European power adapters - What adapter do I need for Ireland?

Power adapters for Ireland

If packing for a holiday to Ireland it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need it. Complicated combinations of voltages and plugs can often be confusing when planning on travelling to a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ireland. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Ireland using the 230 volt 50Hz Type G Irish power outlet, with the Irish using 13 amp plugs for charging. You will discover that power sockets will change depending on which country you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Ireland?

The best power adapter for Ireland is 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 Ireland?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an Irish power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Ireland?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Irish power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Ireland.

What does a power adapter for an Irish power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Ireland simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for Ireland?

If the type of Irish power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Can a European plug work in Ireland?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another country in Europe won't work in Ireland because there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Where to buy a power adapter in Ireland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Ireland

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 Ireland in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Ireland in the UK

Ireland 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland - Ireland Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated cost £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor