San Marino power adapters - what plugs are used in San Marino?

Sammarinese power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting San Marino will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Sammarinese power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section 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 the plug can fit in a Sammarinese power outlet then you can use it in San Marino without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Sammarinese power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for San Marino such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Please Note that a plug adapter for San Marino (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in San Marino, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for San Marino to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for San Marino if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to charge USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for San Marino.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in San Marino read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in San Marino. This page contains links to useful instructions showing how to power your devices when you're in San Marino using the standard Type F, C or L 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the San Marino Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

San Marino power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for San Marino?

If the shape of the Sammarinese power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Sammarinese power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for San Marino, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for San Marino if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for San Marino?

The best power adapter for San Marino is a Type F plug adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for San Marino?

San Marino power outlets

What type of outlets are in San Marino?

There are three different types of power supply used in San Marino, types F, C and L with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug supply (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - This circular plug supply can be identified by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type L - The flattened hexagon shaped wall socket, technically known as a type L power outlet, looks like 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. Note that there are two different variations of Type L wall socket, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
What type of outlets are in San Marino?

What voltage is used in San Marino?

The voltage used in San Marino is 230 volts.

Is a Sammarinese power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Sammarinese power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for San Marino. 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 San Marino and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Sammarinese power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Sammarinese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in San Marino the same as the US?

The voltage in San Marino is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Sammarinese power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

San Marino 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 San Marino?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel adapter for San Marino to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Sammarinese use three different standards of power outlets (F, C and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for San Marino?

Why use a travel USB charger for San Marino?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Europe which are likely to use a different standard to San Marino.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in San Marino.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in San Marino power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in San Marino only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in San Marino might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with a Sammarinese power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with a Sammarinese power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for San Marino?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to San Marino using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting San Marino.

Power converters for San Marino

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in San Marino, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Sammarinese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for San Marino?

If visiting San Marino from a different country ensure the device can accept a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure 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 stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to San Marino from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger 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.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Sammarinese 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 Sammarinese power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sammarinese power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Sammarinese power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Sammarinese 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 Sammarinese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Sammarinese 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 Sammarinese 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/San_Marino - wikipedia web page about San Marino.
  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.