This adaptor cable will allow any EV fitted with:-

1/  A standard, BS1363, UK, 13A, 3-pin mains charging plug, or

2/  A CEE (blue commando) 16A or 32A, 3 pin inlet, or

3/  A European Schuko plug...

... to charge at any ‘free cable’ (ie non-tethered or socketed) public or private Type 2 EVSE (chargepoint), eg...

They will also work with any e-scooter designed to charge from a standard UK mains socket (or, indeed an EU-based one).

I can also supply a version to work with tethered EVSEs - see ‘Tethered EVSEs’ section below.

Any socket-type (ie non-tethered) Type 2 EVSE will work with the adaptor including the ChargeMaster (Polar/British Gas) units, PodPoint, ElektroBay etc.  Therefore it is suited for charging a Twizy, Vectrix, SocoMax scooters, Silence scooters, etc. 

Non-EV Use: The adaptor can also be used to power anything that has a mains (UK 13A, Schuko 16A or CEE/Commando as applicable to the adaptor version) plug on it including ordinary domestic appliances, eg, hoovers, pressure washers, lawn mowers, 12V car battery trickle chargers/maintainers, etc.

The standard cable length for all adaptors other than ADP5, 32A CEE version is 2.4m in tuff, flexible, 2.5mm2, H07-RNF (rubber) cable, rated at 23A continuous for all versions except for the ADP5 which uses 6mm2 EV flex, rated at 50A continuous and whose standard length is 1m but is also available in 3m and 5m lengths.  Note that these current ratings are only included here to indicate that the adaptor cable specification significantly outperforms the current they will be required to carry in operation (see more on this later).

A 5m option for all adaptors is also available. If you want a longer or shorter cable please ask.  10m is the maximum, 0.3m the minimum (the former will be more expensive depending on which version is ordered but the latter will be the same price as the standard option).

These adaptors will handle up to a maximum of 32A (depending on type of adaptor ordered).  However, ultimately, the maximum power available to charge your EV will be dictated by your EV's on-board charger - but no standard EV will have a 13A plug if it is capable of drawing more than 10A because 10A is the maximum current you can draw from a standard UK 13A 3-pin socket *continuously* for hour upon hour without a danger of over-heating the socket/plug connection.  All versions except ADP5 will instruct the EVSE to limit the charging current to 20A, maximum;  ADP5 has a 32A maximum current limit.  Again, note that these are *maximums; the connected appliance will only draw what current it requires and as long as that is less than these maximums, there will not be an issue.  Simply connecting an appliance to a supply that is capable of supply greater current than the appliance uses will not ‘force’ more current into the appliance.

They will also work to charge an e-bike from a Type 2 EVSE (assuming you have the e-bike charger with you and it is fitted with a mains plug).

Whilst charging, the standard adaptor's Type 2 plug is normally locked into the EVSE but the 3-pin mains plug is not, nor is the adaptor's mains socket water-proof (although the ‘MasterPlug’ socket option is ‘weather-proof’) so it should be ideally secured somewhere safe (eg locked in the boot/storage - to prevent unauthorized disconnection) and dry when in use.

5 different standard sockets are offered: standard 13A, MasterPlug 13A (IP54 - ‘dust protected, weather-proof’), EU Schuko and 16A & 32A CEE (blue commando, camping/caravanning, marine) - see photos.  Your choice of alternative socket can be requested at potentially extra cost.

How to use the adaptor:


1/ Ensure the adaptor’s key switch is in the 'on' position (12 o’clock position/green dot).

2/ Connect the EV’s charging plug into the adaptor’s trailing socket.

3/ Insert the adaptor’s Type 2 plug into the EVSE socket (using RFID card or smartphone app to unlock it, etc, as required).

4/ RFID/smartphone-based EVSEs usually start automatically after a few seconds (or follow the EVSE’s network app or EVSE instructions) and EVSE status light will change colour indicating 'charging'.


1/ Stop the charge (if it has not done so already automatically) by using the EV's controls. Do NOT disconnect the EV's plug from the adaptor's socket until the EV has stopped charging.

2/ If RFID/app-type EVSE: Use the app or RFID card to stop the charging. The Type 2 plug will be unlocked after a short delay.

3/ If 'manual' EVSE: Switch off the EVSE. This should unlock the Type 2 plug. If there is no switch, then operate the Type 2 key switch until the Type 2 plug is unlocked. Turn the switch back to the 'on' position ready for next use - and remove key!

Note: If your Type 2 plug will not release, first try pushing the Type 2 plug *into* the socket before pulling it out as the locking mechanism pin is prone to sticking and pushing the Type 2 plug in releases it.  If this fails and the Type 2 plug is still stuck in the EVSE’s socket, you must isolate the EVSE by contacting its operator or owner and arranging for them to turn off the EVSE at the mains, nearby isolator or consumer unit (fuse box).  In the event of a mains failure, normally the Type 2 plug will automatically be released.

Key Switch: Generally, you should not use the adaptor’s key switch with EVSEs as it can ‘confuse’ the EVSE.  Most EVSEs that use a smartphone app will unlock the plug in the normal course of charging i.e. either when the EV has finished charging or when you command the EVSE to stop charging via the smartphone app or by presenting the network’s RFID card.

Zero Motorcycle Users:-  A variant can be ordered terminating in a C13 plug to replace the standard charging lead to permit charging the older non-Type 2 socket-equipped Zeros (which have a matching ‘C14’ charging socket - see pics below) from a standard ‘free-cable’ (ie non-tethered) charging point.  Please order the ADP13 (and extra length, if needed).  This is available in either single or dual formats (see single version photo below).

Please note that some Zeros may have a ‘tight’ C14 socket that has reduced clearance between the bikes frame and the C14 socket for the bulky part of the C13 plug and therefore the standard C13 plug will not fully plug into the bike’s socket.  These bikes require the ‘ADP13-S’ adaptor which uses a special moulded-on plug which is slightly smaller.  This version will also fit the ‘standard’ Zero C14 socket but is more expensive.

Twizy Users:- The standard UK Twizy plug has a rather large 13A mains plug strain relief moulding which interferes with the proper closing of the MasterPlug version (only) socket lid.  You can remove 2 segments of the strain relief (as shown here...)  using either a craft knife or snippers which will allow the lid to close easily.  The standard Twizy plug will fit the Standard socket without modification.

Zappi EVSE Users:-

Apparently, the Zappi has a setting which can be removed that delays a charge by 10 minutes after connecting the EV.  If your adaptor does not immediately turn on the Zappi when connected with the adaptor’s keyswitch in the ‘on’ (green dot/12 o’clock) position, please check this setting is set to ‘off’.

RV, Camper-van and Boat Users:-

These adaptors may also be used to charge large internal batteries in RVs, camper-vans and similar vehicles which typically have an externally mounted CEE (aka ‘blue commando’) socket usually rated at 16A (for ID purposes, these have an internal socket diameter of 44mm, 32A ones are 59mm) and which are normally used to plug into a convenient mains supply eg those provided at camping grounds, etc.   This is very similar to the idea of ‘shore power’ in the marine context where a boat moored at a pontoon would connect to the supply provided for this purpose to provide mains power to the boat whilst moored up.  Indeed, the ‘ADP’ range of adaptors could also be used in precisely this way for boats moored at locations which have EV charging facilities using the standard Type 2 socket (and tethered female Type 2 plugs) that are starting to appear.

Citroën Ami Users:-

To use your Ami’s standard charging cable with either a tethered Type 2 EVSE (chargepoint) or on the EV end of a standard Type 2 to Type 2 cable plugged into a standard Type 2 socketed EVSE, then you must also buy the ‘Short T2MP’ option.  This a special version of the Type 2 male plug that properly connects to the female Type 2 plug on the end of the tethered EVSE cable.

Technical Notes for DIY-built EVs:-

All the adaptors on this page are designed to communicate their maximum current-carrying capability to the chargepoint (EVSE) once connected.  In the case of UK and 16A CEE plug adaptor versions, this maximum current ‘agreement’ is set at 20A.  In the case of the 32A CEE version it is 32A. 

However, neither the EVSE nor the adaptor cable can control the maximum current that the EV’s charger will draw once connected.  Therefore, for any EV which uses any sort of ‘unofficial’ ie non-OEM charging system (eg a DIY arrangement), it is essential that the EV’s charging system design accounts for the maximum current it will draw from the EVSE.  Otherwise, at best the EVSE will go into fault mode and disconnect the EV and, at worst, the adaptor could dangerously overheat.

All standard EVs which were originally sold with tethered charging leads terminated with a standard domestic plug (of any country) will never draw more current than that standard plug was designed for.  Thus, EVs with UK 13A 3 pin plugs (BS1363) fitted will (should!) not draw more than 10A, those with 16A CEE plugs or European ‘Schuko’ plugs will not draw more than 15/16A and EVs with 32A charging leads will not draw more than 32A.

Tethered EVSEs:- 

Without modification, EVSEs with a tethered Type 2 female connector will not work with the standard ADP adaptors due to a deliberate plug design facet intended to specifically stop people from extending tethered cables with ‘free’ Type 2 to Type 2 cables designed for non-tethered chargepoints.  This includes ‘dual or triple-header’ ‘rapid’ charge-points including CCS types.  If you want compatibility with these charge-points too (AC only) you must also order the ‘Short T2MP’ option.  Note that adaptors which have the ‘short T2MP’ option will not have a key-switch fitted because the switch is irrelevant due to the shorter T2MP being unable to lock into a standard ‘free-cable’ (ie socketed) charge-point.

If you have any questions, please contact me using the information at the foot of this page.

ADP1 - Type 2 to 13A, Commando/CEE

and EU(Schuko) Socket Adaptor Cables

All Prices Include VAT & UK Postage

Non-UK Orders must pay for additional postage

Overall dimensions (mm - closed and excluding cable strain relief sleeve - not visible in photo):-

73W x 140H x 60D

Socket Weight: 170g

Plug Thickness = 29mm max

... and about half the volume of the BG socket and twice the volume of the standard socket.

ADP1 - Standard Socket Option

See video (below) of the adaptor in operation.

This is quite a long page. So, please be sure to scroll down to see the rest, including prices and Ts & Cs.

ADP4 - 16A CEE Socket Option

ADP3 - Schuko Socket Option

ADP2 - MasterPlug Socket Option

Adaptor in use demonstration video (MasterPlug weatherproof socket version shown)

All versions are fitted with a key operated Manual Plug Release Switch

(The key can be removed in both ‘on’ and ‘off’ positions)

All standard versions are 2.4m long (except 32A ADP5 at 1m).  Longer versions can be ordered by adding a length option to your socket option (see below).

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ADP5 - 32A CEE Socket Option

All Versions In Stock

Prices include P&P

Standard adaptor length is 2.4m

(except for ADP5)

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** UK orders only - ex-UK orders must have extra postage added via the ‘Shipping Information’ page.

How to Order:- Say you want a standard socketed (ie not weather-proof), 5m long adaptor for a UK Renault Twizy... 

1/ Select ‘ADP1’ (plain, non-weatherproof 13A socket) from the ‘Socket Options’ drop-down and click on the ‘Add to Cart’ button below the menu.

2/  Return to this page from the Paypal ‘Your Shopping Cart’ web page.

3/ Select ‘ADP1, 2, 3, 4 & 13 - 5m...’ from the ‘Length Options’ drop-down menu and click on the ‘Add to Cart’ button below that menu.

4/  You will again be taken to the Paypal shopping cart web page where should now check out and pay. 

You will receive a Paypal notification by email indicating that your purchase has been successful.  You will then also get one from me.

(5/  Customers from outside the UK must also visit the ‘Shipping Information’ page and add appropriate extra postage.)

- C13 Plug Option

C13 Plug Rated at 15A

using 2.5mm2 H07RN-F (rubber) cable.

Adaptor Socket Options:

Length Options:

‘Standard’ Zero C14 Socket

‘Tight’ Zero C14 Socket