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

Power adapters for Belgium

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power all your devices when you arrive. By not knowing which power supply is used in Belgium you may pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Belgium. This page contains links to instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you are travelling to Belgium by using their standard E or C type Belgian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, you will discover a majority of Belgians normally use the Type E power outlets. You'll discover that power adapters change from country to country therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Belgium?

The best power adapter for Belgium is a Type E power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Belgium?

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 Belgium.

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

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

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

Do I need a power adapter for Belgium?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Belgium and the location you are travelling from.

Can I use a European plug in Belgium?

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 Belgian power outlet.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Belgian power outlet?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Belgium in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Belgium in the UK

Belgium to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Where to buy a power adapter in Belgium

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Belgium

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/Belgium - Belgium Wikipedia page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage, £2-£3.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor