Iceland power adapters - what plugs are used in Iceland?

Iceland power outlet

Summary

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 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 [5]. 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

Do I need a power adapter in Iceland?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Iceland as American plugs won't physically fit in an Iceland power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Iceland to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

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

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

Iceland power outlets

What type of outlets are 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 identify this power socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed round power socket, technically called the type F power outlet, can be recognised by two holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go and two thin grounding clips above and below.
What type of outlets are in Iceland?

What is the voltage in Iceland?

The voltage used in Iceland is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in Iceland?

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

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [9] converts a 230 volt Iceland power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Iceland.

Do I need a voltage converter for Iceland?

When you are visiting Iceland from another country please double check your device can be charged using a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that 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 stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Iceland from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to an Iceland 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 Iceland power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iceland power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Iceland power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Iceland 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 an Iceland power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Iceland 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 Iceland 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/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. 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.