England power adapters - what plugs are used in England?

British power outlet

What adapter do I need for England?

Bring a Type G plug adapter to England if your plug won't fit into a British power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting England all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a British power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're from America travelling to England then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a British power outlet. Because the voltage is different in England use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a British power outlet then it should work in England without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a British power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for England such a Type G plug adapter. A plug adapter for England (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in England, 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 England 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 England if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for England[9]
  • Excess use of a mobile phone during a trip to England could create an additional drain on the battery, we suggest packing a power bank if you want to keep your mobile phone charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unknown location.

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

England power adapters

Power adapters for England

If packing for a holiday to England it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you arrive. But by not knowing which power supply is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Differing standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in England. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in England using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Britons using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for England?

The best power adapter for England is a Type G plug adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device. [9]

What is the best power adapter for England?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in England.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[11]

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a British power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt British power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for England.

Do I need a power adapter for England?

If the shape of the British power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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What does a power adapter for a British power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in England by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can I use a European plug in England?

As there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't fit in a British power outlet.

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Where to buy a power adapter in England

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in England

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for England

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for England

Power adapters are most likely be available in 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.

It will be 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 but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for England

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under $15 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • Some models will include charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially be of use when you return home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a British power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some models making them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • They lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt electrical devices in England. [12]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with surge protection

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly under $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • USB wall chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Has surge protector built in.
  • The charger will still be of use domestically.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a British power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered ones. [2]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / around C$25).
  • Certain travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used with a British power outlet by using only a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal modern power strips also include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some power strips which have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • The power strip should potentially be of use domestically as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in England.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of the weight of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances which need charging. [13]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter will be ideal for England.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable, with prices between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  • Lightweight and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you plan on travelling to more than just England then you may need to bring along multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • Adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G British power outlet and doesn't alter the voltage used in England. So if your appliance doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Only one power adapter per device - for each individual device you'll also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • Your hotel room may only have one power outlet, therefore you will only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • You will also still need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you wish to charge any USB device. [9]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) an adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to multiple locations.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will operate in England.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual adapters to bring.
  • All remaining power adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included with the set (especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible in England.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a British power outlet but not the voltage. [14]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 230 volts from a British power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a British power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for England.
  • The size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • Redundant when get back from England.
  • Often better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in England.
  • Costly, between $25 to $30 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$110-C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for England

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in England Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G British power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a British power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in England Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15) between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / almost C$80)
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England power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in England?

Type G power outlet

What plug sockets are used in England?

The type of power outlet used in England is type G. You can recognise this plug outlet by the 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth. [9]

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in England?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a British power outlet.

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Is a power outlet in England different to Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a power outlet in England different to Europe?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with eight types of plug sockets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could find a plug which works with a British power outlet might not function correctly in an outlet in another country. If you intend on visiting more than one destination in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set that consists of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you might find in each location. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you need to bring for your journey.   [12] [14] [14]

What is the electrical frequency used in England?

The frequency of the alternating current from a British power outlet is 50 Hz. [16]

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Is there good access to power outlets in England?

The population of England has excellent access to electrical power throughout the country.

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Is electricity reliable in England?

Though stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in England is reliable and there is no pattern of persistent power cuts.

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Should I pack a portable charger for England?

Power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for England?

While power cuts aren't regular and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers are still advised to bring a power bank to recharge their cell phone.

  • During a trip increased reliance on mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, social networks, sat nav and staying entertained could syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as the inconvenience of missed photograph opportunities this could possibly leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Using a power bank in England eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone fully powered without needing a wall charger.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can supply enough energy to power around three full charging cycles whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in England.
  • Please note that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only so please check ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling.    [10] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]
Do solar powered chargers work in England?

Solar backpacks will recharge most USB devices

Do solar powered chargers work in England?

The climate in England could be suitable for a solar power bank but it could take time to recharge. The smaller surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be left in powerful daylight for an extended period of time in order to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove inconvenient to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger solar panels used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in England, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to daylight therefore could be topping up a power bank throughout the day, unlike a small solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for England needs to have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They are available in backpack, rucksack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratching and bending, unlike normal rigid solar panels.  [10] [22] [23]

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England 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 England?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device then the best travel charger for England is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your British trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

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

What USB charger do I need for England?

Why use a travel USB charger for England?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to England.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in England.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in England power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in England might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge 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 England could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a British power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a British power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet. [2]

What is the best USB charger for England?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both England 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 England.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting England. [2]

Power converters for England

What does a power converter for England do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt British power outlet.

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

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

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in England, but an expensive and bulkier power converter converts the voltage of 230 volts from a British power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device. [24]

Do I need a power converter for England?

When travelling to England from a different country please double check the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting England from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 230 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow it to be used with a 230 volt British power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a much heavier power converter to England simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in British power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [15]

What converter do I need for England?

You need to use a step down power converter to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt British power outlet. [15]

What voltage does England use?

England uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets. [8]

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How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt British 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 England before plugging that into a British 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 a 230 volt British power outlet. [15]
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power 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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners 2

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the existing power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for England?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to England?

The type of power converter which is suitable for England is dependant on your requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of devices do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is made for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices (such as cameras), but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
How many devices will you be taking to England?

How many electrical items are you taking

How many devices will you be taking to England?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to England (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to England that will need to charge their iPads?

Do your devices only work with 230 volt power outlets?

Are you only charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB items

Are you only charging USB devices?

How many British power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many British power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets. [13]

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which will charge one device from a British power outlet (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Is England the only country you intend on visiting?

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How long will it take to fly to England?

Using a phone in the airport

How long will it take to fly to England?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining. [10]
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Are you visiting another country with good access to electrical power?

  • Electricty in England is generally stable however if you want to go to other countries you may need a power adapter which will protect your appliances. The power will often fluctuate in some areas which might possibly cause damage to your devices, you will need to use a power adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • You can prepare for power cuts and countries with limited electrical coverage by using a solar backpack or portable charger.  [10] [10] [22]

What can I connect to a British power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a British power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a British power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a British power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the British power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a British power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a British power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a British power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a British power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting England, 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[25]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

See also

  1. Wikipedia - England Wikipedia page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, costing between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$15).
  4. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, costs under $50 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, under $150 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, between $50 to $60 USD (£25-£30 GBP / around C$35).
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$10-C$15).
  10. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, estimated price between $45 to $50 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$50).
  11. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  12. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  13. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / around C$25).
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$25).
  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, between $25 to $30 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$120).
  16. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  17. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing between $90 to $100 USD (£140-£150 GBP / under C$210).
  18. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25 USD (around £30 GBP / under C$60).
  19. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  20. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  21. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under C$130).
  22. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100 USD (£110-£120 GBP / under C$130).
  23. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, under $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  24. 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, between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$80).
  25. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -