Electric current

Italy supplies 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current for all of their citizen’s household and other domestic application ( remember that US, Canada and Brazil are using 60 Hz frequency, 110 Volts AC powers system). There are three types of sockets: the Schuko (Type F and Hybrid Type F + E), the one with two poles (Type C) and the one with three narrow and wide poles(Type L).

Before leaving make sure to check the instruction manual of your electronic devices, to see if they are compatible with the Italian electricity network.

Usually, the chargers of smartphones, tablets and laptop power supplies show the following information: input 100V-240V 50/60 Hz. If you find it, then your chargers will definitely work. However, many appliances, such as hairdryers, hair straighteners, often work at a specific voltage and therefore they may not work in Italy. If you are in this situation don’t worry, on the market there are many interesting and cheap options like travel hairdryers that have a switch to change the voltage from 100 V to 240 V and viceversa. Once you are sure that our device works, you will probably need to purchase an adapter for the socket. You can find cheap ones in electronics stores or on online stores like Amazon.

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Type C (Europlug)


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Type L

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Type F (Schuko)


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