UK to Liechtenstein power adapters - what kind of travel adapter do I need for Liechtenstein?

Liechtenstein power outlet

What adapter do I need for Liechtenstein?

You will need to bring a Type J plug adapter [9] to Liechtenstein if your plug won't fit in a Liechtenstein power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Liechtenstein will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Liechtenstein power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If you are planning on travelling to Liechtenstein from the US you will need to use a suitable power adapter for Liechtenstein to fit a US plug into a Liechtenstein power outlet. As the voltage is different in Liechtenstein bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Liechtenstein power outlet then you can use it in Liechtenstein.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Liechtenstein power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Liechtenstein such a Type J plug adapter [9]. A plug adapter for Liechtenstein (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Liechtenstein, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type J plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type J plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Liechtenstein.
  • Excess use of a mobile phone during a trip to Liechtenstein will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to pack a power bank [10] if you want to keep your mobile phone charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unknown country.

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

Liechtenstein power adapters

Power adapters for Liechtenstein

Different standards and plug types can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Liechtenstein. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating how to charge your devices when you are in Liechtenstein by using their standard J or C type Liechtenstein 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power adapters change from region to region therefore please read the Wikiconnections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Liechtenstein?

The best power adapter for Liechtenstein will be a Type J power adapter [9] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Liechtenstein?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Liechtenstein is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter which allows a Liechtenstein power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

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

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter along with the correct type of adapter.

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

A power adapter for a Liechtenstein power outlet allows a visitor travelling from a different location to use electronic devices in Liechtenstein simply by altering the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Liechtenstein?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Liechtenstein and the location you are travelling from.

Do European plug adapters work in Liechtenstein?

As there are so many different types of power outlets in Europe there is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another location in Europe doesn't fit in a Liechtenstein power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for Liechtenstein in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Liechtenstein in the UK

Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type J plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes it easy to use.
  • Bringing a Type J plug adapter [9] will be ideal for Liechtenstein.
  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Cheap, prices around £5.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • You'll also need to pack your separate domestic USB charger if you wish to charge any USB device.
  • This adapter only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type J Liechtenstein power outlet and not the actual voltage, so if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • If you intend to visit more than just Liechtenstein then you may need to bring along more than one type of power adapter.
  • Hotel rooms may only have one wall outlet available, so you will only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • Only 1 power adapter per device - for each individual device you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Relatively easy to use.
  • An all-in-one compact design - small and lightweight, under £20.
  • Some models also include a surge protector built in to prevent any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • When you return home the power strip should still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Some models will include multiple USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets the pins don't change shape to fit in a Liechtenstein power outlet. So you still need to bring a separate power adapter for Liechtenstein if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from one outlet.
  • Cannot be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or curling irons.
  • Universal travel power adapters don't have an in-built power converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical devices which don't support 230 volts in Liechtenstein.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries, some models might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • The internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters which could make them prone to jamming when travelling.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge USB devices, for example tablets, phones and Kindles.
  • You only have to pack one unit rather than pack lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly around £10.
  • USB wall chargers are usually supplied with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with USB wall chargers are typically lightweight and small making them easy to pack.
  • Offers a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to the UK it could still be useful.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Liechtenstein power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Liechtenstein power outlet.
  • Restricted to USB ports so you can't power electrical appliances, only USB powered ones.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Certain models will convert voltage for low wattage devices. So therefore if the device isn't dual voltage it should still work with a Liechtenstein power outlet by using only a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Able to power many appliances at the same time via one power outlet, costing £35-£40.
  • Typical models should feature multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be tempremental, a sudden power surge will damage your electronics. There are some models that have a surge protector which will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • It can still be functional back at home as a USB charger and power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Doesn't include a specific plug adapter for Liechtenstein therefore you need to bring a separate power plug adapter for a Liechtenstein power outlet.
  • Unlike normal power converters, the conversion on travel power strips won't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.
  • Because of the size of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be considered excessive for travellers only bringing a small number of items which need charging.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £5-£10 a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing multiple plug adapter types costing over £5 each.
  • Covers all power outlet types.
  • If you are travelling to multiple countries this is ideal.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Liechtenstein power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - prior to any trip you will need to choose which adapters they'll need, or alternatively pack each plug adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • Having only a single compatible power adapter working in Liechtenstein the remaining plug adapters will be useless using up packing space.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set has one which is compatible in Liechtenstein.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug but won't convert the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

British citizens will not need a voltage converter as the voltage in Liechtenstein is 230 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts in Liechtenstein and won't change the shape of the plug to slot in a Liechtenstein power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to pack a suitable plug adapter.
  • The normal size of most models of voltage converters makes them impractical for carry-on luggage.
  • A converter won't be of any use when returning to the UK.
  • It is often cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a much more expensive power converter just in order to use your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • Costly, £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Liechtenstein

Type J 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 Liechtenstein Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included J 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) 5+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type J Liechtenstein power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type J plug adapter required to fit in a Liechtenstein power outlet Yes Yes Yes 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 Liechtenstein 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 £10 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £110
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Liechtenstein power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Liechtenstein?

Type C and J power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Liechtenstein?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Liechtenstein, these are type J and C with the primary power outlets being type J:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type J - This flattened hexagon shaped power outlet (also known as a type J power outlet) can be recognised by 3 large circular holes in a flattened triangle pattern.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Liechtenstein?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110V appliance in Liechtenstein.

Do European plugs work in Liechtenstein?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Liechtenstein?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, so a plug that works with a Liechtenstein power outlet might not function correctly in an electric outlet in another country. If you intend on visiting more than one destination in Europe you can either use a multiple power adapter travel set [16] containing all types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [17] as both these options should make sure that you are covered for all different power outlet types which you might find in each location. Before travelling check our list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power converters and adapters you will need during your trip.

What is the electrical frequency used in Liechtenstein?

The frequency from a Liechtenstein power outlet is 50Hz.

What is access to electrical power like in Liechtenstein?

The entire population of Liechtenstein has access to electricity.

Is electric reliable in Liechtenstein?

Even though power blackouts are unpredictable, the power supply in Liechtenstein is classed as dependable with no pattern of recurrent power outages compared to other countries.

Should I pack a portable charger for Liechtenstein?

Whilst electrical blackouts in Liechtenstein aren't common with electricity being available to the entire population, travellers are still advised to bring a portable charger to recharge mobile phones.

  • During a trip increased reliance on mobile phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, sat nav, social networks and streaming videos can syphon off power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could possibly leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Using a power bank [10] in Liechtenstein eases those concerns as it allows you to power up your mobile phone without using a phone charger.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [10] which can supply enough energy to power around three full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger [21] should keep a typical cell phone powered for around a week depending on the usage and model of the phone. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many charge cycles the power bank is capable of.
  • Should you want to charge your laptop in Liechtenstein and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [22] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying 20 Wh or more. Before travelling please note that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline.
  • Average consumer portable chargers 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 Liechtenstein?
Do solar powered chargers work in Liechtenstein?

A solar bag charging a power bank

Do solar powered chargers work in Liechtenstein?

The sunshine in Liechtenstein could be suitable for a solar power bank [24], however may take time to charge. 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, which might prove difficult to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge between cloud cover.

  • The larger cells found on a solar backpack [23] will give the bag the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time, and could generate some charge during overcast weather.
  • A phone that has been plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Liechtenstein, but this might prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag should it be used constantly. A regular power bank [10] plugged into a solar backpack can be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards you can recharge your phone using the power bank at any time.
  • A bag that is suitable for Liechtenstein should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • They are available in rucksack, laptop messenger and backpack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, travel and work use. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike normal rigid solar panels.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel charger for Liechtenstein to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two different types of wall outlets that Liechtensteiners use (J and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters for your Liechtenstein trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and phones without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Liechtenstein?

Why use a travel USB charger for Liechtenstein?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger instead of needing to bring several individual USB chargers with you.
  • All travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is suitable if travelling to different countries which are likely to use a different standard to Liechtenstein.
  • A good power charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair in Liechtenstein.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Liechtenstein along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Liechtenstein might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones during departure can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Liechtenstein could prove difficult and expensive.
  • Larger USB chargers should also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances with a Liechtenstein power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high powered appliances with a Liechtenstein power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by charging multiple mobile phones and tablets overnight using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Liechtenstein?

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 these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Liechtenstein using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Liechtenstein.

Power converters for Liechtenstein

What does a power converter for Liechtenstein do?

A power converter for Liechtenstein enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Liechtenstein power outlet.

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

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

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

Do I need a power converter for Liechtenstein?

When visiting Liechtenstein from a different region make sure your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are visiting Liechtenstein from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 230 volts run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as 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 Liechtenstein power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than trying to carry a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Liechtenstein.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with a Liechtenstein power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Liechtenstein?

You will need a step down power converter [15] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Liechtenstein.

What voltage does Liechtenstein use?

Liechtenstein uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

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 Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein before plugging that into a Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein power outlet.
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.
How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of my device

The easiest way to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the existing charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear 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 have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally 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 Liechtenstein?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Liechtenstein?

The plug adapter or power converter that is best to use in Liechtenstein depends on various requirements. Before choosing which adapter to use we suggest using the following checklist:

What types of electrical devices do you want to use with a Liechtenstein power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of electrical devices do you want to use with a Liechtenstein power outlet?

  • There are three types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners and curling irons.
    • USB electrical devices that plug into a USB port - for example phones or iPads.
  • If you only need to bring along just USB powered devices then a simple travel USB charger is perfect as you will only need to pack that single lightweight charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), however won't work with high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
How many devices will you be packing for Liechtenstein?

Family may need to power devices too

How many devices will you be packing for Liechtenstein?

  • List all the electrical items you want to pack for Liechtenstein (for example tablets, mobile phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical items in the future. Are you thinking about buying a new mobile phone computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source, the next time you have to replace a device it could use a USB power adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional items too.
  • Are you also bringing a partner to Liechtenstein that might need to recharge their phones too?

Do your devices only work with 230 volt power outlets?

Are you only charging USB devices in Liechtenstein?

Are you only charging USB devices

Are you only charging USB devices in Liechtenstein?

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Liechtenstein?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Liechtenstein?

  • Hotels may offer only one power outlet. This will be a problem if recharging batteries of more than one electronic item overnight because you will only be able to charge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has finished charging.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time we recommend bringing either a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that are capable of powering multiple USB ports and power outlets.

What is your budget?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at under £10 which charges only a single device in Liechtenstein (providing that is compatible with 230 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere £15-£20 will allow you to power more than one device at once and bring them to multiple different countries.

Do you intend to visit elsewhere in the future?

Will your trip include visits to countries other than Liechtenstein?

  • A simple power adapter only operates in a single country that it was designed for, so if you need to travel to more than just one country you may need to pack additional plug adapters which can add to the number of adapters you have to carry.
  • However, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are made for travelling to multiple countries becuase of their interchangeable heads.
How long will it take to fly to Liechtenstein?

Arriving at an airport

How long will it take to fly to Liechtenstein?

  • With long journeys consider packing a convenient charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can quickly top up phones and tablets right prior to an extensive flight.
  • Not all flights actually have power outlets therefore we recommend packing a portable charger [10] which will recharge on the go. After arriving you could need to rely on a mobile phone to make telephone calls, messenging, using mapping or reading your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge left.
Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Liechtenstein?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Liechtenstein?

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

Are you visiting other countries with good access to electricity?

  • The electricity in Liechtenstein is generally stable however if you need to visit another country you might need an electrical adapter which offers protection to your electrical appliances. Power could sometimes fluctuate in some countries which can cause damage to your devices, so look for an adapter which has built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a solar backpack [23] and portable charger [10] will prepare you for any power cuts and countries with limited electricity.

What can I connect to a Liechtenstein power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Liechtenstein power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Liechtenstein power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Liechtenstein power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Liechtenstein power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Liechtenstein power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Liechtenstein power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Liechtenstein power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Liechtenstein, 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/Liechtenstein - Liechtenstein 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 £10-£15.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, priced at under £5.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, priced £4-£5.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, £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, 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, around £15.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type J plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type J power outlets without converting voltage, around £5.
  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, priced £20-£25.
  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, estimated cost £15-£20.
  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, £35-£40.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing £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, £80-£90.
  16. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , estimated cost £15-£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, estimated cost £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, around £140.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price £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, £35-£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, £70-£80.
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced at £10-£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