EV charging cables are an integral part of an electric vehicle’s (EV) charging system. The cable is also highly vulnerable due to the frequent handling and exposure to potential damage. They can be found in two design options, coiled or straight. It is also possible to make a straight cable appear coiled by slipping it into a spiral wrap.
Choosing which is best is difficult as there are several factors involved. Let’s discuss some of the key issues that may affect your purchase decision if you are considering the alternative.
Coiled cables have to be much longer to cover the same distance as a straight cable. You may find that a coiled cable would have to be about 8 metres to cover the same 5 metres as a straight cable. This extra length can be a bother to some as it means more space is required for storage and a heavier cable to handle.
If shorter, a coiled cable would be harder to connect should there be a long distance between the parking space and the charging point.
As said, coiled EV cables must be longer than straight cables to cover the same length. This means they will also take up more space when stored. Even on a wall cord holder, the extra coils may make it harder to keep your environment neat. More so as you cannot control the number of coils as with a straight cable whose loops you can more easily manipulate. If a portable charging cable, then you will need still need more space to stash it in your boot.
Though, while you may not be able to control the number of loops with a coiled cable, it is easy to put away quickly as you do not have to waste time winding it around. It naturally returns to its tight natural coil that does not need further manipulation.
Coiled EV charging cables are great for avoiding tripping hazards. The tight coil will often elevate the cable above ground. It will remain suspended while connected between the charging station and the charge port of the EV. This makes it easier to spot the cable and avoid tripping over it. More so when the cable is of a noticeable colour like orange.
Being able to stay off the ground also helps to reduce the risk of damage to the insulation. Rubbing against the ground and being stepped or driven over is a common reason for EV charging cable damage. With a slower deterioration to the cable, you can enjoy longer periods of use without needing ev cable repair or replacement.
This may be an issue of personal taste. Some find straight ev cables to be simpler and neater. Other may find the same to be plain and boring. On the other hand, coiled cables will often give a bulkier appearance that may be unpleasant to the eye. For others, its clear visibility is more than worth any harm to aesthetics. The EV owner will have to decide if beauty outweighs practicality.