Sometimes we need to charge our electric vehicles, but have difficulty reaching a power outlet or charging station. It might be a destination with no charging stations, or the charging station could be blocked. In the first case a portable chargers lets you use available power outlets, but you might require an adapter cord to use the outlet, and the outlet might be far from your parking space. In the second case, you might be able to park near the charging station, but far enough that the charging cord cannot reach.
In other words, we sometimes are in suboptimal situations. One solution is to use a combination of extension cords, power adapters and portable charging stations.
But, the car manufacturers universally warn against using extension cords when charging an electric car. While there is a legitimate safety concern, it is possible to safely use extension cables. That requires some knowledge of basic electronic concepts, and good quality equipment.
As per our experience, Yes, you can extend your EV cable. Most EV chargers are around 10 metres long, which is an ideal length for charging your EV at home. However, you could face difficulties charging your EV on a sidewalk or at a public charging station. If you charge your EV outside, it’s best to have a long EV cable.
There are two ways to extend your EV charger. The first way is to buy a new, longer charger. Nowadays, you can get EV chargers up to 25 ft long. The second way is to use an extension connector, which we’ll discuss in the next section.
The easiest and most popular method to extend an EV charging cable is by using extension electrical cable. One end of the cord connects to the main charger socket, and the other links to the car charging port. These cords are similar to mobile connector chargers and extension boards we use in our daily lives.
The biggest benefit of using these cords is flexibility. They are available in a wide range of lengths. You can select the size as per your requirements. Besides, these chords come in various power ratings. You can find a cord that has the same power rating as your main charger. You can also choose good-quality extension cables based on other specifications you need.
Please note that you shouldn’t extend an EV charging cable with another charging cable. It could lead to a loose connection. Always use a cord based on plug types to extend your charger.