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

Power adapters for Cyprus

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know if you'll be able to power all your devices when you arrive. By not knowing which power supply is used in Cyprus you may pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need it 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 device in Cyprus. This page contains links to instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you're in Cyprus by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Cypriot plug outlet, the Cypriots will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You'll find that power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Cyprus?

The best power adapter for Cyprus is a Type G plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Cyprus?

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 Cyprus.

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

Do I need a power adapter for Cyprus?

If the shape of the Cypriot 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 Cypriot power outlet do?

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

Can I use a European plug in Cyprus?

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 Cypriot power outlet.

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

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Cypriot 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 Cyprus.

Where to buy a power adapter for Cyprus in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cyprus in the UK

Cyprus 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 Cyprus

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Cyprus

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 - Cyprus 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, estimated cost £5-£10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor