In a sea of chargers that mostly look alike, the Hypervolt Home 2.0 is instantly recognisable with its LED status ring and backlit volt logo. It’s a beautiful, premium product, and it’s made in Britain!
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 is a smart charger that uses the latest technology to make charging your electric vehicle (EV) easier and more efficient. It has a 7kW output and is solar integrated, so you can charge your vehicle off-grid.
The average price of the Hypervolt Home 2.0, including installation, is £1,099 without the OZEV grant, making it reasonably priced (landlords can get £350 towards installation with the OZEV landlord grant). But is it any good? Our review reveals all.
Please note: This review is updated for 2023 following more user feedback. It was originally published in 2021.
Hypervolt Home 2.0 review
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 is an outstanding home charger. It’s smart, handsome, solar integrated, voice-enabled and made in Britain with a three-year warranty. It’s also available in white and black. Buy with both hands!
- No earth rod
- Stylish design
- Great app
- Wi-Fi and 4G
- Voice control
- Solar integration
- Adjustable lighting
- Relatively big
- Quick review
- Specs at a glance
- How easy is the Hypervolt Home 2.0 to install?
- Hypervolt Home 2.0 design
- Interesting features
- Charging experience
- Charging speeds
- Cable lengths
- Hypervolt MID meter
- Light modes
- Solar integration
- Hypervolt app
- Product registration
- Firmware updates
- Voice control
- Customer support
- Hypervolt Home 2.0 verdict
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 is a premium home charger at an accessible price. It’s thoughtfully designed, with a neat LED status light ring, a built-in cable tidy, Alexa voice control and Wi-Fi + 4G connectivity. The app is also outstanding.
Downsides? We’ll have to nitpick. The holster for the charger head is optional, and at 7kW, it isn’t the fastest single-phase charger out there (7.4kW chargers are 4% faster, adding an extra 2-3 miles of range per hour).
Specs at a glance
- 7kW AC Type
- Type 1 & 2 connectors
- 5m tethered cable (7.5m optional)
- 1 charge connector (holster optional)
- Wi-Fi / 4G connected
- 3 year warranty (5 year optional)
- 328 x 243 x 101 (mm)
- Backlit bolt
- LED light ring (with dim and off settings)
- Black or white
- In-built earthing (in-built PEN protection)
How easy is the Hypervolt Home 2.0 to install?
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 requires no earth rod because it has built-in PEN protection (detection + isolation). It also has built-in 6MA DC RCD protection, so only type A RCD + 32A MCB or equivalent protection is required at the source.
The charger comes with Hypervolt’s own cable, called the HyperConnect cable, available as a 4mm CSA 3 core cable in both SWA and non-SWA formats.
The charger comes with an installation kit, complete with a drilling template and integrated spirit level.
“The Hypervolt is a home charger we love to install. Not only is it one of the best-looking chargers on the market, but Hypervolt’s support is second to none. In a day where big brands often seem faceless and distant, Hypervolt keeps their installers and customers up to date with clear communication and support. We are always happy to recommend them.”
Simon Culley, Green Leaf EV
All this means the Hypervolt charger is simple for a qualified electrician to install with no substantial hardware modifications.
When installed, the charger enters party mode and the LED lights give you a show, an extra touch that makes the Hypervolt feel special.
We’ve also spoken to other electricians about installing the Hypervolt, and the consensus is it’s one of the easiest installs there is.
The unit is well-made and well-packaged, so problems during transit are rare. Hypervolt responds to warranty problems quickly and one electrician we spoke to has installed about fifty without any issue.
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 is a great product for those who are looking for an easy to use and install electric vehicle charger. It features a compact design, allowing it to be easily installed in most locations. The charger is also compatible with all popular EVs, including Tesla, Nissan Leaf, BMW i3 and more.
Hypervolt Home 2.0 design
EV chargers come in all shapes and sizes. The EO Mini Pro 2 is smaller than an iPad Mini, while the Zappi charger is comparatively enormous.
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 sits between sizes, smaller than an Anderson A2, but bigger than a Wallbox Pulsar Plus. However, it is deceptively thin, measuring 101mm at its thinnest point, so it barely stands off the wall.
You can get the Hypervolt in white or black. We prefer the black model because it’s inconspicuous, but the white model looks great too.
Here’s a photo of the review unit:
The Hypervolt in the above photo is installed on a post with the wiring running down the back of the post to conceal it. We think it looks great!
The charger design is smart, with the body of the charger acting as a hidden cable tidy for the 5m tethered cable — no separate cable tidy is needed here! It’s one of the neater cable tidy attempts we’ve seen, helping the unit look more premium.
You can also add a charger holster optionally. We recommend the holster because it gives the charger head somewhere to live, otherwise, the cable and charger head will droop down over the charger when you wrap it around.
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 smart charger has a built-in fan that cools the CPU and a bespoke printed circuit board, creating a very high-quality end product. The brain of the computer is a Raspberry PI, a simple computer that is easily replaced.
My favourite design feature of the Hypervolt Home 2.0 is the LED status light ring that runs around the rear of the charger body, illuminating it from the sides.
The LED ring is multi-coloured, displaying various colours and signals to display status. For example, blue means standby, green means charging, and purple means charge completed.
The LED light ring has brightness control, so you can dim or increase the brightness, turning the Hypervolt 2.0 into a bright or soothing nightlight.
Interestingly, the Hypervolt 2.0 is Alexa-enabled, and you can adjust the LED light ring with voice commands (as well as check charging status, charge speed, charge schedule). It makes life easier, providing you have an Amazon Echo.
The bolt in the middle of the charger is also backlit and synchronises with the LED light strip, providing more eye candy. On installation, the charger enters party mode, where all the colours light up like a spaceship leaving the planet (very cool!).
The Hypervolt’s body hides the cable when looping it around, helping it look more elegant than most other home chargers on the market. I’m a big fan of the black model because it hides the cable even better.
Overall, the Hypervolt Home 2.0 is smart, well-made and thoughtfully designed, making it one of our favourite chargers to look at and use.
The Hypervolt connects to your home Wi-Fi via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n @2.4 GHz. It requires a stable Wi-Fi connection for the app to work reliably.
The charger displays a solid blue light to let you know when it’s ready to charge. All you need to do is plug the charging cable into your vehicle’s charge port, and the light will go green to indicate your vehicle is charging.
When you use scheduled charging, the light is purple. All you need to do is plug the charger into your car and the Hypervolt will start charging at your scheduled time.
You can dim and turn off the LED status lights if you wish, although we’d keep them on, otherwise, it’s impossible to tell what mode the charger is in without looking at your smartphone.
Because the Hypervolt is tethered, you don’t have to faff about with a separate cable. In this case, I prefer the setup because it maintains a clean, uniform design. However, I would like to see an untethered option at some point – untethered chargers look tidier because they don’t have a cable wrapped around them all the time.
The charger has a Lock/Unlock feature in the app, which ensures no one can initiate a charging session (useful when you go on holiday).
The Hypervolt charges at 7kW AC, adding around 25 miles of range per hour and charging most EVs to 100% in under 8 hours. It has either IEC 62196/Type 2 or SAE J1772/Type 1 connectors with a 5m tethered cable (7.5m optional).
Charge speeds are displayed in the Hypervolt app, with power and energy monitoring fitted as standard.
The Hypervolt’s cable is 5m as standard with a 7.5m and 10m cable also available. It’s one of the few chargers available with a 10m cable. The 10m cable costs £120 extra while the 7.5m cable costs £60 extra.
Hypervolt MID meter
Optionally, you can add an internal MID meter, which measures energy consumption more precisely in line with the Measuring Devices Directive. For example, employees charging at home with reimbursement may need an internal MID. The MID is most relevant to workplace installations or home installations for company cars.
The Hypervolt Home 2.0 lets you know what mode it’s in with bright LED status lights. Here’s a quick rundown of the different Hypervolt light modes:
- No light: Off
- Blue bolt and white sing: Setup
- Blue: Standby ready to charge
- Purple: Scheduled charging
- Green: Charging
- Red: Fault
- Orange: Unit locked
- White: Hotspot mode
The charger is extremely easy to use with all charging modes and data accessible via the excellent Hypervolt app (more on this below).
You can also disable all lights if you want a stealthy look or if you have neighbours who might complain. Disabling all lights means you’ll need to look at your smartphone to see the charger’s status, so it isn’t something most people will do.
If you have solar panels the Hypervolt Home 2.0 can connect directly to them so you can charge for free. However, you’ll need enough solar panels to provide the power required, otherwise, the charge speed will be reduced.
Check out our roundup of the best EV chargers with solar for more charger ideas.
The standard solar panel set up on a house generates around 4kW. If your solar setup generates this, all it means is you won’t get the maximum 7kW charge speeds offered by the mains power supply. A small price to pay for being green!
Without question, this is one of the best EV charger apps we’ve tested to date from the simplicity of the initial setup to the way it displays information.
The app walks you through creating a Hypervolt account, after which it scans for your charger which will already be connected to your Wi-Fi. Simply select your charger and your smartphone and charger will sync.
The app has a white and green colour scheme with a simple, modern interface. You can control the LED brightness from the app, a feature that sounds like common sense but is missing from the Wallbox Pulsar Plus. Additionally, you can lock and unlock the charger from the app.
There are three main screens in the app:
- Charger: Displays session data, money spent, charging rate and energy charged.
- Energy usage: Displays the total energy consumed with a bar chart with a toggle for kWh and £.
- Analytics: Real-time energy metrics and events.
In terms of charge modes, there are two:
- Schedule charge: Set a schedule that suits your lifestyle and energy tariff.
- Plug and charge: Set your Hypervolt to start charging whenever you plug in .
The Hypervolt is dubbed as a smart charger and it meets these criteria with the ability to make use of scheduled charging times.
Product registration is simple, all you need to do is sign up on the Hypervolt website and input your unique adoption token (you can find it stuck to your charger by the product label). You will then have access to an online dashboard that displays all your charging schedules and settings made in the Hypervolt app. The dashboard also works as a backup in case you can’t access the app.
Thanks to over-the-air updates, the firmware is updated for you. The Hypervolt app displays the current firmware version in the settings panel. Hypervolt updates the firmware every few weeks on average.
If you have an Amazon Echo or other Alexa device you can control the Hypervolt Home 2.0 with voice commands. These range from initiating charging ahead of schedule to turning down the brightness of the LED lights.
Connecting Alexa to the charger is simple – the Alexa app will find the charger on your Wi-Fi and all you need to do is pair them. You can then ask Alexa questions and order it to do things.
Here are a few of the voice commands we tried out:
- Alexa, ask my Hypervolt current status
- Alexa, ask my Hypervolt to enable schedule charging
- Alexa, ask my Hypervolt to set brightness to 50%
The voice commands are useful and bring an extra dimension to the charger, making it smarter than your average smart charger. I’m a fan!
Hypervolt has 4.9/5 TrustPilot rating and we’ve only heard great things about them. Our installer says they deliver the best customer service in the industry. Whether you have technical issues or questions, Hypervolt is always happy to help.
Hypervolt also has a detailed support page with various downloads. Here’s a collection in case the link doesn’t work:
- Hypervolt Home 2.0 – Technical Sheet
- Hypervolt Home 2.0 – Getting Started
- Using your Hypervolt
- Integrating your Hypervolt with Amazon Alexa
Hypervolt Home 2.0 verdict
With a smart design, proprietary circuits and an outstanding app, the Hypervolt Home 2.0 cements its place as one of the best EV chargers on the market. Best of all, it’s British made and the company has an excellent customer service record.
Are there any downsides? The charger head holster is optional (the alternative is letting the charger head hang from the reel). Other than that, it’s a slam dunk.
We’re happy to award this charger 4.5/5 – the highest-rated charger so far, fractionally usurping the excellent Ohme Home Pro.
The only other charger to match the Hypervolt’s score is the Indra Smart PRO. Our Indra Smart PRO review reveals all.
The only question now is, black or white?
This review was produced in collaboration with Green Leaf EV, OZEV Approved Installers of home and workplace chargers. We extend our thanks to Simon and Green Leaf EV for the photos and insights used in this review. Be sure to visit them if you like what you see!
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