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Charging adapter tests the whole system

Nov 2018 Latest News | Comments Off on Charging adapter tests the whole system

Electric test solutions company Metrel is offering a vehicle charging point test adapter to help contractors increase their share of an exponentially growing market.

The EVSE Adapter A 1532 plugs directly into charge points without opening the box. One of the immediate advantages is that the adapter accesses the charge point in the same manner as an electric vehicle and therefore tests the system as whole. It can thoroughly test the charge point by simulating the electric vehicle status, disconnected, charge ready, active charging (with and without ventilation) and pilot error just by turning a switch. The EVSE Adaptor can test installations with output currents up to 63A.

From the 1 January, vehicle charging points can be protected by either a RCD type B or a “RCD type A and appropriate equipment that ensures disconnection of the supply in case of a DC fault above 6mA”, according to the 18th Edition. While many testers can check type B RCDs, Metrel says it is the only one able to test the 30mA AC and 6mA DC called for in the 18th Edition.

While this adapter will work with all Metrel installation testers, optimal performance is gained when used with the MI 3152, which offers Auto Sequence testing and leads the test engineer through the procedure to ensure all the measurements have been taken to complete a certificate.
The A 1532 EVSE adapter can connect any installation tester to a charge point via a BS 1363 socket, and all 3-phases are accessible for individual tests using the standard 4mm connections. Connection to the charge point is via the type 2 male plug.