#151 Powering Your Electronics in Ireland – Audio

Whether it’s your phone, tablet, laptop, curling iron, or sleep apnea machine, here’s a look at how you can power up all your devices while visiting the Emerald Isle.


Ireland’s wall outlets/sockets are the same as the United Kingdom and therefore do not fit plugs from North America, Australia, or many other countries without an adapter.

Ireland’s outlets carry 220V compared to 110V in North America.

Make sure your device can handle 220V. Modern phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, and CPAP machines can handle either 110V or 220V. Some devices have their limits printed on them and say “110V-220V” or “100V-240V.” If you are not sure, contact the manufacturer.

Hairdryers, curling irons, flat irons, and electric razors (as well as small kitchen appliance and electric tools) usually do not accommodate 220V. Converters/transformers are available to “step down” the voltage; they can be heavy and unreliable, but they should protect your device. Or you may choose to purchase those for €10 to €50 at a pharmacy or department store like Tesco or Dunne’s.

Some accommodations have “shaver” outlets in the bathroom next to the mirror for electric razors. They will be labeled 110V or 220V.

Ireland uses a “G” plug and adaptors will be labeled “United Kingdom” “UK” “Great Britain” “GB” “Britain” “England” and/or “Ireland.” Your device MUST be able to take 220V to use the adaptor.

Check to make sure your adaptor accepts a US 3-pronged plug. If it only takes two, you’ll need a another adaptor.

Bring a car charger and test it before you leave the rental lot.
Use in-seat plugs on planes, buses, and trains to charge your devices.
Bring a basic power strip to charge multiple devices.
Airports also sell adaptors.

Music provided by Anne Roos of www.celticharpmusic.com.

Author: Corey

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  1. One more tip. Most Irish electric outlets (wall plugs) have a little switch on them. (See photo above). If you are not getting any electricity in the outlet you need to flip the tiny switch so it shows red. That turns it on!

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