Our three ranges to cater for all UMC types
We offer three ranges of adaptors and extension leads for use with the UMCs.
Standard Red / Gen1 & Gen3 UMCs
For use with the older Gen1 and new Gen3 UMCs, these adaptors come with the 16A red commando socket (IEC 60309) allowing you to interface with the Tesla 16A red three-phase UMC adaptor, details of which can be found here. Please be aware that this Gen1 Tesla UMC adaptor is not normally provided as part of the kit with the vehicle and has to be purchased separately from Tesla. The 32A blue UMC adaptor supplied with the kit is not used in any of our solutions.
The Gen1 UMC is better in that it supports three-phase charging allowing up to 11kW power (providing suitable power source is available). This will offer the highest charging speed possible on Model S, X and 3. The Gen3 UMC is just as good s the Gen1 because it also supports up to 11kW three-phase power. It doesn’t require any Tesla adaptor as it has the 16A red Commando plug fitted, saving the expense of buying an adaptor from Tesla. It doesn’t howerver support 32A single-phase power which the old, discontinued Gen1 UMC does.
Standard Blue / Gen2 UMC
If you have a post-May 2019 S or X or a Model 3, the Gen2 UMC uses the 16A blue commando as an interface. The 16A blue UMC adaptor is supplied as part of the UMC pack with the car so unlike the 16A red used with the Gen1, you do not need to buy any additional Tesla adaptors.
Tesla can optionally provide a 32A Blue commando adaptor (part number 1104948-00-B). Our modular adaptor system doesn’t interface to this, but we can provide 32A Blue commando extension leads if required. 32A single phase / 7kW is the fastest charging speed supported by the Gen2 UMC as it does not unfortunately support three-phase.
The blue and particularly red commando sockets take up some space and whilst they are IP44 rated, they are only splashproof and not fully waterproof. They can also be quite clunky to operate if you have small hands.
Xavelec has developed a “Compact” connector which still offers full 11kW three-phase capabilities whilst being a lot smaller and fully waterproof so has no issues being left submerged in water.
The Compact system is now available in two levels – one supporting the full three-phase power, called Compact Red (to match with the Red Commando plugs) and a lighter, cheaper single-phase-only version. The latter is fully compatible with all Compact adaptors, including three-phase ones, but will only carry single phase power.