Latvia power adapters - what plugs are used in Latvia?

Latvian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Latvia?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Latvia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Latvian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from America travelling to Latvia then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Latvian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Latvia use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Latvian power outlet then you can use it in Latvia.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Latvian power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Latvia such a Type F plug adapter [6]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Latvia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Latvia, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Latvia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Latvia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Latvia.

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

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Latvia. This page has links to simple instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Latvia using the standard F or C type Latvian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find that power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing destinations. We suggest reading the Latvia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Latvia power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Latvia?

The best power adapter for Latvia is a Type F power adapter [6] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Latvia?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Latvia.

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

What does a power adapter for a Latvian power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Latvia by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Latvia?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Latvia and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Latvia from the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Latvian power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Latvia, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Latvia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Can I use a European plug in Latvia?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another country in Europe won't work in Latvia because there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Latvian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Latvian power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a more expensive step down power converter for Latvia along with the right type of adapter.

Latvia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Latvia?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Latvia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.

What voltage is used in a Latvian power outlet?

The standard voltage used from a Latvian power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Latvia?

No - a US plug won't work in Latvia because it won't fit in a Latvian power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts therefore use a power converter for Latvia if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a power outlet in Latvia different to Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a power outlet in Latvia different to Europe?

Various locations in Europe all use different power outlet types and voltages, with eight types of power outlets used in Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you might discover that a plug which could be used in Latvia might not operate in an electric outlet in another location. When travelling to more than one country in Europe you can either use a multiple power adapter travel set [8] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [9] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you may encounter. Before travelling check our list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power converters and adapters you might need for your journey.

What is the electrical frequency used in Latvia?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Latvia?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Latvia.

Is a plug socket in Latvia the same as in the US?

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

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

The voltage in Latvia is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Latvian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Latvia 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 Latvia?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just one device then the best travel charger for Latvia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Latvians use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Latvia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Latvia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Latvia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Latvia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Latvia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Latvia might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Latvia could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Latvian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Latvian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Latvia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Latvia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Latvia.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Latvia.

Power converters for Latvia

What does a power converter for Latvia do?

A power converter for Latvia will allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Latvian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [12] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Latvian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Latvia.

Do I need a power converter for Latvia?

If visiting Latvia from a different country please check the device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are visiting Latvia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used with 230 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [13] is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Latvian power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter to Latvia simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Latvian power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Latvia if I'm visiting from America?

The 230 volts from a power outlet in Latvia is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you need to use a step down power converter [13] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Latvia?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Latvian power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [13].

What voltage does Latvia use?

Latvia uses 230 volts in their normal 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 Latvian 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 Latvia before plugging that into a Latvian 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 Latvian power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power 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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Latvian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Latvian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Latvian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Latvian power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Latvian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Latvian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Latvian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Latvian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Latvia, 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/Latvia - Latvia Wikipedia 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