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, with a range of different sockets which look deceptively similar, yet may be in incompatible even when they physically fit together. Our range of indoor heavy duty travel adaptors enable a granny charger with a UK 13A plug to be connected to domestic sockets anywhere in the world which has a 220-250v supply.
Our ModulEV range of modular adaptors may provide a more cost and space effective flexible solution if you require adaptors to fit more than 2 types of socket.
If you need to charge your EV using a socket at a campsite, marina or other industrial premises, please see our EV weatherproof industrial socket adaptors.
For Teslas chargers which have a blue 16A/32A plug, faster charging rates may be achieved using our Tesla compatible adaptors. See the Tesla charging guide for further information.
The picture below illustrates a typical application; an EV charger with a UK 13A plug is connected to a Schuko socket using the EV indoor Schuko/French universal adaptor.
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.
Tesla Gen 1 - The Tesla Gen 1 charger is the only unit which is sensitive to polarity. If you have the Gen 1 (see our guide to Tesla chargers) then please purchase the weatherproof polarity reversal switch unit.
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.
Tesla Gen 1 - If the charger shows reverse polarity, simply turn the plug 180 degrees and reinsert.
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.
Tesla Gen 1 - Reverse polarity is unlikely.
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.
Tesla Gen 1 - Reverse polarity is unlikely.
The Electrical Safety First website provides a useful 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.
- Tough rubberised single Permaplug trailing single 13A socket.
- 0.4m of the following diameter cable:
- 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 our cables.
- 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.