Montenegro power adapters - what plugs are used in Montenegro?

Montenegrin power outlet

What adapter do I need for Montenegro?

You need to bring a Type F plug adapter [4] to Montenegro if the plug you need to use won't fit into a Montenegrin power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Montenegro all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Montenegrin power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Expect frequent power cuts in Montenegro, we recommend bringing a portable charger [9] if you want to recharge your mobile phone and other devices whilst travelling during a blackout.
  • If you're from America and visiting Montenegro then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Montenegrin power outlet. As the voltage is different in Montenegro you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Montenegrin power outlet then it can work in Montenegro.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Montenegrin power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Montenegro such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Montenegro (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Montenegro, but but is unable to 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'll also need a power converter for Montenegro to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Montenegro if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you want to recharge your USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Montenegro.

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

Montenegro power adapters

Power adapters for Montenegro

Various combinations of standards and sockets can all be confusing when planning to stay in another country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Montenegro. This page has links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Montenegro by using their Type F or C Montenegrin 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will discover that power sockets will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Montenegro?

The best power adapter for Montenegro 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 Montenegro?

What is a power adapter for a Montenegrin power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Montenegro to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Montenegrin power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Montenegro by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Montenegro?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Montenegro then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Montenegro if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Montenegrin power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Montenegro, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Montenegro if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Can you use a European power adapter in Montenegro?

There is a possibility that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe won't work in Montenegro because there are eight different types of power outlets in Europe.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Montenegrin power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Montenegrin power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Montenegro power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Montenegro?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Montenegro?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this power socket by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this power socket by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug socket pins go along with a pair of two grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Montenegro?

No; an American plug won't work in Montenegro because it won't fit into a Montenegrin power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 230 volts therefore please use a power converter for Montenegro if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a Montenegrin power outlet different in Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a Montenegrin power outlet different in Europe?

Different countries in Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with 8 different types of power outlets used in Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could discover that a plug which can be used in Montenegro might not operate correctly in another country. If you are visiting more than one location in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [11] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [12] as both these options make sure that you're covered for all different power outlet types which you might encounter in each region. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power adapters and converters you might require for your journey.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Montenegrin power outlet?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Montenegro?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Montenegro you will need to bring a step down power converter.

Is a Montenegrin power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Montenegrin power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Montenegro. 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 Montenegro and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

Is the voltage in Montenegro the same as the US?

The voltage in Montenegro is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Montenegrin power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

What is access to electricity in Montenegro like?

The entire population has access to electricity in Montenegro.

Are there power outages in Montenegro?

Typically Montenegro suffers power blackouts roughly once every week.

Should I pack a portable charger for Montenegro?

Due to potential electrical failures in Montenegro visitors should bring alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets dependably.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, sat nav, social network sharing and streaming videos could drain the batteries towards the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing a power bank [9] to Montenegro lowers the risk as it means you can power up your mobile phone on the move, especially when travelling to a country with power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [9] can supply enough power to power around 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep a typical cell phone charged for up to 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Montenegro. Be aware that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage onlyso always ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts such as Montenegro.
Should I pack a portable charger for Montenegro?

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)

Montenegro 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 Montenegro?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Montenegro is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two different standards of wall outlets that Montenegrins use (types F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Montenegro?

Why use a travel USB charger for Montenegro?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Montenegro.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Montenegro.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Montenegro along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Montenegro might only have one power outlet, by using 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.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Montenegro could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Montenegro for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Montenegrin power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Montenegro?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Montenegro using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Montenegro.

Power converters for Montenegro

What is a power converter for a Montenegrin power outlet?

Power converters for Montenegro enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Montenegrin 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Montenegrin power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Montenegro.

Do I need a power converter for Montenegro?

If travelling to Montenegro from a different region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [19] is needed if you are visiting Montenegro from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Montenegrin power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Montenegrin power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Montenegro from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Montenegro is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [19] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Montenegro?

You need a step down power converter [19] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Montenegrin power outlet.

What voltage does Montenegro use?

Montenegro 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 Montenegrin 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 Montenegro before plugging that into a Montenegrin 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 Montenegrin power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Montenegrin power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Montenegrin power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Montenegrin power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Montenegrin power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Montenegrin power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Montenegro, 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/Montenegro - wikipedia web page about Montenegro.
  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