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

Manx power outlet

Summary

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 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 [5]. 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

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

If the power plug you want to use is different to the shape of the Manx power outlet then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Manx power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Isle of Man, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

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 [5] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt appliance or device.

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

The Isle of Man power outlets

What type of outlets are in The Isle of Man?

The type of power outlet used in The Isle of Man is type G. You can recognise the power supply by 3 rectangular holes with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration.

What type of outlets are in The Isle of Man?

What is the voltage in The Isle of Man?

The common voltage in The Isle of Man is 240 volts.

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 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 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 the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The Isle of Man?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for The Isle of Man?

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 The Isle of Man, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 240 volt Manx power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

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

If you are travelling to The Isle of Man from a different country check your device can accept a 240 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from over-heating during charging.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting The Isle of Man from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Manx 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 Manx power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Manx power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Manx power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Manx 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 Manx power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Manx 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 Manx 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/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. 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.