Power plugs and sockets – not the most adventurous topic to read or think about, but still quite practical. Especially since our phones and other devices need to be charged almost daily. So let’s make it short and clear.
It might be an unpleasant surprise when visiting a foreign country and realizing that your charger doesn’t fit the power plug. When travelling to the Czech Republic for example from the UK or the US, where the power plugs and sockets differ from the ones in Europe, you might want to be informed in advance what to expect.
Type C, E and F
In Europe, the most common power plugs and sockets are of the type C. This counts for the Czech Republic too, however, there are two other types that are generally used as well: type E and type F.
Type E is the most common here and although the plug for this type requires a compatible socket, the socket itself is compatible with plugs of type C and F.
If you are planning on visiting/travelling or moving to the Czech Republic from a country, where power plugs and sockets aren’t compatible with the type C, do not worry, you don’t need to buy all new cables with the correct plug, there are alternatives such as adapters.
You can travel prepared and buy the adapter(s) in one of your local electric shops or order it/them online in advance. Or, if you want to support the Czech local stores, you can buy them once you arrive. The most common and accessible electric shops with the largest product selection in the Czech Republic are for example Datart, Alza.cz and Euronics.
Another really practical device is a splitter: for example a four-way splitter with an adapter plug so that you don’t have to buy multiple single adapters.
Power and voltage
In the Czech Republic, just as in Europe the standardized voltage is 230/400 V, 50 Hz. This is relatively high compared to other countries such as North America, Japan or the Philippines, where the standard voltage is 120 V. So, if you charge your phone or smart-watch in Europe, don’t be surprised when it charges faster than you are used to.
If you are unsure if your plugs are compatible with the ones in Europe, here you’ll find a fun website. You can either click on your country or the kind of plugs and sockets you’re used to and simply find out, including voltage numbers.
Planning to move to the Czech Republic and need help with relocation and all the paperwork coming with it? Or do you already live in Czechia and need help with any kind of administration? That’s right up our alley and we are happy to help!
Sources: World plugs IEC, Netio, Pexels, Wikipedia