Austria power adapters - what plugs are used in Austria?

Austrian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Austria all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Austrian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Austrian power outlet then it should work in Austria without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Austrian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Austria such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Austria (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Austria, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Austria to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Austria if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Austria.

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

Background

If you are packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you're there. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Austria. This page contains links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Austria by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Austrians. You will find that most power adapters change regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing regions. We also suggest referring to the Austria Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area.

Austria power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Austria?

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

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

The best power adapter for Austria will be a Type F power adapter [5] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

Austria power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Austria?

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

  • Plug Type C - This plug socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with grounding clips above and below.
What kind of outlets are in Austria?

What is the voltage in Austria?

The normal voltage in Austria is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in Austria?

The frequency from an Austrian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Austria the same as the US?

The voltage in Austria 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 Austria which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

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

American plugs won't fit in an Austrian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Austria. 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 Austria and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Austria 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 Austria?

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

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Austria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Austria?

  • 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 Austria.
  • 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 Austria.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Austria plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Austria 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 Austria 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 Austria for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in an Austrian 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 Austria?

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 Austria 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 Austria.

Power converters for Austria

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Austria, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 230 volt Austrian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Austria?

If visiting Austria from a different region check your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Austria from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

Read the WikiConnections list of 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 Austrian 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 Austrian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Austrian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Austrian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Austrian 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 Austrian 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/Austria - Austria 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.