Are you from the USA and planning to travel to France?
Do you need to get a plug adapter?
Yes. You need a power plug adapter if your coming from the USA and going to France.
- Electronic appliances in the USA will not plug into socket E – the Europlug.
- The voltage and frequency in the USA is not the same as in France. You may need a voltage convertor.
Differences in plug types
Click on each country to find more pictures of the power sockets and plugs from that country. You’ll also find more information about the voltage and frequency.
The power plug type used in the USA is type A and B. Power sockets provide 120 volts of electricity and run on a frequency of 60Hz.
The power plug type used in France is type E. Power sockets provide 230 volts of electricity and run on a frequency of 50Hz.
Difference in voltage and frequency
You can’t use some electric appliances in France without a voltage convertor, because the standard voltage in the USA (120 V) is lower than in France (230 V).
Utilizing an appliance not suited for your voltage/frequency can lead to catastrophic damages. To guarantee the safety of your device, make sure you read the label on it before use. Some appliances don’t need a converter at all; if their labels state ‘Input: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz’, then they are certified for international usage!