Why charge your EV from a charging point/device and not directly from a socket
When it comes to safety, it's important to understand that Schuko sockets, often used in outdoor settings and garages, aren't built to handle the continuous, high-voltage demands of electric car charging. If these sockets become damaged, they can potentially overheat and pose a fire hazard. Additionally, other high-voltage appliances like stoves and electric sauna heaters cannot be simply plugged into these sockets; they require a permanent installation by an electrician, complete with cables and designated fuses for protection.
Always prioritize safety, even if you use the socket infrequently. Check for signs of oxidation or any other damage to the socket. Make sure the supply cable has been correctly installed, without any heat insulation on top of it.
Charging your electric vehicle through a dedicated charging station offers a significantly faster experience compared to using a standard household socket. It's not advisable to use sockets with a current rating over 8 amperes for charging continuously for more than two hours. The charging current from the mobile charging device that comes with your car often adheres to official recommendations.
The charging speed depends on both your vehicle's charging capacity and the grid's capacity (fuse size).
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Charging points/devices are purpose-built for the job of charging electric cars, offering a robust solution for repeated, long-term charging. They can handle the frequent connecting and disconnecting of the charging cable without issue. In contrast, regular household sockets are not designed for this kind of usage and may break, especially if you hang your travel charger on them for extended periods. When using a standard charging device, it's essential to provide additional support during charging to prevent any strain on the socket. Charging stations eliminate this concern, making the process hassle-free.