Scotland power adapters - what plugs are used in Scotland?

Scottish power outlet

What adapter do I need for Scotland?

You will need to pack a Type G plug adapter [9] for Scotland if your plug doesn't fit into a Scottish power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Scotland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Scottish power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Scotland from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Scottish power outlet. As the voltage is different in Scotland you also need to pack a power converter for Scotland if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Scottish power outlet then you can use it in Scotland without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Scottish power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Scotland such a Type G plug adapter [9]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Scotland (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Scotland, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Scotland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Scotland if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Scotland.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a vacation will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to pack a power bank [10] if you need to keep your cellphone battery or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Scotland please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Scotland power adapters

Power adapters for Scotland

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your electrical devices when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Scotland you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need to recharge that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Scotland. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Scotland by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type G Scottish power outlet, with the Scottish using a BS 1363 13 amp plug for power outlets. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

The best power adapter for Scotland will be a Type G power adapter [9] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Scotland?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Scotland to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Scotland?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Scottish power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Scotland.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Scotland allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Scotland by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Scotland?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Scotland then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Scotland if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Scotland as an American plug won't physically fit into a Scottish power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Scotland if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't work in Scotland because there are so many different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Scotland?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Scotland?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports 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 but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Scotland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Scotland?

The type of plug socket used in Scotland is type G. You can recognise this power socket by the three vertical slots in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.

What plug sockets are used in Scotland?

Do US plugs work in Scotland?

No - an American plug won't work in Scotland because it doesn't fit in a Scottish power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Scotland if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Scotland?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Scotland you will need a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Scotland?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Scottish power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

Is the voltage in Scotland the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Scottish power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Scottish power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

What frequency is used in Scotland?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Scottish power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are outlets in Scotland the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Scottish power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Scotland. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Scotland and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Is there good access to electrical power in Scotland?

Access to electricity in Scotland is excellent which covers the entire country.

How reliable is the power grid in Scotland?

Whilst stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Scotland is classed as reliable with no pattern of recurrent power blackouts.

Should I pack a power bank for Scotland?

USB portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for Scotland?

Even though power failures in Scotland aren't regular with power being available to the entire population, visitors are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles and other USB powered devices.

  • The dependence on phones for many people is high and being offline will leave them anxious, especially when being needed when travelling to an unknown location. During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and web browsing can drain power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your hotel.
  • Packing a portable charger [10] for Scotland alleviates those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone on the move.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [10] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [17] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Scotland and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [18] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Typical consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [15] or gas hair straighteners [16] are available for travelling.
How well do solar chargers work in Scotland?

A solar backpack recharging

How well do solar chargers work in Scotland?

The climate in Scotland may be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [20] but is likely to take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack [19] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and could also generate power during overcast weather.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into the USB charging port of a backpack will gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Scotland, but could prove inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag should it be used frequently. So it is recommended to plug in a normal power bank [10] into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards you can power up your phone from the power bank.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Scotland should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles making them ideal for domestic, work and travel use. The flexible and durable panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels.

Sources

  • 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)

Scotland 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 Scotland?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Scotland is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2].

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the included plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall outlets. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Scotland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Scotland?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Scotland.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Scotland.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Scotland along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Scotland might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Scotland could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Scottish power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Scottish power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Scotland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Scotland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Scotland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Scotland.

Power converters for Scotland

What does a power converter for a Scottish power outlet do?

Power converters for Scotland allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Scottish 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 plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [21] will transform a 230 volt Scottish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Scotland.

Do I need a power converter for Scotland?

When travelling to Scotland from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [22] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Scotland in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Scottish power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Scotland from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Scotland is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Scotland?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Scotland you will need to buy a step down power converter [22].

What voltage is used in Scotland?

Scotland uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [22] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Scottish 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 Scotland before plugging that into a Scottish 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 a 230 volt Scottish power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

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.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Scottish power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

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Mobile phones that can connect to the Scottish power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Scottish power outlet

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A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Scottish power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Scottish power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Scotland, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [23].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom - wikipedia.org entry about Scotland.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  10. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. 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.
  14. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  15. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  16. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  17. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  18. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  19. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  20. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets