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Power adapters for Greece

If you are packing for a holiday to Greece it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any devices when you're there. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Greece you could end up either weighing your bags down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Greece. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Greece by using their standard types F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Greeks will typically use Type F wall outlets. Power adapters vary from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

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

What is the best power adapter for Greece?

What is a power adapter for a Greek power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a Greek power outlet to accept a power plug from a different country.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Greek power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Greek power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need a step down power converter for Greece.

Do I need a plug adapter in Greece?

If the shape of the Greek power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in Greece simply by changing the shape of the plug.

Do European plug adapters work in Greece?

As there are eight different power outlet types in Europe there is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in Greece.

Where to buy a power adapter in Greece

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Greece

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 Greece in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Greece in the UK

Greece 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/Greece - wikipedia.org entry about Greece.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, £10-£15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor