Power adapters for Europe - What plug adapter do I need for England?

Power adapters for England

If packing for a holiday to England it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you arrive. But by not knowing which power supply is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Differing standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in England. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in England using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Britons using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for England?

The best power adapter for England is a Type G plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for England?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in England.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a British power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt British power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for England.

Do I need a power adapter for England?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in England and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting England from Canada?

Canadian plugs won't physically fit into a British power outlet therefore you will need to bring a power adapter for England, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for England to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for a British power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in England by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can I use a European plug in England?

As there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't fit in a British power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for England in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for England in Canada

England to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International 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 such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay 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. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Where to buy a power adapter in England

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in England

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - England Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price under C$15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor