Weatherproof single or double sockets, ideal for installing to allow charging of electrical vehicles where it is either not possible or economical to install a charging point (e.g. at a holiday home). The socket is not directly compatible with the Citroen Ami, which is supplied with a European CCEE 7/7 2 pin plug. This adaptor or extension lead is required to enable charging from a UK 13A socket.
These are the only weatherproof sockets in the UK that are compatible with the particularly large 13A moulded plug now fitted to EVs.
We don't just sell sockets, we're obsessed with finding the highest quality components for the Tough Leads range of products. As part of our development of a different product range, we bought in and evaluated every type of outdoor 13A socket available in the UK. These sockets are simply in a different league to the standard cheap versions found in DIY stores. Having now fitted tens of thousands of them to our range of extension leads, we've found them to be exceptionally reliable.
- Single (1 gang) or double (2 gang) socket.
- Robust high impact UV stable construction. The plastic will not discolour, fade or crack and operates in extremes of temperatures.
- Easy-to-open latch, ensuring that the socket remains closed, even with the larger 2.5mmsq flex. Unlike other cheaper brands, the clips won't break off.
- Multiple 20mm round entry positions on all four sides and single 20/25mm entry on the back.
- The single socket is un-switched and is of a specific type that we've sourced to enable the use of EV chargers. The double socket is switched (do not use to charge more than 1 EV at a time).
- IP66 rated, which means that it provides complete protection to the ingress of dust, and will remain waterproof even when subject to powerful water jets from any angle.
- To guard against unauthorised access, the socket can be locked shut with a small padlock (5.5mm maximum diameter), available here.
Please note that section 722 Electrical Vehicle Charging Installations of the IET Wiring Regulations details a number of additional requirements for socket outlets which are installed specifically to supply an EV. Additional requirements include the following, and for that reason should be left to an electrician:
- Dedicated final circuit with over-current protection (e.g. you can't use or spur off an existing ring circuit).
- Protection from a Type B RCD.
- PEN protection device/detailed earthing requirements for certain types of supply (far too complicated to explain here!)