European power adapters - What plug adapter do I need for Italy?

Power adapters for Italy

If planning a trip to Italy it can be useful to know if you'll be able to charge your common electrical devices like mobile phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing with you. But, without knowing which wall socket to expect you may end up either having to bring unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong power adaptor, leaving you having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced charger on arrival. Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Italy. This page contains links to step by step instructions which shows how to power your devices when you're visiting Italy using the standard L, C or F type Italian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, you will find most Italians use the Type L plugs in their plug outlets. Power adapters differ regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Italy?

The best power adapter for Italy will be a Type L plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device. [2] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Italy?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into an Italian power outlet.

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Italy simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Italy?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Do European plugs work in Italy?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in an Italian power outlet because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Italy?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Italian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Italy along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Italy in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Italy in the UK

Italy 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 Italy

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Italy

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 - entry about Italy.
  2. Type L plug adapter - A Type L travel adapter is compatible with Italy's 10A and 16A grounded outlets and can also be used in other countries like Chile and Uruguay which use the Italian standard CEI 23-50..
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor