Best Small Chargers 2022: Small But Powerful EV Chargers

The best small chargers money can buy
Best-Small-Home-EV-Chargers

If you don’t want a beast of a charger on your wall, you can get a small home EV charger instead. Small EV chargers are just as powerful as bigger chargers and have the added benefit of being installable on posts.

Our favourite small EV charger is the Ohme Home Pro, which makes our list along with four other home chargers you should consider.

Defining a ‘small’ EV charger

Before jumping into our list, let’s define what ‘small’ is for an EV charger.

The EO Mini Pro 2 is one of the smallest home chargers on the market, so we’ll use that as the benchmark. It measures 175mm x 125mm x 125mm, which is smaller than an iPad Mini and a sheet of A5 paper. In other words, it’s tiny!

Any charger below 200mm x 200mm in width and height is small, so we’ll use those two dimensions to define small chargers. So, every charger on our list is smaller than 200mm in width and height. The depth allowance is 125mm.

Let’s jump in! Here are the best small EV chargers you can buy:

Quick list of the best small chargers

You can find more EV chargers on our charger rankings page.

Editor’s pick: Ohme Home Pro

Ohme Home Pro review

Specs

  • Tethered
  • 7.4kW
  • Size: 175mm x 200mm x 100mm (H x W x D)
  • Price: £699 with OZEV grant (£899 without)

Pros

  • No earth rod
  • Display and control panel
  • Small
  • 4G (3-year SIM included)
  • Excellent app
  • Wall mount for charger head

Cons

  • No solar support
  • Limited API support (some vehicles won’t send data to the Ohme App, limiting the smart features available)
  • Locking could be easier

The Ohme Home Pro charges at the fastest possible single-phase AC speed of 7.4kW, adding up to 30-miles of range per hour.

What makes this small charger special is the in-built screen and control panel, which eliminates the need to use your phone or vehicle to control charging. The cable tidy is a simple, elegant loop that looks great but does stick out a bit from the wall.

The Ohme app is the best EV charger app we’ve tested so far, with reliable connectivity and snappy performance. Ohme put in the extra miles to create great hardware and software, making the Home Pro feel like a polished product.

Ohme-Home-Pro-review

You can set up kWh price caps, schedule charging, lock and unlock the charger and access all data via the excellent Ohme app.

View the datasheet here.

Smallest: Wallbox Pulsar Plus

Wallbox-Pulsar-Plus-Review

Specs

  • Tethered
  • 7.4kW
  • Size: 166mm x 163mm x 82mm (H x W x D)
  • Price: £649 with OZEV grant (£925 without)

Pros

  • Small
  • No earth rod
  • LED light ring
  • Great build quality
  • Google Assistant
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Apple Watch and Android Wear app

Cons

  • No solar support
  • LED ring is undimmable
  • Cable tidy could be better

The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is one of the best small home chargers on the market. It’s smaller than the Ohme Home Pro and the thinnest charger on our list at 82mm. It’s also available in black or white to blend in with your walls.

There are so many neat features, like Google Assistant support so you can control charging with your Android Smartphone or Google Hub, and apps for the Apple Watch and Android Wear. This is also the only small home charger with Bluetooth connectivity, making it easy to connect to the charger outdoors or if Wi-Fi fails.

The best feature of this home charger is also its biggest flaw. The LED light ring looks fantastic with multiple colours for different statuses. However, it is undimmable, so leaving it on at night attracts attention (turning it off is a simple solution).

Wallbox Pulsar Plus tethered charger

Despite that, I still recommend the Pulsar Plus. It has voice control, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and the app is one of the better apps out there.

View the datasheet here.

Great all-rounder: Sync EV charger

Sync EV untethered charger

Specs

  • Untethered
  • 7.4kW
  • Size: 187mm x 122mm x 90mm (H x W x D)
  • Price: £599 with OZEV grant (£850 without)

Pros

  • Small
  • No earth rod
  • LED light ring
  • RFID card included

Cons

  • App is hit and miss
  • 4G optional

The Sync EV charge point is the dinkiest rectangular home charger you can buy, with a slimline 90mm profile. It’s slimmer and narrower than the EO Mini Pro 2 (listed below) and looks similar, but it has a neat LED status ring.

Check out our Sync EV charger review.

Because it’s untethered, the Sync EV looks clean when installed. It offers smart scheduling, adjustable charging speeds, over-the-air updates, optional 4G connectivity and RFID card control, so you can lock and unlock the charger with an RFID card, a neat feature all chargers should have IMHO.

Sync EV review

The app is the only downside to the Sync EV – it’s basic, giving you a simple view of charging data and access to scheduling. Personally, I like using the Sync EV charger as a plug and play device with the RFID card.

View the datasheet here.

Most inconspicuous: EO Mini Pro 2

Untethered EO charger

Specs

  • Tethered or untethered
  • 7.2kW
  • Size: 175mm x 125mm x 125mm (H x W x D)
  • Price: £599 with OZEV grant (£749 without)

Pros

  • Small
  • Tethered or untethered
  • Well made
  • Optional solar
  • Available in four colours

Cons

  • Requires a Garo earthing device
  • App needs work
  • Tethered version has no cable tidy

The EO Mini Pro 2 is as inconspicuous as a charger gets. It’s basically a rectangular box with a simple LED status light. The untethered version is far cleaner than the tethered version, so this is the version I recommend you buy.

You can buy the EO Mini Pro 2 in black, white, grey and blue, so it’s suitable for any house. It’s also small enough to be wall or post-mounted.

The downside to the EO Mini Pro 2 is the app, which suffers from connectivity and performance issues. Another downside is the need for a dedicated earthing device, which can be a Garo at an extra cost of about £125 or an earth rod at an extra cost of around £30. This adds complexity to the installation.

EO Mini Pro 2 review

This EV charger is one of the cheapest on our list. Optionally, you can add solar integration and load management for operating two chargers at once.

View the datasheet here.

Something dumb: QUBEV charger

QUBEV-charger-review

Specs

  • Untethered
  • 7.2W
  • Size: 150mm x 200mm x 100mm (H x W x D)
  • Price: Around £299 (£499 including installation)

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Well made
  • Simple install
  • Selectable charge rating
  • Well regarded by electricians

Cons

  • No smart features or app
  • 1-year warranty isn’t as long as you get with OZEV chargers

The QUBEV charger is a dumb EV charger with no scheduling or smart features. Instead, it acts as a 7.2kW outlet that is either on or off. You can set schedules in your car, so if you have an EV with a companion app, the QUBEV will work great.

Read our QUBEV EV charger review.

A unique feature of the QUBEV is the amp switch control – the old 17th edition has a rotary dial for this while the 18th edition has internal DIP switches, letting you switch between 10A, 16A, 20A, 25A, 32A .

As home chargers become smarter, the QUBEV stands out as a simpler charging solution for people who want something uncomplicated. The downside is it only has a 1-year warranty while smart chargers tend to have a 3-year warranty.

QUBEV-EV-charger

No Type B RCD is needed at the source but a 40 Amp Type A RCBO and Earth rod need to be installed outside of the unit (sold separately).

View the datasheet here.

Summing up

The Ohme Home Pro is the best small EV charger you can buy. Not keen on the Ohme? The Wallbox Pulsar Plus is a great alternative.

The Sync EV would be our next choice. The RFID card is fantastic, giving you the option to use the charger as a plug and play device with card locking.

In this company, the EO Mini Pro 2 is the least recommendable small smart home charger, but it isn’t bad by any means.

If you’re not bothered about smart features and just want a socket, the QUBEV is a good choice, or you can get a Commando socket.

Please note that all the prices quoted in this article are average prices based on three quotes from independent electricians.

Do you have one of the EV chargers on this list? Perhaps you have another recommendation? Share your thoughts by commenting below.

Jakk Ogden
Jakk is the founder and chief editor of Top Charger. He drives a Volkswagen ID.3 Family Pro Performance, and despite having a lead right foot, he consistently gets over 200-miles of range.