US to Gibraltar power adapters - do you need a plug adapter in Gibraltar?

Gibraltar power outlet

What adapter do I need for Gibraltar?

You'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter to Gibraltar if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Gibraltar power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Gibraltar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Gibraltar power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If you are visiting Gibraltar from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Gibraltar power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Gibraltar you will also need to bring a power converter for Gibraltar if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Gibraltar power outlet then you can use it in Gibraltar.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Gibraltar power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Gibraltar such a Type G plug adapter. A plug adapter for Gibraltar (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Gibraltar, but won't change the voltage from 240 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Gibraltar to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Gibraltar if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Gibraltar[9]
  • Increased use of a phone during a trip will create an extra demand on the battery, we suggest bringing a portable charger if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst visiting an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Gibraltar please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Gibraltar power adapters

Power adapters for Gibraltar

If organizing a holiday to Gibraltar it can often be useful to know in advance if you can power all your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to purchase a suitable charger when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Gibraltar. This page contains links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in Gibraltar by using the standard types G or C Gibraltar 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware Type G wall outlets will be typically used by most Llanitos. You will find that most power adapters change regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Gibraltar?

The best power adapter for Gibraltar will be a Type G power adapter which is suitable for powering any 240 volt appliance or device. [9]

What is the best power adapter for Gibraltar?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Gibraltar is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Gibraltar 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[11]

Do I need a plug adapter for Gibraltar?

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

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Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Gibraltar power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Gibraltar 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.

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

If you are visiting from America use a plug adapter for Gibraltar because a US plug won't physically fit in a Gibraltar power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Gibraltar to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

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Can you use a European plug adapter in Gibraltar?

There is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another location in Europe doesn't work in Gibraltar because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

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What does a power adapter for Gibraltar do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Gibraltar by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter in Gibraltar

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Gibraltar

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 Gibraltar in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Gibraltar in the US

Gibraltar to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International 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 such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay 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.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Gibraltar

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Gibraltar power outlet, costing between $35 to $40.
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Gibraltar power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Gibraltar.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering. [12]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under $20.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Gibraltar power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones. [2]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect for visiting to multiple countries. Typical models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, around $15.
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return to America the power strip should still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a Gibraltar power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal adapters will overload when used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only charges a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-240 volt devices. [13]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type G plug adapter will work in Gibraltar.
  • Simple to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Small and lightweight.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend on visiting more than just Gibraltar you might need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Gibraltar power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't support 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Only 1 plug adapter for each device - for every separate device you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Gibraltar may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
  • You will also need to bring your separate domestic USB charger as well if you wish to power any USB device. [9]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just a Gibraltar power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with a Gibraltar power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you'll have to choose which plug adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with a Gibraltar power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Gibraltar power outlet but won't change the voltage. [14]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 240 volts in Gibraltar and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Gibraltar power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Gibraltar.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Gibraltar.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Gibraltar.
  • Expensive; between $110 to $120.
  • If you plan to travel to Gibraltar from the US you will need one as the voltage from a Gibraltar power outlet is 240 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Gibraltar

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Gibraltar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Gibraltar power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Gibraltar power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to America Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 240 volt AC appliance in Gibraltar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 between $15 to $20 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
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Gibraltar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Gibraltar?

Type C and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Gibraltar?

There are two different types of power supply used in Gibraltar, these are type G and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall outlet by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type G - This wall outlet, technically known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 slots with shutters forming a triangular shape. [9]

Do US plugs work in Gibraltar?

No; a US plug won't work in Gibraltar because it can't fit into a Gibraltar power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore please use a power converter for Gibraltar if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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Is an electrical outlet in Gibraltar the same as the US?

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

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Is the voltage in Gibraltar the same as the US?

The voltage in Gibraltar is 240 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Gibraltar power outlet which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

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What is the frequency used in Gibraltar?

The frequency of the current from a Gibraltar power outlet is 50Hz. [16]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Gibraltar?

To use a 110V appliance in a Gibraltar power outlet you need a step down power converter.

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Does a European plug fit in a Gibraltar power outlet?

European Union flag

Does a European plug fit in a Gibraltar power outlet?

Different locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug that works with a Gibraltar power outlet might not work in another location. If you intend on travelling to more than one destination in Europe you should either use a multiple power adapter travel set containing various types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you may find. Before travelling check this list of power outlets used in Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you will need to bring during your trip.   [17] [17] [18]

Do I need a power bank for Gibraltar?

It is always advised to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles whilst on a trip.

  • For many the thought of being offline can cause anxiety, especially when being needed abroad. Whilst travelling increased use of smart phones for taking photos, storing calendars, sat nav, social network sharing and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. By packing a portable charger for Gibraltar lowers the risk as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank can store enough electricity to power over three full charging cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for roughly seven days. A mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of the number of cycles the power bank can do, and a higher number is more suitable for travellers.
  • If your laptop supports USB-C charging then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling.    [10] [19] [20] [21] [22] [23]
Do I need a power bank for Gibraltar?
How well do solar battery chargers work in Gibraltar?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

How well do solar battery chargers work in Gibraltar?

The sunshine in Gibraltar should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce enough power for a single charge cycle. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger solar cells used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Gibraltar.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in Gibraltar, however might be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered in the bag during the day if it is to be used frequently. A regular power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously powered up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can power up the phone from the power bank at any time without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the climate in Gibraltar is suitable for solar power, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger. The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal solid solar panels. They are found in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel.  [10] [24] [25]

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Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar?

When you are travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Gibraltar to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of plug sockets that Llanitos use (G and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Gibraltar trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries. [2]

What USB charger do I need for Gibraltar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Gibraltar?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Gibraltar.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Gibraltar.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 240 volts used in Gibraltar power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Gibraltar only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Gibraltar might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Gibraltar for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Gibraltar power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet. [2]

What is the best USB charger for Gibraltar?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Gibraltar using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Gibraltar. [2]

Power converters for Gibraltar

What is a power converter for a Gibraltar power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric device with a 240 volt Gibraltar 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 power adapter for Gibraltar?

An expensive and heavy power converter converts a 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Gibraltar. [26]

Do I need a power converter for Gibraltar?

When you are visiting Gibraltar from a different region please ensure the device can be charged using a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Gibraltar from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 240 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 240 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Gibraltar , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [15]

Do I need a power converter for Gibraltar if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Gibraltar is different to an American outlet so please bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage. [15]

What converter do I need for Gibraltar?

You will need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet. [15]

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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 to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Gibraltar 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 Gibraltar before plugging that into a Gibraltar 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 240 volt Gibraltar power outlet. [15]

What voltage is used in Gibraltar?

Gibraltar uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets. [8]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best method to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Gibraltar?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Gibraltar?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Gibraltar depends on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to bring we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Gibraltar?

How many devices will you be bringing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Gibraltar?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Gibraltar (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?
Will you only be charging USB devices in Gibraltar?

Will you only need USB electronics

Will you only be charging USB devices in Gibraltar?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Gibraltar then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too. [2]
What different types of electrical items do you need to use in Gibraltar?

A travel shaver

What different types of electrical items do you need to use in Gibraltar?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB powered electrical devices which plug into a USB port - for example cellphones.
  • If you only have to bring along just USB powered devices to Gibraltar then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack one compact charger plus your charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which need voltage conversion.

Will your devices and appliances only work with a 240 volt power outlet?

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Gibraltar?

How many wall outlets are available in Gibraltar?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Gibraltar?

  • The accommodation in Gibraltar may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets. [12]

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 to power only one single device in Gibraltar (providing that works with 240 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $15 to $20 means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning to America?

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Gibraltar?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Gibraltar?

Will it take you a long time to fly to Gibraltar?

Using a phone in an airport

Will it take you a long time to fly to Gibraltar?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Gibraltar think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left. [10]

What can I connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Gibraltar power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Gibraltar power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Gibraltar power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Gibraltar power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Gibraltar, 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[27]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Gibraltar country Wiki page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, under $10.
  4. 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, estimated price between $5 to $10.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, priced under $30.
  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, under $170.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, under $40.
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced between $5 to $10.
  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, between $45 to $50.
  11. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  12. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40.
  13. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, around $15.
  15. 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, priced between $110 to $120.
  16. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  17. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , costing between $15 to $20.
  18. 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, costs under $10.
  19. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $180 to $190.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25.
  21. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costs between $30 to $35.
  22. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50.
  23. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costing between $120 to $130.
  24. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under $100.
  25. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced at under $25.
  26. 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, costing between $90 to $100.
  27. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -