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

Sammarinese power outlet

What adapter do I need for San Marino?

You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [4] for San Marino if your plug doesn't fit into a Sammarinese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting San Marino all depends 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 you're from America and visiting San Marino then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Sammarinese power outlet. As the voltage is different in San Marino you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [4]. 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 the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only 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.

San Marino power adapters

Power adapters for San Marino

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.

What is the best power adapter for San Marino?

The best power adapter for San Marino will be a Type F plug adapter [4] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for San Marino?

What is a power adapter for a Sammarinese power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in San Marino to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Do I need a plug adapter in San Marino?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in San Marino then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for San Marino if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Sammarinese power outlet therefore 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 overheating or damage.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Sammarinese power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Sammarinese power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in San Marino by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can you use a European power adapter in San Marino?

There is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in San Marino because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

San Marino power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in San Marino?

Type C, F and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used 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 - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug socket pins go and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped power socket by the 3 round adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and ground pins. Note there are two variations of Type L power socket, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins which are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.

Do US plugs work in San Marino?

No; a US plug won't work in San Marino because it won't fit into a Sammarinese power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for San Marino if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in San Marino?

To use a 110 volt appliance in San Marino you will need to bring a step down power converter.

Is a Sammarinese power outlet different in Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a Sammarinese power outlet different in Europe?

Different countries in Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with 8 different types of power outlets used in Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could discover that a plug which can be used in San Marino might not operate correctly in another country. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [11] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options make sure that you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each region. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power adapters and converters you might require for your journey.

San Marino 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 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?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to San Marino.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in San Marino.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in San Marino along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in San Marino might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in San Marino could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in San Marino for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Sammarinese power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one 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 a power converter for a Sammarinese power outlet?

Power converters for San Marino enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [13] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Sammarinese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in San Marino.

Do I need a power converter for San Marino?

If travelling to San Marino from a different region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [14] is needed if you are visiting San Marino from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Sammarinese power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting San Marino from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in San Marino is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [14] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for San Marino?

You need a step down power converter [14] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

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 to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [14] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Sammarinese 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 San Marino before plugging that into a Sammarinese 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 Sammarinese power outlet.

What voltage does San Marino use?

San Marino uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Sammarinese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sammarinese power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Sammarinese power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting San Marino, 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/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. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. 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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets