European adapters - What kind of adapter do I need for The Isle of Man?

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 [2] 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, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a power outlet in The Isle of Man to accept a power plug from a foreign region.

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

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Manx power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need to bring a step down power converter.

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

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in The Isle of Man.

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

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their electrical devices in The Isle of Man by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

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

As there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another location in Europe doesn't work in The Isle of Man.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Isle of Man in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Isle of Man in the UK

The Isle of Man 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/Isle_of_Man - Manx Wiki page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, costing £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor