Scotland power adapters - what plugs are used in Scotland?

Scottish power outlet

Summary

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 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 [5]. 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

Do I need a power adapter in Scotland?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Scotland as American plugs won't physically fit in a Scottish power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Scotland to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

The best power adapter for Scotland is a Type G power adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

Scotland power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Scotland?

Type G plug sockets are used in Scotland. This plug supply (technically called a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.

What kind of outlets are in Scotland?

What is the voltage in Scotland?

The voltage used in Scotland is 230 volts.

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 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 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 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 heavy and bulky power converter [9] converts a 230 volt Scottish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Scotland.

Do I need a voltage converter for Scotland?

When you are travelling to Scotland from another country check the device can be charged using a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Scotland from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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

Dual 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 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 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Scottish 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 Scottish power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Scottish power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Scottish power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Scottish 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 Scottish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Scottish 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 Scottish 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/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. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.