In most of North America, power comes from your outlets at a nominal voltage around 120 volts. That’s great for things like lamps, computers, televisions, and your cell phone charger. But what about for a charger that’s a little bigger? Say, one for your Tesla or Nissan Leaf? The 120 volts that you’re accustomed to is actually only half of the power that comes from the utility pole outside. Electricity enters your home at 240 volts to power electricity-intensive appliances like electric ranges, clothes dryers, and electric furnaces. When you buy an electric vehicle like the Tesla or the Leaf, a charging station is commonly installed in your home and wired into the main 240 volt power as well. But when you’re on the road, you don’t always have access to a dedicated charging station, and usually you’re left to use a measly 120 volts from whatever outlet you can find. A full charge can take you days like that!

Our customer Eric came up with a great solution to these long charge times. He took one of our compact Quick 220® voltage adapters and plugged his Tesla charger into it using a plug adapter and made a faster mobile charging rig. He can now charge from empty in a relatively speedy 15-18 hours. Another customer, Curran, did something similar with his Nissan Leaf. He used our Model A220-20L voltage adapter with a locking 20 amp outlet and combined it with a modified charging cable to cut his charging time by a factor of 3!

Photo credits to ERIC VFX, California from Tesla Motors Club

Photo credits to ERIC VFX, California from Tesla Motors Club

There are other applications for our voltage adapters, too. For example: say you’re running a cleaning business and you need to plug-in your heavy-duty equipment inside a customer’s home. Typically, you’d unplug the customer’s dryer in the basement or stove in the kitchen and power your equipment from there. But, powering your equipment this way can leave the customer with extension cords all over their house and without some functionality in their home. The duct cleaning equipment company Hypervac uses Quick 220® voltage adapters to power their Revolution Hybrid series equipment when there isn’t a convenient 220-240 volt outlet available.

There are plenty of other uses for our Quick 220® voltage adapters and we’d love to see what you come up with. Give us a call or send us an email at sales@quick220.com and show us your custom uses for our Quick 220® voltage converters!