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Old 22-11-2021, 07:25   #1
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EU/US Shore Power Adapter

Hello,

My boat is set up with a 120VAC 30A shore power plug but am planning to bring it to the UK. The only thing shore power is running are battery chargers which are capable of taking 50/60 Hz 120/240VAC. So I was looking for an adapter that will allow 240V 16A to be plugged into my 120V 30A American style plug but was unable to find any.

What is another solution besides installed a 2nd receptacle that takes 240V and isolating the two plugs

Thanks!
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Old 22-11-2021, 07:41   #2
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Re: EU/US Shore Power Adapter

Why not just change the socket completely on the boat for a European design and then use the 16A plugs you will find very common across Europe:

https://www.marinesuperstore.com/bat...d-socket-white

https://www.marinesuperstore.com/bat...n-mains-socket

What about the water heater?
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Re: EU/US Shore Power Adapter

Yeah... That would be a good idea! I guess its only a few wires to change out.
No water heater, its just the 2 battery chargers for now.

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Hello,

My boat is set up with a 120VAC 30A shore power plug but am planning to bring it to the UK. The only thing shore power is running are battery chargers which are capable of taking 50/60 Hz 120/240VAC. So I was looking for an adapter that will allow 240V 16A to be plugged into my 120V 30A American style plug but was unable to find any.

What is another solution besides installed a 2nd receptacle that takes 240V and isolating the two plugs

Thanks!
make one. I just did a 240/120 50A shore power to a 240V 20A air compressor. Amazon and others have the ends.
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Re: EU/US Shore Power Adapter

Do as Pete says, or make up a new cord with the US boat side connector on one end and the UK shore plug on the other. This is what I do. I have maybe 5 or 6 different shoreside plugs onboard from the various countries and swap them onto the cord when needed.
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Re: EU/US Shore Power Adapter

Like this?


https://www.marinesuperstore.com/batteries-power-chargers/shore-power/marinco-easylink-to-eurocon-16a
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Re: EU/US Shore Power Adapter

Just double check that really is the only thing connected to AC power.

But otherwise, anyone with even modest wiring skills should be able to make up an adapter or cut off the end of the cord and put on a UK end.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Jim.
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Just double check that really is the only thing connected to AC power.

But otherwise, anyone with even modest wiring skills should be able to make up an adapter or cut off the end of the cord and put on a UK end.
There are two kinds of small shore power connections in Europe -- the 16 amp CEEform "blue plugs", and (on the continent, especially Northern Europe), the Schuko socket (CEE 7/4) like in a house.

The CEEform plugs cost bupkins and can be installed in three minutes. Just pop off that Marinco plug and install the blue plug. No need to mess with an adapter.

For cruising Northern Europe I carry in addition:

1. Schuko plug to CEEform 16 amp blue socket adapter
2. A UK BS1363 household plug to CEEform 16 amp blue socket adapter
3. A CEEform 16 amp blue plug to BS1363 socket adapter in case you need to run a power tool or something else directly from a shore power outlet
4. A CEEform 16 amp blue plug to double CEEform 16 amp blue socket adapter in case there are no free sockets and you need to piggyback with someone
5. A 32amp 3-phase red CEEform plug to 3x 16 amp blue CEEform sockets adapter, for commercial and fishing harbours where there are no small sockets. Two other boats can plug in with you. You may earn a lot of free beer with this one.

You can make the adapters yourself. The CEEform plugs and sockets are cheap yet extremely reliable -- worlds better than the awful Marinco plugs. You will be happy to be using them.
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Re: EU/US Shore Power Adapter

I also have a multivoltage battery charger. I just cut off the plug of my Marinco cord and changed it to the three round prong EU recreational plugs.
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