Hungary power adapters - what plugs are used in Hungary?

Hungarian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Hungary?

Bring a Type F plug adapter [4] to Hungary if your plug doesn't fit in a Hungarian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Hungary all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Hungarian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Certain areas in Hungary suffer from frequent power outages, we suggest bringing a power bank [9] if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst abroad during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Hungary from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Hungarian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Hungary you will also need to bring a power converter for Hungary if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Hungarian power outlet then you can use it in Hungary without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Hungarian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Hungary such a Type F plug adapter [4]. A plug adapter for Hungary (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Hungary, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Hungary to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Hungary if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Hungary.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Hungary please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Hungary power adapters

Power adapters for Hungary

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Hungary. This page contains links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in Hungary by using the standard types F or C Hungarian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover most power adapters vary from country to country so please read our Wikiconnections global power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

The best power adapter for Hungary is a Type F power adapter [4] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Hungary?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Hungary is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Hungary.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [10].

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Hungarian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Hungary along with the correct adapter.

What does a power adapter for Hungary do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Hungary by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Hungary?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

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

American plugs won't fit into a Hungarian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Hungary, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Hungary if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Hungary?

As there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another region in Europe doesn't work in Hungary.

Hungary power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Hungary?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Hungary?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket (called a Europlug or type C socket) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug socket by two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into, plus grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Hungary?

No; an American plug won't work in Hungary because it won't fit into a Hungarian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Hungary?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in a Hungarian power outlet.

Do European plugs work in Hungary?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Hungary?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with a Hungarian power outlet might not operate correctly in another location. When visiting more than one destination in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [11] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options make sure you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find in each country. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power converters and adapters you might need to bring during your journey.

Is the voltage in Hungary the same as the US?

The voltage in Hungary is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Hungary which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used in Hungary?

The frequency from a Hungarian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Hungary the same as the US?

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Hungary?

Access to electricity in Hungary is excellent which spans the entire population.

Does Hungary have power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power cuts in parts of Hungary.

Do I need a power bank for Hungary?

A USB power bank for charging phones

Do I need a power bank for Hungary?

Because of potential power blackouts in Hungary travellers are advised to use backup charging solutions if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones or tablets reliably.

  • During a trip increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and playing games will drain the batteries towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [9] in Hungary lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a Hungarian power outlet, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [9] which will supply enough electricity to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in Hungary and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggageso please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Small consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Hungary.

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)

Hungary 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 Hungary?

If travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel charger for Hungary is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Hungarians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack seperate power chargers on your trip to Hungary. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here 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 on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Hungary?

Why use a travel USB charger for Hungary?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Hungary.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Hungary.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Hungary power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Hungary only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Hungary might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Hungary for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Hungarian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Hungary?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Hungary using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Hungary.

Power converters for Hungary

What is a power converter for a Hungarian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Hungarian 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 power adapter for Hungary?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 230 volt Hungarian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Hungary.

Do I need a power converter for Hungary?

When you are visiting Hungary from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [19] is needed if you are travelling to Hungary from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Hungary , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Hungary if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Hungary is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [19] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Hungary?

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

What voltage is used in Hungary?

Hungary uses 230 volts in their standard 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 Hungarian 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 Hungary before plugging that into a Hungarian 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 Hungarian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Hungarian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Hungarian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Hungarian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Hungarian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Hungarian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Hungary, 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/Hungary - Hungary country Wiki page.
  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