Question: what EV charging cable should i use?

What EV Charging Connection Do I Need? Type 1 or Type 2?

There are two main types of EV charging cables: Type 1 and Type 2. The type of cable your vehicle requires will be determined by the type of charging port it has.

    • Type 1: Type 1 cables have a T-shaped connector and are typically used for Level 2 charging. They are not compatible with DC fast charging.

Type 1 EV Charging Cable Connection | Portable Charger | Ireland

    • Type 2: Type 2 cables have a D-shaped connector and are compatible with both Level 2 charging and DC fast charging. This makes them the most versatile type of EV charging cable.

Type 2 EV Charging Cable Connection | Portable Charger | Ireland

How to Tell EV Charging Cables Apart

The easiest way to tell Type 1 and Type 2 EV charging cables apart is by looking at the connector. Type 1 connectors have a T-shaped arrangement of pins, while Type 2 connectors have a D-shaped arrangement.

You can also tell the difference by looking at the label on the cable. Type 1 cables will be labeled as "J1772" or "Level 2", while Type 2 cables will be labeled as "CHAdeMO" or "CCS2".

How to Check What Connection Your Vehicle Requires

There are a few ways to check what connection your vehicle requires:

    • Consult your vehicle's owner's manual. The owner's manual will typically have a section on the vehicle's charging system.

    • Look at the charging port on your vehicle. The charging port will have a label that indicates the type of connector it requires.

    • Ask Google. Be aware the connection types may differ in different continents. Also ensure you look at a reputable website. 
  • Check the manufacturer's website or contact the manufacturer. The manufacturer's website or customer service department will be able to provide you with the information you need.

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