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Power adapters for Wales

When planning a vacation it can be helpful to know if you can power all your important electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. But, without knowing which power supply to expect you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive which could be incompatible and damage your device. Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Wales. This page contains links to useful instructions showing exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Wales by using the 230 volt 50Hz G Type Welsh wall outlet, the Welsh will use BS 1363 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters will vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Wales?

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

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. [3]

Do I need a plug adapter in Wales?

If the shape of the Welsh power outlet isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Wales 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. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Wales.
  2. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost under £10.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor