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Best Buy Guide
EV Chargers
Best Buy Guide

EV Chargers

Discover the best EV chargers for your smart home.

Integrating a smart EV charger into your home offers significant benefits if you own an electric vehicle. These include remote monitoring, control, scheduling, and energy management, all of which enhance convenience and improve the overall experience of owning an electric vehicle.

Homey takes this to the next level, enabling you to manage your charging more efficiently. It seamlessly integrates the charger with your other smart home devices, such as solar panels and energy meters.

This article looks at the best EV chargers compatible with Homey, emphasizing quality, charging capacity, car compatibility, and price. 

How to choose the right EV charger

While most EV chargers follow specific standards and regulations, some differences are worth considering before selecting a smart EV charger. Some chargers may perfectly meet your needs, while others might be excessive. Consider the following before making your choice.

Wiring compatibility

Ensure your EV charger is compatible with your home's electrical wiring. Check if it supports single-phase or three-phase electricity and needs specific amperage or circuit breaker specifications for safety and efficiency. Getting a 22kW charger when your home allows only single-phase wiring is redundant and obsolete.  

Ease of installation

Look for a straightforward-to-install EV charger, whether you plan to do it yourself or hire a professional. Consider the accessibility of wiring connections, installation guides or support, and any additional accessories needed for installation (like mounting brackets or weatherproof enclosures).

Advanced features

Evaluate the advanced features the EV charger offers. This includes energy management capabilities, additional connectivity methods, and safety features like overload protection or ground fault detection.

Price

Compare the overall cost of the EV charger highlighted in our Best Buy Guide. This includes the purchase price and any additional installation or accessory costs. Don't overspend for a charger that exceeds your needs.

BrandModelProtocolConnectorOutputEnergy MeterPrice
Amina IconaminaSZigbeeType 222kW€485.99
Easee IconEaseeOneWi-FiType 27kW€749.99
Enua IconEnuaChargeWi-FiType 222kW€739.75
go-e Icongo-eGemini Flex 2.0Wi-FiType 222kW€829.00
myenergi iconmyenergiZappiWi-FiType 222kW€949.00
Tesla iconTeslaWall ConnectorWi-FiType 222kW€535.00
Wallbox iconWallboxPulsar MaxWi-FiType 222kW€899.00
zaptec iconZaptecGoWi-FiType 222kW€595.00

amina S

Available at €485.99

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amina S
  • Affordable
  • Compact size
  • Long charging cable
  • Cable not user-replaceable
Homey Pro
Homey Bridge

The amina S is a compact, fast, and affordable smart EV charger that offers complete control over charging speed and energy consumption. It can achieve speeds of up to 22kW, adding up to 100 kilometers of range in just one hour with its impressive charging capacity.

Measuring only 89mm deep, the amina S ranks among the smallest EV chargers on our list, ensuring it won't protrude into your space or stand out from the wall. Its timeless minimalistic design is crafted to complement your charging area.

amina constructs the charger's case from matte-finished polycarbonate, making it resistant to UV light, flames, impacts, and outdoor weather conditions. You can confidently leave your amina S charger exposed to the elements without worrying about damage.

The amina S uses Zigbee to integrate and communicate with Homey Bridge and Homey Pro, allowing comprehensive automation and control. Once integrated with Homey, you can toggle charging on/off, create schedules, monitor energy consumption, and receive alerts for potential errors or alarms. Homey also enables you to adjust the charging current of the amina S, further optimizing your home's energy usage.

Additionally, the amina S includes an incredibly long 6m charging cable with a Type 2 plug, compatible with all modern electric vehicles and hybrids. It's important to note that the cable is not user-replaceable and would require a visit by a certified professional.

Easee One

Available at €749.99

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Easee One
  • Built-in eSIM
  • Cable lock/unlock
  • Accurate energy meter
  • Only 7kW model in this price range
Homey Pro

Easee is a green-tech company established in 2018 that develops, designs, and manufactures domestic and commercial EV chargers. Primarily focused on the UK market with European exports, the company offers the Easee One model in its portfolio for home EV charging.

The Easee One is a smart charger with a maximum power output of 7kW. It can charge your car three times faster than a regular wall outlet. Equipped with load balancing and earth fault protection mechanisms, the Easee One ensures safe and efficient charging while minimizing the risk of electrical issues.

It uses Wi-Fi to connect to your home network and pair with Homey, allowing full automation of the charging process. If Wi-Fi range is a challenge, the Easee One can also use its built-in eSIM to connect to Homey.

The device features a highly accurate energy meter that provides current, voltage, power, and phase utilization data. Through Homey, you can control charging operations such as turning it on or off and creating schedules. You can also enable smart charging, set dynamic current per phase, and remotely lock and unlock the charging cable.

Even though Easee offers a 22kW model in its portfolio, the official model for home charging is the Easee One. Being rated for a maximum of 7kW, it may not charge fast enough for some electric vehicles.

Enua Charge

Available at €739.75

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Enua Charge
  • Portable charger
  • Cable lock/unlock
  • Great for apartment buildings
  • Only available in Norway
Homey Pro
Homey

Enua is a Norwegian company specializing in electric vehicle chargers for domestic and professional use. The Enua Charge is the company's home charging model. It uses Wi-Fi for its smart features and control and integrates very well with Homey.

Users highly praise this model for its mobility and portability, enabling them to move it freely and even take it in their car. You can install several Enua WallMounts at different locations in your home and just use one Enua Charger. You simply attach the charger to the most convenient location with a simple push-and-click mechanism.

This mobility feature extends to apartment buildings with large parking lots, where residents can each have their own Enua Charger to plug into available Enua WallMounts. The device utilizes radar technology to monitor parking spaces, notifying users when a spot becomes free and ready for charging.

The Enua Charger is rated at 22kW and can top up your vehicle with nearly 100 miles of range in just one hour. Its detachable cable can be remotely locked and unlocked, preventing theft and unauthorized use.

The Enua Charger is officially available only in Norway.

go-E Gemini Flex 2.0

Available at €829.00

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go-E Gemini Flex 2.0
  • Built-in eSIM
  • Self-check feature
  • Adjustable power output
  • Cable purchased separately
Homey Pro

The go-e Gemini Flex 2.0 is the new and improved version of go-e's last-gen Gemini EV charger. Besides Wi-Fi, this model can use cellular networks to enable connectivity, thanks to its integrated SIM card.

The Gemini Flex 2.0 supports single- and three-phase charging modes, which can be dynamically changed via Homey. This allows the charger to output from 1.4 to 22kW of power, adjusted to your needs, time of day, or energy tariffs.  

The unit is designed for indoor and outdoor use and can withstand temperatures from -25°C to 40°C. Its IK08 impact resistance, IP65 protection against dust and water, and UV ray resistance make the go-E Gemini suitable for permanent outdoor installation and use.

The Gemini has an active self-checking feature, automatically setting the voltage and current based on your vehicle's requirements. Thanks to its RFID access control mechanism, the device can learn these patterns per vehicle, optimizing charging sessions on the go.

go-e offers the Gemini 2.0 model with a permanently attached cable, but its length of 1.8m is quite limiting and insufficient for some users. The Flex model featured on our list requires you to purchase a separate cable, which does bring up the total price but will allow more flexibility in choosing a cable suitable for your charging space.

myenergi Zappi

Available at €949.00

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myenergi Zappi
  • PIN code protection
  • PEN fault protection
  • Energy meter
  • Bulky
  • Expensive
Homey Pro

myenergi's Zappi is another great choice for an EV charger designed for your home. It's available in 7kW and 22kW variants, with a wired and unwired cable option.

Zappi is equipped with PEN fault technology, eliminating the need to install earth rods, which some chargers require. It helps protect both the EV charger and the electrical infrastructure from potential damage and ensures user safety during the charging process.

This EV charger works harmoniously with your solar PV or wind generation energy system, enabling you to charge your car using green energy only. If you do not have a solar PV system, you can use Zappi like any other fast charger.

Once added to Homey, you can toggle charging on/off, change charging modes, set a minimum green energy percentage, and enable boost mode for a quicker charge. Zappi also has an energy meter that feeds Homey's total power consumption data.

Zappi also has interesting security features, like remote access to the charger and a pin code protection system. It prevents people from changing your settings or using your EV charger without authorization.

It's worth noting that Zappi is a relatively bulky charger, measuring 439x282x122mm and weighing over 5kg. With a base price of over 900, it is among the pricier EV chargers on our list.

Tesla Universal Wall Connector

Available at €535.00

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Tesla Universal Wall Connector
  • Very long cable
  • Can charge any EV
  • Enhanced features for Tesla vehicles
  • Energy meter sold separately
Homey Pro

Even though it may sound like a Tesla-exclusive wall charger, the Universal Wall Connector can charge any modern electric vehicle or hybrid using a Type 2 connector. This Wall Connector represents Tesla's effort to meet the growing charging demands of EV vehicles.

The Tesla Wall Connector can easily connect to any single-phase or three-phase electricity network. It can deliver 22kW of power and charge your EV up to 71 km of range per hour. Its very long 7.3m cable can reach any yard, driveway, or entrance, allowing you to charge your vehicle wherever is most convenient.

It uses Wi-Fi to connect to your network and receive Over-the-Air firmware updates. Once paired with Homey, the Tesla Universal Wall Connector enables you to toggle the charger, create schedules, set charging limits, change charging modes, and monitor energy consumption.

This EV charger offers enhanced functionality for Tesla vehicle owners. You can remotely lock/unlock the vehicle's charging port, monitor battery status, and view advanced charging statistics within Homey.

Note that while the Tesla Universal Wall Connector can measure power consumption, you must purchase the energy meter separately and retrofit it to the charger.

Wallbox Pulsar Max

Available at €899.00

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Wallbox Pulsar Max
  • Weatherproof
  • Remote lock/unlock
  • Compatible with older EVs
  • Expensive
Homey Pro

Wallbox originally started in 2015 in Barcelona. They have evolved into a well-known name, offering smart charging solutions for electric vehicles in Europe. Wallbox currently offers home and commercial chargers for companies with large fleets.

The Wallbox Pulsar Max is a smart residential EV charger available in 7kW, 11kW, and 22kW variants. It has Type 1 and Type 2 connectors and is compatible with older and modern electric vehicles and hybrids.

The Pulsar Max has an easy-to-install backplate and a 5m tethered cable. The device's IK10 rating means it can withstand direct impact from objects weighing around 5kg. It's also resistant to dust and water jets (IP55), suitable for a permanent outdoor installation.

The Pulsar Max uses Wi-Fi to communicate and is compatible with Homey Pro. The app lets you start Flows when a car connects, the charging starts or ends, or the power meter reading changes.

You can also remotely lock/unlock the charger via Homey and set a limit to the charging current. An interactive LED lets you glance at the current charging status from a distance.

The Wallbox Puslar Max is a premium device with a premium price tag. If you manage a company fleet, Wallbox offers solutions for charging stations and power sharing, such as the new Wallbox Pulsar Pro.

Zaptec Go

Available at €595.00

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Zaptec Go
  • Affordable
  • Weatherproof
  • Built-in 4G radio
  • No energy metering (yet)
Homey Pro

If you are looking for a budget-friendly yet capable EV charger, consider the Zaptec Go a solid pick. This model can output up to 22kW of power and is compatible with any electric vehicle. The Zaptec Go is available in 6 colors, giving you freedom in choosing the look that fits your space.

Zaptec Go focuses heavily on quality and safety. It features built-in protection mechanisms that continuously monitor the charger through integrated sensors. These sensors measure temperature, overcurrent, residual current, and humidity.

Further, Zaptec Go's IP54 rating means it is resistant to dust and water jets from all directions. Its case is also UV, flame, and impact resistant, making the charger very suitable for outdoor installation. It can withstand extreme temperatures from -30°C up to 40°C.

Using Wi-Fi to communicate, the Zaptec Go connects to your home network and pairs seamlessly with Homey. If Wi-Fi range is a problem, the Zaptec Go can communicate over cellular networks, thanks to its built-in 4G radio. Once integrated into Homey, you can monitor the current status of the charger. You can also remotely start or stop charging, and limit the maximum current Zaptec Go delivers.

It's worth noting that the Zaptec Go has a built-in energy meter, but the app does not currently support this feature.

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