The best portable EV chargers

Going somewhere really out of the way? Keep a top-up charger cable in the boot.

portable EV chargers

by Chris Williams |
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‘Oh super,’ you might be thinking, ‘there are pocket-sized portable EV battery chargers that I can keep in the boot of my e-Golf.’ Sadly not. At least, not yet. The EV charger scene is still a new landscape the automotive world is wrestling with. While the number of charging stations around the UK is ever-growing like blossoming flowers in spring, the task of shrinking them and making them portable like those you use for cell phones is yet to reach a breakthrough.

There are almost 34,000 charging points around the UK, according to Zap-Map (including over 3,000 in Scotland and over 1,200 in Wales). Given Britain’s road network is about a quarter of a million miles in total, that means, on average, there is an EV charger for every 7.4 miles of British road.

Of course, there are areas where there are higher concentrations of EV chargers, such as London, but the principle stands because EV charger hotspots align with population density. However, there are certain scenarios where a portable charger comes in handy, such as if you find yourself venturing up into the wilds of Scotland, where the number of public EV chargers is thinner.

The best portable EV chargers shortlist:

Editor's choice: Vogvigo Portable EV Charger - Buy now from Amazon UK

Best for protection: VORSPRUNG Portable EV Charger - Buy now from Amazon UK

Best for robustness: Ring 6 Type 2 EV Charging Cable - Buy now from Argos

It will still be some time before technology can shrink the size of a portable EV charger to something that can be carried in the boot of your car, never mind the glove box. There are units popping up, such as the SparkCharge Roadie, but units like this are enormous and horrendously expensive. So, for now, we have to be content with portable charging cables. Here are some of the best around just now.

The best portable EV chargers in detail:

Best for protection

best portable EV chargersVia Vorsprung

The Vorsprung Portable EV Charger Type 2 comes with a generous 8-Metre cable allowing greater flexibility. Charging power is adjustable from 6 to 13 amps, depending on your requirements and can deliver up to 3.3kW allowing faster charging. The charger is built from high-strength, waterproof ABS material for longevity and safety. It comes with overcurrent, over-voltage, under-voltage, leakage, and overheat protection.


  • Longer cable
  • Waterproof


  • Heavy

On sale

best portable EV chargersVia Ring Automotive
Price: £189.88 was £219.99

This type 2 EV charger from Ring is ideal for topping up while you are parked up at home or when you have access to a domestic 3-pin plug. The high-visibility LCD screen allows you to see the amount of time your vehicle has been charging as well as the power consumed. It should fully charge a 10kWh battery in around 10 hours.


  • Waterproof (IP65) and can withstand being run over (IK10)
  • Choose between six, 10 and 13 Amp


  • Only a five-metre cable

On sale

best portable EV chargersVia Third Rock Energy
Price: £99.99 was £129.99

This set from Third Rock Energy allows you to charge your electric vehicle using any UK 3-pin domestic plug socket. It has adjustable settings from 6 amps to 13 amps, meaning you can alter the charge speed depending on where you are, and the cable carry bag ensures easy storage and transportation. The car connector is made from hardwearing thermoplastic tested to withstand 10,000 mating cycles.


  • Long 10-metre cable
  • Waterproof


  • Operating instructions could be better

best portable EV chargersVia Akeson

The AKESON Type 2 Charging Cable is for use with an EV charger rather than a domestic socket and is compatible with virtually all charging stations in Europe; the Type 2 plug complies with the EU standard and can be easily taken on the road as it comes with its own smart carrying bag.

Although this version only has a 5m cable, there are longer cable lengths available, up to 10m, if access to a power socket is more difficult. The kit comes with a carry strap and a high-quality cloth for cleaning after use.


  • Euro-compatible
  • Different cable lengths are available

Best portable power station

best portable EV chargersVia CTEK

On the much pricier end of the spectrum, CTEK offers a fully comprehensive mini power station for you to charge your electric vehicle on the go. It has a charging capacity of 11kW and is fed by a Type 2 connector.

With WiFi and Bluetooth connection, you can control the charger from your phone, which includes charging scheduling, controlling the charge power as well as an interface displaying all the information. You can even pause your charging if you really wanted to.


  • Incredibly useful and comprehensive piece of kit
  • Great quality and can be used in all weather


  • Charging speed obviously isn't rapid

Some things to consider when buying an EV charging cable:

Most other aftermarket EV charging cables connect to a 3-pin home plug. They have a fairly low current and therefore don’t charge as fast as public points. But left to charge overnight at your serene hired cottage near Wick, your EV will have plenty of electricity to get you to John o’ Groats, where there are rapid and fast chargers.
For a full rundown on how EV charging works, head to our guide to EV home chargers here.

Where will you use the cable?

If it's going to be used in a domestic setting with no charging port, you'll need one with a domestic UK three-pin plug. Bear in mind that the current available from the domestic supply is quite low, so charging will take longer.

If you plan on using charging stations or your own home charging point, you'll need a cable with a male connector at one end and a female at the other. Many public charging stations in the UK use Type 2 connectors, but there are rapid chargers with CCS connectors for faster charging.

Consider the length of cable you will need.

If you are able to park close to a charging point or a mains outlet, a shorter 3 or 5m cable might be suitable. But if you are using different locations, it might be better to err on the side of caution and go for a longer 7 or 10m cable.

Do you need any features?

Some chargers come with smart features like remote monitoring, scheduling, and smartphone apps that allow you to control and monitor charging sessions. These features can be beneficial for optimizing charging costs and efficiency.

EV charging explained

In a nutshell, EV charging works like this: Power = Current (amps) x Voltage. For example, a charger cable with a 13A current connected to a standard 230-volt 3-pin home plug will produce a power output of about 3.0 kilowatts (kW). Therefore, if you have a Nissan Leaf with a 40kWh battery, it will take the 13A charger just over 13 hours to charge the battery fully from flat (40 divided by 3). These slower charging cables are ideally suited as helpful overnight top-ups.

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Chris Williams is an Automotive Content Writer for Parkers and CAR Magazine, but he also contributes to Live For The Outdoors and What’s The Best. He trained as an automotive journalist in New Zealand, prior to which he studied International Relations and History.

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