Iceland power adapters - what plugs are used in Iceland?

Iceland power outlet

What adapter do I need for Iceland?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Iceland will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Iceland power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're planning on visiting Iceland from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in an Iceland power outlet. As the voltage is different in Iceland you also need to pack a power converter for Iceland if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Iceland power outlet then it will work in Iceland.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Iceland power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Iceland such a Type F plug adapter [6]. A plug adapter for Iceland (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iceland, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Iceland 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 Iceland if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Iceland.

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

Background

When planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you can power all your vital electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket is being used in Iceland you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there. Various standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Iceland. This page contains links to instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are in Iceland by using their Type F or C Iceland 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Icelanders typically use the Type F wall outlets. You'll find power sockets vary depending on which area you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the World power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the Iceland Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to the area.

Iceland power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

The best power adapter for Iceland will be a Type F plug adapter [6] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Iceland to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Iceland allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Iceland by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Iceland?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Iceland then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Iceland if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Iceland as an American plug won't physically fit into an Iceland power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Iceland if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Do European plugs work in Iceland?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't work in Iceland because there are so many different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Iceland?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Iceland power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Iceland.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Iceland?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Iceland?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Iceland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Iceland?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Iceland?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed round wall socket, technically called a type F power outlet, can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go along with two thin grounding clips above and below.

What voltage is used in an Iceland power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from an Iceland power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Iceland?

No - an American plug won't work in Iceland because it doesn't fit in an Iceland power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Iceland if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Do European plugs work in Iceland?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Iceland?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with an Iceland power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [8] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [9] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

What frequency is used in Iceland?

The frequency of the alternating current from an Iceland power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Iceland?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Iceland you need a step down power converter.

Are outlets in Iceland the same as US?

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

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

The voltage which comes from an Iceland power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Iceland power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Iceland 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Iceland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Iceland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of wall outlets in Iceland (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. 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 and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Iceland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Iceland?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should 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 Iceland.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Iceland.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Iceland along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Iceland might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be 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 mobile phone or tablet in Iceland might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with an Iceland power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with an Iceland power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 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 require 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 Iceland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Iceland 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 Iceland.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Iceland.

Power converters for Iceland

What does a power converter for an Iceland power outlet do?

Power converters for Iceland allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Iceland power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [12] converts a 230 volt Iceland power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Iceland.

Do I need a power converter for Iceland?

When travelling to Iceland from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Iceland power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Iceland in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Iceland power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Iceland from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Iceland is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Iceland?

You need to use a step down power converter [13] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Iceland.

What voltage is used in Iceland?

Iceland uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Iceland power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Iceland before plugging that into an Iceland power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 230 volt Iceland power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to an Iceland power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to an Iceland power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Iceland power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iceland power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Iceland power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Iceland power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Iceland power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Iceland power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Iceland power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Iceland, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [15].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iceland - wikipedia.org entry about Iceland.
  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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  8. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  9. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. 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
  12. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  13. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  14. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets