Spain power adapters - what plugs are used in Spain?

Spanish power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Spain all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Spanish power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Spanish power outlet then you can use it in Spain.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Spanish power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Spain such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Spain (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Spain, 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 Spain to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Spain if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to recharge your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Spain.

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

Background

If you are packing for a trip to Spain it is useful to know if you can use any essential gadgets like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Spain. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when staying in Spain using the standard F or C type Spanish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Spaniards typically use Type F plugs in their plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Spain Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Spain power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Spain?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Spain and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Spain as an American plug won't fit in a Spanish power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Spain to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Spain?

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

What is the best power adapter for Spain?

Spain power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Spain?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Spain, these are type F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket can be recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins along with a pair of thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
What type of power outlets are in Spain?

What voltage is used in Spain?

The common residential voltage in Spain is 230 volts.

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

The voltage in Spain is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Spanish power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is a plug socket in Spain the same as in the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in Spain?

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

Spain 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 Spain?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best international travel adapter for Spain is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Spain (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Spanish trip. By only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. 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, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Spain we suggest searching for this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Spain?

Why use a travel USB charger for Spain?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Spain.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Spain.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Spain power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Spain might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the 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 fast charge 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 Spain could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Spanish power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Spanish power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Spain?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Spain 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 Spain.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Spain.

Power converters for Spain

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [9] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Spanish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Spain.

Do I need a power converter for Spain?

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

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Spain 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.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) 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 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Spanish 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 Spanish power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Spanish power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Spanish power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Spanish 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 Spanish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Spanish 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 Spanish 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/Spain - Spain 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 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.