So you brought your entire suite of electronics to London and are about to plug each of them into the wall and suck down electricity like an American. Oops. Not that easy. I’m not sure how or where this all started (probably the French), but electricity is different in the UK than other parts of Europe and the USA.
Electricity in the UK:
Voltage: 230V – outlets are quite often controlled by wall switches. They are not always “on”. 240V may also be found although 230V is the official voltage.
Type of Electrical Plug Used: Type G. It has three prongs (two flat and one rectangular) forming a triangle.
Wall sockets basically look like the picture below:
The plug on the left goes to a tea pot for afternoon tea and crumpets.
The cool thing with the wall sockets here is that they all come with on/off switches right on the wall. This is great for not consuming electricity when you don’t want to. It means you can save your electricity for plugging in your vacuum so you can Flowbee. That’s right…a perfect haircut EVERY TIME.
Anyways, what all this means is that you need to take your US power plug and get it to fit into those crazy looking ones in the UK.
There are basically two routes you can take to use your American devices:
1. Voltage converter - converts 220-240v voltage to 100-120v. This means it will make it so less voltage goes into your device so it doesn’t blow it up.
2. Plug adapter – If you have a device that runs at 220-240v already or if you have a device that has a built in voltage converter this is all you need.
Voltage converter (L) and plug adapter(R)
How do I figure out whether my device will need a converter or adapter?
Look for the Input section of the Power part of your device. If it has a range like 100-240v, you are set. If it’s static like 120VAC, don’t plug it in. Again, just look for a range like 100-240v. It’s pretty simple what it will do if you don’t listen to the London Ninja: YOU WILL BLOW SHIT UP!!!…or more likely it will short and you won’t be able to power up your portable clock anymore.