Greece power adapters - what plugs are used in Greece?

Greek power outlet

Summary

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 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 [5]. 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

Do I need a plug adapter in Greece?

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 Greece as American plugs won't physically fit in a Greek power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Greece to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

The best power adapter for Greece will be a Type F power adapter [5] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

Greece power outlets

What kind of outlets are 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 plug socket 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 metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
What kind of outlets are in Greece?

What voltage is used in Greece?

The residential voltage used in Greece is 230 volts.

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.

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.

What is the frequency used with a Greek power outlet?

The frequency from a Greek power outlet is 50Hz.

Greece 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 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 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 Greek 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 Greece.

Do I need a voltage converter for Greece?

When you are visiting Greece from another country please double check your device can be charged using a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to stop the device from overloading during charging.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Greece from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See the WikiConnections 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 Greek 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 Greek power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Greek power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Greek power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Greek 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 Greek 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/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. 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.