Power adapters for Europe - What plug adapter do I need for Spain?

Power adapters for Spain

If you are packing for a trip to Spain it is useful to know if you can use any essential gadgets like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Spain. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when staying in Spain using the standard F or C type Spanish 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Spaniards typically use Type F plugs in their plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Spain?

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

What is the best power adapter for Spain?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Spain.

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

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

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Spanish power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Spain.

Do I need a power adapter for Spain?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Spain and the location you are travelling from.

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

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Spain by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can I use a European plug in Spain?

As there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't fit in a Spanish power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter in Spain

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Spain

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 Spain in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Spain in the UK

Spain 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/Spain - Spain Wikipedia page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, costing £4-£5.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor