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Power adapters for Wales

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you could end up either over packing with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival which might not be compatible. Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Wales. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Wales by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G Welsh power outlet, the Welsh will use a BS 1363 13 amp plug for charging. Power adapters vary from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

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

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

What is a power adapter for a Welsh power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a Welsh power outlet to accept a power plug from a different country.

Do I need a plug adapter in Wales?

If the shape of the Welsh power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Welsh power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Welsh power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need a step down power converter for Wales.

Do European plug adapters work in Wales?

As there are eight different power outlet types in Europe there is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in Wales.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in Wales simply by changing the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Wales in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Wales in the UK

Wales 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 Wales

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Wales

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/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about Wales.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced at £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor