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

Power adapters for Sweden

If packing for a holiday to Sweden it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power your important electronics such as mobiles and laptops at your hotel. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you having to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Sweden. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are travelling to Sweden using the types F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Swedes. You'll find power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Sweden?

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

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?

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

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