Hungary power adapters - what plugs are used in Hungary?

Hungarian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Hungary will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Hungarian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Hungarian power outlet then you can use it in Hungary without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Hungarian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Hungary such a Type F plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Hungary (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Hungary, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Hungary to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Hungary if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Hungary.

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

Background

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Hungary. This page contains links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in Hungary by using the standard types F or C Hungarian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover most power adapters vary from country to country so please read our Wikiconnections global power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. We also recommend referring to the Hungary Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

Hungary power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Hungary?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Hungary then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Hungarian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Hungary, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Hungary if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

The best power adapter for Hungary will be a Type F plug adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

Hungary power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Hungary?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes for live and neutral and metal grounding clips above and below.
What kind of outlets are in Hungary?

What is the voltage in Hungary?

The normal voltage in Hungary is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Hungary the same as the US?

The voltage in Hungary is 230 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 Hungary which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used in Hungary?

The frequency from a Hungarian power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

American plugs won't fit in a Hungarian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Hungary. 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 Hungary and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Hungary 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 Hungary?

If travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Hungary is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Hungarians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Hungary. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Hungary?

Why use a travel USB charger for Hungary?

  • 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 Hungary.
  • 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 Hungary.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Hungary plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Hungary 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 Hungary 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 Hungary for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Hungarian 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 Hungary?

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 Hungary 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 Hungary.

Power converters for Hungary

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Hungary, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Hungary?

If you are travelling to Hungary from a different country check your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from being damaged during charging.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Hungary from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Hungarian 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 Hungarian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Hungarian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Hungarian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Hungarian 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 can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Hungarian 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 Hungarian 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/Hungary - Hungary 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. 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.