myenergi zappi 2021 – Home charging unit review

myenergi zappi 2021 - Home charging unit review

Nigel uses a myenergi zappi 2021 home charging unit. 


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Which company installed it and would you recommend them?

Leeds Solar – I would recommend them.


How much did you pay for your unit and installation?



Why did you purchase the myenergi zappi unit?

The zappi is the only charger that can use excess energy from solar panels to charge your car. As more than 50% of solar power is usually exported to the grid, this gives the opportunity for you to charge your EV directly from sunshine at zero cost. Other chargers have solar options but the zappi allows you to use 100% solar power.


List 3 or more points that you like about the charging unit

1. Allows 100% solar power charging
2. Provides a comprehensive log of charging history
3. Looks nice!


List 3 or more points that you don’t like about the charging unit

1. A little more expensive than others
2. Charging cable a little short
3. Display light goes off too soon, so difficult to see at night.


Outline any faults you have experienced with the unit

No faults since installation.


Tell us about your home charging routine

I drive around 8,000 miles per year or about 150 miles per week. I charge the car at home either by using solar power, if the weather is sunny, or overnight with my night-time cheap tariff. On sunny days I may recharge 40-50 miles (using 100% solar energy) and 4 hours overnight adds about 120 miles range. Overall, the costs of home charging works out at less than 1p per mile! The zappi gives me the flexibility to choose how I charge and hence, get the lowest charging costs.


If you were buying a new charging unit now, what would you buy and why?

I would buy the same zappi unit.


Tell us about your electricity provider and tariff. Would you recommend them?

Octopus Go tariff, which gives 4 hours of low cost charging at night. The low cost rate is currently 5p per kWh, soon to increase to 7.5p per kWh. With a combination of solar and overnight charging, I have spent less than £70 on home charging to add nearly 6,000 miles of range! I would recommend Octopus for EV owners but you do need a working smart meter to get this tariff.


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