Slovakia power adapters - what plugs are used in Slovakia?

Slovak power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Slovakia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Slovak power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Slovak power outlet then it will work in Slovakia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Slovak power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Slovakia such a Type E plug adapter [5]. Note that a plug adapter for Slovakia (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Slovakia, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Slovakia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Slovakia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Slovakia.

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

Background

Various combinations of voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Slovakia. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Slovakia using the Type E or C Slovak 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to so we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We also recommend referring to the Slovakia Wikipedia page [1] for more details on travelling to the location.

Slovakia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Slovakia?

If the type of plug outlet in Slovakia isn't the same as the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Slovakia because an American plug won't fit in a Slovak power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Slovakia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Slovakia?

The best power adapter for Slovakia is a Type E plug adapter [5] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Slovakia?

Slovakia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Slovakia?

There are two types of power outlets used in Slovakia, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the power supply by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular configuration.
What kind of outlets are in Slovakia?

What voltage is used in Slovakia?

The standard voltage in Slovakia is 230 volts.

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

The voltage from a Slovak power outlet is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Slovak power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

What electrical frequency is used in a Slovak power outlet?

The frequency in a Slovak power outlet is 50Hz.

Are plug sockets in Slovakia the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in a Slovak power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Slovakia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Slovakia and check that it works with 50hz.

Slovakia 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 Slovakia?

If travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Slovakia to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Slovaks use two different types of power outlets (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power adapter similar to this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

What USB charger do I need for Slovakia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Slovakia?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Slovakia.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Slovakia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Slovakia along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Slovakia only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Slovakia might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Slovakia for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Slovak power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Slovakia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Slovakia using type B American plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Slovakia.

Power converters for Slovakia

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Slovakia, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] will convert a 230 volt Slovak power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Slovakia?

If you are travelling to Slovakia from a different region please check the device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to stop the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Slovakia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Slovak 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 Slovak power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Slovak power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Slovak power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Slovak 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 Slovak power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Slovak 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 Slovak 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/Slovakia - Slovakia Wikipedia page.
  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 E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.