UK to Faroe Islands power adapters - do I need a power adapter for a Faroese power outlet?

Faroese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Faroe Islands?

You'll need to pack a Type E plug adapter [9] for Faroe Islands if the plug you intend to use doesn't fit into a Faroese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Faroe Islands all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Faroese power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from America travelling to Faroe Islands then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Faroese power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Faroe Islands use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Faroese power outlet then you can use it in Faroe Islands.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Faroese power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Faroe Islands such a Type E plug adapter [9]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Faroe Islands (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Faroe Islands, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Faroe Islands to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Faroe Islands if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Faroe Islands.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a trip to Faroe Islands will put an extra drain on the battery therefore you should bring a power bank [10] if you want to keep your cellphone charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Faroe Islands you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Faroe Islands check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Faroe Islands power adapters

Power adapters for Faroe Islands

Various combinations of voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Faroe Islands. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Faroe Islands by using their standard Type E, C, F or K 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sockets differ 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 Faroe Islands?

The best power adapter for Faroe Islands will be a Type E power adapter [9] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Faroe Islands?

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 Faroe Islands.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [11].

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

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Faroese 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 Faroe Islands.

Do I need a power adapter for Faroe Islands?

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

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

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

Can I use a European plug in Faroe Islands?

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 Faroese power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for Faroe Islands in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Faroe Islands in the UK

Faroe Islands 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.

Electrical adapters for Faroe Islands

Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under £20.
  • Some models will include charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially be of use when you return to the UK as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Faroese power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some models making them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • They lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt electrical devices in Faroe Islands.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly under £20.
  • USB wall chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Has surge protector built in.
  • The charger will still be of use domestically.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Faroese power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered ones.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under £40.
  • Certain travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used with a Faroese power outlet by using only a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal modern power strips also include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some power strips which have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • The power strip should potentially be of use domestically as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of the weight of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances which need charging.
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type E plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Easy to operate.
  • Cheapest option, with prices £1-£2.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Using a Type E plug adapter [9] will work in Faroe Islands.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Some hotel rooms may only have one power outlet available, so you will only be able to charge a single appliance at a time.
  • Should you plan on travelling to more than one country then you may need to bring along multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • Only 1 power adapter per device - for each individual device or appliance you'll also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type E Faroese power outlet but not the actual voltage, so if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • You will also still need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you wish to charge any USB device.
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £5-£10 an adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters costing over £5 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to multiple locations.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will operate in Faroe Islands.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual adapters to bring.
  • All remaining power adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included with the set (especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible in Faroe Islands.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Faroese power outlet but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

British citizens will not need to use a converter as the voltage from a Faroese power outlet is 230 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 230 volts from a Faroese power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Faroese power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Faroe Islands.
  • The size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • Redundant when get back from Faroe Islands.
  • Often better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Faroe Islands.
  • Costly, £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Faroe Islands

Type E Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Faroe Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included E A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type E Faroese power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type E plug adapter required to fit in a Faroese power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to the UK Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Faroe Islands Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under £2 £15-£20 £15-£20 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Faroe Islands power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Faroe Islands?

There are four types of power outlets used in Faroe Islands, these are type E, C, F and K with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go and a single metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken circular wall socket can be recognised by the two 4.8mm holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type K - You can identify this plug outlet by the three holes in a triangle pattern and the bottom hole appearing in a semicircle shape.
What plug sockets are used in Faroe Islands?

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Faroe Islands?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Faroese power outlet.

Is a power outlet in Faroe Islands different to Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a power outlet in Faroe Islands different to Europe?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with eight types of plug sockets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could find a plug which works with a Faroese power outlet might not function correctly in an outlet in another country. If you intend on visiting more than one destination in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [16] that consists of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [17] as both these options ensure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you might find in each location. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you need to bring for your journey.

What is the electrical frequency used in Faroe Islands?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Faroese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Should I pack a portable charger for Faroe Islands?

It is always advisable to pack a power bank to recharge mobile phones whilst travelling.

  • During a trip to Faroe Islands increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to return back to your accommodation or hotel. By packing a power bank [10] for Faroe Islands lowers the risk as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered without using a phone charger.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh power bank [10] which can supply enough electricity to cover over 3 full charge cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [21] should keep a typical cell phone powered for roughly 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger can do.
  • If your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [22] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge the laptop in Faroe Islands. Before travelling please note that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [19] or gas hair straighteners [20] are available for travelling.
Should I pack a portable charger for Faroe Islands?
Do solar powered chargers work in Faroe Islands?

A solar backpack left recharging

Do solar powered chargers work in Faroe Islands?

The climate in Faroe Islands could be suitable for a solar power bank [24] but it could take time to recharge. The smaller surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be left in powerful daylight for an extended period of time in order to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove inconvenient to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger solar panels used on a solar backpack [23] will give the bag the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Faroe Islands, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to daylight therefore could be topping up a power bank [10] throughout the day, unlike a small solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Faroe Islands needs to have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They are available in backpack, rucksack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratching and bending, unlike normal rigid solar panels.

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Faroe Islands chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Faroe Islands?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just one device then the best travel charger for Faroe Islands to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Faroese use four different types of power outlets (types E, C, F and K) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Faroe Islands?

Why use a travel USB charger for Faroe Islands?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Faroe Islands.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Faroe Islands.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Faroe Islands power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Faroe Islands might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Faroe Islands could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Faroese power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Faroese power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Faroe Islands?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Faroe Islands and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Faroe Islands.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Faroe Islands.

Power converters for Faroe Islands

What does a power converter for Faroe Islands do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Faroese power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Faroe Islands?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Faroe Islands, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [25] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Faroese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Faroe Islands?

When travelling to Faroe Islands from a different country please double check the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are visiting Faroe Islands from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 230 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [15] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt Faroese power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a much heavier power converter to Faroe Islands simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Faroese power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Faroe Islands?

You need to use a step down power converter [15] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Faroese power outlet.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Faroese power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Faroe Islands before plugging that into a Faroese power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Faroese power outlet.

What voltage does Faroe Islands use?

Faroe Islands uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the existing power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Faroe Islands?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Faroe Islands?

The type of power converter which is suitable for Faroe Islands is dependant on your requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What are the types of electrical items do you want to use with a Faroese power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What are the types of electrical items do you want to use with a Faroese power outlet?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair dryers.
    • USB powered devices which charge with a USB port - for example mobile phones and iPads.
  • When you only want to take just USB powered devices to Faroe Islands then a simple travel USB charger is perfect as you will only need to bring one charger with appropriate charging cables rather than packing multiple domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.
How many devices will you be taking to Faroe Islands?

How many devices are you taking

How many devices will you be taking to Faroe Islands?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Faroe Islands (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to Faroe Islands that will need to charge their iPads?

Do your devices only work with 230 volt power outlets?

Are you only charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB devices

Are you only charging USB devices?

How many Faroese power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Faroese power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets.

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at under £10 which will charge one device from a Faroese power outlet (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere £15-£20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Is Faroe Islands the only country you intend on visiting?

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How long will it take to fly to Faroe Islands?

Making a call after a flight

How long will it take to fly to Faroe Islands?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable charger [10] which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining.
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Faroese power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Faroese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Faroese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Faroese power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Faroese power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Faroese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Faroese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Faroese power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Faroese power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Faroe Islands, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [26].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faroe_Islands - Faroe Islands Wikipedia page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £15-£20.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price around £10.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, £10-£15.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, estimated price £10-£15.
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, costing under £110.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, £20-£25.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage, priced £1-£2.
  10. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, around £20.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  12. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, around £15.
  13. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under £40.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at £5-£10.
  15. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, under £90.
  16. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , estimated price under £20.
  17. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, priced at £15-£20.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  19. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced at £140-£150.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, £30-£35.
  21. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under £40.
  22. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under £80.
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing around £15.
  25. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, £100-£110.
  26. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets