Poland power adapters - what plugs are used in Poland?

Polish power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Poland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Polish power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Polish power outlet then it will work in Poland.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Polish power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Poland such a Type E plug adapter [5]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Poland (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Poland, but but is unable 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 will also need a power converter for Poland 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 Poland if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Poland.

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

Background

If packing for a holiday to Poland it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Poland. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Poland using the Type E or C Polish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Poles typically use Type E plugs in their plug outlets. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations. We suggest reading the Poland Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Poland power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Poland?

If the type of plug outlet in Poland isn't the same as the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Poland because an American plug won't fit in a Polish power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Poland if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Poland?

The best power adapter for Poland is a Type E power adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Poland?

Poland power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Poland?

There are two types of power outlets used in Poland, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the power supply by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangular configuration.
What kind of outlets are in Poland?

What voltage is used in Poland?

The standard voltage in Poland is 230 volts.

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

The voltage from a Polish power outlet is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Polish power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

What electrical frequency is used in a Polish power outlet?

The frequency in a Polish power outlet is 50Hz.

Are plug sockets in Poland the same as US?

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

Poland 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 Poland?

When you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device the best international travel adapter for Poland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Poles use (E and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Polish trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different countries we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Poland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Poland?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Poland.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Poland.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Poland along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Poland only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and 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 charge quickly 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 Poland might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Poland for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Polish power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Poland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Poland using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Poland.

Power converters for Poland

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Poland, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] will convert a 230 volt Polish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Poland?

If you are travelling to Poland from a different region please check the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to stop the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Poland from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) 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 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Polish 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 Polish power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Polish power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Polish power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Polish 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 Polish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Polish 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 Polish 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/Poland - Poland 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. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.