US to Montenegro power adapters - what plug adapter is needed for a Montenegrin power outlet?

Montenegrin power outlet

What adapter do I need for Montenegro?

You need to bring a Type F plug adapter to Montenegro if the plug you need to use won't fit into a Montenegrin power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Montenegro all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Montenegrin power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Expect frequent power cuts in Montenegro, we recommend bringing a portable charger if you want to recharge your mobile phone and other devices whilst travelling during a blackout.
  • If you're from America and visiting Montenegro then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Montenegrin power outlet. As the voltage is different in Montenegro you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Montenegrin power outlet then it can work in Montenegro.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Montenegrin power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Montenegro such a Type F plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Montenegro (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Montenegro, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Montenegro to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Montenegro if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you want to recharge your USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Montenegro[4] [AD]

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

Montenegro power adapters

Power adapters for Montenegro

Differing standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never visited 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 power your device in Montenegro. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Montenegro by using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover most power adapters will change from region to region so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections travel power adapters list for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Montenegro?

The best power adapter for Montenegro will be a Type F plug adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device. [4] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Montenegro?

What is a power adapter for a Montenegrin power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from another region to fit into a power socket in Montenegro.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[10]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Montenegro simply by altering the shape of the plug.

Do I need a plug adapter in Montenegro?

It depends on the country you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are attempting to use.

Do I need a power adapter for Montenegro if I'm visiting from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Montenegrin power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Montenegro, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Montenegro if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can you use a European power adapter in Montenegro?

There is a chance that a power adapter that works in another country in Europe won't fit in a Montenegrin power outlet because there are 8 different types of power outlets used throughout Europe.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Montenegrin power outlet?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Montenegro in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Montenegro in the US

Montenegro 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 Montenegro

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Typical models are designed to function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design, small and lightweight for under $15.
  • There are some models which have multiple charging ports for USB devices built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some universal travel power adapters also include a surge protector built in to protect any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home it could still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a Montenegrin power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal travel power adapters will overload when used with a high powered electrical appliance such as hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The pins, shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which might make them prone to jamming when travelling.
  • Only charges one appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries, adapters might not work in certain countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 230 volts in Montenegro. [11] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheap, with prices between $5 to $10.
  • Straightforward design makes the plug adapter simple to use.
  • Using a Type F plug adapter will work in Montenegro.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 plug adapter for each plug - for each device you will also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Montenegrin power outlet but not the voltage used in Montenegro, if your device doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • If you plan on visiting more than just one country you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • You will also still need to pack your separate USB charger if you wish to power a USB device.
  • Your hotel room in Montenegro may only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be capable of powering a single device at a time. [4] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power USB devices such as tablets, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • Rather than carry lots of domestic power chargers you only have to bring one unit which costs on average under $20.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to store.
  • Has surge protection.
  • The charger can still be useful domestically.
  • Interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in a Montenegrin power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices. [2] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to charge more than one electronic appliance at the same time via one Montenegrin power outlet, costing under $40.
  • Some models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function with a Montenegrin power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make them a lightweight and cheaper alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Some modern travel power strips feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries can be tempremental, a sudden power surge will damage electronics. There are some travel power strips that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overpowered.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Montenegro.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of appliances to power. [12] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing individual power plug adapters for multiple trips costing almost $10 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for all plug outlet types and not just a Montenegrin power outlet.
  • Ideal if you are visiting multiple countries.
  • A set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Montenegro.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; before any trip you'll have to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • With only a single functioning plug adapter working in Montenegro the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that is compatible with a Montenegrin power outlet.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug but doesn't modify the actual voltage. [13] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only changes the 230 volts from a Montenegrin power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit into a Montenegrin power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the correct type of plug adapter.
  • The size and weight of most models makes them unsuitable for carrying in carry-on luggage.
  • An expensive power converter won't be useful after your trip to Montenegro.
  • Often much cheaper to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in Montenegro.
  • Expensive - between $120 to $130.
  • If you are travelling to Montenegro from the US then you will need a power converter as the voltage in Montenegro is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Montenegro

Type F 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 Montenegro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F 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) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Montenegrin power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Montenegrin 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 230 volt AC appliance in Montenegro 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 $10 to $15 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Montenegro power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Montenegro?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Montenegro?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Montenegro, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this power socket by the two round adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below. [4] [AD]

Do US plugs work in Montenegro?

No; a US plug won't work in Montenegro because it can't fit into a Montenegrin power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different so use a power converter for Montenegro if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a Montenegrin power outlet different in Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a Montenegrin power outlet different in Europe?

Various destinations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with a Montenegrin power outlet might not work in an outlet in another destination. When visiting more than one destination in Europe you should either bring along a multiple power adapter travel set which contains different types of power adapters, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure that you are covered for all different power outlet types that you might find. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you need during your journey.   [11] [13] [13] [AD]

What is the electrical frequency used in a Montenegrin power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Montenegrin power outlet is 50 Hz. [15]

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Montenegro?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Montenegrin power outlet.

Is a Montenegrin power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Montenegrin power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Montenegro. 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 Montenegro and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

Is the voltage in Montenegro the same as the US?

The voltage from a Montenegrin power outlet is 230 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or power charger isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Montenegro which can lower the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

What is access to electricity in Montenegro like?

The entire population has access to electricity in Montenegro.

Are there power outages in Montenegro?

Typically Montenegro suffers power blackouts roughly once every week.

Should I pack a portable charger for Montenegro?

A power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for Montenegro?

Due to potential electrical failures in Montenegro visitors should bring alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets dependably.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, sat nav, social network sharing and streaming videos could drain the batteries towards the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing a power bank to Montenegro lowers the risk as it means you can power up your mobile phone on the move, especially when travelling to a country with power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger can supply enough power to power around 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical cell phone charged for up to 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Montenegro. Be aware that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage only so always ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts such as Montenegro.    [9] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [AD]
Do solar chargers work in Montenegro?

Backpack with integrated solar panel

Do solar chargers work in Montenegro?

The climate in Montenegro might be suitable conditions for a solar power bank, however it could take time to charge. Because of the reduced surface area a solar power bank will need to be left in strong daylight for an extended period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove difficult to constantly pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger cells used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and might generate some power when overcast.
  • Phones that are plugged directly into a USB charging port of a solar backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in Montenegro, but this could be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered to the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug a normal battery power bank into a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • A bag which is suitable for Montenegro should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • Solar bags come in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike regular solid solar panels.  [9] [21] [22] [AD]

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)

Montenegro 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 Montenegro?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Montenegro is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Montenegrins use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis. [2] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Montenegro?

Why use a travel USB charger for Montenegro?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Montenegro.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Montenegro.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Montenegro along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Montenegro might only have one power outlet, by using 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.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Montenegro could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Montenegro for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Montenegrin power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet. [2] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Montenegro?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Montenegro using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Montenegro. [2] [AD]

Power converters for Montenegro

What is a power converter for a Montenegrin power outlet?

Power converters for Montenegro allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Montenegrin 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Montenegrin power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Montenegro. [23] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Montenegro?

When travelling to Montenegro from another country check the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 230 volt outlet run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Montenegro.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and flat irons with Montenegrin power outlets which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14] [AD]

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Montenegro from America?

The voltage from a power outlet in Montenegro is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage. [14] [AD]

What kind of converter do I need for Montenegro?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Montenegro you will need a step down power converter[14] [AD]

What voltage does Montenegro use?

Montenegro uses 230 volts in their power outlets. [8]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montenegrin 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 Montenegro before plugging that into a Montenegrin 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 Montenegrin power outlet. [14] [AD]
What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your device, it could also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • 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 typically 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 Montenegro?

Which type of power adapter do you need for Montenegro?

The type of plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Montenegro will depend on your requirements. Prior to deciding the right adapter to buy we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Montenegro?

Family may need to power devices too

How many electrical devices are you taking to Montenegro?

  • Trying counting how many electronic you intended on bringing with you to Montenegro (for example cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer next year?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise a USB port for their power source. The if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones?
What types of devices do you need to use in Montenegro?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of devices do you need to use in Montenegro?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or curling irons.
    • USB powered devices that connect to a USB port - for example mobile phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices you'll find that a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal as you will only have to bring that single compact charger with your USB charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
How many Montenegrin power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Montenegrin power outlets will be available?

  • Your accommodation in Montenegro might only have one power outlet on the wall, this will present an issue if recharging the batteries of more than one item overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then have to keep swapping.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time look to using either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports or outlets. [12] [AD]

Will your appliances and devices only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Montenegro?

Are you only charging USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Montenegro?

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 which powers a single device in only one location (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts), but paying roughly between $10 to $15 will allow you to charge more than one device at once and be able to use them in multiple countries.

Do you plan on visiting elsewhere in the future?

Is Montenegro the only place you'll be visiting?

  • A single power adapter will only work in the one country that it was built for, therefore if you are visiting more than a single country you'll need to carry additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you have to pack.
  • However, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are perfect for travelling to multiple countries due to the inclusion of interchangeable heads.
Are you flying long haul to travel to Montenegro?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to travel to Montenegro?

  • For much longer journeys consider bringing a convenient airport-friendly charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets.
  • Not all planes and airports have power outlets for customers therefore we recommend packing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in Montenegro you could need to use a cell phone to make a call, messenging, using sat nav or viewing itineraries; so make sure that your phone has ample battery power left. [9] [AD]

Do you still need use your charger when returning to America?

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Montenegro?

Are you only using hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Montenegro?

What can I connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Montenegrin power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Montenegrin power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Montenegrin power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Montenegro, 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[24]

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

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Montenegro.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around $15
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, estimated price 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, costing between $5 to $10.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, costing between $45 to $50
  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, costs around $160.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, around $50
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. 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.
  10. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  11. 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, under $15
  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, priced between $35 to $40
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced between $15 to $20
  14. 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, under $130
  15. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  16. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $100 to $110.
  17. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing between $25 to $30.
  18. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at between $30 to $35.
  19. 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.
  20. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at under $130.
  21. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced between $90 to $100
  22. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced between $20 to $25.
  23. 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, costs under $100
  24. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -