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There are three main categories of EV charging units – slow, rapid and fast chargers.
Each type of charger is best suited to a different use case.
Each charger type has an associated set of connectors which are designed for low- or high-power use, and for either AC or DC charging.
EV chargers rated as slow are single phase, use alternating current (AC) and deliver a maximum of 3.6 kW. They typically take 6-12 hours to fully recharge an EV.
Slow charging is ideal for overnight use at homes with off street parking.
Due to longer charging times, public use slow chargers are less common. Those that are found tend to be older units.
Slow charging units are untethered. This means users will need to use their own cable to connect to the charge point.
Whilst slow charging can be carried out using a regular three-pin socket, due to the higher current demands of EVs and the amount of time spent charging, it’s always recommended that a dedicated EV charging unit is installed.
Fast chargers, can be single or three phase and are rated at either 7 or 22kW. The majority of fast chargers use AC, however some networks are now installing 25kW DC chargers.
A 7kW charger will take from 4-6 hours to recharge a battery. A 22kW charger will take 1-2 hours.
Fast chargers are usually found at destinations such as car parks, super markets or leisure centres where visitors will be parked for an hour or more. Increasingly, fast chargers are used for on-street residential parking. Fast chargers are also mostly untethered.
Charging rates when using a fast charger depend on a cars on-board charger. Not all models are able to accept 7kW or more.
Rapid chargers are the fastest way to charge and EV.
Rated from 43kw to 100kw, rapid charges supply high power direct or alternation current to recharge a vehicle as often as possible.
Rapid chargers are only compatible with certain Electric vehicles. Some EV manufacturers, e.g Tesla are creating networks of rapid chargers just for use with their vehicles.
This type of charger is often found at service stations or at locations to main routes. Rapid chargers allow EV motorists to complete journeys longer than their vehicles range with minimal time spent waiting for charge.
All rapid charging units have tethered cables.
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Making customer-first problem solving our focus, we were born from a belief that the lighting industry deserves better. Specifying lighting or EV shouldn’t be complicated: everyone deserves the right product, built to last, delivered on time and with a smile by a team who love what they do.
Making customer-first problem solving our focus, we were born from a belief that the lighting industry deserves better. Specifying lighting or EV shouldn’t be complicated: everyone deserves the right product, built to last, delivered on time and with a smile by a team who love what they
At Acrospire, education is key to improving the quality of our products. We engage with our supply chain to learn about new technologies and actively participate in industry events and industry bodies, such as the ILP and the HEA. We continually list
We focus on our customers not our competition. We manufacture our products in the UK: with the exception of our solar products, our supply chain is within a 60-mile radius of our factory in Basingstoke: to maintain greater control over quality. We al
Speed of response is crucial when it comes to resolving warranty issues. If we’ve made a mistake, we own it, get to the root cause, and fix it as quickly as possible. We believe in timely communication with our customers and making the resolution pro
Test and Test Again
We believe in independent testing and certification. Our new product development is in line with ISO 9001. Many of our products hold ENEC Certification. To meet the requirements of ENEC we also send random product samples for third party safety testi
Our product design is another key factor in our ability to offer a 12-year warranty. We value engineer rather than cost cut, never compromising on quality. We stick to our processes and engage with our supply chain to ensure that every product meets
Making customer-first problem solving our focus, we were born from a belief that the lighting industry deserves better. Specifying lighting or EV shouldn’t be complicated: everyone deserves the right product, built to last, delivered on time and with
The idea for Acrospire was formed in 2012 when founder Tim envisioned a different kind of lighting manufacturer: one that would not only deliver outstanding customer experiences but also prioritise fair treatment for its employees.
We’ve come a long way
Motivated by the belief the industry wanted and needed better, Tim shared his plan to establish his own venture with Hatty, who simply couldn't let him do it alone.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Protecting local jobs and ensuring the best quality possible.
Working from a rented office by day and assembling lanterns in a garage at night, Tim and Hatty set to work.
11 Years later
Acrospire now inhabits a 14000² ft manufacturing facility in Basingstoke, Hampshire. We’re a proud partner of the Made in Britain scheme, ISO9001 certified and a member of all relevant lighting industry trade bodies.
Along with great relationships with our customers and a great team! We've attracted some of the most experienced members of the lighting industry, all by following one golden rule.
A simple ethos
That runs through all that we do. Customers who have made the switch to Acrospire have found working with us to be a breath of fresh air.