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

Power adapters for Portugal

If packing for a vacation to Portugal it is helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers when you get there. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you could bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable charger when you arrive that might be incompatible. Various frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Portugal. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power your devices when visiting Portugal by using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type F plug outlets will be normally used by most Portuguese. You'll find power adapters differ depending on which area you are visiting therefore we recommend reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Portugal?

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

What is the best power adapter for Portugal?

What is a power adapter for a Portuguese power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a Portuguese power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

What does a power adapter for Portugal do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in Portugal simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Portugal?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of Portuguese power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Does a power adapter for Europe work in Portugal?

As there are 8 different types of power outlets in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't fit in a Portuguese power outlet.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Portugal?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Portuguese power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter in Portugal

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Portugal

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 Portugal in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Portugal in the UK

Portugal 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/Portugal - Portugal country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, costs under £5.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor