EV adaptors for visitors to the UK from Europe & Scandinavia

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Whilst the UK has a rapidly developing network of EV charging points, charging from a domestic socket may still at times be required.

The electric supply in the UK is 230v 50Hz, which is the same as for all of Europe and Scandinavia. This means that all you need to charge your EV in the UK is the correct adaptor to connect the EV charger plug to a UK socket. In contrast to Europe, the UK only has two different types of socket in common use, which makes connection simple.

Standard travel adaptors must not be used to charge an EV as they are only suitable for low current applications, and often dangerously do not connect the earth.

230v 13A Socket

The 13A socket is the only type used within the UK to power appliances. The plug has three rectangular blades in a triangular pattern.

Unlike any European plug, it has a small fuse fitted inside it. This is an important consideration, as the 13A fuse means that the maximum power which can be drawn from a UK socket is 13A.

As this is lower than the 16A available from European sockets, it is vital that the charging current on your EV is lowered to 10-13A. Using your normal 16A charging setting will blow the 13A fuse in the plug.

CEE 230v 16A Blue Socket

Found at campsites and marinas across the UK, these are the same as those used across Europe. You will not find them in domestic properties.

If you will be staying at a campsite or marina, these adaptor leads enable charging at the normal European 16A.

N.B. If you have a Tesla Gen 1 Mobile Connector, the 16A lead will plug in directly without an adaptor. You can check if you have a Gen 1 Mobile Connector by measuring the diameter of the blue plug. The diameter will be 43mm for Gen 2 (which you can use in the UK for these sockets), or 57mm for GEN1 which is not compatible. 

 

Typical Application

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

Specification - 13A Socket Adaptors

  • Tough UK 230v 13A plug.
  • Danish (16A), Schuko (16A) or Swiss (16A) socket.
  • Please note that whilst the Schuko and Swiss sockets are IP44 rated, the Danish socket must be kept dry (we are trying to source a weatherproof version).
  • 0.4mm of 1.5mmsq 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
  • PAT tested.

Specification - 16A CEE Socket Adaptors

  • 230v 16A Menneke IP44 rated plug.
  • Danish (16A), Schuko (16A) or Swiss (16A) socket.
  • Please note that whilst the Schuko and Swiss sockets are IP44 rated, the Danish socket must be kept dry (we are trying to source a weatherproof version).
  • 0.4m of the largest diameter H07RN-F rubber cable which will safely fit the specific plug.
  • 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.