Croatia power adapters - what plugs are used in Croatia?

Croatian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Croatia all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Croatian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Croatian power outlet then you can use it in Croatia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Croatian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Croatia such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Note that a plug adapter for Croatia (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Croatia, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Croatia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Croatia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Croatia.

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

Background

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Croatia. This page contains links to step by step instructions which shows how to power your devices when you're visiting Croatia using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets differ from country to country therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We also recommend referring to the Croatia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the location.

Croatia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Croatia?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Croatia as American plugs won't physically fit in a Croatian power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Croatia to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Croatia?

The best power adapter for Croatia is a Type F power adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Croatia?

Croatia power outlets

What plugs are used in Croatia?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Croatia, types F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket can be recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the wall supply by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
What plugs are used in Croatia?

What is the voltage in Croatia?

The voltage used in Croatia is 230 volts.

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

The voltage which comes from a Croatian power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Croatian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

What frequency is used in Croatia?

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

Are outlets in Croatia the same as US?

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

Croatia 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 Croatia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Croatia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of wall outlets in Croatia (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Croatia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Croatia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Europe which will probably use different power outlets to Croatia.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Croatia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Croatia along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Croatia might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Croatia might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Croatian power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Croatian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Croatia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Croatia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Croatia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Croatia.

Power converters for Croatia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] converts a 230 volt Croatian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Croatia.

Do I need a voltage converter for Croatia?

When you are travelling to Croatia from another country check the device can be charged using a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Croatia from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

Read the world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

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

Travel appliances which can connect to a Croatian 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 Croatian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Croatian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Croatian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Croatian 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 Croatian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Croatian 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 Croatian 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/Croatia - wikipedia.org entry about Croatia.
  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 F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.