1. DEC1 - Type 2 to Type 1 Charging Cables

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This charging cable will allow an EV equipped with a Type 1 (J1772) charging socket eg...

Pre- 2018 Nissan EVs (Type 1)

Mitsubishi i-MiEV / Outlander

All Vauxhall EVs and Plug-in Hybrids

Citroen C-Zero

Peugeot Ion

All Toyota EVs and Plug-in Hybrids

Renault Kangoo / Fluence

Kia Soul (not Optima - Type 2)

Fisker Karma

Ford C-MAX Energi / Ford Focus EV

Lightning EV

Mercedes Vito E-Cell Van

MIA Electric

Toyota Prius PHEV

Price includes P&P

Does my LEAF have a 3.3 or 6.6kW charger?

If your dash shows two charging rate options (as at right, circled in red) when connected to an EVSE (charge point), then you have a 6.6kW one.  If not, then you only have the 3.3kW one.

An EV Cable-Buyer’s Note: 

Firstly, the proper name for an EV charging station is an EVSE (electric vehicle service/supply equipment).  This applies across the board, DC or AC, high or low power, fixed or portable.

Early production EVs did not, generally, have a charging socket but instead had a permanently attached charging cable with a 13A or other usually industrial-type charging plug attached.  Modern EVs now have a socket which is referred to as either ‘Type 1’ (aka ‘T1’) or Type 2 (aka ‘T2’, or ‘Mennekes’ - see photo, right). They conform to one of 2 international standards:- either SAEJ17172 or ISO62196, respectively.

What follows are my thoughts, as an experienced EVer, on the typical EVer’s need for a basic charging cable.  EV makers generally used to supply a portable charging device which plugged into a standard UK, 3 pin, 13A socket (AKA ‘Granny Charger’ or, more properly ‘Mode 2 EVSE’, or even easier, a ‘pEVSE’).  Latterly they have stopped providing the - much more expensive - pEVSEs and started providing either a simple ‘T2 to T2’ or ‘T2 to T1’ cable, as appropriate to the EV in question.  My choice for the naming convention, incidentally, is to use a name which describes the function; in this context the cable delivers electrical current from a socket to the EV and hence the cable name format is ‘source to destination’ eg ‘Type 2 (charging station) to Type 1 (EV)’.  Unhappily, and rather confusingly IMO, not all EV organizations apply the same degree of logic!

A ‘free cable’ is one that is not tethered to the EVSE but must be connected to the EVSE and the EV before charging and (usually) disconnected afterwards and stowed in the EV.

The need for a ‘free cable’ charging cable generally falls into one or more of 3 categories:-

1/  Day-to-day charging.  If you are fortunate enough to be able to charge where you regularly park whilst away from home and need or want to do so (some public charging points are free to use and some even come with free parking, so why wouldn’t you?), and that EVSE is non-tethered - AKA 'free cable' - (as most are), then clearly having a basic charging cable is a must.  If you already own a charging cable but your home EVSE is also the ‘free cable’ type (ideal for visitors with a different EV charging socket than yours), then it may be more convenient for you to leave one cable always connected to your home EVSE and have a spare in the EV.  This then means you don’t have to put your (possibly wet and mucky) cable in your car every time you go anywhere in your EV. (Note: - If this is you, you might be interested in a EV plug stowage ‘holster’ to keep your home cable’s plug safely off the ground and dry).

2/ Charging at home.  If you opted to have a ‘free’ (non-tethered) EVSE installed at home then, again, you will definitely need one of these cables (the same issues apply as at 1/, above).

3/ ‘Insurance’.  If you generally only ever use a tethered EVSE to charge, either at home or away from home, then the only other reason to buy a cable is to insure you against the time when it is your only way to get a charge when ‘caught short’.  If, for example, you arrive at a rapid charger, very low on charge, to find it isn’t working or is being used or has been ICE’ed then your only option is to rely on a slow charge from a not so rapid ‘free cable’ EVSE (if available) using one of these cables.  You will only have to use it to get enough charge to get you to the next rapid charger or other destination.  The only likely alternative is a tow truck (though you can always beg for access to a 13A socket and use your pEVSE - you do have one of *those*, don’t you?).


The next question to answer is what size cable you need ie power capability and length. Unfortunately, unless you are used to handling heavy-duty cables, quite how awkward the heavier and longer EV charging cables can be will only become apparent when you have bought one and have it in your hands.  Therefore, in my opinion, you want the lightest and shortest cable possible as even the 32A, 5m cable weighs 2.5kg, is quite bulky, and quite stiff (especially when cold) and therefore rather awkward to use and store.

This is especially true if you are going to be hefting it in and out of the car every day, let alone more than once a day.  If you can get away with 3m and 16A then my advice is to opt for that. 16A will charge a typical smaller EV (ie car) at about 10 miles of range per hour of charging and so, for the earlier modern production EVs, 16A is more than enough to fully charge these EVs and PiHs (plug-in hybrids) in ~8 hours - LEAF, i-MiEV, Zoe, Outlander etc. Also, you may decide to sell the car on with it anyway and want a new cable with your new EV - which may, of course, need a different car-side plug.

The best bet for ‘insurance’ purposes, however, is a 8m cable.  The likelihood that with some cunning you won’t be able to get your charge port close enough to the EVSE with a 8m cable is very remote, even if that means blocking in an inconsiderately parked ICEV (It is good EV etiquette to always leave a note with your mobile number on it when charging - both for emergencies with your EV as well as to help out other EVers who may have an emergency of their own - see chargebump).

If your EV can only charge at 3.3kW (16A) or less then the same logic applies only doubly so.

I appreciate people will say “Well it’s only a few more pounds for the 32A cable, I might as well get that one”.  Yes, but why pay any more than you need particularly if it is going to be significantly more awkward to use?  Like I say, just my opinion!


Please consider the current rating and length of cable you order very carefully as a re-stocking charge of £20 will be charged on returns/swaps.

...to charge from any public or private Type 2 EVSE (electric vehicle service equipment) 'charge point', such as those provided by Ecotricity, ChargeMaster, government sponsored Polar, PodPoint and Rolec units, Source East, Source London, 'Charge Your Car', ZeroNet (Zero Carbon World), ChargePlaceScotland, Greater Manchester EV Scheme, Charging Solutions, any EV dealership such as Nissan, Mitsubishi, Citroen, Renault and Peugeot, etc, etc.

The 16A version is suited to EVs with a ~3.3kW maximum power (eg older LEAFs and Outlander) and minimizes the bulk and weight of the adaptor cable.  32A versions are suited to some newer LEAFs, etc.

A small padlock can be used (not supplied) to secure the plug to the car whilst charging.  The padlock shackle must have a diameter of no more than 4mm.

IMPORTANT: Please ensure that this cable is NOT COILED UP when in use.


2. ADP6 - Type 2 to Type 1 Adapter

(Note: The ‘free carry bag’ offer does not apply to this product)

In Stock - £140

Price includes P&P

Weight: - 900g

This adapter will allow any EV equipped with a Type 1 (J1772) socket (eg Nissan LEAF) to use any EVSE (charge point) fitted with a tethered Type 2 (Mennekes) charging cable and plug - or - a ‘free cable’ EVSE which has a cable plugged into it that terminates in a FEMALE Type 2 plug. Either EVSE and/or cable can be either 1P or 3P but the adaptor will only transfer 1P power. It consists of a special Type 2 plug, a 0.15m length of 32A EV cable and a standard Type 1 plug.

The special Type 2 plug allows it to properly mate with the female Type 2 plug as well as a Type 2 socket.  Note: This Type 2 plug will not lock into a locking EVSE socket. 

It is suitable for either 16A or 32A use.  A small padlock can be used (not supplied) to secure the Type 1 plug of the adaptor to the car whilst charging as there is no means of locking the adaptor to the tethered (or un-tethered) EVSE plug.  The padlock shackle must have a diameter of no more than 4mm.

**Tesla Destination ‘Chargers’

(aka TDCs - although the word ‘charger’ is misused here as they are NOT chargers but merely a complicated mains switch and the actual charger - for AC charging, at least - is ALWAYS in the EV)

Tesla advise that where their TDCs are installed in pairs that one of the pairs should be designated (and accordingly signed) as ‘Teslas Only’ and when so-configured require Tesla-specific communications protocols between the connected vehicle and TDC to work.  Consequently, where the TDC has been so-configured, this adaptor will not work. 

Some TDC versions can be set to default to universal J1772 protocol after 30 seconds of non-Tesla EV connection, so if it does not appear to work at first, wait at least that amount of time before assuming there is an issue.

Lastly, some EVs have built-in timers to permit the car to only charge at pre-set periods (eg to take advantage of cheap-rate electricity during the night).  Obviously these should be cleared or temporarily over-ridden if you want to charge outside the pre-set times.  Refer to the EV’s manual.

Tesla HPWC owners/installers - To achieve correct functionality with *all* J1772-compliant EVs, the DIP switch setting inside the unit should be set in the *down* position...

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Normal price - £10!!

(Only applies to T2>T1 and T2>T2 Cables but NOT adaptors, nor extensions)

3. ADP7 - Type 1 to Type 2 Adapter

(Note: The ‘free carry bag’ offer does not apply to this product)

In Stock - £120

Price includes P&P

Weight: - 900g

This adapter will allow any EV equipped with a Type 2 socket eg Tesla (except Roadster), Volvo, Mercedes Benz, BMW or Renault to use any fixed EVSE (charge point), public or private, fitted with a tethered Type 1 (J1772) EV charging plug to charge from that EVSE. The charge rate is unaffected by the adaptor.  It is also compatible with *some* EVs charging from a portable EVSE (ie one fitted with a standard mains supply plug) but some EVs will not support this. For example, the Tesla Model S (and probably X, too) will not charge from the portable EVSE supplied with the  Mitsubishi i-MiEV (and probably the Outlander, too).  This is dues to a difference in how Mitsubishi have interpreted the IEC60296 charging standard.

It is rated at 32A, continuous.

A small padlock is provided to allow the T1 plug to be secured to the socket to prevent accidental disconnection.

The adaptor charging a Mitsubishi i-MiEV via a Tesla UMC

The adaptor charging a Tesla Model S from a Type 2 ‘free cable’ EVSE using a standard Type 2 to Type 1 cable

Obviously, normally you would just use a Type 2 to Type 2 cable to do this.

The adaptor charging a Mitsubishi i-MiEV via a tethered Type 2 Polar (Chargemaster) 30A fixed EVSE

NOTE:  This device is not always compatible with the Tesla charging points (including Tesla Destination ‘Chargers’)**

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4. EVSE Extension Cables - 3m - 16A & 32A

In Stock - from £200

Price includes P&P

If the extension you need comes with a socket in a box, the box containing the standard socket can be free-standing or mounted to a wall or other surface using 2 stainless steel screws (M3.5) screws (supplied).  The lid must be removed (and re-secured - using a ~6mm Phillips-type screwdriver) to fix the box to a surface but the use of the fixing holes does not alter the water ingress protection of the socket box.  The box should *not* be permitted to lie on the ground as it is not waterproof (the box is, however, more waterproof than a standard Type 1 or 2 connection).  It is also liable to be run over if left on the ground.  The box’s external dimensions are:- 125Hx115Wx58Dmm. It is of robust construction in ~3mm thick ABS plastic.

Type 2 to Type 1 Charging Cables

and General Adaptors and Extensions

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Non-UK Orders must pay for additional postage


These extension cables will permit the use of any standard Type 2 to Type 1 or 2 charging cable or tethered EVSE (charge-point) cable to be extended by 3m.  They are rated at either 16A or 32A and the cable uses 2.5mm2 or 6.0mm2 conductors according to the type. 

There are 3 versions of extension available according to what you are trying to extend (please see the graphic below):-

Example: EXT-FC-16

Free Royal Mail/ParcelForce postage is included* which usually takes 3-4 working days from the day of dispatch within mainland UK - but, due to our location, may take as much as 7 days.

(* UK orders only - ex-UK orders must have extra postage added - please see the ‘Shipping Information’ page)

Type 2 - Male (left) to Type 1 (right)

Note that 16A cables have black cable insulation