Greenland power adapters - What adapter do I need for Greenland?

Power adapters for Greenland

If planning a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can use any indispensable devices like mobile phones and laptops when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor when you're there. Differing frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Greenland. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to charge your devices when you're visiting Greenland by using their types E, C, F or K Greenlandic 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type E wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Greenlanders. Most power is different depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Greenland?

The best power adapter for Greenland is a Type E plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Greenland?

What is a power adapter for a Greenlandic power outlet?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Greenlandic power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different region. [3]

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Greenland?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Greenlandic power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100-120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Greenland.

Do I need a power adapter in Greenland?

If the type of Greenlandic power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Greenlandic power outlet allows visitors travelling from a different country to use their electrical devices in Greenland simply by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter in Greenland

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Greenland

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 Greenland in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Greenland in the UK

Greenland 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 - Greenlandic Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, estimated price £4-£5.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor