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

Power adapters for Scotland

If you are planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know if you can power all your indispensable electronics when you arrive. By not knowing which wall socket is used in Scotland you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there. Complicated standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Scotland. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are travelling to Scotland by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish plug outlet, the Scottish will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. You'll discover that power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

The best power adapter for Scotland will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

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 Scottish 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 Scotland?

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

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 Scotland simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Scotland?

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

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

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

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Scotland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Scotland

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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Scotland in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Scotland in Canada

Scotland 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.

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