Greece power adapters - what plugs are used in Greece?

Greek power outlet

What adapter do I need for Greece?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Greece all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Greek power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are visiting Greece from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Greek power outlet. As the voltage is different in Greece 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 can fit in a Greek power outlet then you can use it in Greece without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Greek power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Greece such a Type F plug adapter [6]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Greece (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Greece, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Greece to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Greece if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Greece.

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

Background

If you are packing for a holiday to Greece it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any devices when you're there. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Greece you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Greece. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Greece by using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Greeks will typically use Type F wall outlets. Power adapters vary from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the Greece Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Greece power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

The best power adapter for Greece will be a Type F power adapter [6] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

What is a power adapter for Greek 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 Greek power outlet.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Greek 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.

Do I need a plug adapter in Greece?

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

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do European plug adapters work in Greece?

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 Greek power outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Greece?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Greece?

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.

Greece power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Greece?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Greece?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two round adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this plug socket by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.

What is the voltage from a Greek power outlet?

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

Do US plugs work in Greece?

No; an American plug won't work in Greece because it won't fit in a Greek 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.

Is the voltage in Greece the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Greek 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 Greece which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Greece?

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

Are Greek power outlets the same as the US?

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

Do European plugs work in Greece?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Greece?

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 Greek 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 [8] consisting of all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [9] 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.

What is the frequency used with a Greek power outlet?

The frequency from a Greek power outlet is 50Hz.

Greece 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 Greece?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Greece is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Greeks use two different standards of power outlets (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 model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging 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 charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility 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 phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Greece?

Why use a travel USB charger for Greece?

  • 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 Greece.
  • 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 Greece.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Greece plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Greece 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 Greece 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 Greek power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Greek 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 Greece?

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 Greece 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 Greece.
  • 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 Greece.

Power converters for Greece

What does a power converter for Greece do?

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

Do I need a power converter for Greece?

If travelling to Greece 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 Greece 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 Greece 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 Greek power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Greece 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 Greece?

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

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 Greek 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 Greece before plugging that into a Greek 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 Greek power outlet.
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.

What voltage does Greece use?

Greece 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 Greek power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Greek power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Greek power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Greek power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Greek power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Greek power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Greek power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Greece, 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/Greece - wikipedia.org entry about Greece.
  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. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  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