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

Power adapters for Monaco

If packing for a holiday to Monaco it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your important electronics such as mobiles and laptops at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Complicated combinations of standards and plug types can often be daunting 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 Monaco. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting Monaco using the types D, C, E or F 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type D plug outlets are typically used by most Monegasques. You will discover that power sockets will change depending on which country you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Monaco?

The best power adapter for Monaco will be a Type D power adapter which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Monaco?

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 Monaco.

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 Monacan power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Monacan 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 Monaco.

Do I need a power adapter for Monaco?

If the shape of the Monacan power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

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

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

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

Can I use a European plug in Monaco?

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 Monacan power outlet.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Monaco in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Monaco in Canada

Monaco 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 Monaco

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Monaco

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. Wikipedia - Monaco Wikipedia page.
  2. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under C$5.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor