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Garo Home Charger

Discussion in 'The UK and Ireland' started by CaffeineJunkie, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. CaffeineJunkie

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    Does anyone have any experience of Garo chargers? I'm picking up my MS next week and I need to get a charger installed... I have the opportunity of having one of these fitted FoC (long story) but I'd prefer to know other people are using them OK before going ahead. I've had a quote of £280 fitted for a Rolec (using OLEV) or I could buy a Tesla one and get it fitted FoC, so will go with one of these options if nobody knows of Garo.

    This is the model I think I'd need to go with

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. LoveEV

    LoveEV Banned

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    Don’t get a Rolec! If you are getting the Garo free it’s a no brainer. The tesla one is just a bit sexier they all do a similar job
     
  3. Asterix187

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    To be fair the Rolec charger has been perfect for me, no complaints at all (although it’s a bit boxy looking)
     
  4. WannabeOwner

    WannabeOwner Active Member

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    I have Rolec (OLEV) at home and work. They both trip periodically (possibly related to wet weather). This may be the vintage of my units of course (2+ years - Tesla unit was not available then) but its very frustrating when it happens in the middle of the night and I then don;t have enough charge ...
     
  5. arg

    arg Supporting Member

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    Do your Rolecs have the RCBO with the blue toggle? Probably worth replacing if they do (more recent ones have a green toggle). The blue ones seem destined to fail eventually. Rolec can apparently be persuaded to swap for a green one if you argue hard enough that they were not of merchantable quality, though if you value your time then just buying a better one is probably more effective.

    I have no knowledge of Garo’s EVSE, but their RCBOs are a popular replacement for failed Rolec ones, so something of a recommendation.


    http://www.meteorelectrical.com/distribution-control/consumer-units-accessories-1/garo-rcbo1-n-40a-char-c-6ka-type-a.html
     
  6. WannabeOwner

    WannabeOwner Active Member

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    Yes. Thanks @arg. Good idea, probably better that I just buy a Tesla one. Trying to persuade Tesla that we are a workplace (well ... at work at least!) so that might solve that end ... I've left it to the Tesla installer to solve that one as I don't have the time to bring Tesla up-to-speed with their own policy.
     
  7. .jg.

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    I guess you will already have noticed: the Garo unit can charge at 16A on a normal single phase supply = charging at 11 miles per hour. The Tesla HPWC can charge at 32A on a single phase supply (assuming it is connected to a suitably rated cable and breaker) = charging at 22 miles per hour i.e. the Tesla HPWC will be able to charge twice as fast as the Garo unit.
     
  8. CaffeineJunkie

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    There are multiple versions - I’d be getting the 32a / 7kw one
     

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