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

Power adapters for France

When organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country 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 France. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to France by using their standard Type E or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type E plug outlets will be used by a majority of French. You'll discover power adapters will vary depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for France?

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

What is the best power adapter for France?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a French 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].

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

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

Do I need a power adapter for France?

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

Can a European plug work in France?

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage in France?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for France in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for France in the UK

France 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 France

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in France

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