Hungary power adapters - what plugs are used in Hungary?

Hungarian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Hungary?

Bring a Type F plug adapter to Hungary if your plug doesn't fit in a Hungarian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Hungary all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Hungarian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Certain areas in Hungary suffer from frequent power outages, we suggest bringing a power bank if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst abroad during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Hungary from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Hungarian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Hungary you will also need to bring a power converter for Hungary if your device 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 Hungarian power outlet then you can use it in Hungary without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Hungarian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Hungary such a Type F plug adapter. A plug adapter for Hungary (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Hungary, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Hungary 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 Hungary if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Hungary[4] [AD]

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

Hungary power adapters

Power adapters for Hungary

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Hungary. This page has links to instructions showing how to power your devices when staying in Hungary by using the F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power will differ depending on which region you are visiting so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

The best power adapter for Hungary is a Type F power adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device. [4] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Hungary is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Hungarian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[10]

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Hungarian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Hungary do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Hungary by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter for Hungary?

This depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Hungary.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Hungary?

There is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another location in Europe doesn't work in Hungary because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter for Hungary

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Hungary

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 Hungary

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect for visiting to multiple countries. Typical models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, under $15 USD (around £15 GBP / around C$25).
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip should still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a Hungarian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal adapters will overload when used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only charges a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-230 volt devices. [11] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Hungarian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones. [2] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Hungarian power outlet, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Hungarian power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Hungary.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering. [12] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, prices between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter will work in Hungary.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each individual device or appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Hungarian power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger as well.
  • Some hotel rooms in Hungary may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time. [4] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / over C$45) each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just a Hungarian power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with a Hungarian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you'll have to choose which plug adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with a Hungarian power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Hungarian power outlet but won't change the voltage. [13] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Hungary and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Hungarian power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Hungary.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Hungary.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Hungary.
  • Expensive; between $120 to $130 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Hungary

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 Hungary 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 Hungarian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Hungarian 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 Hungary 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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Hungary power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Hungary?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Hungary?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed round wall outlet, also called the type F power outlet, can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom. [4] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Hungary?

To use a 110V appliance in a Hungarian power outlet you need a step down power converter.

Does a European plug fit in a Hungarian power outlet?

Tourists in Europe

Does a European plug fit in a Hungarian power outlet?

Different locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug that works with a Hungarian power outlet might not work in another location. If you intend on travelling to more than one destination in Europe you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set containing various types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you may find. Before travelling check this list of power outlets used in Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you will need to bring during your trip.   [11] [13] [13] [AD]

What is the frequency used in Hungary?

The frequency of the current from a Hungarian power outlet is 50Hz. [15]

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Hungary?

Access to electricity in Hungary is excellent which spans the entire population.

Does Hungary have power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power cuts in parts of Hungary.

Do I need a power bank for Hungary?

USB power bank for charging phones

Do I need a power bank for Hungary?

Because of potential power blackouts in Hungary travellers are advised to use backup charging solutions if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones or tablets reliably.

  • During a trip increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and playing games will drain the batteries towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Using a power bank in Hungary lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a Hungarian power outlet, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank which will supply enough electricity to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep an average smart phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in Hungary and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Small consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Hungary.    [9] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [AD]
Does a solar powered charger work in Hungary?

A solar backpack recharging

Does a solar powered charger work in Hungary?

The climate in Hungary might be suitable for a solar power bank, however it may take time to recharge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and could also generate charge when cloudy.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into a USB port of a backpack will gradually charge the power during sunny spells in Hungary, but might be inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A normal power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge the phone from the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for Hungary needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They are found in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.  [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)

Hungary 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 Hungary?

If travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Hungary is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Hungarians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Hungary. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis. [2] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Hungary?

Why use a travel USB charger for Hungary?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Hungary.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Hungary.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Hungary power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Hungary only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Hungary might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Hungary for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Hungarian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet. [2] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Hungary?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Hungary using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Hungary. [2] [AD]

Power converters for Hungary

What is a power converter for a Hungarian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and heavy power converter converts a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Hungary. [23] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Hungary?

When you are visiting Hungary from a different region please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Hungary from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Hungary , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14] [AD]

What converter do I need for Hungary?

You will need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet. [14] [AD]

What voltage is used in Hungary?

Hungary uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets. [8]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a 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 is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best method to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

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 Hungary?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Hungary?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Hungary depends on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to bring we suggest using the following checklist:

What different types of electrical items do you need to use in Hungary?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical items do you need to use in Hungary?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB powered electrical devices which plug into a USB port - for example cellphones.
  • If you only have to bring along just USB powered devices to Hungary then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack one compact charger plus your charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical items will you be taking to Hungary?

How many devices will you be packing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Hungary?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Hungary (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?

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

How many wall outlets are available in Hungary?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Hungary?

  • The accommodation in Hungary may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets. [12] [AD]
Will you only be charging USB devices in Hungary?

Will you only bring USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Hungary?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Hungary then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too. [2] [AD]

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) to power only one single device in Hungary (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Hungary?

Will it take you a long time to fly to Hungary?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Will it take you a long time to fly to Hungary?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Hungary think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left. [9] [AD]
Do you bringing just hand luggage to Hungary?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Hungary?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

What can I connect to a Hungarian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Hungarian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Hungarian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Hungarian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Hungary, 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 - Hungary country Wiki page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost 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, costs under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$10-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, estimated price 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, costs 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, 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 at around $50 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$35-C$40)
  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, estimated cost 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, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under 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, estimated cost between $120 to $130 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130)
  15. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  16. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price between $100 to $110 USD (£70-£80 GBP / under C$210).
  17. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price 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, 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 cost between $45 to $50 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$45).
  20. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  21. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price 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 (around £25 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 between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$90)
  24. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -