Adapters for Europe - What adapter do I need for Austria?

Power adapters for Austria

When packing for a vacation to Austria it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you arrive. But, without knowing which power socket is being used in Austria you could bring the wrong adaptor, therefore having to buy a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there that might not be compatible and damage your device. Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Austria. This page has links to useful instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when going to Austria using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, most Austrians use Type F wall outlets. You will discover power sockets will change regionally so please read the World power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

The best power adapter for Austria is a Type F power adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance. [2]

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[3]

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?

This depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Austria.

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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.

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Where to buy a power adapter in Austria

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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.

  1. Wikipedia - Austria country Wiki 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, costing £10-£15.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor