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What is trickle charging?

Trickle charging is using your home 3-pin plug to charge your car. As it is using the standard 3kW it can take much longer to charge, however, it does mean you can simply plug your car into any wall socket.






Why use trickle charging?


Convenience. Some people attempt to use their standard plugs to charge their cars, however, advised that you avoid using trickle charging unless in urgent circumstances.



How long does it take to charge?


This can vary depending on the size of your battery. It could take anywhere from 14 to 24 hours to charge your car!



Is it cheaper than using a charging point?


You may save on the cost of a charger, but you'll pull your hair out waiting for it to charge! Your energy bills will increase (especially during the current cost of living crisis) and the impracticality of waiting a full day for your car to charge is not feasible for anyone.


What’s the difference between trickle and regular charging?


By regular charging we mean, charging from a home charger or a public charging point. Using a home charger can give you up to 30 miles of range in 1 hour. This is dependent on the power rating as they range from 3.7kW to 7kW. Public charging points, or fast chargers, are typically 7kW or 22kW, which means depending on the vehicle and size of battery, a full charge can take as little as 2 hours. Lastly, there are rapid chargers, usually found at public charge point locations, these can charge an EV to 80 per cent in less than 30 minutes.  In comparison, trickle chargers are much slower than even a wall mounted home charger. Trickle chargers may not be convenient if you need a full battery in a hurry or if you are unable to park your EV near your home. 3-pin plug charging is also not protected like a charging point would be. Many charging points have surge protection, are weatherproof and can shut off once the car is fully charged, whereas the 3-pin method has none.


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