Wales power adapters - what plugs are used in Wales?

Welsh power outlet

What adapter do I need for Wales?

You'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [9] for Wales if your plug won't fit into a Welsh power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Wales all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Welsh 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 Wales from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Welsh power outlet. As the voltage is different in Wales 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 can fit in a Welsh power outlet then it can work in Wales.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Welsh power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Wales such a Type G plug adapter [9]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Wales (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Wales, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Wales to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Wales if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power 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 a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Wales.
  • 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 [10] 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 Wales read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Wales power adapters

Power adapters for Wales

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you could end up either over packing with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival which might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting 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 standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Wales. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Wales by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G Welsh power outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. Power adapters vary from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

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

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

What is a power adapter for a Welsh power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Welsh power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter in Wales?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Wales.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Wales from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Welsh power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Wales, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Wales if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Welsh power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Do European plug adapters work in Wales?

Because there are 8 different types of power outlets in Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in a Welsh power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Wales allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Wales by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Wales?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Wales?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Wales

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included adapters

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$40-C$45).
  • 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 Welsh 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 Wales. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

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.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

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 $15 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 Welsh 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.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel power 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 $20 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 Welsh 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.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [9] will work in Wales.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable, prices under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).
  • Lightweight and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Wales then you might need to bring multiple power adapter types.
  • An adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Welsh power outlet but not the voltage used in Wales, so if your device doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Only one power adapter for each appliance - for each separate device you wish to use you'll also need to use a separate power adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Wales might only have one power outlet, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time.
  • If you need to power any USB device then you also need to bring a domestic USB charger.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set typically works out more economical than purchasing multiple individual power plug adapter types costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Welsh 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 Wales.

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 Wales.
  • Adapters only change the shape of the plug and doesn't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts in Wales and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Welsh power outlet, you will still be required to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • A power converter is redundant after your trip to Wales.
  • Often less expensive to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • If you are travelling to Wales from the US you will need a voltage converter as the voltage is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Wales

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Wales Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Welsh power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Welsh 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 Wales Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Wales power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Wales?

Type G plug outlets are used in Wales. The plug outlet (technically called a type G power outlet) looks like three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

What plug sockets are used in Wales?

Do US plugs work in Wales?

No; an American plug won't work in Wales because it won't fit in a Welsh power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Are Welsh power outlets the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Wales the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Welsh power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Wales which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Welsh power outlet?

The frequency from a Welsh power outlet is 50Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Wales?

To use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Welsh power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Wales?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Wales?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, with 8 types of power outlets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could discover that a plug which works with a Welsh power outlet might not work in an electric outlet in another country. When travelling to more than one country in Europe it is advised to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [17] consisting of all types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [18] as both these options ensure that you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find. When preparing to travel check our list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power adapters and converters you will require for your journey.

Is electrical power reliable in Wales?

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

Are power outlets common in Wales?

100 percent of population in Wales has access to electricity.

Do I need a portable charger for Wales?

USB power bank

Do I need a portable charger for Wales?

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 Wales 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 [10] lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your smart phone on the move.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [10] which will store enough energy to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [21] 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 [22] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop when travelling to Wales. 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 [19] or gas hair straighteners [20] are available for travelling.
Does a solar powered charger work in Wales?

A solar bag in the sun

Does a solar powered charger work in Wales?

The sunshine in Wales could be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [24] but may take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [23] will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time.
  • A phone which has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Wales, but this could be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that needs unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so will be powering up a power bank [10] during the day.
  • A bag that is suitable for Wales needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Solar bags are available in messenger, backpack and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel use. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending.

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Wales 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 Wales?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Wales to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Welsh trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Wales?

Why use a travel USB charger for Wales?

  • 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 Wales.
  • 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 Wales.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Wales power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Wales 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 perect.
  • 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 Wales 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 Wales for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Welsh 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.

What is the best USB charger for Wales?

The 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 Wales 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 Wales.
  • 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 Wales.

Power converters for Wales

What does a power converter for Wales do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Welsh 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 [25] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Welsh 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 Wales.

Do I need a power converter for Wales?

If travelling to Wales from a different country ensure the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling to Wales from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then 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 power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Wales just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Welsh power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Wales from the US?

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Wales is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Wales?

You need to buy a step down power converter [15] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Wales.

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.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Welsh 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 Wales before plugging that into a Welsh 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 Welsh power outlet.

What voltage does Wales use?

Wales uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Wales?

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

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

How many electrical devices are you taking to Wales?

How many devices will you be bringing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Wales?

  • List all the items you'll need to bring to Wales (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 Wales who will need to charge their devices too?

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.
What types of electrical items do you need to charge in Wales?

Make a list of items you need

What types of electrical items do you need to charge in Wales?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only want to bring along just USB powered devices you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one compact charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as cameras), however won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion.

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

Is Wales the only location you plan on visiting?

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

How many power outlets will be available

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

  • 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.

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers only one device in Wales (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts) but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you visiting other countries with good access to electricity?

  • The power in Wales 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 [10] and a solar backpack [23] will prepare you for travelling to countries with limited electricity or any power cuts.
Are you flying long haul to get to Wales?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Wales?

  • If you are embarking on an extended flight to get to Wales 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 [10] which will recharge on the go. When you land in Wales 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.

What can I connect to a Welsh power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Welsh power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Welsh power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Welsh power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Welsh power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Welsh power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Welsh power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Wales, 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 [26].

Disclaimer

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

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

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about Wales.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20).
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, costing under $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, estimated price under $80 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$70-C$80).
  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, around $140 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, around $30 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  10. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, costing between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$35).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  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, priced at between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$45).
  13. 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, costs between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  15. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, costs under $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  17. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , estimated price around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  18. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, estimated price between $5 to $10 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$60).
  19. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / around C$460).
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced under $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  21. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  22. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costs under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$60).
  25. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$60).
  26. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets