Iceland power adapters - what plugs are used in Iceland?

Iceland power outlet

What adapter do I need for Iceland?

Bring a Type F plug adapter to Iceland if the plug you need to use won't fit in an Iceland power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Iceland will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with an Iceland power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're planning on visiting Iceland from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in an Iceland power outlet. As the voltage is different in Iceland you also need to pack a power converter for Iceland if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Iceland power outlet then it should work in Iceland.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Iceland power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Iceland such a Type F plug adapter. A plug adapter for Iceland (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iceland, but can't 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 Iceland 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 Iceland if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Iceland[4]
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a vacation will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to pack a power bank if you need to keep your cellphone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

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

Iceland power adapters

Power adapters for Iceland

If planning a holiday it can be helpful to know if you can charge all your common electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. But, 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, meaning having to buy a suitable charger on arrival. Varying complicated voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Iceland. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Iceland by using the F or C type Iceland 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Icelanders normally use the Type F sockets in their plug outlets. Power sockets are different from region to region therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

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

What is the best power adapter for Iceland?

What is a power adapter?

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Iceland simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Iceland?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Do European plugs work in Iceland?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in an Iceland power outlet because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

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Can a power adapter change the voltage in Iceland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Iceland power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Iceland along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Iceland

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Iceland

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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Iceland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Iceland

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.

Electrical adapters for Iceland

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in over 150 countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small, around $15 USD (under £20 GBP / around C$25).
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit into an Iceland power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt appliances in Iceland. [11]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, with prices under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$5).
  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter simple to use.
  • Using a Type F plug adapter will work in Iceland.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One plug adapter per device - for every appliance you will also need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • Adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Iceland power outlet and doesn't change the voltage, so if your appliance doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Iceland then you might need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • You'll also need to pack a separate USB charger if you wish to power a USB device.
  • Some hotel rooms in Iceland might only have one power outlet available, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time. [4]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Travel USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning 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.
  • Most models should also include a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country it should still work.
  • The interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Iceland.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB devices. [2]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electrical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$40).
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Iceland by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Iceland.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering. [12]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / around C$5) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just an Iceland power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Iceland.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Iceland.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in an Iceland power outlet but not the actual voltage. [13]
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 230 volts in Iceland and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Iceland power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Iceland.
  • The normal weight of most models of voltage converters makes them way too bulky for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Iceland.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$110-C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Iceland

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 Iceland 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 Iceland power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Iceland 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 Iceland 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$5) between $15 to $20 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$35-C$40) between $15 to $20 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Iceland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Iceland?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Iceland?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed circular wall socket (also known as a type F power outlet or Schuko plug) can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with thin grounding clips above and below. [4]
Does a European plug fit in an Iceland power outlet?

Tourists in Europe

Does a European plug fit in an Iceland power outlet?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with an Iceland power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you intend on travelling to more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set which contains various types of power adapters, or a single international travel plug adapter as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.   [15] [15] [16]

What frequency is used in Iceland?

The frequency found in an Iceland power outlet is 50 Hz. [17]

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Iceland?

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

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Is there good access to electrical power in Iceland?

Access to electricity in Iceland is excellent which covers the entire country.

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How reliable is the power grid in Iceland?

Whilst stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Iceland is classed as reliable with no pattern of recurrent power blackouts.

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Should I pack a power bank for Iceland?

USB portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for Iceland?

Even though power failures in Iceland aren't regular with power being available to the entire population, visitors are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles and other USB powered devices.

  • The dependence on phones for many people is high and being offline will leave them anxious, especially when being needed when travelling to an unknown location. During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and web browsing can drain power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your hotel.
  • Packing a portable charger for Iceland alleviates those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone on the move.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Iceland and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Typical consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling.    [9] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]
Does a solar battery charger work in Iceland?

A solar backpack recharging

Does a solar battery charger work in Iceland?

Typical solar power banks can slowly recharge in sunlight, but because of the sunlight in Iceland and the restricted smaller size of the solar panel it won't be dependable for visitors. Because of the compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong sunshine for an extended period of time to produce enough power for a single charge, and this 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 will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a faster period of time.
  • A device that has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually charge the battery during sunny periods in Iceland, however might prove inconvenient to have it continually tethered to the bag should it be needed frequently. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a regular power bank to a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up from the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • Due to the climate in Iceland a bag needs to have the bare minimum solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • Solar bags are found in backpack, rucksack and laptop messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.
  • Unlike regular firm solar panels, the durable and flexible cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to survive bending and scratching.  [9] [23] [24]

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)

Iceland 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 Iceland?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Iceland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of wall outlets in Iceland (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. 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 and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world. [2]

What USB charger do I need for Iceland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Iceland?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size 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 different outlets to Iceland.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Iceland.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Iceland along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Iceland might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Iceland could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with an Iceland power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for an Iceland power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium 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 on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [2]

What is the best USB charger for Iceland?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Iceland 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 Iceland.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Iceland. [2]

Power converters for Iceland

What does a power converter for an Iceland power outlet do?

Power converters for Iceland allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Iceland 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 plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform a 230 volt Iceland power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Iceland. [25]

Do I need a power converter for Iceland?

If you are travelling to Iceland from a different country please ensure your device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used with 230 volts run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Iceland which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14]

What converter do I need for Iceland?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Iceland you will need a step down power converter[14]

What voltage is used in Iceland?

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

Iceland
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 an 230 volt Iceland 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 Iceland before plugging that into an Iceland 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 an 230 volt Iceland power outlet. [14]
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

The best way to tell if a appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear 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 say a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for Iceland?

Which type of adapter do I need to bring to Iceland?

The plug adapter which is best to use in Iceland depends on your requirements, prior to deciding the right adapter to use we recommend using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Iceland?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Iceland?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Iceland (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?
What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB devices which can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only need to bring along just USB powered devices to Iceland you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one lightweight charger along with appropriate existing charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices (such as laptops), however won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
How many power outlets will be available when you get to Iceland?

Are multiple wall outlets available

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

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [12]

Do your devices and appliances work with 230 volt power outlets?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5) which charges only one device from an Iceland power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works 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.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Is Iceland the only place you'll be visiting?

Will it take you a long time to get to Iceland?

Using a phone at the airport

Will it take you a long time to get to Iceland?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in Iceland you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining. [9]

Are you visiting another country with reliable access to power?

  • The electricity in Iceland is generally stable but if you plan to visit another country you may need a power adapter to protect your electrical appliances. Electricty might often fluctuate in some regions which could possibly cause damage to your devices, so it is advisable to use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Prepare for power cuts and limited electricity by bringing a portable charger and a solar backpack.  [9] [9] [23]

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

What can I connect to an Iceland power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to an Iceland power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Iceland power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iceland power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Iceland power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Iceland power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Iceland power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Iceland power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Iceland power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Iceland, 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. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Iceland.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$5).
  4. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced at between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$5).
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, under $30 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, between $160 to $170 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$250).
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, estimated price under $40 USD (£25-£30 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, under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  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, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$25).
  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, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (around £25 GBP / under C$5).
  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, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / under C$120).
  15. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$4-C$5).
  16. 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, costs between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$40).
  17. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  18. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $180 to $190 USD (around £140 GBP / under C$210).
  19. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  20. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at under $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  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 $50 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, between $120 to $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$150).
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under $100 USD (£110-£120 GBP / C$130-C$140).
  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 (£25-£30 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, costs between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$70).
  26. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -