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) public or private Type 2-based EVSE (charging-point) facility, 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 but please contact me for further information.

Any 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, early 'dumb' i-MiEV etc, indeed, anything that has a mains (UK 13A, Schuko 16A or CEE/Commando as applicable) plug on it. 

The basic cable length is 1m in tuff, very flexible, 1.5mm2, H07-RNF (rubber) cable for the UK socket version, rated at 23A continuous, or 2.5mm2 H07-RNF cable for Schuko and 16A CEE versions, rated at 32A continuous or 6mm2 EV flex for the 32A CEE version, rated at 50A continuous.

3m and 5m options are also available. If you want a longer or shorter cable please ask.  10m is the maximum, 0.3m the minimum.

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.

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 mains plug is not, nor is the adaptor's mains socket water-proof so it should be ideally secured somewhere safe (eg locked in the boot - to prevent unauthorized disconnection) and dry when in use.

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

The adaptor’s Type 2 plug is equipped with a key switch (2 keys supplied) in the ‘on’ position to manually release the Type 2 plug should the EVSE lock it in for some reason.  Generally, you should not use the manual release switch with EVSEs as it can ‘confuse’ them.  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.  However, some recently installed EVSEs (notably Sainsbury’s ones installed around the beginning of 2017), have an app but they cannot be controlled by it.  In this case, if necessary the manual release switch should be used to switch off the EVSE and release the Type 2 plug.

Note: The locking mechanism used by Type 2 plugs is prone to suffering from the locking pin getting stuck and in order to overcome this, the plug may sometimes require pushing in before pulling it out.

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 from a standard ‘free-cable’ (ie non-tethered) charging point.  Please oder the ADP13 (and extra length, if needed).  This is available in either single or dual formats (see single version photo below).

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.

Cable weights are shown on the purchase button drop-down. 

Technical Notes:-

All the adaptors on this page are designed to communicate their maximum current-carrying capability to the charging point (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 tethered Type 2 plugs will not work with the standard 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 charge points.  This includes ‘dual or triple-header’ ‘rapid’ charger points including CCS types.  If you want compatibility with these charge-points too (AC only) you must also order the ‘Short T2MP’ option.  Furthermore, *some* tethered AC chargers use a ‘full communications protocol’ rather than the much more common ‘simple’ one and this requires a button on the adaptor, the pressing of which initiates a charge. If you require this extra feature, please also order “Full protocol’ option.  I hope to publish here a list of ‘full protocol’ rapid charger makes and models in the coming months.


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


All Versions In Stock

Prices include P&P:-

ADP1 - Type 2 to 13A, Commando/CEE

and EU(Schuko) Socket Adaptor Cables

All Items In Stock

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.

Socket Options:

ADP1 - Standard Socket Option

See video (below) of the adaptor in operation.

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 1m long.  Longer versions can be ordered by adding a length option to your socket option (see below).

Length Options:

Contact Us...

Email:  -  Mob: 07788 138413  Landline: 01951 200197 

2 Hall Cottage

Isle of Colonsay


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I am not VAT registered so ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT!

ADP5 - 32A CEE Socket Option

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.

(* Ltd is not registered for VAT

** 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, 3m long adaptor for a UK Renault Twizy... 

1/ Select ‘ADP1’ 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 - 3m...’ 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.)

ADP13 - C13 Plug Option

C13 Plug Rated at 15A using 2.5mm2 H07RN-F (rubber) cable.