Greece power adapters - what plugs are used in Greece?

Greek power outlet

What adapter do I need for Greece?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter for Greece if your plug doesn't fit into a Greek power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Greece all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Greek power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are visiting Greece from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Greek power outlet. As the voltage is different in Greece use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Greek power outlet then it can work in Greece.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Greek power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Greece such a Type F plug adapter. A plug adapter for Greece (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Greece, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Greece to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Greece if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Greece[4] [AD]
  • Excessive use of a mobile phone during a trip can create an additional drain on the battery, it is practical to pack a power bank if you wish to keep your cellphone or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Greece read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Greece power adapters

Power adapters for Greece

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use all your vital electronics when you arrive at your destination. But, without knowing which wall socket is used you may end up either having to bring unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which might be incompatible. Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Greece. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are in Greece by using their Type F or C Greek 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Greeks normally use the Type F sockets in their wall outlets. Power adapters will vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

The best power adapter for Greece is a Type F power adapter which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance. [4] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

What is a power adapter for a Greek power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a Greek power outlet to accept a power plug from a different country. [10]

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Greek power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Greek power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need a step down power converter for Greece.

Do I need a plug adapter in Greece?

If the shape of the Greek power outlet isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Greece then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in Greece simply by changing the shape of the plug.

Do European plug adapters work in Greece?

As there are eight different power outlet types in Europe there is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in Greece.

Where to buy a power adapter in Greece

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Greece

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 Greece

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Greece

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 Greece

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only have to power USB devices, for example cell phones, iPads or eReaders.
  • Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers travellers only need to pack one charger which costs roughly under $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • The charger can still be functional domestically.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Greek power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices. [2] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one design - lightweight and small for under $15 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • Some models will have USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector built in to protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter should still be of use domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Greek power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered electrical appliance such as clothes irons, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The pins and other internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be totally universal, adapters might not work in some countries with less common power outlets.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 230 volts. [11] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering several electronic appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • Some models have voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Greek power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheap and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most power strips should include a number of USB charging ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries could be unstable, a sudden surge in power will damage your delicate devices. There are some models that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you get back home it will still be of use 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 Greece.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't work with high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be excessive if you only have a small number of appliances and devices to charge. [12] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheap, prices between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Easy to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter will be ideal for Greece.
  • Compact and lightweight.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one adapter for each device - for each device or appliance you'll also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • This only alters the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Greek power outlet and doesn't change the voltage, so if your appliance doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Greece then you might need to bring multiple power adapter types.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to pack a USB charger.
  • Accomodation may only have a single wall outlet, therefore you will only be capable of powering a single device at a time. [4] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

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) a power adapter set typically works out more economical than purchasing multiple individual power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / over C$45) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Greek power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Greece.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; before any trip you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Lots individual items to bring with you.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which is compatible in Greece.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Greek power outlet but not the actual voltage. [13] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 230 volts in Greece and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Greek power outlet, therefore you will still need to bring the correct type of power adapter.
  • The typical size of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carry-on baggage.
  • Useless when you return from Greece.
  • It's usually better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter just to power your existing single voltage appliance in Greece.
  • Expensive; between $120 to $130 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Greece

Type F 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 Greece Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F 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) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Greek power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Greek 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 Greece 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 £15 GBP / under C$20) 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$90)
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Greece power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Greece?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Greece?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other and a pair of two grounding clips above and below. [4] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Greece?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Greece.

Does a European plug fit in a Greek power outlet?

Tourists in Europe

Does a European plug fit in a Greek power outlet?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different power outlet types and voltages, with eight types of plug sockets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you might discover a plug that can be used in Greece might not operate in an outlet in another destination. When travelling to more than one destination in Europe it is advised to either use a multiple power adapter travel set containing every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure that you're covered for all different power outlet types that you might find. Before travelling check our list of power outlets used throughout Europe to discover which power converters and adapters you will need for your trip.   [11] [13] [13] [AD]

What is the frequency used with a Greek power outlet?

The frequency of the current found in a Greek power outlet is 50Hz. [15]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Is electrical power reliable in Greece?

While power cuts are unpredictable, electricity in Greece is dependable as there is no history of persistent power cuts in comparison to other countries.

Are power outlets common in Greece?

100 percent of population in Greece has access to electricity.

Do I need a portable charger for Greece?

Whilst electrical cuts aren't common and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge their cell phone.

  • During a trip to Greece increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, sat nav, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation. By packing a portable charger lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your smart phone on the move.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will store enough energy to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for up to 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the power bank can do, so a higher mAh will be better for travellers.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop when travelling to Greece. Be aware that some airlines won't let you bring power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Typical consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling.    [9] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [AD]
Do I need a portable charger for Greece?
Does a solar powered charger work in Greece?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar powered charger work in Greece?

The sunlight in Greece will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce enough energy for a single charge cycle. This might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the larger cells used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Greece.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Greece, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be used frequently. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is constantly exposed to light so will be topping up a power bank during the day.
  • Even though the climate in Greece is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending. They are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.  [9] [21] [22] [AD]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Greece 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 Greece?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Greece is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Greeks use two different standards of power outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging 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 charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis. [2] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Greece?

Why use a travel USB charger for Greece?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the size and weight 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 a different standard to Greece.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Greece.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Greece power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Greece might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any 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 before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Greece could prove to be problematic and expensive.
  • Premium USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Greece for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Greek power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive 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 every night using only one power outlet. [2] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Greece?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Greece 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 Greece.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Greece. [2] [AD]

Power converters for Greece

What does a power converter for Greece do?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Greek 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?

A heavy and expensive power converter will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Greek power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Greece. [23] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Greece?

If you are visiting Greece from a different region please make sure your device can accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 230 volt device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed for a lower voltage such as 120 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 typically dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hair dryers with a Greek power outlet , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14] [AD]

What kind of converter do I need for Greece?

You need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Greece. [14] [AD]

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 Greek 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 Greece before plugging that into a Greek 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 Greek power outlet. [14] [AD]
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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 does Greece use?

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

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your device, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage 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 Greece?

Which type of power adapter do you need to bring to Greece?

The type of power converter that is suitable for Greece is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing which one to bring we suggest reading this checklist:

What types of electrical devices do you need to use with a Greek power outlet?

Will you need to power appliances

What types of electrical devices do you need to use with a Greek power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or curling irons.
    • USB devices which plug into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to Greece then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal as you will only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than packing numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is designed for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices (such as a laptop), however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) that require voltage conversion and could potentially overload the power strip.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Greece?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many electrical devices are you taking to Greece?

  • List all the items you'll need to bring to Greece (such as tablets, laptops, phones, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which use a USB port as their power charging source, the next time you buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional items also.
  • Are you bringing a partner to Greece who will need to charge their devices too?

Will your devices and appliances only work with 230 volt power outlets?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB devices

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on packing USB electronics such as phones and tablets then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you will still need to pack the USB power charger that came with your device too. [2] [AD]
How many power outlets will be available when you get to Greece?

Are multiple outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Greece?

  • A hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue if recharging the batteries of multiple electronic devices such as cell phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • If you wish to charge multiple devices at the same time then we recommend using a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger which can power multiple USB ports or outlets. [12] [AD]

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which powers only one device in Greece (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts) but investing in roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Is Greece the only location you plan on visiting?

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Greece?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Greece?

  • If you are embarking on an extended flight to get to Greece think about a convenient airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend using a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. When you land in Greece you may need to use a cellphone for making a call, using mapping or reading itineraries; so please make sure that your phone has enough battery power remaining. [9] [AD]

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Are you visiting other countries with good access to electricity?

  • The power in Greece is generally stable however if you want to go to another country you might need an adapter which will protect your appliances. Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in some countries which could potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a portable charger and a solar backpack will prepare you for travelling to countries with limited electricity or any power cuts.  [9] [9] [21] [AD]

What can I connect to a Greek power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Greek power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Greek power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Greek power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Greek power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Greek power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Greek power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Greece, 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[24]

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

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Greece.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 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, estimated cost 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, priced at under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, priced at between $45 to $50 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under 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, costing between $160 to $170 USD (under £110 GBP / under 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, priced between $50 to $60 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$35)
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, priced under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  10. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  11. 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)
  12. 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)
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, around $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25)
  14. 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, costs under $130 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130)
  15. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  16. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing between $100 to $110 USD (£70-£80 GBP / under C$210).
  17. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under $30 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  18. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at around $30 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  19. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated price under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  20. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under C$150).
  21. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100 USD (under £120 GBP / under C$120)
  22. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing between $20 to $25 USD (£25-£30 GBP / under C$60).
  23. 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, costs under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$80-C$90)
  24. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -