Netherlands power adapters - what plugs are used in Netherlands?

Dutch power outlet

What adapter do I need for Netherlands?

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 you are visiting Netherlands from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Dutch power outlet. As the voltage is different in Netherlands use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [6]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Netherlands?

The best power adapter for Netherlands is a Type F power adapter [6] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Netherlands?

What is a power adapter for Dutch power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Dutch power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter in Netherlands?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Netherlands.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Netherlands from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Dutch power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Netherlands, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Netherlands if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Netherlands allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Netherlands by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do European plug adapters work in Netherlands?

Because there are 8 different types of power outlets in Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in a Dutch power outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Dutch power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Dutch power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Netherlands?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Netherlands?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Netherlands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Netherlands?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used 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 is the voltage from a Dutch power outlet?

The voltage used from a Dutch power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Netherlands?

No; an American plug won't work in Netherlands because it won't fit in a Dutch power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

Do European plugs work in Netherlands?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Netherlands?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, with 8 types of power outlets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could discover that a plug which works with a Dutch power outlet might not work in an electric outlet in another country. When travelling to more than one country in Europe it is advised to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [9] consisting of all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [10] as both these options ensure that you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find. When preparing to travel check our list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power adapters and converters you will require for your journey.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Netherlands?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Netherlands.

Netherlands 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when 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 does a power converter for Netherlands do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Dutch power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [12] will transform a 230 volt Dutch power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [11] (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 power converter for Netherlands?

If travelling to Netherlands from a different country ensure the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling to Netherlands from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Netherlands just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Dutch power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Netherlands from the US?

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Netherlands is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Netherlands?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Netherlands you will need a step down power converter [13].

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Dutch power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Netherlands before plugging that into a Dutch power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Dutch power outlet.

What voltage does Netherlands use?

Netherlands uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Dutch power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Dutch power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Dutch power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Dutch power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Dutch power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Dutch power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Dutch power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Netherlands, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [15].

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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  10. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  11. 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
  12. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  13. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  14. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets