
  2. Very high water resistance with IP65
  3. Protection against over- and under voltage, short circuit, overheating and DC leakage
  4. Available in different lengths

Cons:

  1. Not adjustable in power
  2. Not every socket can handle 16A for long periods of time
  3. No storage bag

 

Besen PCD020 adjustable mobile EV charger | type 2 - schuko plug | 10 -16A | 6 meter

Price: €225

Pros:

  1. Adjustable power
  2. Length of 6 metres
  3. Very high water tightness with IP66 protection rating
  4. 24-month warranty
  5. Good value for money

Cons:

  1. Only 2 power ratings available (10A and 16A)
  2. Not every socket can handle 16A for long periods of time
  3. Not available in different lengths

 

What does a mobile home charger cost?

Between €179 and €699. The price depends on, among other things:

  1. Payload. The higher the load capacity the higher the purchase price. 
  2. Amperage. For mobile chargers where you can switch between different amperages, you pay more than for mobile chargers where you have only one amperage setting. Switching between amperes is useful to avoid overcharging.
  3. Functionalities. The more extensive functionalities the higher the purchase price.

What is the charging speed of a mobile home charger?

Charging your electric car at home via the wall socket can take anywhere from a few hours to up to 30 hours. This is because the maximum charging speed of a mobile home charger depends on several factors. Consider:

  1. The charging capacity of the mobile charger
  2. The usable* battery capacity of the car
  3. Your connection at home (1-phase or 3-phase connection)
  4. The cable

The charging capacity of mobile chargers ranges between 3.7 kW and 22 kW. Usually, the higher the charging capacity of the charger, the faster your electric car can be charged.

But the usable battery capacity of the car plays an important role. You can obviously charge a car with a smaller usable battery capacity faster. For example, the Kia Niro PHEV hybrid's battery has a usable capacity of 7.1 kWh. But a Tesla Y has a usable battery capacity of around 72 kWh. Charging a Tesla Y entirely from a wall socket would take you around 30 hours.

There, the quality of the charging cable and your connection also play a role in the charging speed.

Check your car and mobile home charger specifications for more information on charging speed.

*We use the term "usable battery capacity" and not "battery capacity" because batteries have a buffer to increase their lifespan and prevent battery failure.

Difference between home EV charger and mobile EV charger

 

Pro's

Cons

Mobile charger

Not dependent on public charging points

Charging at home via wall socket

Takes up little space

Portable and compact and therefore convenient for travelling

From € 179

Charges less quickly than charging station

Mobile 16A chargers are not suitable for every socket

Less suitable for charging electric cars with a large battery capacity

EV Charger home


Charging is faster with charging station

With charging station, you are not dependent on public charging points

Higher purchase price

Installation and additional costs

You often need to increase the load on your meter box

Socket or charging station?

If you assume 12 hours of charging per day with 2.3 kW, you can charge 27.6 kWh daily via the socket. According to ANWB, this is enough to drive about 125 to 150 kilometres with an average electric car. If this is enough for you, you could limit yourself to buying a mobile charger.

With a charging station of, say, 11 kW, you can charge 132 kWh in 12 hours. That's enough to fully charge any new electric car model and drive long distances. So a fixed charging point at home is definitely a good idea if you drive long distances, don't want to depend on public charging stations and your electric car has a large battery.

What do customers say about our mobile home chargers?

To help you find the right charger for your electric car, our customers leave reviews. You can find the reviews on the product pages.


ChargeXpert mobile home charger from € 199 

Henk van Dorp gives 4 stars out of 5:
'Not pretty, but it does what it needs to do and is the cheapest I could find on the internet. Thanks EV Charger discounter'

Pieter Jan K. gives this mobile charger 5 stars out of 5:
'Great mobile home charger at a nice price!'

 

What is the quality of mobile home chargers?

Our mobile home chargers all have a very high waterproof rating of IP65. They also offer protection against over- and undervoltage, short circuit, overheating and DC leakage. They meet all European quality requirements. 

What is the difference between different brands of mobile home chargers? 

We have three brands of mobile chargers in our range for charging electric vehicles at home via the wall socket. To give you an idea of the differences between these brands, we have compared the cheapest chargers of each brand.

 

Besen

ChargeXpert

Ratio Electric

Price from

€ 225

€ 179

€ 349

Plug type

Type 2

Type 2

Type 2

Number of phases

1 fase

1 fase

1 fase

Maximum load capacity

3.7 kW

3.7 kW

3 kW

Load point plug

Schuko plug

Schuko plug

Schuko plug

Power

Adjustable: 10A / 16A

16 A

Adjustable: 6A /10A /13A

Cable length

6 m

5 m / 10 m / 15 m

5 m

Anti-theft system

Yes

NoNo

Dimensions (h x w x d) excluding cable

19 x 7 x 4,5 cm 

24,5 x 10 x 5,5 cm 21,5 x 11 x 5 cm

Warranty

24 months

24 months

36 months

 

Frequently asked questions about the mobile home charger 

Can you use a charging cable Type 1 to Type 2 plug? 

In principle, not, but you can possibly use an adapter for a type 1 socket on the car side and charging points with fixed type 2. Contact us for the possibilities, free of charge. 

Can you use the mobile home charger in a normal socket? 

Yes, with a mobile charger you can charge your electric car via a normal socket - i.e. at 220/230 volts. 

What should you consider when charging your car from a normal socket? 

1. Socket limitation
Via a standard socket, you often cannot charge 3.7 kWh (16A). So always check the socket itself, but especially the wiring behind it. The danger also lies in the fact that it may work fine at first, but because the power cable of the socket is overloaded for a long time, there is a high risk of fire. This is why many mobile chargers are made to charge less than 16A, sometimes even as little as 6A. Most sockets can charge at least up to 2.3 kWh (10A). So a 16A mobile charger is not suitable for all sockets. 

2. Power consumption of charger and other devices
Consider the consumption of power in the same group. You can often load a group in your metre cupboard with a maximum of 16A. If the mobile charger is in the same group together with many other electrical devices, it makes sense to use less than 16A. 

3. The right cable and plug
Make sure your cable is for the right type of car (type 1 or 2) and is the right length. This is because you cannot put your mobile home charger on a normal extension cord. Is the cable of your mobile home charger too short? We have special extension cables in our range of 10 or 15 meters lengths. Are long lengths also available? No. This is because communication with the car can no longer be guaranteed at more than 15 meters. Please note, the longer the cable, the more power you lose. This can cause up to 10% power loss.

Do you need to modify your meter box for a mobile charger?

No, if your home charger uses a maximum of 10A, you do not need to adapt your meter box, provided there are not too many electrical devices in the same group. If your mobile charger consumes 16A or more, you do need a separate group in your meter cupboard.

Many houses still have a single-phase connection. You can check this by looking at the electricity meter in your meter box. If it says 220/230V, you have a single-phase connection. A 3-phase connection can be recognised as 3x 220/230 or 380/400V.

When you buy a home charger, it may be worth upgrading your mains connection to a 3-phase connection. For example, when you:

  • In addition to your mobile charger, use other heavy appliances at the same time, such as an induction hob. 
  • Your electric car can handle charging via 3 x 16A. Popular new, popular electric car models support 3 x 16A.

When in doubt about upgrading your mains connection, always seek advice from certified installers.

What is the difference between a Schuko plug and CEE plug?

A Schuko plug is the standard plug, suitable for the normal socket as you have in your home in most European households. CEE plugs, unlike standard plugs in the Netherlands, are not made for home use. They themselves are not even officially authorised for use in or on the home. They can, however, be used at businesses in the Netherlands. In Belgium, however, a CEE plug can be used at home. The blue CEE plug is also often called the camping plug. This 1 phase CEE plug is indeed suitable for camping sites, but note that the power is often too high for many campsites.

 

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