The Easee One is a drop-dead gorgeous smart charger. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a Scandinavian company, with clean lines, geometric minimalism and functionality baked into its core. It really is a triumph in design.
Also, if you want to run two or three smart EV home chargers from one fuse the Easee One is exactly what you need. You can run three robot units off one fuse (32A supply) with power shared between them in use.
But is it any good? Our Easee One review reveals everything you need to know (hint: it’s bloomin’ brilliant).
Let’s jump in!
Price when reviewed: From £999 with installation (no OZEV).
Easee One Charger
The Easee One is a solid home charger with RFID, a lifetime 4G eSIM and a simple but good app. You just plug in, charge and go with scheduled charging. It’s a stylish charger lacking solar integration and a display readout for at-a-glance use, but these are nit-picks. Overall, it’s highly recommendable.
- Stylish design
- Integrated eSIM
- Tethered and untethered all-in-one
- Scheduled charging
- Run two secondary units off one unit for up to 3 charging points on 1 fuse
- No solar integration
- LED status lights take some getting used to (a small status screen would be a big improvement)
The Easee One is a stylish and smart home charger, excelling as a simultaneous charging solution thanks to the ability to have three robot units on one fuse (letting you charge up to three EVs from one power source).
The compact shape and 7.4kW charge speed (single-phase) makes the Easee One suitable for domestic installations while a 3-year warranty provides peace of mind.
The app is good and the charging experience is simple and stress-free. The Easee One works tethered and untethered thanks to its locking port, features RFID control, and comes with an in-built eSIM (4G) with a lifetime free subscription.
Overall, the Easee One is an excellent smart home charger and is thoroughly recommendable for all EV owners, sans solar panel owners.
How easy is the Easee One to install?
The Easee One has several features that aid installation, including integrated open PEN conductor protection (no earth rod required) and integrated RCD Type-B protection, with compatibility across TT, TN-S, TN-C and TN-C-S networks.
Here’s a quick overview of the built-in protection:
- Integrated overload protection
- Integrated broken PEN lead protection
- Built-in RCD for ground fault protection (30 mA AC/ 6 mA DC)
The Easee One can be installed as a single charging unit, delivering up to 7.4kW of power via single-phase 32A. Uniquely, it can also be paired with other robot units, which piggyback off the same fuse to charge more than one vehicle.
The circuit can be fused up to 40A, providing the maximum short-circuit current of 10 kA is not exceeded.
The way the robots work is as secondary units, fed from power via the main unit. The ability to run up to 3 chargers off one fuse is useful for homeowners with more than one EV. The chargers have load balancing to balance power demands.
It is good practice to install an RCD Type A in the fuse cabinet to protect the installation supplying the charging units. However, a Type B RCD is already integrated into the unit which switches off the current if overflow occurs.
The Easee One comes with a pre-configured backplate with all terminals in place. Wiring requires stripping the cable core by 12mm and pressing them into the terminals. The screw terminals require a 5nm torque.
Once everything is wired up, the Easee One has its own Wi-Fi source provided by the integrated eSIM. You connect your smartphone to the unit’s Wi-Fi. Holding the touch button on the unit sets the Easee One into hotspot mode.
Overall, the Easee One is easy to install for any competent electrician. The backplate, casing, terminals and circuitry are all of a good standard.
Easee One design
Looks are subjective, but I reckon the Easee One is a bit sexy.
Measuring 256 x 193 x 106mm, it isn’t the smallest home charger you can buy (the Ohme Home Pro is smaller, the Sync EV is smaller still, and the Wallbox Pulsar Plus is even diddier) but it’s perfectly proportioned and striking.
The casing is matte black with an angled design that gives it a premium vibe. I much prefer the way it looks to the Sync EV.
The front of the Easee One has an LED light strip showing the status of the charger and a touch button for various manual controls (depending on what you want to do). The design is simple but different, and I like it.
My favourite design feature is the lockable cable mount built into the charger, which lets you run it tethered or untethered at the click of a button. You can leave the cable locked in place or remove it – your call!
The build quality is solid. Like all chargers, the Easee One is made from plastic and it’s easy to test build quality between them just by plugging in (some chargers move when you use them). The Easee One stays put with heavy use, feeling rock solid.
Overall, I really like the Easee One’s design and build quality. I don’t have many complaints, except that I would like to see an in-built display in the next version.
The charger body isn’t the right shape to loop the cable around, so you need a hook/holder to wrap the cable. Easee sells one separately. Read our article on the best EV cable holders for a few ideas.
The Easee One is a smart charger with scheduling and max power modes, letting you charge your car when it’s convenient for you.
The cable port lets you lock the cable into place permanently, creating a tethered unit with a removable cable. It works well and feels robust.
Charging at 7.4kW, the Easee One adds 28 to 30-miles of range per hour which is plenty for everyday use. Of course, charging at night means you’ll wake up with a full battery every morning, so miles added per hour isn’t the be-all and end-all.
The charger is available with a cable tidy which can be installed anywhere where there’s wall space. The cable today is a simple hook for the cable to loop around, and it does a good job of keeping the cable neat and tidy.
You can use RFID tags with the Easee One, called Easee Keys. These are the same as RFID tags and you can set the charger to only recognise RFID tags, so no one can mess around with the settings without the key.
Overall, the Easee One is a pleasure to use.
LED light strip
The LED light strip provides charger status information at a glance. There are multiple light modes:
- Solid white light at the bottom – Standby
- Solid white light full – car connected
- Pulsating white light – charging in progress
- Blue constant light – smart charging enabled
- Blue pulsating light – smart charging in progress
- White flashing light – RFID tag authentication
- White fast flashing light – RFID tag received
- Red constant light – general error
- Red constant light with warning sounds – broken PEN or wiring fault
- Red pulsating light – abnormal temperature, charger in safe mode
- White flashing light only at bottom – robot searching for master unit
- Yellow flashing light – the charging robot needs configuring
You can find more detailed information about the LED light strip here.
Tethered or untethered
The Easee One accepts any Type 2 cable and lets you lock the cable in place, creating a tethered unit. If you want to run it as an untethered charger, all you do is remove the cable after use and store it somewhere else.
As we discussed in our tethered vs untethered charger article, tethered chargers are more convenient, but untethered chargers look cleaner when not in use.
The RFID reader is built into the front of the charger around the area of the LED light strip, letting you access control of the charging unit. You can use an RFID tag or RFID card to lock and unlock the charger and activate charging sessions.
Up to 3 chargers on 1 fuse
You can have up to 3 charging units on one fuse, so you can run two or three chargers from one electrical installation. The second and third units are secondary units to the main charger, effectively piggybacking off the power supply.
The total load across all the chargers will never exceed the fuse supply (32A) and load balancing is used to make sure power is shared equally. If you have more than one EV, the Easee One is a good solution for multiple chargers.
The Easee One has an integrated eSIM (4G) which has a lifetime subscription, so you never need to worry about replacing it. The eSIM effectively eliminates the complexity of connecting to home Wi-Fi, creating a charger hotspot that you connect your smartphone and PC to after searching for the network.
Live in an area with terrible 4G coverage? The Easee One has WiFi 2.4 GHz b/g/n connection too, so you can set up a local Wi-Fi connection.
We had no problems with the 4G connection, but if you live in an area with spotty coverage you’ll want to use Wi-Fi.
This is normally the part of the review where I moan about EV charger manufacturers releasing hardware with no thought for the software that goes with them. Thankfully, the Easee app isn’t too bad at all.
After setting up the Easee One and downloading the Android app, it worked perfectly for the first few charges. I experienced a few connectivity issues where the app wouldn’t show the charger as online, but after connecting via Wi-Fi the updates were more consistent than over 4G (a top tip if you’re struggling).
The app is clean, intuitive and easy to use. It’s elegant, has good graphics and is relatively fast to load, although data can take a few minutes to sync.
The Easee app offers ultimate control over the charger and displays a wide variety of useful data about charging sessions, including:
- Power (W) used while charging
- Current used when charging per unit
- Voltage information
- Last charging session readouts in kWh
- Lifetime kWh readouts
- Last 30 days kWh readouts
- Last calendar month kWh readouts
In terms of controls, you can:
- Start, pause and stop charging
- Create, edit and delete schedules
- Set circuit currents per phase (per unit)
- Increase and decrease dynamic circuit currents
- Set permanent cable lock for tethered charging
Overall, I like the app but the data can take a few minutes to sync and connecting isn’t always reliable. However, it’s decent overall and more than adequate.
Firmware updates are over-the-air, pushed through via the Easee app. Like most EV chargers, the car needs to be disconnected for firmware updates to take place and updating can take as long as 30 minutes.
Easee updates the firmware every few months at least, so rest assured they support the product and are making improvements all the time.
The Easee One has a standard three-year warranty. Warranty claims are processed by Easee with work handled by approved installers.
Outside of the warranty period, there isn’t much to go wrong, but as with all EV chargers, the circuit board and electrical components are perishable parts.
Easee One verdict
Rock-solid and boasting several useful features like continuous charging across up to 3 robots, RFID and a permanent tether lock for tethered and untethered charging, the Easee One lives up to its name as an easy, enjoyable home charger.
I also think it’s one of the best-looking EV chargers money can buy, although there are a few drawbacks. It doesn’t have solar support, the app could be better, and while the LED status bar has good intentions, all the different lights can be confusing. A small LCD/LED screen would be helpful to reduce dependency on a smartphone.
Overall, the Easee One achieves a score of 4.4/5 (excellent). It’s one of the best smart home chargers money can buy.
Easee One alternatives
Chargers that beat the Easee One’s total score include the Indra Smart PRO (4.5/5) and the Hypervolt Home 3 Pro. The Hypervolt is the most closely matched in terms of looks with a better app, and I also prefer the Hypervolt’s LED status lights.
A cheaper option than the Easee One is the Sync EV charger (4.2/5). I prefer the LED light ring on the Sync EV but the Easee’s angular design is more fetching and I like the ability to lock the cable. The Sync EV has RFID but it doesn’t allow multiple chargers to be wired together.
Easee One documentation
This review was produced in collaboration with Vanadium, OZEV-approved national installers of Easee chargers. We extend our thanks to Vanadium for the photos used in this review. Be sure to visit them if you like what you see!