UK to Austria power adapters - do you need a plug adapter in Austria?

Austrian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Austria?

You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [4] for Austria if your plug doesn't fit into an Austrian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Austria all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Austrian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Austria from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Austrian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Austria you will also need to bring a power converter for Austria if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Austrian power outlet then it should work in Austria without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Austrian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Austria such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Austria (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Austria, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Austria to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Austria if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Austria.
  • An increase in use of a phone during a trip to Austria can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger [9] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Austria please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Austria power adapters

Power adapters for Austria

If you are packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you're there. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Austria. This page contains links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Austria by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Austrians. You will find that most power adapters change regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

The best power adapter for Austria will be a Type F plug adapter [4] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Austria is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an Austrian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [10].

What does a power adapter for Austria do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Austria by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Austrian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Austrian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Austria?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of Austrian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Austria?

There is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another location in Europe doesn't work in Austria because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter in Austria

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Austria

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 Austria in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Austria in the UK

Austria 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.

Electrical adapters for Austria

Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect for visiting to multiple countries. Typical models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, under £20.
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return to the UK the power strip should still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into an Austrian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal adapters will overload when used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only charges a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-230 volt devices.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under £15.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with an Austrian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, prices £4-£5.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter [4] will work in Austria.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each individual device or appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Austrian power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger as well.
  • Some hotel rooms in Austria may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Austrian power outlet, costing £35-£40.
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Austrian power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering.
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly £5-£10 a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing over £5 each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just an Austrian power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with an Austrian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you'll have to choose which plug adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with an Austrian power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in an Austrian power outlet but won't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those originating from The United Kingdom will not need to bring a voltage converter as the voltage from an Austrian power outlet is 230 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Austria and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Austrian power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Austria.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Austria.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Austria.
  • Expensive; £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Austria

Type F Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Austria Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Austrian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Austrian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to the UK Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Austria Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under £5 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £5-£10 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Austria power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Austria?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Austria?

There are two types of power outlets used in Austria, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called a type C socket or Europlug, can be identified by two holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power outlet, also called a Schuko socket, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and thin metal grounding clips above and below.
Do European plugs work in Austria?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Austria?

Different locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug that works with an Austrian power outlet might not work in another location. If you intend on travelling to more than one destination in Europe you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set [15] containing various types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [16] as both these options make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you may find. Before travelling check this list of power outlets used in Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you will need to bring during your trip.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Austria?

To use a 110 volt appliance in an Austrian power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

What is the frequency used in Austria?

The frequency of the current from an Austrian power outlet is 50Hz.

Is there good access to power outlets in Austria?

Access to electricity in Austria is excellent which spans the entire population.

Is the power grid reliable in Austria?

Whilst power outages are unpredictable, the power in Austria is dependable with no pattern of frequent power cuts.

Should I bring a power bank to Austria?

A USB power bank

Should I bring a power bank to Austria?

Even though electrical failures aren't common with power being available throughout the country, travellers are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles.

  • With some being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon abroad. During a trip to Austria increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social networks, getting directions and streaming videos will drain the batteries more excessively than normal. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing along a power bank [9] lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone without using an Austrian power outlet.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [9] which can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [20] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for up to seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh rating describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop [21] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop. However be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the airline first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [18] or gas hair straighteners [19] are ideal for travelling.
Does a solar powered charger work in Austria?

Backpack with integrated solar panel

Does a solar powered charger work in Austria?

The climate in Austria might be suitable for a solar power bank [23], however it may take time to recharge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [22] give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and could also generate charge when cloudy.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into a USB port of a backpack will gradually charge the power during sunny spells in Austria, but might be inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A normal power bank [9] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge the phone from the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for Austria needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They are found in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.


  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Austria chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Austria?

If travelling to multiple countries the best international travel power adapter for Austria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Austrians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Austria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Austria?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Austria.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Austria.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Austria power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Austria only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Austria might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Austria for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Austrian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Austria?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Austria using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Austria.

Power converters for Austria

What is a power converter for an Austrian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Austrian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Austria?

An expensive and heavy power converter [24] converts a 230 volt Austrian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Austria.

Do I need a power converter for Austria?

When you are travelling to Austria from another region please ensure that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [14] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 230 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Austrian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Austria , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Austria?

You need a step down power converter [14] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Austria.

What voltage is used in Austria?

Austria uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [14] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Austrian power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Austria before plugging that into an Austrian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 230 volt Austrian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best method to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.


How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Austria?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Austria?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Austria depends on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to bring we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Austria?

How many devices will you be packing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Austria?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Austria (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?
What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Austrian power outlet?

Make a list of items you need

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Austrian power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Austria then a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to pack one compact charger along with your USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are designed for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) which need voltage conversion and could potentially damage it.

Will your devices and appliances only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

How many wall outlets are available in Austria?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in Austria?

  • The accommodation in Austria may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets.
Will you only be charging USB devices in Austria?

A USB cable

Will you only be charging USB devices in Austria?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Austria then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too.

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under £10 to power only one single device in Austria (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly £15-£20 means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Austria?

Will it take you a long time to fly to Austria?

Arriving at an airport

Will it take you a long time to fly to Austria?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Austria think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger [9] for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left.
Do you bringing just hand luggage to Austria?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Austria?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Power in Austria is generally stable but if you want to visit other countries you might need a power adapter to protect your electrical devices. The power might occasionally fluctuate in some regions and this might cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Prepare for countries with limited electricity and power cuts by bringing a portable charger [9] and a solar backpack [22].

Would you like to use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to an Austrian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Austrian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Austrian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Austrian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Austrian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Austrian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Austrian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Austrian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Austrian power outlet


We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Austria, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [25].


WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

See also

  1. - Austria country Wiki page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, costs £4-£5.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price £4-£5.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, costs under £15.
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, under £110.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, estimated cost £15-£20.
  8. - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, costs £20-£25.
  10. - power adaptor
  11. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, estimated price £15-£20.
  12. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, costs £35-£40.
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, £5-£10.
  14. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, costing under £90.
  15. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , under £20.
  16. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, estimated price under £20.
  17. - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  18. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price around £140.
  19. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, £30-£35.
  20. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, £35-£40.
  21. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced around £100.
  22. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under £80.
  23. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costing under £15.
  24. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, costs £100-£110.
  25. - AC power plugs and sockets