Portugal power adapters - what plugs are used in Portugal?

Portuguese power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Portugal all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Portuguese power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Portuguese power outlet then you can use it in Portugal.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Portuguese power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Portugal such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Note that a plug adapter for Portugal (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Portugal, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Portugal to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Portugal if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Portugal.

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

Background

If packing for a vacation to Portugal it is helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you get there. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you could bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable charger when you arrive that might be incompatible. Various frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Portugal. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power your devices when visiting Portugal by using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type F plug outlets will be normally used by most Portuguese. You'll find power adapters differ depending on which area you are visiting therefore we recommend reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries. We suggest referring to the Portugal Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area.

Portugal power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Portugal?

This depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in Portugal. A US plug won't physically fit in a Portuguese power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Portugal, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Portugal to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Portugal?

The best power adapter for Portugal is a Type F power adapter [5] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Portugal?

Portugal power outlets

What type of outlets are in Portugal?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular plug socket (called a type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
What type of outlets are in Portugal?

What is the voltage in Portugal?

The normal residential voltage in Portugal is 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with a Portuguese power outlet?

The frequency from a Portuguese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are outlets in Portugal the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Portuguese power outlet so use a power adapter for Portugal. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Portugal and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Portugal the same as the US?

The voltage from a Portuguese power outlet is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Portugal which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Portugal 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 Portugal?

If travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Portugal is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of wall outlets in Portugal (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power 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 and phones without using up an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Portugal?

Why use a travel USB charger for Portugal?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you 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, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Portugal.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Portugal.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Portugal power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Portugal 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.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Portugal could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to use low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a Portuguese power outlet for useful advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Portuguese power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and cell 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 should any of your devices need extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Portugal?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Portugal and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Portugal.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Portugal.

Power converters for Portugal

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [9] will convert the voltage of 230 volts from a Portuguese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Portugal.

Do I need a power converter for Portugal?

When you are visiting Portugal from a different country check your device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure the 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 prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Portugal 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 230 volts.

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

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make and model of your appliance and could also state 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 say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Portuguese 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 Portuguese power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Portuguese power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to the Portuguese power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Portuguese 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 work with a Portuguese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Portuguese 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 Portuguese 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/Portugal - Portugal country page on wikipedia.org.
  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.