Canada to Guernsey power adapters - what kind of plug adapter is needed for Guernsey?

Guernsey power outlet

What adapter do I need for Guernsey?

Use a Type G plug adapter for Guernsey if the plug you need to use doesn't fit in a Guernsey power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Guernsey will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Guernsey power outlet. If you don't know which 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 Guernsey from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Guernsey power outlet. As the voltage is different in Guernsey you also need to pack a power converter for Guernsey 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 a Guernsey power outlet then it should work in Guernsey.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Guernsey power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Guernsey such a Type G plug adapter. A plug adapter for Guernsey (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Guernsey, 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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Guernsey[9]
  • An increase in use of a mobile phone during a vacation to Guernsey could leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to bring a portable charger if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery whilst travelling to an unknown 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 Guernsey please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Guernsey power adapters

Power adapters for Guernsey

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use your gadgets when you're there. By not knowing which power socket is used in Guernsey you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need it which could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Guernsey. This page has links to useful instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Guernsey by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz Type G power outlet, with the Channel Islander using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?

The best power adapter for Guernsey is a Type G power adapter which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device. [9]

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?
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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 a Guernsey power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[11]

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Guernsey?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Guernsey 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 Guernsey along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Guernsey?

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

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Will I need a plug adapter for Guernsey if I'm from Canada?

If you are travelling from Canada you will need to bring a power adapter for Guernsey as A Canadian plug won't physically fit into a Guernsey power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Guernsey if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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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 Guernsey simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do European plugs work in Guernsey?

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

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Where to buy a power adapter for Guernsey in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Guernsey in Canada

Guernsey 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 Guernsey

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Guernsey

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 Guernsey

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

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 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 Guernsey.

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

A power strip with 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 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 Guernsey 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 to Canada 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 Guernsey.

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]
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 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 to Canada 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 a Guernsey 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 Guernsey. [13]
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 will work in Guernsey.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable, prices under C$15.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Guernsey then you might need to bring multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • Only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Guernsey power outlet but not the actual voltage used in Guernsey. So if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • 1 adapter per device - for every device you'll also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • Accomodation in Guernsey may only have one wall outlet available, therefore you'll only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge any USB device then you also still need to bring your domestic USB charger as well. [9]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Guernsey 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 Guernsey.

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 Guernsey.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Guernsey power outlet but not the actual voltage. [14]
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 Guernsey and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Guernsey power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Guernsey.
  • 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 Guernsey.
  • 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, C$120-C$130.
  • Canadian travellers visiting Guernsey will need a power converter as the voltage from a Guernsey power outlet is 230 volts. [15]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Guernsey

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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Guernsey power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada 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 Guernsey 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 C$15 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$35-C$40 C$20-C$25 over C$60
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Guernsey power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Guernsey?

Type G plug outlets are used in Guernsey. The plug outlet (technically called a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape. [9]

What plug sockets are used in Guernsey?
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Do Canadian plugs work in Guernsey?

No - a Canadian plug won't work in Guernsey because it won't fit in a Guernsey 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.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Guernsey?

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

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Is the voltage in Guernsey the same as Canada?

The voltage which comes from a Guernsey power outlet is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for Guernsey which can lower the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

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What frequency is used in Guernsey?

The frequency found in a Guernsey power outlet is 50 Hz. [16]

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

Is an outlet in Guernsey the same as Canada?

A Canadian plug won't fit in a Guernsey power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Guernsey. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Guernsey and ensure that it works with 50hz.

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Does a European plug fit in a Guernsey power outlet?

Tourists in Europe

Does a European plug fit in a Guernsey power outlet?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Guernsey 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.   [17] [17] [18]

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Should I bring a portable charger to Guernsey?

It is always advised to bring a portable charger to recharge cell phones whilst on a trip.

  • The dependence on phones for many people is high and being offline leaves 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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey 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.    [10] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]
Should I bring a portable charger to Guernsey?
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How well do solar chargers work in Guernsey?

Solar bags can recharge most USB devices

How well do solar chargers work in Guernsey?

The climate in Guernsey may be suitable conditions for a solar power bank but is likely to 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 continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and could also generate power during overcast weather.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Guernsey, but could prove inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. So it is recommended to plug in a normal power bank into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards you can power up your phone from the power bank.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Guernsey should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles making them ideal for domestic, work and travel use. The flexible and durable panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels.  [10] [24] [25]
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Guernsey 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 Guernsey?

When travelling with more than one device the best travel power adapter for Guernsey is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power chargers on your Guernsey trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Guernsey we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably. [2]

What USB charger do I need for Guernsey?
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Why use a travel USB charger for Guernsey?

  • 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 Guernsey.
  • 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 Guernsey.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Guernsey along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Guernsey 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 perect.
  • 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 Guernsey 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 a Guernsey power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Guernsey 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 Guernsey?

The 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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey.
  • 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 Guernsey.

Power converters for Guernsey

What does a power converter for a Guernsey power outlet do?

Power converters for Guernsey allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Guernsey 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 Guernsey 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 Guernsey. [26]

Do I need a power converter for Guernsey?

If you are travelling to Guernsey 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 Guernsey which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [15]
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Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Guernsey from Canada?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Guernsey is different to a US outlet so please bring a if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

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What converter do I need for Guernsey?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Guernsey you will need a step down power converter[15]

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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 to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

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

What voltage is used in Guernsey?

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

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http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
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

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.
  • Travel 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 Guernsey?

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

The plug adapter which is best to use in Guernsey 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 Guernsey?

Children might need to recharge devices

How many electrical devices are you taking to Guernsey?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Guernsey (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 are the types of devices do you need to use with a Guernsey power outlet?

Make a list of items you need

What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Guernsey power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only need to pack one charger plus some appropriate USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially damaging it.

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

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Is Guernsey the only place you'll be visiting?

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

How many power outlets will be available

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

  • 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]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under C$10 which charges only one device from a Guernsey power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts), but investing in roughly 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?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

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

Using a phone after a long haul flight

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

  • 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 Guernsey 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. [10]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

What can I connect to a Guernsey power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Guernsey power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Guernsey power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Guernsey power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Guernsey power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Guernsey power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Guernsey power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Guernsey, 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[27]

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 Guernsey.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price C$15-C$20.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, priced C$10-C$15.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, under C$20.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, estimated cost 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, priced at around C$80.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, under C$40.
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced at under C$15.
  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, priced at under C$50.
  11. Wikipedia - 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, C$35-C$40.
  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, under C$30.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, 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, under C$130.
  16. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  17. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , priced at under 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, costs under C$45.
  19. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, under C$210.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost under C$50.
  21. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated price under C$40.
  22. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced under C$50.
  23. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costing under C$150.
  24. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under C$140.
  25. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, under C$60.
  26. 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, costing C$60-C$70.
  27. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -