European power adapters - What adapter do I need for Ireland?

Power adapters for Ireland

When organizing to travel it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your indispensable electrical devices such as mobiles and laptops at your hotel. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ireland. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Ireland by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Irish will use 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Ireland?

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

What is the best power adapter for Ireland?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an Irish power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Ireland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Irish power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Ireland.

What does a power adapter for an Irish power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Ireland simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for Ireland?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Ireland if I'm from Canada?

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

Can a European plug work in Ireland?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another country in Europe won't work in Ireland because there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter in Ireland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Ireland

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 Ireland in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Ireland in Canada

Ireland 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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Ireland Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costs C$10-C$15
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor