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

Power adapters for Germany

If you are packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can power your devices when you arrive at your hotel. However, by not knowing which wall socket is being used in Germany you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Different voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Germany. This page contains links to useful instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you are visiting Germany by using their standard F or C type German 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Germans. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Germany?

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

What is the best power adapter for Germany?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a German 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 German power outlet do?

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

Do I need a power adapter for Germany?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Can a European plug work in Germany?

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

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Does a power adapter change the voltage in Germany?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Germany in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Germany in the UK

Germany 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 Germany

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Where to buy a power adapter in Germany

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 - Germany Wikipedia page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced around £10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor