Ireland power adapters - what plugs are used in Ireland?

Irish power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Ireland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with an Irish power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Irish power outlet then you can use it in Ireland.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Irish power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Ireland such a Type G plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Ireland (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ireland, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Ireland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Ireland if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power USB devices such as a tablet or cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ireland.

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

Background

If packing for a holiday to Ireland it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need it. Complicated combinations of voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ireland. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Ireland using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G Irish power outlet, with the Irish using 13 amp plugs for charging. You will discover that power sockets will change depending on which country you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of countries. We also suggest reading the Ireland Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Ireland power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Ireland?

If the type of plug outlet in Ireland isn't the same as the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Ireland because an American plug won't fit in an Irish power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Ireland if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Ireland?

The best power adapter for Ireland 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 Ireland?

Ireland power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Ireland?

The type of power outlet used in Ireland is type G. This power socket, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.

What kind of outlets are in Ireland?

What voltage is used in Ireland?

The standard voltage in Ireland is 230 volts.

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

The voltage from an Irish power outlet is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for an Irish power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are plug sockets in Ireland the same as US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in an Irish power outlet?

The frequency in an Irish power outlet is 50Hz.

Ireland 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 Ireland?

When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than one device then the best international travel adapter for Ireland is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Irish trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Ireland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ireland?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Ireland.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Ireland.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Ireland along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Ireland only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Ireland might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Ireland for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for an Irish power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Ireland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ireland using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 more flexible 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 Ireland.

Power converters for Ireland

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Ireland, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [9] will convert a 230 volt Irish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Ireland?

If you are travelling to Ireland from a different region please check the device can accept a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to stop the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Ireland from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Irish 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 Irish power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Irish power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Irish power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Irish 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 Irish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Irish 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 Irish 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/Ireland - Ireland Wikipedia 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 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.