Greenland power adapters - what plugs are used in Greenland?

Greenlandic power outlet

What adapter do I need for Greenland?

You'll need to bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to Greenland if the plug you need to use doesn't fit in a Greenlandic power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Greenland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Greenlandic power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you're from the US and travelling to Greenland then you will need to use a plug adapter for Greenland to fit a US plug into a Greenlandic power outlet. As the voltage is different in Greenland pack a power converter for Greenland if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Greenlandic power outlet then you can use it in Greenland.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Greenlandic power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Greenland such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Greenland (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Greenland, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Greenland to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Greenland if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to bring USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Greenland.
  • Excessive use of a mobile phone during a trip to Greenland will leave you with a flat battery quickly, it is practical to bring a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other USB powered devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Greenland please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Greenland power adapters

Power adapters for Greenland

If planning a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any indispensable devices like mobile phones and laptop computers when you arrive. By not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival. Differing frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Greenland. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to charge your devices when you're in Greenland by using their types E, C, F or K 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note Type E wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Greenlanders. Most power is different depending on which region you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Greenland?

The best power adapter for Greenland is a Type E plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Greenland?

What is a power adapter for a Greenlandic power outlet?

A power adapter for Greenland is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly slot into an electrical outlet in Greenland.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Greenland?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Greenlandic power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100-120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Greenland.

Do I need a power adapter in Greenland?

If the shape of the Greenlandic power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Greenland simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the wall outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Greenland from the US?

If you are visiting from America then you will need to use a plug adapter for Greenland because American plugs won't physically fit in a Greenlandic power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Greenland to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Greenland?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Greenland?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

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

Greenland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Greenland?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Greenland, these are type E, C, F and K with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular wall socket can be recognised by two circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the twin plug socket pins sit with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type F - This circular power outlet can be recognised by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with two thin grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type K - You can recognise this power socket by three holes in a triangle configuration for the live, neutral and earth.
What plug sockets are used in Greenland?

Do US plugs work in Greenland?

No; an American plug won't work in Greenland because it doesn't fit in a Greenlandic power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Greenland?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in Greenland you need to bring a step down power converter.

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

The voltage which comes from a Greenlandic power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Greenland which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Are Greenlandic power outlets the same as US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Greenland?

The frequency used in a Greenlandic power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is there good access to electricity in Greenland?

Greenland has excellent access to electricity throughout the country.

Is the power grid reliable in Greenland?

Though consistent electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Greenland is classed as dependable and there is no history of persistent power cuts compared to other countries.

Should I pack a portable charger for Greenland?

A USB portable charger

Should I pack a portable charger for Greenland?

Even though power blackouts in Greenland aren't common and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers should still bring a portable charger to recharge their cell phone and other devices.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, GPS, social networks and streaming videos will drain the power before the end of the day. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation.
  • Bringing a power bank [4] to Greenland eases those concerns as it means you can recharge your smart phone without needing a wall charger.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can supply enough electricity to cover over 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly a week depending on the usage and model of the phone. The mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger is capable of.
  • If you want to charge your laptop and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Normal consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling.
Does a solar powered charger work in Greenland?

Solar backpack

Does a solar powered charger work in Greenland?

Portable solar power banks [12] will slowly charge up in direct sunlight however because of the climate in Greenland and the limitation of the smaller footprint of the solar panel it won't be dependable for travellers. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar charger needs to be left in powerful sunshine for an extended period of time to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove difficult to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge between cloud cover.

  • Instead, the much larger durable solar panels used on a solar backpack [11] will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and could generate a smaller power when cloudy.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny spells in Greenland, but this could be inconvenient to have a phone continuously tethered in the bag should it be needed frequently. Unlike a small solar power bank that needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar powered bag is constantly exposed to light so can be recharging a regular power bank throughout the day.
  • Because of the weather in Greenland a solar bag should have the bare minimum solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They come in rucksack, laptop messenger and backpack styles which makes them ideal for travel, work and domestic use. The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags have been made to survive bending and scratching, unlike regular solid solar cells.

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Greenland 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 Greenland?

If you are travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for Greenland to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Greenlanders use four different standards of power outlets (types E, C, F and K) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the heads over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, along with support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other chargers having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only packing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets using only a single power outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible power adapter like this online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Greenland?

Why use a travel USB charger for Greenland?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only packing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them perfect if travelling to multiple countries which are likely to use a different outlet to Greenland.
  • A good charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace or repair in Greenland.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Greenland along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Greenland only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Greenland might prove difficult and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Greenland for helpful advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Greenlandic power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Greenland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices using USB, however for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial for visitors of counties with unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Greenland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power adapter for travellers originating from North America going to Greenland.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Greenland.

Power converters for Greenland

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

Power converters for Greenland enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Greenlandic power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Greenland?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in Greenland, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [14] will transform a 220 volt Greenlandic power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Greenland?

If you are travelling to Greenland from a different country please make sure that your device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than trying to bring a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Greenland.
  • Read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a Greenlandic power outlet which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Greenland is different to a US outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter [15] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Greenland?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Greenlandic power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [15].

What voltage does Greenland use?

Greenland uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Greenlandic 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 Greenland before plugging that into a Greenlandic 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 220 volt Greenlandic power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power 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.
What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Greenlandic power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Greenlandic power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Greenlandic power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Greenlandic power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to a Greenlandic power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Greenlandic power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Greenlandic power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Greenland, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenland - Greenlandic Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets