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Granny cables on Screwfix

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,726 ✭✭✭ zg3409


    n97 mini wrote: »
    These are the cheapest name-brand granny cables from a reliable source I've seen, in case anyone is looking for one.

    https://www.screwfix.ie/c/electrical-lighting/electric-vehicle-charging/cat12700003
    Good deal.

    Please note some granny cables sold by Irish sellers on the likes of adverts have a UK plug, but on the back 16A, 16amp is written on them, instead of the normal 10A. They are also sold by UK sellers on eBay with moulded UK plugs.

    These are dangerous to use, particularly with extension cables, so if you own a granny cable check that 10A is written on it and not 16A. They are normally branded duosoida.


    If 16A is written on it discontinue use. You may be able to reduce the draw from the car using a car menu with some cars like Tesla, kia, hyundai.

    Irish owners have bought these, and tested them and they draw 16amp when the plug, fuse and socket are only rated at 13amp. The plug and socket will get hot, and the extension cable will get warm in use. 10 amp is the safe long term setting for overnight charging.

    The sellers should be prosecuted, and the person molding on the plug, presumably in China, should be prosecuted. These are in no way safe.

    Example of dangerous one
    https://touch.adverts.ie/other/ev-charging-cable-type-1-home-charger-3-pin-plug/19515057


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,266 ✭✭✭ kirving


    zg3409 wrote: »
    The sellers should be prosecuted, and the person molding on the plug, presumably in China, should be prosecuted. These are in no way safe.

    Have there been any reported incidents in Ireland from using a 16A charger?

    Could you put a type E/F plug on the granny charger and do 16A? Those are commonly rated to 16A.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,287 ✭✭✭ n97 mini


    zg3409 wrote: »
    Please note some granny cables sold by Irish sellers on the likes of adverts have a UK plug, but on the back 16A, 16amp is written on them, instead of the normal 10A. They are also sold by UK sellers on eBay with moulded UK plugs.

    Yeah, I had read about them on the IEVOA FB page, which kinda prompted me to use name-brand and reliable source. Speculation that the seller is cutting the 16A plugs off and fitting 13A plugs in their place. Not sure the one pictured in the advert is exactly what you get.

    Link to post (it's a public group so anyone can see):
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/IEVOA/permalink/2695456720695599


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,726 ✭✭✭ zg3409


    Have there been any reported incidents in Ireland from using a 16A charger?

    Could you put a type E/F plug on the granny charger and do 16A? Those are commonly rated to 16A.

    Not sure if this model was the cause but a few reports of sockets or plugs melting.

    Cutting off the plug might not be a good idea. Good granny cables have a temperature sensor unbuilt into the plug to stop or reduce speed if plug gets warm. This can happen if wall socket is old and worn.

    If you cut plug off you nay damage the sensor and not have it in the new plug. Its typically glued to the copper conductor to sense an overhearing socket.


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