Access the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging network with Polar Instant, the Polar network’s pay as you go app. Charge your car easily and quickly through your smartphone with this must have app for EV drivers, accessing thousands of charge points across the country, including rapid chargers.
No RFID cards needed. Just login, find your nearest charge point and start charging.
Many of our charge points are free to use, with users only paying a minimum charge cost of £1.20. All chargeable units are clearly displayed on the app’s live map.
Version 3.3.1 includes improved security and authentication for your payment details. This may mean you will need to update your payment card information in the app.
Other improvements include:
- payment transaction history
- poor internet connection alerts
- bug fixes
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Get a new IT team
As per other reviews, this is effectively useless. Had a Polar Plus card but not enough coverage so most charging done at home. Switched to Instant for occasional use. Have yet to get a charge. Same comments as others (no keyboard, no password saving) plus map giving wrong charger number. Two chargers next to each other but map only showing one of them (the wrong one). Tried calling for assistance, strangely always get the same response (I can’t hear you then hang up). Strange that is from landline and mobile so need a better phone ststem as well as a better App developer. Tried writing in Notes then copy and paste into App but then get App timed out (its like they have thought about every way to mess you around). Now giving up and trying to get credit back.
Poor first experience
There are two different apps for Polar which is ridiculous each with a different type of service offering. We are new Polar users and only need very occasional PAYG access so this App is the one we need. But this was not obvious to us on the App Store so we found out the “hard frustrating way” that we had downloaded the wrong App for our trip (the Polar Plus app which is for regular “membership” users who want an RFID card. We only found out after 15 minutes stood in the rain trying to figure out why we couldn’t get the Polar Plus app to work - finally sorted with a phone call to Polar. Please please make it much clearer for newbies! Also please put a label on the machine telling people what app to use, and don’t assume we know. Even when we downloaded the Polar Instant app it wasn’t able to activate the charger for us (kenilworth Holiday Inn) as it kept saying there were coms timeouts to the charge point. We had to phone Polar again, and they were able to sort it remotely for us. Overall a dreadful experience.
App Works Fine
There were a lot of negative reviews and this initially put me off downloading, however the app works perfectly.
Download it, add your credit card details, top it up with credit (I chose £10).
On approaching the machine choose it on the app and select start charging and chose your connection. On the machine it acts as if you’ve simply used an RFID card and it too asks you to pick the connection. Select the one you want to use. It then does a few safety checks and asks you to plug in your car (I had already done this). It then starts charging. The app then shows you when you started charging and how long you've been connected. With a big button to press when you decide to stop charging. Does exactly what you’d expect it to do and tells you how much it’s going to cost. What more do you need.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.