Background information about EV sockets and plugs used and catered for from Chargemaster

Type 2 socket

A Mennekes socket used on the standard socketed homecharge units and Fastcharge units. This socket is one of the most popular ones seen and used throughout the UK. If you plan to use our public network, we strongly advise that you purchase a Type 2 cable if you haven’t been provided with one with your vehicle.

 

Type 1 socket

Known as J1772 this is an older slow AC charge connector and is being phased out in favour of type 2

Type 2 CCS socket

This is a combination of slow AC and fast DC connector. A versatile socket enabling a faster charge on our Ultracharge units and compatible for vehicles such as the BMW i3 and Volkswagen e-Golf.

CHAdeMO socket

This is a fast DC charge connector and is one of the sockets provided for on our Ultracharge units for vehicles such as the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi Outlander and Kia Soul EV.

Wall Outlet

A standard wall outlet either domestic or business BS1363 plug unit. We don’t recommend using these to charge your vehicle.

Other Socket types

These are other sockets not provided by or used by Chargemaster but we thought you might be interested.

Quick charge CCS / SAE combination socket

The Combined Charging System (CCS) is a fast charging method for battery powered electric vehicles (EV) delivering direct current via a custom connector originally inherited from the SAE J1772 (IEC Type 1) or IEC Type 2 connector. It is also called Combo Coupler and the variant with Type 2 is abbreviated as Combo2.

Type 1 CCS socket

Type 1 Combined Charging System (CCS). The CCS Type 1 charging cables were developed for fast Direct current (DC) charging in accordance with SAE J1772 and IEC 62196-3. A unit locking mechanism prevents the Vehicle Connector from being pulled out when in use.

Tesla supercharger socket

The Tesla Supercharger network is a system of DC fast-charging stations built by the Tesla company in the United States to allow fast charging of their car battery packs untimately providing longer journeys for their EV vehicles Model S, Model 3 and Model X.

Blue Commando

The most common range of heavy commercial and industrial plugs. These are often referred to in the UK as CEE industrial, CEEform or simply CEE plugs, or as “Commando connectors” after the MK Commando brand name for these connectors.

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