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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. [2] [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. [3]

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Greece.
  2. 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 (around £10 GBP / under C$20)
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor