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Chargers Beware! Converters & adaptors are not permitted on our network

Posted November 26, 2019 by Roseanne

A number of customers have been trying to charge on the Pod Point Network using Type 2 to 3-pin plug adapters. Please note, these are NOT permitted & can cause chargepoints to be taken out-of-service.

To maintain a healthy network of public chargepoints, we ask that customers avoid using charging adaptors.

Why? The adaptors have the following issues:

1. Pod Point chargepoints are designed to charge EVs using the Mode 3 charging protocol.

In this protocol, the car can cancel the charge by interrupting the comms signal running down the cable between the EV and the chargepoint. When that signal is interrupted the chargepoint releases the cable but, more importantly, safely de-energises the connected cable, until this point it remains locked in place.

We have seen some adaptors unable to disrupt the comms signal from the adaptor plugged into the chargepoint. As such, the chargepoint will not release the adaptor until it is powered down via Pod Point’s network team.

When this happens, Pod Point will not be liable for the losses or injury resulting from the use of such adaptors.

2. 3-pin plugs are not suited for use in the public realm, its exposed metal pins are a risk in wet conditions.

Conversely, the Type 2 connectors are safe for use in all weather conditions by design.

3. Adaptors and converters are not permitted for use unless they have been specifically approved by the chargepoint manufacturer and the vehicle manufacturer.

Pod Point has not approved any such adaptors and, to our knowledge, no adaptors have been approved by any vehicle manufacturers.

Therefore, we ask that customers don’t use charging adaptors to avoid our public chargepoints being taken out of service unnecessarily.

Thanks for your understanding!

Pod Point

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