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Straight vs Coiled Charging Cables

An important component when charging an electric vehicle, is the charging cable. Of course you require a specific type of cable to charge your vehicle; taking into account your charging source and your vehicle's charging type. If you require a fast charging cable (to be used at public charge points, and dedicated charging units) then you have the choice between a straight or coiled.

When it comes to choosing straight or coiled - ultimately, it is a personal preference for you as a consumer. There are multiple factors to be considered, which we will highlight briefly in this blog post!

Appearance

This factor, is purely personal preference and may be something that you don't consciously think about when purchasing your charging cable. A straight charging cable may be seen as more simple or tidier. Or it could be seen as plain - it's completely opinion-based. Coiled cables are naturally bulkier, which can be unappealing to some users, but could also be seen as more practical and visible.

Safety/Trip Hazard

All standard charging cables supplied via 4EV are green rather than black, to help increase visibility and reduce the risk of a trip hazard. If the cable isn't green, it will be listed in the product specifications, on the product purchase page.

Coiled cables tend to be the safer of the two - as the coil often leads to the cable being slightly elevated off the floor during a charge. This makes the cable easier to spot, as it tends to be off the ground. Another positive to take on the coiled elevation; is that the cable is less likely to be stood on or rubbed against the floor - meaning the cable may be seen as more durable and easier to keep clean.

However, as mentioned earlier - the green colouring of the straight and coiled cables allow for both style of cable to be deemed visible and not a high risk to a potential trip hazard.

Length

When it comes to selecting your cable from 4EV - we supply a variety of different length cables. Straight cables are offered at 3, 5, 7.5 and 10 metres. Coiled cables are offered at 2.5, 4 and 5 metres.

Straight cables offer a 'you get what you see' element, as a 10 metre cable can be used at 10 metres or less. Which boasts a practical, simplistic and easy to store advantage.

Coiled cables has a complication to its length. For example, you're paying for 8 metres of cable, that can only be used at a maximum of 4 metres - as the coils restrict the cable from being fully stretched to use at 8 metres. The maximum usable length will also change over time as the coils become more and more stretched after use. They are also bulkier, heavier and may be found difficult to store due to the coils. Also, because coiled cables are generally suspended off the ground between the charging station and vehicle during use, they can also put more strain on the charging sockets.

We recommend the best use for coiled cables is in a fixed position, such as a charging point in your garage at home where it is always used over the same distance. This way it can be kept permanently plugged in and is always over the same distance, before being hung up until its next use.