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Power adapters for England

If packing for a holiday to England it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you arrive. But by not knowing which power supply is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Differing standards and plug types can often lead to confusion 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 England. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in England using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G plug outlet, with the Britons using BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for England?

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

What is the best power adapter for England?

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 England.

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 British power outlet?

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

Do I need a power adapter for England?

If the shape of the British 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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What does a power adapter for a British power outlet do?

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

Can I use a European plug in England?

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 British power outlet.

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Where to buy a power adapter in England

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Where to buy a power adapter in England

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 England in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for England in the UK

England 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.

  1. Wikipedia - England 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, £15-£20.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor