Hungary power adapters - what plugs are used in Hungary?

Hungarian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Hungary?

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 you are visiting Hungary from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Hungarian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Hungary you will also need to bring a power converter for Hungary if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [6]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

The best power adapter for Hungary will be a Type F plug adapter [6] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Hungary is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Hungary.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [7].

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Hungarian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Hungary along with the correct adapter.

What does a power adapter for Hungary do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Hungary by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Hungary?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

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

American plugs won't fit into a Hungarian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Hungary, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Hungary if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Hungary?

As there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another region in Europe doesn't work in Hungary.

Hungary power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Hungary?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Hungary?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This round wall outlet can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of two grounding clips on the top and bottom.

What is the voltage from a Hungarian power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Hungarian power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Hungary?

No; an American plug won't work in Hungary because it won't fit into a Hungarian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Hungary?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Hungarian power outlet you need a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Hungary?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Hungary?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with a Hungarian power outlet might not operate correctly in another location. When visiting more than one destination in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [8] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [9] as both these options make sure you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find in each country. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power converters and adapters you might need to bring during your journey.

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 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 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 a power converter for a Hungarian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Hungarian 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 power adapter for Hungary?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [11] (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 [12] transforms a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Hungary?

When you are visiting Hungary from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are travelling to Hungary from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and 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 converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Hungary , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Hungary if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Hungary is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [13] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Hungary?

You need a step down power converter [13] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Hungary.

What voltage is used in Hungary?

Hungary uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 Hungarian 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 Hungary before plugging that into a Hungarian 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 Hungarian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a 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 is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to a Hungarian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Hungarian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Hungarian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Hungarian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Hungary, 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/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. 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