Netherlands power adapters - what plugs are used in Netherlands?

Dutch power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Netherlands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Dutch power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Dutch power outlet then you can use it in Netherlands without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Dutch power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Netherlands such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Netherlands (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Netherlands, 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 Netherlands to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Netherlands if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to recharge your USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Netherlands.

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

Background

When planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you can power all your indispensable electronics that you'll be bringing along. But, without knowing which wall socket to expect you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible and damage your device. Differing combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Netherlands. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're in Netherlands by using the Type F or C Dutch 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Dutch normally use the Type F plugs in their plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the Netherlands Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to the area.

Netherlands power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Netherlands?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Netherlands as American plugs won't physically fit in a Dutch power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Netherlands to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Netherlands?

The best power adapter for Netherlands 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 Netherlands?

Netherlands power outlets

What plugs do they use in Netherlands?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.
What plugs do they use in Netherlands?

What voltage is used in Netherlands?

The residential voltage used in Netherlands is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Dutch power outlet?

The frequency from a Dutch power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Dutch power outlets the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Netherlands the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Dutch power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Netherlands which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Netherlands 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 Netherlands?

If travelling with more than just one device the best travel power adapter for Netherlands is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Dutch use (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Netherlands?

Why use a travel USB charger for Netherlands?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will 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 Netherlands.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Netherlands.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Netherlands plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Netherlands only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are 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 smartphone or tablet in Netherlands could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Dutch power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Dutch power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 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 draw 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 Netherlands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Netherlands 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 Netherlands.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Netherlands.

Power converters for Netherlands

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] will transform a 230 volt Dutch power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Netherlands.

Do I need a voltage converter for Netherlands?

If you are travelling to Netherlands from a different country please ensure that your device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from overheating when charging it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Netherlands from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much 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.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Dutch 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 Dutch power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Dutch power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Dutch power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Dutch 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 Dutch power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Dutch 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 Dutch 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/Netherlands - wikipedia.org entry about Netherlands.
  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.