Andorra power adapters - what plugs are used in Andorra?

Andorran power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Andorra all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an Andorran power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in an Andorran power outlet then it can work in Andorra.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Andorran power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Andorra such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Andorra (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Andorra, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Andorra to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Andorra if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to charge USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Andorra.

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

Background

When packing for a vacation it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you get there. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in Andorra you may bring the wrong charger, therefore having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Complicated voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Andorra. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when visiting Andorra using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type F plug outlets are used by most Andorrans. You'll discover power adapters vary from region to region so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We suggest referring to the Andorra Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Andorra power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Andorra?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Andorra then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into an Andorran power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Andorra, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Andorra if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Andorra?

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

What is the best power adapter for Andorra?

Andorra power outlets

What type of outlets are in Andorra?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket (technically known as the Europlug) can be identified by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power supply, also called a Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other and two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
What type of outlets are in Andorra?

What is the voltage in Andorra?

The normal voltage in Andorra is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Andorra the same as the US?

The voltage in Andorra is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Andorra which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Andorra the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used in Andorra?

The frequency from an Andorran power outlet is 50 Hz.

Andorra 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 Andorra?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Andorra is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Andorrans use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Andorra. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Andorra?

Why use a travel USB charger for Andorra?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Andorra.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Andorra.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Andorra plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Andorra only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Andorra might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Andorra for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in an Andorran power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Andorra?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Andorra using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Andorra.

Power converters for Andorra

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Andorra, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 230 volt Andorran power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Andorra?

When you are visiting Andorra from a different country make sure the device can be charged using a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Andorra from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to an Andorran 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 an Andorran power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Andorran power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Andorran power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Andorran 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 an Andorran power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Andorran 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 an Andorran 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/Andorra - Andorra country Wiki 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.