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electrical outlets in london

ILLINOIS
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electrical outlets in london

okay, this may sound silly to ask but do we need to bring our own conversion outlet of some sort to use in london? we would need to plug in some accessories etc.. at our bed and breakfast.

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1. Re: electrical outlets in london

You'll need an adaptor at least so you can actually plug in your items at the power point.

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If you have dual voltage electrics then they should have a converter built in or attached to the power cord; if not you'll need to take a converter as well. Some travellers have commented that some dual voltage small electrics such as hair dryers and straightening tongs have burnt out when used in the UK despite the converter; if you don't want to risk your appliance shorting out you will find inexpensive electric goods at Boots, Superdrug or Argos that are made for the UK's circuits.

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2. Re: electrical outlets in london

Just to be clear, a dual voltage device will state something like "100-240VAC 50/60Hz" on it. Most battery chargers for cameras, laptop power supplies and similar devices made in the last 5 or so years will be dual voltage.

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3. Re: electrical outlets in london

Just as an add-on in case you may not already know...your room in the B&B may require that you slide a keycard into a slot by the door in order to turn on all electricity to the room. I mention this because it's not always an obvious thing and Reception may not volunteer this info upon check-in.

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4. Re: electrical outlets in london

UK mains electricity supply is at 230V (-6%, +10%), with a line frequency of 50 Hz (±1%). The main will usually allow a current of up to 15A, with plugs typically fused at 1A, 2A, 5A or 13A. Your B&B may require you to use only low current items - check them.

If your appliances can work with those (check the labels on the power supplies, or the instructions), all you need is an adapter to change the physical layout of the pins. The plug in general use in the UK is this one: http://www.adrs.ltd.uk/extras/plug.jpg Note that even for an unearthed appliance the earth pin is required to open the shutters on the live and neutral holes in the socket.

If your appliances won't work within those limits, either do without them, buy new ones here (as TP suggests) or (if it's just the voltage you need to change), buy a step-up transformer. Note that transformers for large current devices are big and heavy.

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5. Re: electrical outlets in london

If you want to use a high-power device (hair dryer, hair straightener, etc) and it is not marked 110-220 volts, do not try to use it in the UK. A voltage converter powerful enough for one of these devices would be the size and weight of a brick.

Either buy dual-voltage travel devices before you leave the US, or buy cheap ones in UK and discard them.

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6. Re: electrical outlets in london

Nick

I think they will need a "step down" transformer.

Edited: 13 March 2010, 18:02
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7. Re: electrical outlets in london

Yes, step-down - apologies for fingers on auto-pilot!

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