Austria power adapters - what plugs are used in Austria?

Austrian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Austria?

You'll need to use a Type F plug adapter [4] for Austria if your plug doesn't fit into an Austrian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Austria all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Austrian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Austria from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Austrian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Austria you will also need to bring a power converter for Austria if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Austrian power outlet then it should work in Austria without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Austrian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Austria such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Austria (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Austria, 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 you will also need a power converter for Austria to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Austria if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Austria.
  • An increase in use of a phone during a trip to Austria 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 Austria please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Austria power adapters

Power adapters for Austria

If you are packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you're there. Without knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Austria. This page contains links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Austria by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type F wall outlets will be normally used by most Austrians. You will find that most power adapters change regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

The best power adapter for Austria will be a Type F plug adapter [4] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Austria?

What is a power adapter?

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

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

What does a power adapter for Austria do?

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Austrian power outlet?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Austria?

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 Austria if I'm visiting from the US?

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

Can you use a European plug adapter in Austria?

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 Austria.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Austria?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Austria?

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.

Austria power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Austria?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Austria?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall outlet by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • 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 go, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Austria?

No; an American plug won't work in Austria because it won't fit into an Austrian 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.

Do European plugs work in Austria?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Austria?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Austria?

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

What is the frequency used in Austria?

The frequency from an Austrian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Austria the same as the US?

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

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

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Austria?

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

Is the power grid reliable in Austria?

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

Should I bring a power bank to Austria?

A USB power bank

Should I bring a power bank to Austria?

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 Austria 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 Austrian 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)

Austria 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 Austria?

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

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Austria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Austria?

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

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 Austria 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 Austria.

Power converters for Austria

What is a power converter for an Austrian power outlet?

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 230 volt Austrian 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 Austria.

Do I need a power converter for Austria?

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

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Austria 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 Austria?

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

What voltage is used in Austria?

Austria 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 an 230 volt Austrian 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 Austria before plugging that into an Austrian 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 Austrian 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 an Austrian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Austrian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Austrian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Austrian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Austrian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Austrian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Austrian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

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