Scotland power adapters - what plugs are used in Scotland?

Scottish power outlet

What adapter do I need for Scotland?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Scotland all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Scottish power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Scotland from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Scottish power outlet. As the voltage is different in Scotland you also need to pack a power converter for Scotland if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Scottish power outlet then you can use it in Scotland without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Scottish power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Scotland such a Type G plug adapter [6]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Scotland (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Scotland, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Scotland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Scotland if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Scotland.

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

Background

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your electrical devices when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Scotland you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need to recharge that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Scotland. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Scotland by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish power outlet, with the Scottish using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations. We also suggest referring to the Scotland Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to travelling to the area.

Scotland power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

The best power adapter for Scotland is a Type G power adapter [6] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Scotland to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Scotland?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Scottish power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Scotland.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Scotland allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Scotland by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Scotland?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Scotland then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Scotland if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Scotland as an American plug won't physically fit into a Scottish power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Scotland if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't work in Scotland because there are so many different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Scotland?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Scotland?

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.

Scotland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Scotland?

Type G plug sockets are used in Scotland. This plug socket (technically called a type G power outlet) looks like three rectangular holes containing shutters forming a triangle configuration.

What plug sockets are used in Scotland?

What voltage is used in a Scottish power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from a Scottish power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Scotland?

No - an American plug won't work in Scotland because it doesn't fit in a Scottish power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Scotland if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Scotland?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Scotland you need a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Scottish power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [8] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [9] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

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

The voltage which comes from a Scottish power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Scottish power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

What frequency is used in Scotland?

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

Are outlets in Scotland the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Scottish power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Scotland. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Scotland and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Scotland 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 Scotland?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Scotland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Scotland?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Europe which will probably use different power outlets to Scotland.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Scotland.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Scotland along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Scotland might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • 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 practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Scotland might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Scottish power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Scottish power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB 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.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Scotland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Scotland.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland.

Power converters for Scotland

What does a power converter for a Scottish power outlet do?

Power converters for Scotland allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Scottish 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter [12] converts a 230 volt Scottish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Scotland.

Do I need a power converter for Scotland?

When travelling to Scotland from another region check that the device will accept 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 or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Scotland in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Scottish power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Scotland from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Scotland is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Scotland?

You need to use a step down power converter [13] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Scotland.

What voltage is used in Scotland?

Scotland uses 230 volts in their 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 Scottish 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 Scotland before plugging that into a Scottish 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 Scottish power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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 can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say 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 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Scottish power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Scottish power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Scottish power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Scottish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Scottish power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Scotland, 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/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about Scotland.
  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 G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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