Andorra power adapters - what plugs are used in Andorra?

Andorran power outlet

What adapter do I need for Andorra?

You need to pack a Type F plug adapter [4] for Andorra if the plug you intend on using won't fit into an Andorran power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Andorra all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an Andorran power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Andorra from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Andorran power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Andorra you will also need to bring a power converter for Andorra 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 the plug will fit in an Andorran power outlet then it can work in Andorra.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Andorran power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Andorra such a Type F plug adapter [4]. A plug adapter for Andorra (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Andorra, but doesn't 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 Andorra to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Andorra if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Andorra.
  • An increase in use of a phone during a trip to Andorra can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger [9] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst travelling to an unknown location.

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 Andorra please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Andorra power adapters

Power adapters for Andorra

When packing for a vacation it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you get there. But, by not knowing which power socket is being used in Andorra you may bring the wrong charger, therefore having to buy or borrow a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Complicated voltages and sockets can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Andorra. This page has links to instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when visiting Andorra using their F or C type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type F plug outlets are used by most Andorrans. You'll discover power adapters vary from region to region so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Andorra?

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

What is the best power adapter for Andorra?

What is a power adapter?

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

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 an Andorran power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Andorran 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 Andorra along with the correct adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Andorra?

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 Andorra if I'm visiting from the US?

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

What does a power adapter for Andorra do?

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

Can you use a European plug adapter in Andorra?

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 Andorra.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Andorra?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Andorra?

Power adapters are typically available in most major 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 but expect to pay 50% 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.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Andorra power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Andorra?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Andorra?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power outlet by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes for live and neutral and metal grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Andorra?

No; an American plug won't work in Andorra because it won't fit into an Andorran 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.

Is the voltage in Andorra the same as the US?

The voltage in Andorra 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 Andorra which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Andorra?

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

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

American plugs won't fit in an Andorran power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Andorra. 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 Andorra and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Do European plugs work in Andorra?

European Union flag

Do European plugs work in Andorra?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with an Andorran 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.

What is the frequency used in Andorra?

The frequency from an Andorran power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the power grid reliable in Andorra?

Whilst power outages are unpredictable, the power in Andorra is dependable with no pattern of frequent power cuts.

Is there good access to power outlets in Andorra?

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

Should I bring a power bank to Andorra?

Portable charger for charging cell phone

Should I bring a power bank to Andorra?

Even though electrical failures aren't common with power being available throughout the country, travellers are still recommended to bring a power bank to recharge mobiles.

  • With some being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon abroad. During a trip to Andorra increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social networks, getting directions and streaming videos will drain the batteries more excessively than normal. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photograph opportunities this can potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use a sat nav app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing along a power bank [9] lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone without using an Andorran power outlet.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [9] which can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for up to seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh rating describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger is capable of.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then 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 the laptop. However be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the airline first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] are ideal for travelling.

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)

Andorra 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 Andorra?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Andorra is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Andorrans use two different standards of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Andorra. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Andorra?

Why use a travel USB charger for Andorra?

  • 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 Andorra.
  • 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 Andorra.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Andorra power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Andorra 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 Andorra 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 Andorra for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Andorran 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 Andorra?

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 Andorra 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 Andorra.

Power converters for Andorra

What is a power converter for an Andorran power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Andorran 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 Andorra?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 230 volt Andorran 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 Andorra.

Do I need a power converter for Andorra?

When you are visiting Andorra 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 Andorra 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 Andorra , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Andorra 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 Andorra?

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

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 an 230 volt Andorran 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 Andorra before plugging that into an Andorran 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 an 230 volt Andorran 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 used in Andorra?

Andorra uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 an Andorran power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Andorran power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Andorran power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Andorran power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Andorran power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Andorran power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Andorran power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Andorran power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Andorran power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Andorra, 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/Andorra - Andorra 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