Standalone EV travel adaptors (compatible with all EVs)

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These adaptors are compatible with the bulkier type of UK 13A plug now used on all EV chargers including the Tesla mod 1 and mod 2 UMCs. If you have a Tesla mod 2 UMC, a range of standalone adaptors and a specific version of the ModulEV® system are both available, offering faster charging rates. Please see our guide on determining which Tesla UMC version you have. 

Using an EV 'granny charger' in the UK is relatively simple, as domestic locations only have standard 13A sockets. In contrast, charging abroad can be a confusing minefield! Firstly you need to navigate a range of different sockets which look deceptively similar, yet may be in incompatible with some plugs, even when they physically fit together.

Secondly for some EV chargers you may need to overcome the issue of reverse polarity. We are currently trying to compile information on each UK EV charger and whether it is affected by reverse polarity. At present it is clear that the Tesla Gen 1 charger is affected, whilst the Gen 2 is not. The position on most other chargers is unclear at the moment. In simple terms, in the UK a 13A plug can only be inserted one way. If you face a socket, the live is always wired to the right receptacle (hole), with the neutral to the left. Some UK EV chargers expect the power to be configured in that way, and will not operate if the live and neutral are connected the other way around (the polarity is reversed). A comprehensive guide to sockets used across Europe and Scandinavia and the issue of reverse polarity is available here

Following extensive research and feedback from frustrated EV users, we have expanded the standalone range of EV adaptors. They provide a simple cost effective for users who envisage travelling through countries with only 1-2 types of socket. Our ModulEV® modular EV charging system provides a more flexible solution for more extensive travelling.

Standalone EV adaptors enable the charging of an EV using domestic sockets across Europe and Scandinavia:

  • Connect the required standalone adaptor to the power socket. The universal CEE7/7 plug adaptor can be connected to both Schuko and French sockets, providing a single solution for the majority of Europe and Scandinavia. The adaptors have 1m of heavy duty cable, following feedback that a longer length is useful for European sockets, which are often mounted higher up than in the UK. 
    • Use a socket tester to confirm whether the supply is wired correctly for your EV charger.
    • If you will be using with a Tesla Gen 1 mobile charger and therefore require the ability to reverse the polarity, the universal Schuko/French and the European adaptor has a version which incorporates a clever switch, which at a press swaps the polarity over, so that it will always provide you with the correct configuration. Having one unit removes the need for separate polarity reversal adaptors, reducing both the cost and storage space required. Other units are not provided with the polarity switch, as reverse polarity is unlikely with the other socket types. The reverse polarity switch is not required for any other EV charger.
    • Plug your EV charger's 13A plug into the standalone adaptor's socket, and charge as you would in the UK. Unlike any other available UK weatherproof socket, this version closes shut with the more bulky type of 13A plug now used on all EV chargers including Tesla mod 1 and mod 2 UMCs (see note on mod 2 UMCs a the top of the page). If a longer lead is required, use your UK EV extension lead between the adaptor and charger.

    Typical Application

    The picture below illustrates a typical application; an EV charger with a UK 13A plug is connected to a Schuko socket using the standalone Schuko/French universal adaptor.

    Adaptor Options

    Schuko

    French

    Universal Schuko/French Adaptor

    The universal CEE 7/7 adaptor fits both Schuko and French types sockets and is the main adaptor required for the majority of Europe and Scandinavia.

    Adaptor available with or without a polarity reversal switch. The polarity reversal switch is only required for Tesla gen 1 mobile chargers, as they are sensitive to polarity.

    Traditional Italian Socket

    New Bipasso Socket

    Italian Adaptors 10A and 16A

    Historically Italy has had its own specific socket, available in 10A and 16A versions. However, many buildings now have the Bipasso/Schuko socket, which can be used with both Italian and Schuko plugs.

    The universal Schuko/French adaptor will therefore work anywhere in Italy where the Bipasso/Schuko socket is available. However the challenge may be in older buildings, where only traditional Italian sockets are provided. 

    Whilst many sockets in Italy will accept both 10A and 16A plugs, some will only accept one type, so for complete peace of mind both adaptors would be required. Alternatively just the 10A version could be used as it will fit both sockets, although please note that with the 10A, adaptor charging will be limited to 10A and this must be dialled down on your EV.

    Adaptor does not incorporate polarity reversal switch, as the connectors can simply be turned 180 degrees and reinserted.

    Swiss Adaptor

    Switzerland and Liechtenstein use their own specific socket, available in 10A and 16A versions. 10A plugs can be inserted into 16A sockets, but the reverse is not possible. 

    For complete peace of mind both adaptors would be required. Alternatively just the 10A version could be used as it will fit both sockets, although please note that with the 10A, adaptor charging will be limited to 10A and this must be dialled down on your EV.

    Adaptor does not incorporate polarity reversal switch, as reverse polarity is unlikely.

    Danish Adaptor

    Denmark and Greenland use their own 16A socket. Whilst the socket looks similar to a Schuko/French socket, they must not be used together. Although they will fit, the earth will not be connected, which is extremely hazardous for EV charging. The Danish adaptor must be used for these sockets.

    From 2008 French sockets were allowed to be fitted in Denmark, with Schuko sockets supported from 2011. The universal Schuko/French adaptor will therefore work in Denmark where either of these sockets are fitted. Data on their prevalence is not available, and so it is likely that in many places a Danish adaptor will still be required.

    Adaptor does not incorporate polarity reversal switch, as reverse polarity is unlikely.

    230v 16A Blue Sockets (IEC 60309)

    Enables connection to the blue 16A sockets which are found at campsites and marinas across Europe. In the UK these are always wired in a standard way, but in Europe the polarity may be reversed, making the polarity switch on the unit essential.

    Two version of the adaptor are available:

    • UK version - Without polarity reversal switch, as it is not required if the adaptor is only going to be used in the UK.
    • Europe version - Includes polarity reversal switch, as reverse polarity is common.

    230v 32A Blue Sockets (IEC 60309)

    Enables connection to blue 32A sockets which are commonly used in industrial locations and power installations at temporary sites.

    N.B. The Tesla mod 1 UMC is supplied with a 32A plug adaptor, which can be connected to 230v 32A sockets directly, for faster charging rates.

    415v 16A Red Sockets (IEC 60309)

    Enables connection to these sockets, which are commonly used in industrial locations and power installations at temporary sites. The adaptor is only compatible with 5 pin sockets (L1, L2, L3, N And E), as EVs require a neutral connection.

    415v 32A Red Sockets (IEC 60309)

    Enables connection to these sockets, which are commonly used in industrial locations and power installations at temporary sites. The adaptor is only compatible with 5 pin sockets (L1, L2, L3, N And E), as EVs require a neutral connection.

    N.B. The Tesla mod 1 UMC is supplied with a 32A plug adaptor, which can be connected to 415v 32A sockets using our 415v 32A to 230v 32A adaptor, for faster charging rates.

     

    The Electrical Safety First website provides a fantastic resource to check the type of sockets used in any county worldwide. For more technical information, the Digital Museum of Plugs and Sockets provides a fascinating resource.

    Specification

    • Weatherproof IP66 rated high quality 13A socket, compatible with all UK EV 'granny charger' 13A plugs.
    • Socket can be locked shut with a small padlock with a maximum diameter of 5.5mm (not included).
    • 0.8m of the following diameter cable:
      • 4mmsq - IEC 230v (32A), IEC 415v (32A)
      • 2.5mmsq - IEC 230v (16A), IEC 415v (16A)
      • 1.5mmsq - universal Schuko/French adaptor (16A), Danish adaptor (16A), Italian adaptor (16A), Swiss adaptor (16A)
      • 1mmsq - Italian adaptor (10A), Swiss adaptor (10A)
    • Industrial specification H07RN-F rubber cable, specifically manufactured for harsh environments with high mechanical, chemical, water and UV resistance. Flexibility and performance is retained over a wide temperate range (-25 to 55°C). Find out what’s so special about this cable
    • A socket tester must always be used to ensure correct polarity.
    • PAT tested.

    If you require an adaptor which is not listed, please do get in touch, as we can make adaptors for almost any international socket, many from stock.