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Can extension lead be used to charge a hybrid?


Is it true that you can't recharge a plug-in hybrid using an extension lead? I read that somewhere, but surely if they can be charged from a domestic three-pin socket, why can't an extension lead be used for longer distances?

Thanking you


Philip Donegan (Ballina)

Oct 2021 Filed under: hybrid

Expert answer

Hi Philip,

It's not quite as simple as all that, but yes, the advice is to avoid using an extension lead. Some have high ratings that should be fine, but it also comes down to the length of the cord. A longer cord is more likely to be overloaded by the electrical power and that can cause all sorts of issues, including fire.

Shane O' Donoghue - Complete Car Advisor

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