The Isle of Man power adapters - what plugs are used in The Isle of Man?

Manx power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Isle of Man?

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

  • If you are from the US visiting The Isle of Man then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man to fit a US plug into a Manx power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Isle of Man pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Manx power outlet then you can use it in The Isle of Man.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Manx power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man such a Type G plug adapter [6]. A plug adapter for The Isle of Man (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Isle of Man, but won't convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for The Isle of Man to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 240 volts used in The Isle of Man you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in The Isle of Man please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing voltages and plug types can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Isle of Man. 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 The Isle of Man using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Manx plug outlet, the Manx will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. Most power sockets will vary from country to country so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We recommend reading the The Isle of Man Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

The Isle of Man power adapters

What is the best power adapter for The Isle of Man?

The best power adapter for The Isle of Man is a Type G power adapter [6] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Isle of Man?

What is a power adapter for Manx power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a Manx power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in The Isle of Man?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Manx power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for The Isle of Man?

If the power plug that you want to use isn't the same as the type of Manx power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter for The Isle of Man do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in The Isle of Man by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting The Isle of Man from the US?

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for The Isle of Man because a US plug won't physically fit into a Manx power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Can you use a European plug in The Isle of Man?

There is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe doesn't work in The Isle of Man because there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe.

The Isle of Man power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Isle of Man?

Type G power outlets are used in The Isle of Man. This power socket (technically known as a type G power outlet) looks like three slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.

What plug sockets are used in The Isle of Man?

What is the voltage from a Manx power outlet?

The standard residential voltage from a Manx power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in The Isle of Man?

No; a US plug won't work in The Isle of Man because it can't fit into a Manx power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 240 volts so please use a power converter for The Isle of Man if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Isle of Man?

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

Can you use European plugs in The Isle of Man?

Tourists in Europe

Can you use European plugs in The Isle of Man?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which can be used in The Isle of Man might not work correctly in an electrical outlet in another destination. When visiting more than one location in Europe it is advised to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set [8] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [9] as both these options should ensure that you're covered for all different power outlet types which you may encounter. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to find out which power adapters and converters you will need for your trip.

Is the voltage in The Isle of Man the same as the US?

The voltage in The Isle of Man is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Manx power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Manx power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Isle of Man. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in The Isle of Man?

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

The Isle of Man 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 The Isle of Man?

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for The Isle of Man to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at 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 recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for The Isle of Man?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Isle of Man?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger in order to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use a different outlet to The Isle of Man.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in The Isle of Man.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 240 volts used in The Isle of Man power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in The Isle of Man might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in The Isle of Man might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers should also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the guide on using travel appliances with a Manx power outlet for useful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Manx power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets on a daily basis using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Isle of Man?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to The Isle of Man 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Isle of Man.

Power converters for The Isle of Man

What is a power converter?

Power converters for The Isle of Man allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Manx 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 The Isle of Man?

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 The Isle of Man, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [12] transforms a 240 volt Manx power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for The Isle of Man?

When visiting The Isle of Man from another country please ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 240 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [13].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] to allow the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Manx power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a 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 blow dryers with a Manx power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for The Isle of Man if I'm travelling from the US?

The 240 volts used in a wall outlet in The Isle of Man is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [13] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The Isle of Man?

You will need to use a step down power converter [13] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Manx power outlet.

What voltage is used in The Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 240 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 240 volt Manx 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 The Isle of Man before plugging that into a Manx 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 240 volt Manx power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power 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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your device, it should also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Manx power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Manx power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Manx power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Manx power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Manx power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Manx power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Manx power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Isle of Man, 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/Isle_of_Man - Manx 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 G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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