Gibraltar power adapters - what plugs are used in Gibraltar?

Gibraltar power outlet

What adapter do I need for Gibraltar?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Gibraltar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Gibraltar power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are visiting Gibraltar from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Gibraltar power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Gibraltar you will also need to bring a power converter for Gibraltar if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Gibraltar power outlet then you can use it in Gibraltar.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Gibraltar power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Gibraltar such a Type G plug adapter [6]. A plug adapter for Gibraltar (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Gibraltar, but won't convert the voltage from 240 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Gibraltar to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Gibraltar if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Gibraltar.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 240 volts used in Gibraltar you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Gibraltar please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are organizing a vacation to Gibraltar it's helpful to know if you can charge any vital gadgets such as cell phones and cameras when you arrive at your hotel. But without knowing which power socket is used in Gibraltar you could bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you get there that might not be compatible. Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Gibraltar. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you are travelling to Gibraltar using their Type G or C Gibraltar 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Llanitos normally use the Type G plug outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which region you're taking a trip to so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. We also recommend reading the Gibraltar Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location.

Gibraltar power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Gibraltar?

The best power adapter for Gibraltar will be a Type G plug adapter [6] which allows you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Gibraltar?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Gibraltar is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Gibraltar.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [7].

Do I need a plug adapter for Gibraltar?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Gibraltar power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Gibraltar along with the correct adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Gibraltar if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into a Gibraltar power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Gibraltar, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Gibraltar if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Gibraltar?

As there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another region in Europe doesn't work in Gibraltar.

What does a power adapter for Gibraltar do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Gibraltar by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Gibraltar?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Gibraltar?

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.

Gibraltar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Gibraltar?

Type C and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Gibraltar?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Gibraltar, types G and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the plug socket by 3 holes with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.

What is the voltage from a Gibraltar power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Gibraltar power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Gibraltar?

No; an American plug won't work in Gibraltar because it won't fit into a Gibraltar power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Gibraltar the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Gibraltar the same as the US?

The voltage in Gibraltar is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Gibraltar which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used in Gibraltar?

The frequency from a Gibraltar power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Gibraltar?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Gibraltar power outlet you need a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Gibraltar?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Gibraltar?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with a Gibraltar power outlet might not operate correctly in another location. When visiting more than one destination in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [9] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [10] as both these options make sure you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find in each country. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power converters and adapters you might need to bring during your journey.

Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar?

When you are travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Gibraltar to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of plug sockets that Llanitos use (G and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Gibraltar trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Gibraltar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Gibraltar?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Gibraltar.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Gibraltar.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 240 volt power outlets in Gibraltar plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Gibraltar only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Gibraltar might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Gibraltar for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Gibraltar power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Gibraltar?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Gibraltar using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gibraltar.

Power converters for Gibraltar

What is a power converter for a Gibraltar power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet.

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

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Gibraltar, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [12] transforms a 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Gibraltar?

When you are visiting Gibraltar from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are travelling to Gibraltar from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 240 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 240 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Gibraltar , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Gibraltar if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Gibraltar is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [13] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Gibraltar?

You need a step down power converter [13] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Gibraltar.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a 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 240 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 240 volt Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar before plugging that into a Gibraltar 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 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet.

What voltage is used in Gibraltar?

Gibraltar uses 240 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

What can I connect to a Gibraltar power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Gibraltar power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Gibraltar power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Gibraltar power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Gibraltar, 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/Gibraltar - Gibraltar country Wiki 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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