Norway power adapters - what plugs are used in Norway?

Norwegian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Norway all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Norwegian power outlet. If you're unsure of 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 Norwegian power outlet then you can use it in Norway.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Norwegian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Norway such a Type F plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Norway (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Norway, but doesn't convert the voltage from 240 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Norway to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Norway if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Norway.

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

Background

When packing for a vacation to Norway it's helpful to know if you'll be able to charge any electronics when you arrive. But, without knowing which power socket is being used in Norway you could bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible and damage your device. Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Norway. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to power your devices in Norway using their F or C type Norwegian 240 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Norwegians use Type F wall outlets. You'll discover that power sockets change regionally so please read the travel power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We suggest reading the Norway Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Norway power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Norway?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Norway then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Norwegian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Norway, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Norway if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Norway?

The best power adapter for Norway is a Type F plug adapter [5] which allows you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Norway?

Norway power outlets

What type of outlets are in Norway?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by the 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power supply, also called the type F power outlet, can be recognised by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
What type of outlets are in Norway?

What is the voltage in Norway?

The normal voltage in Norway is 240 volts.

Is the voltage in Norway the same as the US?

The voltage in Norway is 240 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 Norway which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 240 volt outlet.

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

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

What is the frequency used in Norway?

The frequency from a Norwegian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Norway 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 Norway?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Norway is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Norwegians use (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Norway?

Why use a travel USB charger for Norway?

  • 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 Norway.
  • 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 Norway.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 240 volt power outlets in Norway plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Norway 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 Norway 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 Norway for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Norwegian 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 Norway?

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 Norway 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 Norway.

Power converters for Norway

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Norway, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 240 volt Norwegian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Norway?

When you are visiting Norway from a different country please ensure the device can be charged using a 240 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from overloading when charging it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Norway from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

Read the 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 Norwegian 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 Norwegian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Norwegian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Norwegian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Norwegian 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 Norwegian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Norwegian 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 Norwegian 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/Norway - Norway 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.