European power adapters - What plug adapter do I need for Guernsey?

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 [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Guernsey?

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 [3].

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.

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.

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.

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guernsey - wikipedia.org entry about Guernsey.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated cost C$10-C$15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor