Portugal power adapters - what plugs are used in Portugal?

Portuguese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Portugal?

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 you're from America visiting Portugal you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a Portuguese power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Portugal you will also need to use a power converter for Portugal if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [6]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Portugal?

The best power adapter for Portugal is a Type F power adapter [6] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Portugal?

What is a power adapter for Portuguese power outlet?

A power adapter for Portugal is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Portuguese power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another country.

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

What does a power adapter for Portugal do?

A power adapter for Portugal allows visitors from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in Portugal by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Portugal?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in Portugal.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Portugal from America?

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Portugal because US plugs won't fit into a Portuguese power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Portugal if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Does a power adapter for Europe work in Portugal?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Portugal?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Portugal?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Portugal?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Portugal power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Portugal?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Portugal?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this wall outlet by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This round power outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.

What is the voltage from a Portuguese power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from a Portuguese power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Portugal?

No; a US plug won't work in Portugal because it doesn't fit in a Portuguese power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is an electrical plug in Portugal the same as in Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is an electrical plug in Portugal the same as in Europe?

Different countries in Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which can be used in Portugal might not function in another country. If you intend on travelling to more than one destination in Europe it is recommended 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 make sure you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find in each country. When preparing to travel check our list of power outlets used throughout Europe to find out which power adapters and converters you might need for your trip.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Portugal?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Portugal.

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 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 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 does a power converter for a Portuguese power outlet do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [12] 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 [11] (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 travelling to Portugal from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 230 volts. See the 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 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 230 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 are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Portuguese power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Portugal if I'm visiting from the US?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Portugal is different to a 110 volt US outlet so use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Portugal?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet you need a step down power converter [13].

What voltage is used in Portugal?

Portugal uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 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 230 volt Portuguese 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 Portugal before plugging that into a Portuguese 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 230 volt Portuguese power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

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.

What can I connect to a Portuguese power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Portuguese power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Portuguese power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Portuguese power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Portuguese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Portuguese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Portuguese power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Portugal, 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/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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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