Power Adapter/Converter Ireland & UK

I'm going on a trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland. I see adapters/converters that work for "UK." Does that mean Ireland as well? Do I need a seperate adapter for Ireland and another for England/Scotland? I also saw an adapter for "older Irish homes," is there a third adapter I might need?

Posted by Linda
Portland, OR, USA
389 posts

The little plug is good for Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales. I've never seen the "older Irish homes" in all my stays in Ireland so I'm guessing that B & Bs have fairly updated electricity.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
17792 posts

Bryan, some clarification on your question would help. You refer to "adapters/converters" as being a single item. These are in fact two different devices, and it would help to clarify which you're referring to.

If your electrical devices are designed for "world" operation (ie: 100-240VAC), then you'll only need PLUG ADAPTERS. The UK (England) version has large rectangular prongs, while the Euro version has two small round prongs. You might check Magellans.com or Kropla.com to determine which plug styles will be used in the areas you're travelling.

If your electrical devices ONLY operate on 115 VAC, then you'll also need a VOLTAGE CONVERTER. There are two principles of conversion used, and it's important to use the proper method of conversion - Transformer with electronic products and solid-state with high wattage devices.

If you could provide some further information, it would help.

Cheers!

Posted by Nancy
Bloomington, IL, USA
7684 posts

Linda, the plug on the hairdryer I bought in Ireland last year is not little. It is a large three prong plug My Irish plug adapter is also the same configuration. Bryan, if you buy a "world" set of adapters it should come with a voltage converter anyway, so you should be covered if you need it.

Posted by Flight Attendant
Niagara Wine Country, Canada
808 posts

What appliances will you be taking along? Are they absolutely necessary?

You could eliminate the need for convertors/adapter plugs i
f you buy whatever appliance you'll need while you are there. This works particularily well if you frequently travel to the same destination.

I generally don't bother bringing a hairdryer anymore as most hotel rooms either have one or one can be loaned out to you. A flat iron, I can't live without!

Posted by Bryan
Atlanta, GA
6 posts

I am concerned only about my new digital camera. I don't plan on bringing anything else that requires plugging in.

I understand there is a difference between adapter and coverter. I was only concerned about the prongs.

I appreciate everyones feedback and advice. Thanks again!

Posted by Steve
Poulsbo, WA, USA
147 posts

Go to a Radio Shack. They have everything you need.

Posted by claregirl02
westminster, md, usa
196 posts

Bryan: You could always go to the nearest dept store in London or Ireland; whichever, you go to first and they have all of the necessary adapters & converters; which are alot better than any I have purchased here in the states. The ones I purchased here have NEVER worked.. please stay away from samsionite and american touristor. Last year I was in your situation,because I finally gave into getting a digital camera and Roches Dept store in Galway (they are also in major towns in Ireland). Be sure to bring an extra re-chargable battery pack. have fun!

Posted by Tami
Boulder, CO, USA
3 posts

You can buy Dual Voltage hair dryers, curling and flat irons at Target for $12-$30, then you would just need to buy Ricks Adaptor. The package the hair tool comes in should say Dual Worldwide Voltage or something similar - it has a dial that you turn to change the voltage right on the item. Cheaper than buying it when you get there, but you will have to drag it along!!

Posted by Jim
Richardson, TX, USA
146 posts

Rick sells a little plug adapter for a couple of bucks. It works fine. Buy a handful so you can charge more than one thing at a time.

Anything 'digital' will not need a transformer (camera, cell phone, laptop, etc.)