Adapters for Europe - What adapter do I need for Gibraltar?

Power adapters for Gibraltar

If organizing a holiday to Gibraltar it can often be useful to know in advance if you can power all your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Gibraltar. This page contains links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in Gibraltar by using the standard types G or C Gibraltar 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type G wall outlets will be typically used by most Llanitos. You will find that most power adapters change regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Gibraltar?

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

What is the best power adapter for Gibraltar?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Gibraltar is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Gibraltar power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Gibraltar?

This depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Gibraltar.

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Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Gibraltar power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Gibraltar?

There is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another location in Europe doesn't work in Gibraltar because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

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What does a power adapter for Gibraltar do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Gibraltar by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for Gibraltar in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Gibraltar in the UK

Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Gibraltar

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 - Gibraltar country Wiki 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, costs £15-£20.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor