Your tickets are booked and your bags are packed – but did you remember the most important thing? It’s called a travel adapter, and no matter where you call home, you’ll need one if you’re planning to visit London. (Unless you live elsewhere in the U.K., I guess!).
A travel adapter is a small but critical thing to pack for London, since London uses different plugs (and even different electrical systems) than we do here in North America or elsewhere in the world. If you don’t bring any travel adapters for London, you’ll need to buy one in order to plug in any of your electronic devices – which is obviously important since you’ll at least want a phone or camera to take pictures throughout your London itinerary.
When I first started visiting London I used to pack a weird little set of stacking adapters I bought before my first international trip (to London!). They were cheap, they broke easily, and I’m sure I left at least a few behind over the course of my many visits. Today. I have a few newer, higher-tech, and better quality travel adapters for London trips.
In this post, I’ll break down different options for your own London adventures. These travel adapters have a variety of different features and capabilities, but no matter which one you choose, they all work to keep you powered up and having a great time. Read on to discover seven of the best travel adapters for London and exploring the rest of the U.K. too.
1. HAOZI Universal Travel Adapter
When it comes to travel adapters for London, HAOZI is an excellent choice for those who want to use and charge their electronics across the pond. Their universal adapter includes London’s Type G plugs. Keep in mind it’s not a converter, so you can only connect items rated for both 120/240 V and 50/60 Hz.
The design is practical and safe, and it comes with a button you push to change to different plug styles. Its two built-in USB portals are a fantastic feature, allowing you to charge your mobile devices without bringing your charger with you.
As for safety measures, the HAOZI adapter features a surge protection fuse, power indicator light, plug lock, and built-in safety shutters.
2. FOVAL Converter & Travel Adapter
While not as compact as the previous one, FOVAL is one of the best U.K. travel adapters in the market. This adapter is super convenient as it has three international adapters and lots of ports to recharge multiple items simultaneously.
The best thing about this unit is the four USB outlets that allow travelers to charge up to four USB-charging devices at once. For me, that means my iPhone, iPad, Apple watch, and Airpods can get charged up every day.
Unlike other models, the FOVAL is also a converter, stepping down 220/240V to 110/120V.
3. TESSAN 2-Port, 2-USB Travel Adaptor
This TESSAN device is one of the most reliable travel adapters for London, charging electrical devices in a short time frame.
It features two side-by-side G plugs on the top and two USB ports at the bottom. It’s perfect for backpackers thanks to its small size, which doesn’t take a lot of space in your luggage. The adapter plug also features a phone holder on the top to place your phone while charging.
While the design is convenient in terms of space, the ports’ distribution can be inconvenient since the top plugs might block the USB ports. Also, the dual top plugs don’t have much space between them, so you might be able to fit only one phone charger because it covers half of the other plug.
4. TESSAN 3-Outlet, 2-USB Travel Adapter
Another from the TESSAN family, this Type G adapter is one of the best London travel adapters for USB charging. It features dual USB ports on the front, as well as three American outlets, meaning you can plug in up to three electronics into the outlets if they fit.
Users particularly rave about the small LED that illuminates when plugged and power is on. While it might not be relevant in your country, this small LED was especially useful in the U.K. as their outlets have a switch to cut the power off to your devices, and you might not remember what position is on or off.
5. Ceptics Travel Adapter Plug With Dual USB
Ceptics makes solid travel adapters for London, as well as others for other regions of the world. Their U.K. travel adapter is an excellent product, with a sturdy build and ultra-compact size. It features two USB ports and is compatible with dual voltage products.
(Uncertain about voltage in London? I’ve got a guide for that!)
The only drawback is that it has only one American outlet. It might not be the best option if you’re traveling to the U.K. with plenty of electric devices and want to charge them simultaneously.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the USB ports face downwards towards the floor, and it can be difficult to insert your USB cables when plugged into the outlet.
6. OREI Travel Plug Adapter with Dual USB & Surge Protection
Compact and lightweight, OREI is another suitable choice for backpackers. It comes with one American plug and two USB ports. The design is a bit unusual, featuring a cylindrical shape instead of a quadrangular one. It has a rubberized grip, making it easy to use with sockets that firmly grab the plug.
Other highlights are that the OREI doesn’t overheat when charging devices simultaneously, and it also stays in all sockets firmly – no risk of falling out slowly over time as some larger universal adapters. Finally, the adapter features surge protection to protect your devices.
7. Apple World Travel Adapter Kit
If all your gadgets are Apple (like me), you might be better off buying the Apple World Travel Adapter Kit.
As the name suggests, it features official AC plugs for every country, making it great for your trip to London and Europe. It’s important to mention that these aren’t adaptors per se but the plug connectors that slide onto your Apple transformer.
Like most Apple products, the Adapter Kit is very functional, well-made, and easy to use. The plugs perfectly fit all Apple products, with the adapters sliding directly into the appropriate charger as a native charger. There are two drawbacks, though. First, the kit costs more than regular adapters in the market; second, you can only use it with Apple products.
There you have it – a list of several great travel adapters you can use in London or anywhere else in the U.K. Have other questions about how to power your London trip? Let me know in the commentsor join my London Travel Tips Facebook group!