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

Power adapters for Denmark

If packing for a trip to Denmark it can be helpful to know if you can use any important electrical devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you may pack the wrong power charger, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting 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 sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Denmark. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in Denmark using the standard K type Danish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, you'll find a majority of Danes typically use Type K power outlets. You'll find power adapters vary depending on which region you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Denmark?

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

What is the best power adapter for Denmark?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Danish 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 Denmark?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Danish 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 Denmark.

Do I need a power adapter for Denmark?

If the type of Danish power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

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

Can a European plug work in Denmark?

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Denmark

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Denmark

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 Denmark in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Denmark in the UK

Denmark 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark - Denmark Wikipedia page.
  2. Type K plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type K power outlets without converting voltage, £10-£15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor