Belgium power adapters - what plugs are used in Belgium?

Belgian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Belgium all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Belgian power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Belgian power outlet then it will work in Belgium without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Belgian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Belgium such a Type E plug adapter [5]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Belgium (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Belgium, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Belgium to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Belgium if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Belgium.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your device in Belgium please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power all your devices when you arrive. By not knowing which power supply is used in Belgium you may pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Belgium. This page contains links to instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you are travelling to Belgium by using their standard E or C type Belgian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Belgians normally use the Type E power outlets. You'll discover that power adapters change from country to country therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We recommend referring to the Belgium Wikipedia page [1] for more details on travelling to the location.

Belgium power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Belgium?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Belgium and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Belgium as an American plug won't fit in a Belgian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Belgium to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Belgium?

The best power adapter for Belgium is a Type E plug adapter [5] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Belgium?

Belgium power outlets

What plugs are used in Belgium?

There are two types of power supply used in Belgium, types E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this plug supply by the two round holes next to each other where the two plug socket pins sit.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the wall socket by two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangular shape.
What plugs are used in Belgium?

What voltage is used in Belgium?

The common residential voltage in Belgium is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Belgium?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Belgian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is a plug socket in Belgium the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Belgian power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Belgium. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Belgium and check that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Belgium the same as in the US?

The voltage in Belgium is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Belgian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Belgium USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Belgium?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device the best international travel adapter for Belgium is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Belgium (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Belgian trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Belgium we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Belgium?

Why use a travel USB charger for Belgium?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Belgium.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Belgium.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Belgium power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Belgium might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Belgium could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Belgian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Belgian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Belgium?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Belgium and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Belgium.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Belgium.

Power converters for Belgium

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Belgium?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Belgium?

A heavy and expensive power converter [9] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Belgian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Belgium.

Do I need a voltage converter for Belgium?

When travelling to Belgium from a different country please check that your device can accept a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to stop the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Belgium from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Belgian power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Belgian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Belgian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Belgian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Belgian power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Belgian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Belgian power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Belgian power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgium - Belgium Wikipedia page.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  4. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  5. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  9. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  10. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  11. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.