San Marino power adapters - what plugs are used in San Marino?

Sammarinese power outlet

What adapter do I need for San Marino?

You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [4] for San Marino if your plug doesn't fit into a Sammarinese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting San Marino all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Sammarinese power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're from America and visiting San Marino then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Sammarinese power outlet. As the voltage is different in San Marino 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 the plug can fit in a Sammarinese power outlet then you can use it in San Marino without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Sammarinese power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for San Marino such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Please Note that a plug adapter for San Marino (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in San Marino, but doesn'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 will also need a power converter for San Marino to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for San Marino if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for San Marino.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip will leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend bringing a portable charger [9] if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

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 San Marino please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

San Marino power adapters

Power adapters for San Marino

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in San Marino. This page contains links to useful instructions showing how to power your devices when you're in San Marino using the standard Type F, C or L 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for San Marino?

The best power adapter for San Marino will be a Type F plug adapter [4] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for San Marino?

What is a power adapter for a Sammarinese power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in San Marino to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Do I need a plug adapter in San Marino?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in San Marino then you will need a power adapter.

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

American plugs won't physically fit in a Sammarinese power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for San Marino, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for San Marino if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Sammarinese power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in San Marino by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can you use a European power adapter in San Marino?

There is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in San Marino because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

San Marino power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in San Marino?

Type C, F and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in San Marino?

There are three types of power outlets used in San Marino, these are type F, C and L with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug outlet by two circular holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug outlet by two large circular holes 19 mm next to each other, plus metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type L - You can identify this squashed hexagon shaped plug outlet by three large holes forming a line. There are two different types of Type L power outlet rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp plug socket has 4mm round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm pins that are spaced 8mm apart.

Do US plugs work in San Marino?

No; an American plug won't work in San Marino because it won't fit into a Sammarinese power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 230 volts therefore please use a power converter for San Marino if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a Sammarinese power outlet the same as the US?

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

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

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

Is the voltage in San Marino the same as the US?

The voltage in San Marino is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Sammarinese power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in San Marino?

To use a 110 volt appliance in San Marino you will need to bring a step down power converter.

Is a Sammarinese power outlet different in Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a Sammarinese power outlet different in Europe?

Different countries in Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with 8 different types of power outlets used in Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could discover that a plug which can be used in San Marino might not operate correctly in another country. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options make sure that you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each region. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power adapters and converters you might require for your journey.

Is electric reliable in San Marino?

Although stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in San Marino is classed as reliable with no history of frequent power cuts compared to other countries.

What is access to electricity in San Marino like?

The entire population has access to electricity in San Marino.

Should I bring a portable charger to San Marino?

A power bank for charging cell phones

Should I bring a portable charger to San Marino?

Although power blackouts in San Marino aren't regular and power is available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge cell phones.

  • During a trip to San Marino increased use of mobile phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [9] eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using a Sammarinese power outlet.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [9] which will supply enough energy to cover over three full charging cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in San Marino and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines won't allow you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling.
Do solar chargers work in San Marino?

Solar backpack in the sun

Do solar chargers work in San Marino?

The climate in San Marino might be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [19], 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 [18] 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 San Marino, 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 [9] 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 San Marino 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.

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)

San Marino 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 San Marino?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel adapter for San Marino to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Sammarinese use three different standards of power outlets (F, C and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power chargers, along with support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port adapter means you can recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only bringing a single international USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for San Marino?

Why use a travel USB charger for San Marino?

  • 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 San Marino.
  • 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 San Marino.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in San Marino along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in San Marino 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 San Marino 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 San Marino for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Sammarinese 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.

What is the best USB charger for San Marino?

The 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 San Marino 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 San Marino.

Power converters for San Marino

What is a power converter for a Sammarinese power outlet?

Power converters for San Marino enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Sammarinese 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 [20] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Sammarinese 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 San Marino.

Do I need a power converter for San Marino?

If travelling to San Marino from a different region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [21] is needed if you are visiting San Marino from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read 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 device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power 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 [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Sammarinese power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a electric outlet in San Marino is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [21] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for San Marino?

You need a step down power converter [21] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Sammarinese power outlet.

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.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [21] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Sammarinese 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 San Marino before plugging that into a Sammarinese 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 Sammarinese power outlet.

What voltage does San Marino use?

San Marino uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Sammarinese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sammarinese power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Sammarinese power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Sammarinese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting San Marino, 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 [22].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Marino - wikipedia web page about San Marino.
  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. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  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. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets