Are you planning to visit France? Check if you need a power plug adapter or voltage converter for the power sockets (outlets) used in France.
- You need a power plug adapter in France, when living in the United States of America.
- You also need a voltage converter.
- Be extra careful with certain appliances because of the difference in frequency.
Below you find pictures of the applied power sockets and corresponding plugs. And we provide more information about the voltage and frequency.
Electricity in France
In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Power plug adapter needed in France?
In France the power plugs and sockets are of type E. Check out the following pictures. When living in the United States of America you will need a power plug adapter for sockets type E.
Buy a power plug (travel) adapter
We don't sell power plug adapters. We refer you to Amazon, where you will find a great selection of travel adapters. Because you may also need a voltage converter, you should consider a combined power plug adapter/voltage converter (see below).
You can also check the map to see the use of different plugs and sockets in the world.
Voltage converter needed in France?
In France the standard voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz.
- You cannot use your electric appliances in France without a voltage converter, because the standard voltage in France (230 V) is higher than in the United States of America (120 V).
You can seriously damage your appliances. You need a voltage converter in France, when living in the United States of America! You can find voltage converters at Amazon. Because you also need a power plug adapter, you should consider a combined plug adapter/voltage converter.
Also the frequency in France (50 Hz) differs from the frequency in the United States of America (60 Hz). You should use a voltage converter which also changes the frequency, but these are hard to find. If your converter cannot change the frequency, be warned! Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time related appliances like clocks, shavers and electric fan heaters.
To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter. If the label states 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz' the appliance can be used in all countries in the world. This is common for chargers of tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, toothbrushes, etc.
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