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Experience Majestic Landscapes: A Road Trip through Scotland and Ireland
Are you a travel enthusiast looking for your next adventure? Look no further than a road trip through Scotland and Ireland. With their breathtaking landscapes, rich history, and vibrant cultures, these two countries offer the perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences. Embark on a journey like no other as we take you on a virtual tour of Scotland and Ireland.
Discover the Magic of Scotland
Scotland, with its rugged highlands, picturesque lochs, and historic castles, is a dream destination for nature lovers and history buffs alike. Start your tour in Edinburgh, the capital city known for its stunning architecture and vibrant festivals. Explore the iconic Edinburgh Castle perched on top of Castle Rock and take in panoramic views of the city.
As you venture into the Highlands, prepare to be mesmerized by the majestic landscapes that inspired countless legends. Visit Loch Ness, famous for its mythical creature “Nessie,” and keep an eye out for any signs of this elusive monster. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Glen Coe, often referred to as one of Scotland’s most scenic glens.
For those interested in history, a visit to Stirling is a must. Discover Stirling Castle, where many significant battles were fought during Scotland’s turbulent past. Immerse yourself in Scottish history as you walk through the halls where kings and queens once resided.
Delve into Irish Charm
Crossing over to Ireland, get ready to experience its unique charm that has captivated travelers for centuries. Begin your journey in Dublin, Ireland’s lively capital city known for its literary heritage and friendly atmosphere. Explore Trinity College Library with its impressive collection of ancient manuscripts including the famous Book of Kells.
No tour of Ireland is complete without visiting the stunning Cliffs of Moher along the Wild Atlantic Way. These towering cliffs provide breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and are a sight to behold. Take a leisurely walk along the cliff edge and let the beauty of nature surround you.
For a taste of Irish folklore, head to County Kerry and visit the picturesque town of Killarney. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Killarney National Park, home to ancient woodlands, lakes, and mountains. Experience the magic of Ireland as you learn about local legends and traditions from your friendly guide.
Indulge in Culinary Delights
A road trip through Scotland and Ireland is not just about the landscapes; it’s also an opportunity to indulge in delicious cuisine. In Scotland, try traditional dishes such as haggis, a savory pudding made with sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs, or enjoy freshly caught seafood from coastal towns like Oban.
In Ireland, savor hearty Irish stews made with tender meat and root vegetables or treat yourself to a pint of Guinness at one of Dublin’s famous pubs. Don’t forget to sample some traditional Irish soda bread or indulge in creamy Baileys Irish cream liqueur.
Embrace the Warm Hospitality
One thing that sets Scotland and Ireland apart is their warm hospitality. Both countries are known for their friendly locals who are always ready to welcome visitors with open arms. Whether it’s striking up a conversation with a local in a pub or receiving recommendations for hidden gems off the beaten path, you’ll feel right at home during your journey.
Take advantage of this warmth by staying in cozy bed and breakfasts along your route. These charming accommodations offer comfortable rooms, homemade breakfasts, and personalized recommendations from your hosts.
In conclusion, embarking on a road trip through Scotland and Ireland is an unforgettable experience that combines breathtaking landscapes with rich history and warm hospitality. From exploring ancient castles to marveling at natural wonders like the Cliffs of Moher, every moment will leave you in awe. So, pack your bags, hit the road, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime on your tour of Scotland and Ireland.
This text was generated using a large language model, and select text has been reviewed and moderated for purposes such as readability.
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Travel Adaptor for Ireland
Ireland travel adaptors.
You will need to consider what to pack, to ensure you can use your personal electrical appliances safely whilst abroad. This normally includes the use of a travel adaptor , which is a device that simply allows you to plug any UK electrical appliance into a foreign electrical socket. It is important to note that it does not convert the voltage or frequency.
For Ireland the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Ireland operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
Voltage converters and transformers
Electricity supplies worldwide can vary from anything between 100V and 240V. It can be extremely dangerous to use an electrical appliance that is rated at a voltage different from the supply.
As voltage can differ from country to country, you may need to use a voltage converter or transformer whilst in Ireland. If the frequency is different, the normal operation of an electrical appliance may also be affected. For example, a 50Hz clock may run faster on a 60Hz electricity supply. Most voltage converters and transformers come supplied with plug adaptors, so you may not need to buy a separate travel adaptor.
All converters and transformers will have a maximum power rating (AMPS or WATTS) so make sure that any appliance you intend to use does not exceed this rating.
Dual voltage rated appliance
You can determine whether you’ll need to use a converter or transformer, by looking at the appliance rating plate.
A dual voltage rated appliance will display for example ‘INPUT: 110-240V’ on the body of the appliance or its power supply. This means that you will not need a converter or transformer but just a travel adaptor, because Ireland operates on a 230V supply voltage, which is within the 110-240V range that the dual voltage appliance operates on.
Single voltage rated appliances
In Ireland the supply voltage is 230V. If the appliance is a single voltage rated appliance, it will need to operate at the same voltage as the supply voltage of the country i.e. 230V. If this is not the case it should be used alongside a voltage transformer or converter to allow the appliance to work safely and properly.
Converters and transformers perform a similar function, but their applications differ. Converters are typically used with appliances that operate for a short duration (1-2hours), whilst most transformers can be used alongside appliances that operate continuously.
It’s important to understand that some travel adaptors are not suitable for any appliances that require an earth connection. These types of travel adaptors should only be used with double insulated equipment, which will be clearly marked with the symbol shown below.
We recommend you check your appliances before embarking on your journey, to understand the requirements in Ireland.
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Electricity in Ireland
In Ireland the power plug sockets are of type G. The standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
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In Ireland the power plug sockets are of type G. Check out the following pictures.
- Type G: this type is of British origin. This socket only works with plug G.
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What voltage and frequency in Ireland?
In Ireland the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Ireland, if the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 - 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa). Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. If the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V - 127 V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Ireland. You can find voltage converters at Amazon. You can also consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter.
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If the frequency in Ireland (50 Hz) differs from the one in your country, it is not advised to use your appliances. But if there is no voltage difference, you could (at your own risk) try to use the appliance for a short time. Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time related appliances like clocks, shavers or electric fan heaters.
To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter. If the label states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz' the appliance can be used in all countries in the world. This is common for chargers of tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc.
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What type of plugs and sockets are used in Ireland?
When you are going on a trip to the Irish Republic, be sure to pack the appropriate travel plug adapter that fits the local sockets. But what do those electrical outlets look like? In Ireland, type G is the official standard. Unlike almost all other European countries, the Republic of Ireland has standardized on the British plug and socket system, which is incompatible with the power outlet system used in Continental Europe .
- mainly used in the United Kingdom , Ireland , Malta , Malaysia & Singapore
- 220 – 250 V
- socket compatible with plug type G
What is the mains voltage in Ireland?
Just like the rest of Europe, the voltage in the Irish Republic is 230 volts and the frequency is 50 Hz.
230 V ~ 50 Hz
An ungrounded plug with plastic earth pin.
A type F plug
Type G plugs and sockets started appearing in the United Kingdom in 1946 and the standard was first published in 1947. By the end of the 1960s, it had replaced nearly all earlier type D and type M outlets (BS 546) in British homes. In the Republic of Ireland, however, there was no clear standard and both the German Schuko ( type F ) and the British type G systems were commonly installed until the late 1960s. For safety reasons — having two incompatible standards is never a good idea — and to harmonize with Northern Ireland, type G was made the sole standard in 1973. The British Standard BS 1363 was transposed into Irish Standards as I.S. 401 (plug) and I.S. 411 (socket outlet). Nowadays, type F receptacles can still very occasionally be found in older properties.
Type G wall sockets almost always include switches for extra safety. UK plugs are no doubt among the safest in the world, but also among the most hulking and cumbersome. That’s why people often make fun of them saying that a British plug is mostly bigger than the appliance it is connected to… Moreover, the bottom-heavy design of the plug makes it a perfect caltrop.
The type G standard requires use of a three-wire grounded and fused plug for all connections to the power mains. Two-wire appliances are not earthed, but they have a plastic grounding pin which only serves to open the shutters of the outlet. The lack of such an earth pin on a type C plug makes it impossible to connect it to a type G receptacle, although it can actually be forced into the socket by sticking a pointy object into the centre hole of the power outlet, which opens up the two other holes. Just to be perfectly clear, this is not a piece of advice; it’s simply an observation…
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Electricity in Ireland is 50 hz/220-240 volts, so converters may be required for small, high- wattage electrical appliances brought from the US, Canada or other countries.
Please note that we do not recommend bringing a hair dryer, as most hotel rooms are already equipped with these.
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For your small digital devices, like chargers for laptops, cameras or phones, you will likely just need a travel adapter. Wall outlets in Ireland take three-pin plugs, and “shaver” sockets take two round, oversized prongs.
Make sure to check the voltage labels on your appliances or chargers to see if you need just an adapter or a converter/transformer with an adapter. Adapters are available for purchase in Ireland at some hotels and guesthouses, electronic stores and souvenir shops and bookstores.
If you’re planning to visit other European destinations on the same trip – like a combo tour that Nordic Visitor arranges – it would be wise to invest in a universal adapter, which has different types of plugs in one small, travel-friendly unit. Keep in mind that European countries use different outlet types than Ireland (and the UK).
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Q&A: What kind of adapter do I need to keep my electronics charged in Ireland?
We’re from the U.S., and we’ll be traveling Ireland with our iphones and ipad. What kind of adapter do we need? — Marie
There are two things you need to know before “plugging” in your devices in Ireland:
- Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets deliver 220 volts (countries like the US and Canada only use 110 volts).
- Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets are the same as the ones used in the UK and handful of other countries … if you’re not from those areas, the plug that came with your device won’t fit in an Irish socket.
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If you’re not sure, contact the manufacturer before plugging it in.
[box] FYI – I once plugged in an external hard drive that wasn’t compatible… there was a quiet “pop,” a slight burnt smell, and a “fried” device with no hope of being used again. The results are swift and merciless when you make the mistake of plugging in an incompatible device. [/box]
If your device can’t handle 220 volts, you can use a converter/transformer that will “step-down” the voltage. These gadgets work, but some varieties can be heavy, prone to breaking, and/or require a series of adapters and attachments that can make it difficult to keep it plugged into the outlet.
Devices such as hairdryers, curling irons, and flatirons, are often NOT designed for 220 volts. You can use a converter/transformer, or you can purchase these hair care devices once you get to Ireland. It is easy to find them in a pharmacy or department store such as Dunnes or Tesco for €10-50. At the end of their trip, some visitors choose to leave these items at the last hotel or B&B they stay.
If the Plug Fits
Ireland uses a large “G” electrical outlet with three square “prongs.” If your device is compatible with 220 volts, you simply need an adapter. There are several styles of universal adapters — many with prongs that flip out like a Swiss Army Knife to suit a variety of outlets. And there are adapters made specifically for “G” outlets… these will be labeled “UK,” “United Kingdom,” “GB,” “Great Britain,” “England,” and/or “Ireland.”
Most adapters are designed to accept both two and three-pronged U.S. plugs. However, you may find an adapter that only accepts two-pronged plugs. This means that if you have a U.S. device with a three-pronged plug, you’ll need to use a second adapter to convert your three-pronged plug to a two-pronged plug.
A Few More Tips
- Bring a car charger… cars in Ireland use standard car chargers. So if you rent a car, your U.S. charger should work in Ireland. Test the charger before you leave the rental car lot to make sure it works properly. Remember, some makes of cars require the engine be running for the charger to work.
- Power up on the plane… many airplanes (and buses and trains) offer outlets built into the seat, so you can charge your devices while you travel.
- Pack a basic power strip from home… you can use a small power strip to charge several devices at one time; yet you only need one adapter.
- Make sure the power is “on” … electrical outlets in Ireland may feature an on/off switch. It must be in the “on” position to charge your device.
- Purchase at the airport… if you can’t find an adapter before you travel, most airport shops offer a full line of adapters for sale. Shops at both Shannon and Dublin Airports sell adapters.
Ireland Adapter Plugs Set
Adapter plug for Ireland will allow you to plug in your electronic and electric devices into wall outlets in Ireland. Ireland Adapter Plugs Set lets you choose between grounded and nongrounded adapters for traveling to Ireland. Also available is a dual voltage travel power strip so you can easily plug in multiple devices at once and you can also use your travel powerstrip at home, not just for Ireland.
Deluxe Adapter Set: Includes two adapters for Ireland and ships Priority Mail with tracking
Standard PLUS Adapter Set: Includes two Ireland grounded adapters and one dual voltage Travel Power Surge Strip for Ireland
Standard Adapter Set: Includes two grounded adapters for Ireland
Basic Adapter Set: Includes two non-grounded adapters for Ireland
PRICE: $13.00 - $47.00
Republic of Ireland uses a couple of different unique style of adapter plugs. When traveling to Ireland it is important to take along the correct type of adapter plug for your trip. Ireland uses the same adapter plugs as the United Kingdom.
Ireland adapter plugs allow electrical connections up to 240 volts. An adapter plug does NOT change the current or voltage (this requires a converter ) unless your appliance is dual voltage. An Ireland non-grounded adapter may NOT be used with appliances that have grounded plugs; for these you will need a grounded adapter. If your hair dryer, curling iron, electric razor is not dual voltage you will most likely need a converter to use your electric. For more information see Going In Style's Adapter and Converter Finder .
Many of our customers find it handy to have multiple Ireland adaptors or a powerstrip while traveling - either to run several appliances simultaneously or simply as a backup.
If you are traveling to Northern Ireland you will use the same adapter plugs as Ireland, Republic of, Northern Ireland UK adapter plug . These adaptors can also be used in England .
Watch Going In Style's Adaptor Video to see if you will need a grounded or a non-grounded adapter for your trip to Ireland.
Going In Style offers Dual Voltage blow dryers especially designed for use in the UK and Ireland .
Going In Style Ireland Adapters Feature:
- CE Certified
- Polarized adapter to fit polarized plugs (one prong larger than the other)
- Allows connection up to 240 volts
- Enables United States appliance plugs to fit into foreign country wall outlets
- Enables Europe appliance plugs to fit into foreign country wall outlets
- An adapter plug does NOT change the current or voltage (this requires a converter).
- Going In Style Adapters will work with Going In Style Converters
How are adapters named ? What do the adapter letters mean ? Read Going In Style's Blog Post about adapter naming convention >> http://www.goinginstyle.net/news/2015/1/21/adapter-letter-naming-convention-what-do-the-letters-mean
Deluxe Ireland Adapter Plug Set Includes:
- Four Ireland adapters total
- Personal adapter travel bag
- Priority shipping upgrade with tracking
- Going In Style Ireland Adapter Model GIS-IRES-D-E-GUD-GUE
Standard PLUS Ireland Adapter Plug Set Includes:
- Two grounded Ireland adapter plugs
- CE Certified plugs
- One dual voltage Travel Power Surge Strip with built in surge protection
- Going In Style Ireland Adapter Model GIS-IRES-PS-D-E-GUD-GUE
Standard Ireland Adapter Plug Set Includes:
Basic Ireland Adapter Plug Set Includes:
- Two Ireland non-grounded adapter plugs
- Polarized Plugs
Travel Power Surge Strip Dual Voltage with Built in Surge Protector for Ireland
NEW Standard PLUS Ireland Adapter Kit includes a power strip and grounded adapters for traveling to Ireland. Travel dual voltage power strip for Ireland requires a grounded adapter, since it has a grounded power plug, to plug the power strip into Ireland wall electrical sockets. Dual voltage power strip is a great alternative to bringing several extra adapter plugs on your trip to Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Travel power strip is dual voltage and has complete 3 line surge protection. Plug in your United States / North America appliance plugs into the three AC outlets. Foreign electricity can have unexpected power surges and voltage spikes that can damage expensive electronics and appliances. If you are traveling with a laptop you will want to make a safe connection and surge protection is recommended.
When you get to destination country you can plug your travel power strip into the countries wall sockets with the grounded adapter plug included in the Standard Plus Kit. Travel Power Surge Strip allows you to plug in three United States devices and two USB ports simultaneously. That means you can power your laptop while charging your cell phone and camera battery pack. Additionally the power strip has two 5V DC USB outlets with auto cut off auto reset overload protection so you can charge your cell ipad via the USB port and safe the AC outlets for other electronics.
Travel Dual Voltage Power Strip with Surge Protection has a North America US plug, however you can plug it into any wall outlet world wide with the correct earthed adapter. The Standard Plus kit not only includes the power strip but also the grounded adapter needed to plug your power strip into foreign countries wall sockets. Travel power strip with surge protection is dual voltage and will work world wide. However, this power strip DOES NOT convert voltage so your appliance will need to be dual voltage or a converter is required.
Compact design and space-saving cord management system make it easy to take with you on all your trips. Use the Power Surge Strip to keep electronic devices charged and ready to go at all times. Already have an adapter plug for your destination country? Shop for just the travel power strip .
** IMPORTANT : The Travel Power Strip DOES NOT convert voltage. Your AC devices MUST be rated 100-240, 110/220 or 120/240VAC to use them on foreign 220-240VAC electrical systems.
Read more about traveling with a Power Strip with Built In Surge Protection on Going In Style's Adapter and Converter Blog >> http://www.goinginstyle.net/news/2016/7/7/why-travel-with-a-power-strip
Travel Power Strip for Ireland Features:
- Complete 3 Line Surge Protection
- Dual Voltage 100 - 240 VAC
- Three AC outlets Input/Output 100 - 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
- Max load 15A
- Two 5V DC USB Outlets with Auto cut-off/auto-reset overload protection
- Weight 0.56 lb.
- Dimensions 5"H x 3"W x 2"D
Grounded Ireland Adapter Plugs
If you are traveling to Irelandwith a grounded United States dual/multi-voltage appliance or using a grounded Transformer you will need to use a grounded adaptor plug. A grounded United States plug has two flat blades and one round pin.
Non-Grounded Ireland Adapter Plugs
Going In Style offers non-grounded adapter plugs for use with your voltage converter, transformer, or dual/multi voltage appliance. A non-grounded United States plug has two flat blades.
Ireland Cycles: 50 Hz vs. 60 Hz.
Ireland operates on 220 volt electricity and is generated at 50Hz (Cycles) Alternating Current. United States 110-120 volt electricity is generated at 60Hz (Cycles) Alternating Current. This difference in cycles may cause the motor in your 60Hz United States appliance to operate slightly slower when used on 50Hz foreign electricity. Most modern electronic equipment including battery chargers, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Toshiba computers, iPods, etc., will not be affected by the difference in cycle.
You may need a converter to use your appliance, such as a blow dryer, in Ireland. Watch Going In Style's Dual Voltage video to see how to check to see if your appliance is dual voltage. If your appliance is NOT dual voltage you will need a converter.
Check your appliances to make sure that they are dual voltage before you leave on your trip.
Computers and Apple Products
If you are traveling overseas with a Toshiba, HP, Lenovo, Asus, laptop or Apple device such as an iPad, chances are you won’t need a voltage converter. Most laptops are multi-voltage and will operate on voltages ranging from 100 to 240 volts. However, computers do need to make safe connections to foreign power systems and a surge protector is recommended and you will still need an adapter to use your plug. Read Going In Style's Blog to learn more about traveling with apple products >> http://www.goinginstyle.net/news/2015/1/6/ipads-iphones-and-apple-products
Ireland Converter- Changing Current Voltage
Going in Style adapters allow electrical connections up to 240 volts. Adapter plugs DO NOT convert voltage and only change the configuration of the pins. When voltage conversion is needed, use an electricity converter. An electricity converter changes the voltage input into your appliance. The United States electrical appliances operate on a lower current of 110-120 volts AC (Alternating Current). Most of the world operates on 220-240 volts AC. Therefore converter units enable your electronic and non-electronic appliances to run on foreign electricity (220-240 volts) to match the voltage requirements of your 110-120 volt device. Failure to run your appliance with a converter could damage your appliance.
To learn more about adapters and converters visit Going In Style's Blog .
About Republic of Ireland
Ireland is located Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain and its area is slightly larger than West Virginia. Its climate is temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time. The terrain is mostly level to rolling interior plain surrounded by rugged hills and low mountains; sea cliffs on west coast. Over 40% of the population resides in Dublin.
Currency in Ireland is the Euro (EUR). Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. Foreign currency and travelers’ cheques can be exchanged at banks throughout Ireland. Travelers’ cheques are accepted at many hotels and restaurants.
Ireland Staying Connected
Ireland has a modern digital telephone system using cable and microwave radio relay system. The domestic telephone system is privatized but dominated by former state monopoly operator; increasing levels of broadband access particularly in urban areas. Cell phone coverage is great throughout Ireland. When travelling to Ireland you will want to take an international or unlocked cell phone with a prepaid Ireland SIM card. You can also contact your mobile service provider to set up an international calling plan. You will need an adapter to charge your phone. Most cell phone battery rechargers should be multi-voltage, therefore will not require a converter. If the charger says 100-240 volts, 50-60 cycles then your charger in multi-voltage.
Ireland has 1.38 million internet hosts and over 3.042 million internet users. Internet access is available in internet cafes and hotels. When traveling with your laptop or iPad you will need an adapter to charge your device.
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What adapter do I need for Ireland?
You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter for Ireland if the plug you intend to use doesn't fit in an Irish power outlet.
The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Ireland will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with an Irish power outlet . If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.
- If you are from America travelling to Ireland you will need to use a plug adapter to fit a US plug into an Irish power outlet. As the voltage is different in Ireland bring a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
- If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Irish power outlet then you can use it in Ireland without needing a plug adapter.
- If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Irish power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Ireland such a Type G plug adapter . A plug adapter for Ireland (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ireland, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
- If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Ireland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Ireland if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
- If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ireland .  [AD]
- Excessive use of a phone during a vacation will leave you with a flat battery quickly , we suggest packing a portable charger if you wish to keep your phone battery charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unknown location.
Power adapters for Ireland
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Ireland power adapters.
When organizing to travel it is helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your indispensable electrical devices such as mobiles and laptops at your hotel. But by not knowing which plug socket is used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ireland. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Ireland by using a 230 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Irish will use 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations.
The best power adapter for Ireland is a Type G plug adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.  [AD]
Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an Irish power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.
Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor . 
Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Irish power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Ireland.
A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Ireland simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.
It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.
An American plug won't fit in an Irish power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Ireland, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Ireland to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.
There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another country in Europe won't work in Ireland because there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe.
Arriving at an airport
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.
Power adapters for sale in an airport
Ireland 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 Ireland
A universal travel adapter
Benefits of a universal travel power adapter
- Useful for travelling to multiple countries. Typical models will operate in around 150 countries.
- An all in one design. Both lightweight and small.
- Some universal travel adapters include multiple USB charging ports.
- Straightforward operation.
- Some universal travel adapters also have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
- The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
- When you return home the universal travel power adapter will still be of use as a USB charger.
- Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in an Irish power outlet.
Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter
- Can't be used with any high power electrical appliances such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, curling irons or hair dryers.
- The moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to break on your trip.
- Only provide power to one plug.
- Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
- They lack an in-built power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt electrical appliances in Ireland.  [AD]
A USB travel charger with swappable heads
Benefits of a travel USB wall charger
- Perfect if you only want to power devices which use USB, for example tablet computers, cell phones and Kindles.
- Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers you only have to pack a single charger.
- Supplied with swappable heads which make them versatile in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
- Has surge protector built in.
- The charger will still be of use when you return to America.
- The interchangeable plugs will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Ireland.
Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger
- Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power electrical appliances, just USB devices.  [AD]
An easy to use Type G plug adapter
Benefits of a power plug adapter
- Bringing a Type G plug adapter will be ideal for Ireland.
- Straightforward design makes it easy to use.
- Cheapest option.
- Lightweight and compact.
Disadvantages of a power plug adapter
- If you intend to visit more than just Ireland then you might need to pack more than one type of plug adapter.
- Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Irish power outlet and not the actual voltage; if your appliance doesn't support a 230 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to pack a voltage converter .
- One adapter for each plug - for each separate appliance you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
- Your accomodation may only have one power outlet, therefore you will only be able to charge a single device at a time.
- If you wish to charge any USB device then you also need to pack a USB charger as well.  [AD]
A travel power strip with included adapters
Benefits of a travel power strip
- A travel power strip is able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet.
- Certain models of travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it will still work in Ireland when using a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheap alternative to a power converter.
- Some models should feature multiple USB charge ports.
- Offers surge protection. The voltage from power outlets in some countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power could damage your electronics. Some power strips also include a built in surge protector, this will protect your device from being overpowered.
- It should potentially be of use domestically as a USB charger and power strip.
- US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Ireland.
Disadvantages of a travel power strip
- The power converter on a travel power strip doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair straighteners.
- Due to their weight travel power strips might be too bulky for carrying in hand luggage.
- Travel power strips might be considered excessive for travellers only bringing a small number of appliances and devices to power.  [AD]
A comprehensive plug adapter set
Benefits of a plug adapter set
- A power adapter set typically works out more reasonable than buying multiple plug adapter types.
- Ensures you are covered for every eventuality and not just an Irish power outlet.
- Suitable if you are travelling to multiple countries.
- Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be compatible with an Irish power outlet.
Disadvantages of a plug adapter set
- Not flexible - you'll have to decide which power adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack each adapter in the set with you.
- Means lots of individual items to pack.
- Having just one functioning plug adapter the remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
- Not all power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially the less common ones) , so ensure that your set has one which is compatible in Ireland.
- Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in an Irish power outlet but not the actual voltage.  [AD]
Voltage converters have surge protection
Benefits of a voltage converter
- Step down voltage converters let you to power your non-230 volt appliance with a Irish power outlet .
- A voltage converter includes a surge protector to prevent your device from being overloaded.
Disadvantages of a voltage converter
- A power converter only converts the 230 volts from a Irish power outlet and not the shape of the plug to slot in a Irish power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Ireland .
- The normal size of most models makes them too heavy for packing in carry-on luggage.
- Useless after your trip to Ireland.
- Often cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible country.
- If you plan on travelling from the US visiting Ireland you will require a power converter as the voltage is 230 volts.
Comparison of electrical adapters for Ireland
Ireland power outlets and plug sockets.
The type of power socket used in Ireland is type G. This plug outlet (known as a type G power outlet) looks like 3 vertical holes with shutters in a triangular configuration.  [AD]
No - a US plug won't work in Ireland because it won't fit in an Irish power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts therefore you need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.
A step down power converter will allow you to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in an Irish power outlet.
Tourists in Europe
Different destinations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug that works with an Irish power outlet might not work in another destination. When travelling to more than one location in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set containing every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you may encounter in each region. Before travelling check our list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your journey.    [AD]
The voltage in Ireland is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Irish power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.
An American plug won't fit in an Irish power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Ireland . Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Ireland and check that it works with 50hz.
The frequency in an Irish power outlet is 50Hz. 
Ireland has 100% access to electrical power throughout the country.
Although power outages are unpredictable, the power supply in Ireland is classed as dependable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts.
Whilst electrical blackouts in Ireland aren't common and electricity is available throughout the country, visitors are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge cell phones and other devices.
- During a trip increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social network sharing, GPS and playing games can syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Bringing a portable charger alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the move.
- A 10,000mAh portable charger can supply enough energy to power around three full charge cycles whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly 7 days. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger can do.
- If you need to charge your laptop in Ireland and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. Be aware that some airlines won't allow you take power banks on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so please check ahead with the airline.
- Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or rechargeable cordless flat iron can be used for travelling.       [AD]
A solar bag charging a power bank
The climate in Ireland could be suitable for a solar power bank , however is likely to take time to recharge. The reduced surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be left in powerful daylight for an extended period of time in order to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle, and this might prove inconvenient to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge between cloud cover.
- The bigger cells found on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, and might still generate a smaller charge during overcast weather.
- A phone which has been plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack will gradually top up the battery during sunny spells in Ireland, but this might prove inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag should it be used frequently. Unlike a small solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight, a solar bag is continually exposed to daylight therefore can be topping up a power bank throughout the day.
- A bag that is suitable for Ireland should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
- Solar bags are found in rucksack, laptop messenger and backpack styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.
- The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive bending and scratching, unlike normal rigid solar panels.    [AD]
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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.
When travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than one device then the best international travel adapter for Ireland is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger . As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.
This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Irish trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being convenient for recharging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when youâ€™re not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.
If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.  [AD]
- Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
- Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions making them ideal when visiting different countries across Europe which will probably use different outlets to Ireland.
- A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Ireland.
- USB chargers will accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Ireland along with different voltage standards in other countries.
- It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Ireland only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
- Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
- Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
- Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Ireland might prove to be problematic and costly.
- Larger USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Ireland for useful advice on the best power adapter for an Irish power outlet for high wattage devices.
- Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
- On back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using one power outlet.  [AD]
A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:
- BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Ireland using type B American plug sockets.
- ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
- BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Ireland.  [AD]
Power converters for Ireland
A power converter for Ireland allows you to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Irish power outlet.
Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.
A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 230 volt Irish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Ireland.  [AD]
If visiting Ireland from a different country please check the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.
- A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting Ireland from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device doesn't support 230 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
- You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage .
- Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
- You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
- If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Irish power outlet.
- Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more practical and cost effective than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
- For more information read our comprehensive guides on using clothes irons , curling irons , hair straighteners and hairdryers with an Irish power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.   [AD]
The 230 volts from a electric outlet in Ireland is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.  [AD]
In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Ireland you need to use a step down power converter .  [AD]
Ireland uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets. 
- Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Irish power outlet.
- 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 Ireland before plugging that into an Irish power outlet.
- 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.
- Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 230 volt Irish power outlet.  [AD]
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.
Single voltage hair straighteners
The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might depend on the make or model of your device but should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.
- Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V .
- Single voltage devices might 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 say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V .
See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters .
What type of adapter do you need for Ireland?
The type of power converter which is best to use in Ireland will depend on various requirements, so before deciding which adapter to use we suggest using this checklist:
A USB powered phone
- Low wattage electrical items which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop .
- High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners .
- USB powered electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones .
- Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only need to pack that single lightweight charger .
- A travel power strip is made for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that require voltage conversion , potentially overloading the power strip.
How much are you packing
- Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer soon?
- There is a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these also.
- Are you bringing children along who might need to recharge their devices as well?
- The voltage from an Irish power outlet is 230 volts, should you originate from a country that doesn't use 230 volts and your appliance isn't dual voltage ( how to tell ) then you'll either need to pack a heavy power converter or a lighter power strip with a built in voltage converter .
- It might be more expensive to buy a power converter than using a dual voltage travel appliance (for example a dual voltage clothes iron, hair dryer, curling iron or hair straighteners for Ireland) which is robustly designed for travel and often includes plug adapters.
Are you only bringing USB items
- If you plan to use USB devices such as mobile phones for Ireland then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger .
- If you only use a simple power plug adapter in Ireland then you'll still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device as well.  [AD]
Are multiple wall outlets available
- Hotels in Ireland might only offer one power outlet. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of more than one device overnight because you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
- To recharge multiple devices at the same time we suggest using a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can power multiple USB ports or power outlets.  [AD]
- A basic power adapter which charges only a single device in a single location (provided that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts) however paying a little more will allow you to power more than one device at once and you can use them in various countries.
- A versatile universal travel adapter or USB charger with interchangeable heads can both be reused for other trips in the future to other countries as well as Ireland.
- Most simple plug adapters will only typically operate in the one country, therefore if you aim to travel to multiple countries you may need to pack additional plug adapters .
- Alternatively, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are perfect for going to more than one country due to their interchangeable heads.
- If you are embarking on an extended trip to get to Ireland it's worth considering an airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can be used to power phones and tablets.
- As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a portable charger which will recharge on the go. After landing in Ireland you might have to use a mobile phone for making a telephone call, messenging, using mapping to locate accomodation or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample battery power remaining.  [AD]
Are you only using hand luggage
- Due to the increased size and weight both power strips and most models of power converters are way too bulky and heavy for packing in carry-on luggage, we recommend packing a USB wall charger or a lightweight universal travel power adapter instead.  [AD]
- Some models of travel USB chargers and travel power strips could also work when you get back to America (if they also include a domestic plug).
- Voltage in Ireland is generally stable however if you need to visit another country you might need an adapter which will protect your devices. The electricity could often fluctuate in some areas which can possibly cause damage to your devices, you will need to use a power adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip .
- Bringing a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for travelling to countries with limited electricity and any power cuts.    [AD]
What can I connect to an Irish power outlet
Travel appliances that can plug into an irish power outlet.
Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Irish power outlet
Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Irish power outlet
Mobile phones which can be connected to the Irish power outlet
Apple iPhones that can connect to the Irish power outlet
Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Irish power outlet
Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Irish power outlet
A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Irish power outlet
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- Type C plug adapter - An unearthed Europlug Type C travel adapter with two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, designed to fit a variety of sockets commonly used across Europe, including Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Croatia and Iceland..
- Type F plug adapter - A versatile Type F adapter, also known as Schuko, compatible with Europlugs and CEE 7/17 plugs. Ideal for use in countries using the Germany outlet type like Peru, Chile, and Uruguay..
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- Heavy duty power converter - Heavy-duty power converters robust voltage transformation capabilities for designed for high-wattage devices, making them best suited for appliances like kettles and hair dryers that consume a significant amounts of power..
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- Type G plug adapter - An earthed BS 1363 certified UK power adapter, featuring a fuse to protect against overload and consequent fire risks. Ideal for use in over 50 countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, and also in international cities like Dubai and Hong Kong..
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