Guernsey power adapters - what plugs are used in Guernsey?

Guernsey power outlet

Summary

The type of plug 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 what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • 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 can run on 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 [5]. 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 can't 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 the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Guernsey.

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

Background

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. We suggest reading the Guernsey Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Guernsey power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Guernsey?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Guernsey as American plugs won't physically fit in a Guernsey power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Guernsey to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?

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

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?

Guernsey power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Guernsey?

Type G plug outlets are used in Guernsey. You can recognise the wall socket by the 3 vertical rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.

What type of power outlets are in Guernsey?

What is the voltage in Guernsey?

The voltage used in Guernsey is 230 volts.

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.

What frequency is used in Guernsey?

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

Guernsey 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 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 multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should 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 Guernsey.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing 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 different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Guernsey might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge 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 practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be 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 mobile phone or tablet in Guernsey might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Guernsey power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Guernsey power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 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 require 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 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 is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] converts a 230 volt Guernsey power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [8] (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 a different region make sure the device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from overloading when charging it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Guernsey from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guernsey 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 Guernsey power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guernsey power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Guernsey power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Guernsey 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 Guernsey power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Guernsey 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 Guernsey 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/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. 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 G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.