Italy power adapters - what plugs are used in Italy?

Italian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Italy?

You will need to pack a Type L plug adapter [9] for Italy if your plug doesn't fit into an Italian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Italy all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in an Italian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Italy from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in an Italian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Italy you also need to pack a power converter for Italy if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Italian power outlet then you can use it in Italy without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in an Italian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Italy such a Type L plug adapter [9]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Italy (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Italy, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Italy to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Italy if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type L plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type L plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Italy.

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

Italy power adapters

Power adapters for Italy

If you are planning to travel it can be helpful to know if you can power all your essential electronics when you arrive at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Italy you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Differing standards and plugs can all be confusing 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 being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Italy. This page contains links to simple instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Italy by using the Type L, C or F Italian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Italians typically use the Type L sockets in their wall outlets. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters list for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Italy?

The best power adapter for Italy will be a Type L power adapter [9] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Italy?

What is a power adapter?

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a power adapter in Italy?

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

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

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

Do European plugs work in Italy?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Italy?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Italian 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 Italy.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Italy?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Italy?

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.

Italy power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Italy?

Type C, F and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Italy?

There are three types of power supply used in Italy, types L, C and F with the primary power outlets being type L:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed circular wall socket (also known as a type F power outlet or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with thin grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped wall socket by the 3 large circular holes forming a line. Note there are two different variations of Type L wall socket, one rated at 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp power socket has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart whilst the 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.

Do US plugs work in Italy?

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

What frequency is used in Italy?

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

Do European plugs work in Italy?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Italy?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with an Italian 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 [12] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] 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.

Are outlets in Italy the same as US?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Italy?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Italy you will need a step down power converter.

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

The voltage which comes from an Italian 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 Italian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Italy 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 Italy?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Italy to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Italians use three different standards of plug sockets (types L, C and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Italy?

Why use a travel USB charger for Italy?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Italy.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Italy.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Italy along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Italy might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge 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 almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Italy could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with an Italian power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for an Italian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Italy?

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 Italy 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 Italy.
  • 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 Italy.

Power converters for Italy

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

Power converters for Italy allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Italian 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 [14] will transform a 230 volt Italian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Italy.

Do I need a power converter for Italy?

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

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] 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 [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Italian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Italy 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 Italian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a wall outlet in Italy 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 Italy?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Italy you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

What voltage is used in Italy?

Italy uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

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 to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Italian 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 Italy before plugging that into an Italian 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 Italian power outlet.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single 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 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 Italian power outlet?

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Italy, 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 [16].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy - wikipedia.org entry about Italy.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. 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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L power outlets without converting voltage.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets