Can I charge my EV with ANY charger?

November 4, 2019

There's been a lot of discussion lately about which specific EV charger can be used with your specific EV. 

 

And, because the EV world can be confusing enough, we thought we'd tackle the question 'can I use any aftermarket charger with my EV?' with a simple answer;

 

Yes, you can.

 

As long as your EV wall unit or cable meets Australian or New Zealand safety standards, you can use it to charge your EV.

 

Or, to put it another way; any safe and compliant aftermarket charger that conforms to Australian standards is fine for your electric driving adventures. Just like Jonathon with his myenergi zappi and Ioniq here.

 

 

Disclaimer: This statement does NOT include EV charging infrastructure that's been purchased online from sites such as Alibaba. As with a range of things, such as smart phone chargers, items bought from these sites are generally knock-offs of the safety tested and registered compliant real-deal. And while that might be fine for your Samsung, we can guarantee your new EV is a much bigger investment and deserves more risk protection.


Whether you buy from us, or from another trustworthy Australian or New Zealand EV charging company (but, seriously, choose us), the cable you plug into your EV will be fit for purpose, as safe as possible and will save you from having an embarrassing convo with your insurance company that starts with 'Well, I bought this cheap bit of electrical gear from an eBay seller in...'

 

So, how do I know which EV charger to use?

 

Well, for kick off, buy from a reputable and trusted supplier (hello!).

 

Only the products bought from said awesome people will have an RCM tick - the Regulatory Compliance Mark. This little tick means we've taken steps to ensure the product in your hands complies with electrical safety and/or electromagnetic compatibility legislation.


In short, it's an easy way for you to know your product is ridgy-didge.

 

What if my charger has other marks?

 

Like the CE or FCC? These cannot necessarily be lawfully supplied in Australia or New Zealand.


These products may look legit from the outside, but we have plenty of experience in failed EV charging hardware that looks completely different internally.

 

If you'd like to know more, there's a heap of info on the EV Alliance website and in this post that talks about charging your EV in the rain.

 

Or simply get in touch and we'll be able to help you out.

 

Happy EV driving!

 

 

 

 

 

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