The Isle of Man power adapters - what plugs are used in The Isle of Man?

Manx power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Isle of Man?

Bring a Type G plug adapter [9] to The Isle of Man if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Manx power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Isle of Man all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Manx power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US visiting The Isle of Man then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man to fit a US plug into a Manx power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Isle of Man pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Manx power outlet then it can work in The Isle of Man.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Manx power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man such a Type G plug adapter [9]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The Isle of Man (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Isle of Man, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for The Isle of Man to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Isle of Man.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a vacation to The Isle of Man will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to bring a power bank [10] if you need to keep your cellphone battery or other USB powered devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 240 volts used in The Isle of Man you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in The Isle of Man please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Isle of Man power adapters

Power adapters for The Isle of Man

Differing voltages and plug types can all cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Isle of Man. 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 The Isle of Man using the standard 240 volt 50Hz Type G Manx plug outlet, the Manx will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. Most power sockets will vary from country to country so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Isle of Man?

The best power adapter for The Isle of Man will be a Type G plug adapter [9] which will allow you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Isle of Man?

What is a power adapter for a Manx power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a Manx power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [11].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in The Isle of Man?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Manx power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for The Isle of Man?

If the power plug that you want to use isn't the same as the type of Manx power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter for The Isle of Man do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in The Isle of Man by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting The Isle of Man from the US?

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for The Isle of Man because a US plug won't physically fit into a Manx power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Can you use a European plug in The Isle of Man?

There is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe doesn't work in The Isle of Man because there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe.

Electrical adapters for The Isle of Man

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will function in around 150 different countries.
  • All-in-one design which is small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some models which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some models also include a surge protector built in, this will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter could be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Manx power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high power appliances such as clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Universal power adapters only provide power to a single plug.
  • Might not be totally universal; some adapters might not cover some countries with less common outlet types.
  • They don't have a power converter meaning they aren't suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 240 volts in The Isle of Man.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only need to charge USB devices such as iPhones, tablet computers and MP3 players.
  • You will only need to pack a single unit rather than pack lots of domestic USB power chargers costing around $18 USD.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • When you get back to the UK the charger should still work.
  • Swappable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in The Isle of Man.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [9] will be ideal for The Isle of Man.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Cheap, with prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you plan on travelling to more than just one country then you might need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • A plug adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Manx power outlet and not the voltage; if your appliance doesn't work with 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • A single plug adapter for each device - for every individual device you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in The Isle of Man may only have a single wall outlet, so you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also need to bring a domestic USB charger as well.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Manx power outlet, costing around $30 USD.
  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage devices. So even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used in The Isle of Man by using only a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheaper alternative to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most models include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain countries can fluctuate, a surge in power could damage your delicate electronics. There are some models which have a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can potentially be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in The Isle of Man. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers and clothes irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too heavy for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of items to power.
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices between $15-$20 USD a power adapter set will typically work out more inexpensive purchasing than buying multiple individual $7 power plug adapters for multiple trips.
  • Covers all eventualities.
  • If you are travelling to different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be suitable with a Manx power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which power adapters to bring, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one working power adapter being used in The Isle of Man the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially less common adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has an adapter which works in The Isle of Man.
  • Adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug and not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter will only change the 240 volts in The Isle of Man and not the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Manx power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack a suitable power adapter for The Isle of Man.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to The Isle of Man.
  • It is usually better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter simply in order to use your existing appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • If you are travelling from America go to The Isle of Man you will need a voltage converter as the voltage in The Isle of Man is 240 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for The Isle of Man

Type G 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 The Isle of Man Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Manx power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Manx power outlet 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 240 volt AC appliance in The Isle of Man 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)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
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The Isle of Man power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Isle of Man?

Type G power outlets are used in The Isle of Man. You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.

What plug sockets are used in The Isle of Man?

Do US plugs work in The Isle of Man?

No; a US plug won't work in The Isle of Man because it can't fit into a Manx power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 240 volts so please use a power converter for The Isle of Man if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Isle of Man?

To use a 110V appliance in a Manx power outlet you need a step down power converter.

Can you use European plugs in The Isle of Man?

Tourists in Europe

Can you use European plugs in The Isle of Man?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which can be used in The Isle of Man might not work correctly in an electrical outlet in another destination. When visiting more than one location in Europe it is advised to either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set [16] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a single international travel plug adapter [17] as both these options should ensure that you're covered for all different power outlet types which you may encounter. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to find out which power adapters and converters you will need for your trip.

Is the voltage in The Isle of Man the same as the US?

The voltage in The Isle of Man is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Manx power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Manx power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Isle of Man. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for The Isle of Man and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in The Isle of Man?

The frequency of the current from a Manx power outlet is 50Hz.

Do I need a power bank for The Isle of Man?

It is always advised to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles whilst on a trip.

  • For many being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon in an unknown location. During a trip to The Isle of Man increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social networks, GPS and streaming videos could syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a sat nav app to get directions to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [10] lowers the risk as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [10] can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [21] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for up to a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in The Isle of Man and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [22] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [19] or gas hair straighteners [20] are designed for travelling.
Do I need a power bank for The Isle of Man?
Will a solar charger work in The Isle of Man?

A solar backpack recharging

Will a solar charger work in The Isle of Man?

The sunshine in The Isle of Man can be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [24], however it is likely to take time to charge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar cells used on a solar backpack [23] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, and could still generate some power when overcast.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in The Isle of Man, however this could prove inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag if it is to be needed constantly. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to sunlight so could be charging a power bank [10] during the day, unlike a small solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • A bag which is suitable for The Isle of Man should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel. Unlike regular firm solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.

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The Isle of Man 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 The Isle of Man?

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for The Isle of Man to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple power chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for The Isle of Man?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Isle of Man?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if travelling across different countries which will probably use a different standard to The Isle of Man.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in The Isle of Man.
  • USB chargers will accept the 240 volt power outlets in The Isle of Man along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in The Isle of Man might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in The Isle of Man might prove problematic and expensive.
  • More expensive USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Manx power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Manx power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Isle of Man?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to The Isle of Man using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting The Isle of Man.

Power converters for The Isle of Man

What is a power converter?

Power converters for The Isle of Man allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Manx 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 for The Isle of Man?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The Isle of Man, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [25] transforms a 240 volt Manx power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for The Isle of Man?

When visiting The Isle of Man from another country please ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 240 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [15].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] to allow the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Manx power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Manx power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for The Isle of Man if I'm travelling from the US?

The 240 volts used in a wall outlet in The Isle of Man is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [15] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The Isle of Man?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Manx power outlet you need a step down power converter [15].

What voltage is used in The Isle of Man?

The Isle of Man uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 240 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 240 volt Manx 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 The Isle of Man before plugging that into a Manx 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 240 volt Manx power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your device, it should also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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.
  • Trvel 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, number of USB powers and prices 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 The Isle of Man?

Deciding which type of electrical adapter you need for The Isle of Man

The power converter that is best to bring to The Isle of Man depends on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to use we recommend reading the following checklist:

What types of devices do you want to charge in The Isle of Man?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of devices do you want to charge in The Isle of Man?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to The Isle of Man then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only have to pack one lightweight charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices (such as cameras), but won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion, potentially damaging the travel power strip.
How many electrical items are you packing for The Isle of Man?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical items are you packing for The Isle of Man?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to The Isle of Man (including laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons and hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer soon?
    • There are a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as a power charging source, the if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional devices also.
  • Are you also bringing family along that will need to recharge their iPads too?

Will your devices work with a 240 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in The Isle of Man?

Will you only need USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices in The Isle of Man?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in The Isle of Man then we suggest just bringing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well.
How many wall outlets are available in The Isle of Man?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in The Isle of Man?

  • Accommodation in The Isle of Man may have only a single power outlet on the wall. This could present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as tablets, cellphones or laptops overnight because you can only charge one device at a time then need to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices at the same time then we suggest bringing a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that are capable of powering multiple USB ports and outlets.

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at $7 which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 240 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly $20 means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Is The Isle of Man the only country you plan to visit?

How long does it take to get to The Isle of Man?

Are you flying long haul

How long does it take to get to The Isle of Man?

  • For extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing a convenient charger which is perfect for airports that works in different power outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in hand luggage and can charge phones and tablets right before an extensive trip.
  • As not all airports have power outlets please think about packing a battery portable charger [10] for recharging on the go. When you land you might need to rely on a cell phone to make calls, messenging, using sat nav to locate a hotel or viewing itineraries; so ensure that your phone will have enough power stored.
Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Manx power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Manx power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Manx power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Manx power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Manx power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Manx power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Manx power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Isle of Man, 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/Isle_of_Man - Manx Wiki page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  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.
  16. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  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.
  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.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  21. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  22. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  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.
  26. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets