Croatia power adapters - what plugs are used in Croatia?

Croatian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Croatia?

You will need to pack a Type F plug adapter [4] for Croatia if your plug doesn't fit into a Croatian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Croatia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Croatian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for regular power blackouts in Croatia in certain areas therefore you should bring a portable charger [9] if you wish to keep your phone battery fully charged whilst abroad during a power outage.
  • If you're planning on visiting Croatia from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Croatian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Croatia you also need to pack a power converter for Croatia if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Croatian power outlet then you can use it in Croatia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Croatian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Croatia such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Croatia (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Croatia, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Croatia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Croatia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Croatia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Croatia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Croatia power adapters

Power adapters for Croatia

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to visit another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Croatia. This page contains links to step by step instructions which shows how to power your devices when you're visiting Croatia using the standard F or C type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets differ from country to country therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Croatia?

The best power adapter for Croatia will be a Type F plug adapter [4] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Croatia?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Croatia to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Croatia?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Croatian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Croatia.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Croatia allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Croatia by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Croatia?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Croatia then you will need a power adapter.

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

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Croatia as an American plug won't physically fit into a Croatian power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Croatia if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Do European plugs work in Croatia?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't work in Croatia because there are so many different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Croatia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Croatia?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Croatia?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet (known as a type C socket or Europlug) is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this plug socket by two large round adjacent holes next to each other, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Croatia?

No - an American plug won't work in Croatia because it doesn't fit in a Croatian power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Croatia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Croatia?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Croatia you will need a step down power converter.

Do European plugs work in Croatia?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Croatia?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different standards of power outlet types and voltages, so a plug which works with a Croatian power outlet might not function in an electrical outlet in another location. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [11] consisting of various types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each country. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power converters and adapters you might need to bring for your trip.

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

The voltage which comes from a Croatian power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Croatian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

What frequency is used in Croatia?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Croatian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are outlets in Croatia the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Croatian power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Croatia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Croatia and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Is there good access to electrical power in Croatia?

Access to electricity in Croatia is excellent which covers the entire country.

Are there power outages in Croatia?

Croatia reports power cuts once a month.

Do I need a portable charger for Croatia?

A USB power bank

Do I need a portable charger for Croatia?

Because of potential power cuts in Croatia visitors should pack alternate charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as mobile phones dependably.

  • During a trip increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and web browsing can drain power before the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your accommodation.
  • Packing a portable charger [9] for Croatia alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone charged on the move, especially when visiting a country with frequent power outages.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [9] which can store enough electricity to power around 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for around seven days. The mAh value describes the capacity of a battery and gives an indication of how many recharges the portable charger can achieve.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of your laptop in Croatia. Be aware that some airlines won't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are designed for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts such as Croatia.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Croatia 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 Croatia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Croatia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of wall outlets in Croatia (types F and C) 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 from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power charger of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Croatia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Croatia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Europe which are likely to use different outlets to Croatia.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Croatia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Croatia along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Croatia might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Croatia could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Croatian power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Croatian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Croatia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Croatia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Croatia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Croatia.

Power converters for Croatia

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

Power converters for Croatia allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Croatian power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [18] will transform a 230 volt Croatian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Croatia.

Do I need a power converter for Croatia?

When travelling to Croatia from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [19] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a 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 mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Croatian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Croatia in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Croatian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Croatia from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Croatia is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Croatia?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Croatia you will need to buy a step down power converter [19].

What voltage is used in Croatia?

Croatia uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [19] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Croatian 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 Croatia before plugging that into a Croatian 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 230 volt Croatian power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

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

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Travel appliances which can connect to a Croatian power outlet

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Mobile phones that can connect to the Croatian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Croatian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Croatia, 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 [20].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croatia - wikipedia.org entry about Croatia.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  12. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  13. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets