Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Northern Ireland?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Northern Ireland und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
GOutlets of type GOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Northern Ireland?

Northern Ireland uses power outlets of type G. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Northern Ireland.

Country information

About Northern Ireland

Flag: About Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is a country in Europe (Northern Europe) with about 1.8 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 14 000 km². The capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast (337 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking English, Welsh and Gaelic.

The neighbors of Northern Ireland are Ireland, Scotland and England.

TLD: .ukCurrency: GBPCountry calling code: +44Country Code : GB-NIR
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Northern Ireland?

The voltage in Northern Ireland is 230 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Northern Ireland, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Northern Ireland?

The utility frequency in Northern Ireland is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Northern Ireland, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Northern Ireland, you should not use the device!