Guernsey power adapters - what plugs are used in Guernsey?

Guernsey power outlet

What adapter do I need for Guernsey?

Use a Type G plug adapter [9] for Guernsey if the plug you need to use doesn't fit in a Guernsey power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Guernsey will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Guernsey power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're planning on visiting Guernsey from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Guernsey power outlet. As the voltage is different in Guernsey you also need to pack a power converter for Guernsey if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Guernsey power outlet then it should work in Guernsey.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Guernsey power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Guernsey such a Type G plug adapter [9]. A plug adapter for Guernsey (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Guernsey, 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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Guernsey.

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

Guernsey power adapters

Power adapters for Guernsey

If you are packing for a vacation to Guernsey it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any essential devices like mobiles and tablets when you get there. However, by not knowing which power socket is used you may pack the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially 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 charge your device in Guernsey. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when going to Guernsey using a standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Channel Islander using 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. Most power adapters are different from region to region therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?

The best power adapter for Guernsey is a Type G plug adapter [9] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Guernsey to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Guernsey?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Guernsey power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Guernsey.

Do I need a power adapter in Guernsey?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Guernsey then you will need a power adapter.

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

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Guernsey as an American plug won't physically fit into a Guernsey power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Guernsey if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Guernsey allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Guernsey by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do European plugs work in Guernsey?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't work in Guernsey because there are so many different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Guernsey?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Guernsey?

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.

Guernsey power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Guernsey?

Type G power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Guernsey?

Type G plug outlets are used in Guernsey. The power outlet, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern.

Do US plugs work in Guernsey?

No - an American plug won't work in Guernsey because it doesn't fit into a Guernsey power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so please use a power converter for Guernsey if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Guernsey the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Guernsey power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Guernsey power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Guernsey the same as US?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Guernsey?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Guernsey you will need a step down power converter.

What frequency is used in Guernsey?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Guernsey power outlet is 50 Hz.

Do European plugs work in Guernsey?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Guernsey?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Guernsey power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

Guernsey 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 Guernsey?

When travelling with more than one device the best travel power adapter for Guernsey is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. As these types of 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 power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Guernsey trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on the 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 overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Guernsey we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Guernsey?

Why use a travel USB charger for Guernsey?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Guernsey.
  • 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 hard to repair in Guernsey.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Guernsey along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Guernsey might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Guernsey could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Guernsey power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Guernsey power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Guernsey?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guernsey 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 Guernsey.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Guernsey.

Power converters for Guernsey

What does a power converter for a Guernsey power outlet do?

Power converters for Guernsey allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Guernsey 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 plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [14] will transform a 230 volt Guernsey power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Guernsey.

Do I need a power converter for Guernsey?

When travelling to Guernsey from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Guernsey power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Guernsey in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Guernsey power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Guernsey from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Guernsey is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Guernsey?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Guernsey you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

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

Voltage converter

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

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 [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Guernsey 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 Guernsey before plugging that into a Guernsey 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 Guernsey power outlet.

What voltage is used in Guernsey?

Guernsey uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Guernsey power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guernsey power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Guernsey power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guernsey power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Guernsey power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Guernsey power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Guernsey power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Guernsey, 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 [16].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guernsey - wikipedia.org entry about Guernsey.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. 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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets