European power adapters - What adapter do I need for Poland?

Power adapters for Poland

If packing for a holiday to Poland it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on visiting a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Poland. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Poland using the Type E or C Polish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Poles typically use Type E plugs in their plug outlets. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Poland?

The best power adapter for Poland will be a Type E plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Poland?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Polish power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Poland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Polish power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Poland.

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

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Poland simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for Poland?

If the type of Polish power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Can a European plug work in Poland?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another country in Europe won't work in Poland because there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter in Poland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Poland

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Poland in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Poland in the UK

Poland 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/Poland - Poland Wikipedia page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage, under £3.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor