Wales power adapters - what plugs are used in Wales?

Welsh power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Wales all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Welsh power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Welsh power outlet then you can use it in Wales without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Welsh power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Wales such a Type G plug adapter [5]. Note that a plug adapter for Wales (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Wales, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Wales 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 Wales if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Wales.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Wales you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your device in Wales 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 arrive. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you could end up either over packing with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival which might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Wales. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Wales by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G Welsh power outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. Power adapters vary from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the Wales Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Wales power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Wales?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Wales as American plugs won't physically fit in a Welsh power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Wales to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

The best power adapter for Wales will be a Type G power adapter [5] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

Wales power outlets

What plugs are used in Wales?

The type of plug outlet used in Wales is type G. You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 vertical rectangular slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.

What plugs are used in Wales?

What voltage is used in Wales?

The residential voltage used in Wales is 230 volts.

Are Welsh power outlets the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Wales the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Welsh power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Wales which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Welsh power outlet?

The frequency from a Welsh power outlet is 50Hz.

Wales 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 Wales?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Wales to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Welsh trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back 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 regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Wales?

Why use a travel USB charger for Wales?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one 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, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will 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 Wales.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Wales.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Wales plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Wales only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are 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 smartphone or tablet in Wales could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Welsh power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Welsh power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 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 draw 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 Wales?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Wales 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 Wales.
  • 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 gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Wales.

Power converters for Wales

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] will transform a 230 volt Welsh power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Wales.

Do I need a voltage converter for Wales?

If you are visiting Wales from a different region please make sure your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Wales from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Welsh 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 Welsh power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Welsh power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Welsh power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Welsh 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 Welsh power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Welsh 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 Welsh 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 Wales.
  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.