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

Power adapters for Sweden

When organizing to travel it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your devices at your hotel. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in Sweden you may pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Sweden. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Sweden by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will discover a majority of Swedes normally use the Type F power outlets. Power adapters differ from country to country so we suggest reading our Wiki Connections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Sweden?

The best power adapter for Sweden is a Type F plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Sweden?

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 Sweden.

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

Do I need a power adapter for Sweden?

If the shape of the Swedish power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Swedish 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 Sweden.

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

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

Can I use a European plug in Sweden?

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 Swedish power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for Sweden in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Sweden in the UK

Sweden 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Sweden

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Sweden

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.

  1. Wikipedia - Sweden Wikipedia page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, £10-£15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor