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

Andorran power outlet

What adapter do I need for Andorra?

You need to pack a Type F plug adapter for Andorra if the plug you intend on using won't fit into an Andorran power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Andorra all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an Andorran power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Andorra from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Andorran power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Andorra you will also need to bring a power converter for Andorra if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in an Andorran power outlet then it can work in Andorra.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Andorran power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Andorra such a Type F plug adapter. A plug adapter for Andorra (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Andorra, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Andorra to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Andorra if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Andorra[4] [AD]
  • An increase in use of a phone during a trip to Andorra can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 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 Andorra please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Andorra power adapters

Power adapters for Andorra

If organizing a vacation to Andorra it's useful to know in advance if you can charge your essential devices such as cell phones and laptop computers that you are bringing along with you. However without knowing which plug socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive that might be incompatible. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Andorra. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Andorra using their standard types F or C Andorran 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Andorrans normally use the Type F plug outlets. Most power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Andorra?

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

What is the best power adapter for Andorra?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Andorra is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an Andorran 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[10]

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Andorran power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Andorran 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.

Do I need a plug adapter for Andorra?

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

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

If you are visiting from America use a plug adapter for Andorra because a US plug won't physically fit in an Andorran power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Andorra to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Andorra do?

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

Can you use a European plug adapter in Andorra?

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

Where to buy a power adapter in Andorra

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Andorra

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 Andorra in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Andorra in the US

Andorra 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 Andorra

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable 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 an Andorran 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] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

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, under $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 an Andorran 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-230 volt devices. [11] [AD]
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 Andorran 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 Andorran 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 Andorra.

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] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter will work in Andorra.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each individual device or appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Andorran power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger as well.
  • Some hotel rooms in Andorra may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time. [4] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

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 an Andorran 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 an Andorran 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 an Andorran power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in an Andorran power outlet but won't change the voltage. [13] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Andorra and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Andorran power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Andorra.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Andorra.
  • 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 Andorra.
  • Expensive; between $120 to $130.
  • If you plan to travel to Andorra from the US you will need one as the voltage from an Andorran power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Andorra

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 Andorra 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 Andorran power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Andorran 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 Andorra 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

Andorra power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Andorra?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Andorra?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - This round wall outlet (called the type F power outlet) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom. [4] [AD]

Do US plugs work in Andorra?

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

Is the voltage in Andorra the same as the US?

The voltage in Andorra is 230 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 an Andorran power outlet which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Andorra?

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

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

American plugs won't fit in an Andorran power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Andorra. 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 Andorra and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Does a European plug fit in an Andorran power outlet?

Tourists in Europe

Does a European plug fit in an Andorran power outlet?

Different locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug that works with an Andorran 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.   [11] [13] [13] [AD]

What is the frequency used in Andorra?

The frequency of the current from an Andorran power outlet is 50Hz. [15]

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

Is the power grid reliable in Andorra?

Whilst power outages are unpredictable, the power in Andorra is dependable with no pattern of frequent power cuts.

Is there good access to power outlets in Andorra?

Access to electricity in Andorra is excellent which spans the entire population.

Should I bring a power bank to Andorra?

USB power bank for charging phones

Should I bring a power bank to Andorra?

Even though electrical failures aren't common with power being available throughout the country, travellers are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles.

  • With some being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon abroad. During a trip to Andorra increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social networks, getting directions and streaming videos will drain the batteries more excessively than normal. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing along a power bank lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone without using an Andorran power outlet.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical mobile phone powered for up to seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh rating describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop. However be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the airline first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are ideal for travelling.    [9] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [AD]
Does a solar powered charger work in Andorra?

A solar bag charging a power bank

Does a solar powered charger work in Andorra?

The climate in Andorra might be suitable for a solar power bank, however it may take time to recharge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and could also generate charge when cloudy.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into a USB port of a backpack will gradually charge the power during sunny spells in Andorra, but might be inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A normal power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge the phone from the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for Andorra needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They are found in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.  [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)

Andorra 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 Andorra?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Andorra is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Andorrans use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Andorra. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis. [2] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Andorra?

Why use a travel USB charger for Andorra?

  • 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 Andorra.
  • 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 Andorra.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Andorra power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Andorra 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 Andorra 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 Andorra for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Andorran 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] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Andorra?

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 Andorra 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 Andorra. [2] [AD]

Power converters for Andorra

What is a power converter for an Andorran power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Andorran 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 Andorra?

An expensive and heavy power converter converts a 230 volt Andorran power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Andorra. [23] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Andorra?

When you are visiting Andorra from a different region please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Andorra from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 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 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 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 Andorra , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14] [AD]

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Andorra is different to an American outlet so please bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage. [14] [AD]

What converter do I need for Andorra?

You will need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Andorran power outlet. [14] [AD]

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 an 230 volt Andorran 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 Andorra before plugging that into an Andorran 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 an 230 volt Andorran power outlet. [14] [AD]
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.

What voltage is used in Andorra?

Andorra uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets. [8]

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

Single 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 Andorra?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Andorra?

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

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

Make a list of items to bring

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

  • 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 Andorra 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.
How many electrical items will you be taking to Andorra?

How many electrical devices are you packing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Andorra?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Andorra (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 your devices and appliances only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Andorra?

Are you only bringing USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Andorra?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Andorra 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] [AD]
How many wall outlets are available in Andorra?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Andorra?

  • The accommodation in Andorra 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] [AD]

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 to power only one single device in Andorra (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $10 to $15 means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Andorra?

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

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

Arriving at an airport

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

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Andorra 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. [9] [AD]
Do you bringing just hand luggage to Andorra?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Andorra?

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

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Power in Andorra is generally stable but if you want to visit other countries you might need a power adapter to protect your electrical devices. The power might occasionally fluctuate in some regions and this might cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Prepare for countries with limited electricity and power cuts by bringing a portable charger and a solar backpack.  [9] [9] [21] [AD]

What can I connect to an Andorran power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Andorran power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Andorran power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Andorran power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Andorran power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Andorran power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Andorran power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Andorran power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Andorran power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Andorra, 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 - Andorra 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, priced at 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, between $5 to $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, between $5 to $10.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, 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, estimated price between $160 to $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, estimated price between $50 to $60
  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, under $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, priced between $10 to $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 under $40
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, 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, estimated cost between $120 to $130
  15. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  16. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, around $100.
  17. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price between $25 to $30.
  18. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, around $30.
  19. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced between $45 to $50.
  20. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130.
  21. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price under $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 under $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, estimated cost between $90 to $100
  24. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -