Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Slovenia
Slovenia is a country located in South Central Europe and it is at the crossroads of main European culture and trade routes. If a traveler wants to spend some time in Slovenia, he or she must some information about this European country, like the standard voltage used by the appliances and electronic gadgets as well as the primary types of electrical outlet and plug.
In Slovenia, the standard voltage is 220-240 volts with a frequency of 50Hz. Also, if a tourist in Slovenia would want to use his or her electronic gadget or appliance like laptop computers, mobile phone charger, or hair dryer, the primary types of electrical outlet to be expected in Slovenia are the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug and Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko. These two are the most widely used types of electrical outlet and plug throughout Europe and in most countries, globally.
Aside from the information about standard voltage, electrical outlet, and plug, a traveler in Slovenia should also know what are the things he or she should prepare, to avoid technical delays and problems. Some of these things include adapters and voltage converters. Adapters alter the shape of the plug when it could not be inserted to the electrical outlet in Slovenia due to difference in shapes, while voltage converters are used to make the voltage used by the appliance or electronic gadget compatible with the electrical outlet in Slovenia.
Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug Electrical Outlet and Adapter
The Type C Europlug is also known as the CEE 7/16 (Europlug 2.5 A/250 V unearthed), which is a bit similar, only slightly smaller, to the CEE 7/17 and it is one of the most commonly used electrical outlet and plug in Slovenia. The Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug alters the shape of the appliance’s plug so that it could be used into a “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Class II non-grounded Europlug socket or a Soviet-era Russian GOST 7396 Class II non-grounded socket used in Slovenia. Also, the receptacle end of the adapter is usually compatible with any standard electronic household plug in Slovenia and from any country, aside from the “Type M” South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug. The pins of the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug are 4.0mm in diameter, 19mm long and are spaced 19mm apart.
In using appliances and gadgets in Slovenia, the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug could also be safely used with the Type C, Type E, Type F, and some Type L electrical outlets. In addition, the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug is also the most widely used electrical outlet all over continental Europe and in the former Soviet Republics. This plug is also non-polarized and non-grounded. Aside from Slovenia, there are also countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim region, Central and South America, and Caribbean that use this kind of adapter.
Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko Electrical Adapter Plug and Electrical Outlet
Commonly known as the Schuko plug, the Type F CEE 7/5 plug and electrical outlet was derived from the German word “Schukostecker” which means “protective contact plug.” This electrical outlet in Slovenia is also similar to the Type E with the difference being its two earth clips on the side instead of the female earth contact. The Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko is used for the “Type F” CEE 7/4 Schuko style electrical socket of Germany or to a “Type E” CEE 7/5 socket of France. The receptacle end of Type F CEE 7/7 Schuko is compatible with most sockets except the “Type M” South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546) plug and the non-grounded CEE 7/16 Europlug Socket because of its 4.0mm pin receptacles that are too small for the 4.8mm pins of the Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko.
This Schuko plug and receptacle in Slovenia also has side grounding contacts which allow symmetrical connection system for live and neutral to be reversed. Most European countries including Slovenia use the Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko except Denmark, Italy, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Malta, and Cyprus that have their own standard electrical outlet. On the other hand, the plug end of Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko is compatible with the variations of the Schuko electrical outlet for France and Germany. The pins of this adapter in Slovenia are 4.8mm in diameter, 19mm long, and spaced 19mm apart. They have both side-grounding clips as well as a receptacle for the male grounding pin which is found in French Schuko sockets. If the appliance or electronic gadget to be used in Slovenia is already a Schuko, there is no need to use the Type F CEE 7/5 Schuko adapter for the electrical outlet.
Voltage Converters, Adapters, and Universal Adapters
If a tourist wants to use his or her gadget in Slovenia, the best way is by using voltage converters such as the resistor-network converters, transformers, and in some cases the combination of both. Most appliances and electronic gadgets made in the United States of America (USA) have a voltage of 110-120 and using it directly on a 220-240 electrical outlet in Slovenia would cause damage to the appliance or electronic gadget, to the extent that it might be totally fried out or might even cause a fire. There is a switch that enables the changing of modes from resistor-network converter to transformer, depending on the tourist’s needs in Slovenia.
The resistor-network converters to be used in Slovenia are usually advertised to support as much as 50-1600 Watts and are just ideal to use for short periods of time. The resistor-network converter is also not recommended for digital devices like laptop computers however it is great for lightweight electronics like hair dryers and irons.
If a tourist would want to use a laptop computer or charge batteries for camera, mp3 players, camcorders, and radios in Slovenia, the ideal voltage converter would be a transformer which lowers maximum watt rating. It could be used for long periods of time but is a little bit heavy because of the large iron rods and copper wires. The last kind of voltage converter in order to use electronics in Slovenia that are not compatible with the electrical outlet present in Slovenia is the combination of resistor-network converters and transformer.
There are also universal adapters that could be used with any type of plug and electrical outlet, may it be in Slovenia or another country. These voltage converters and adapters will be very useful if a tourist would plan a trip to Slovenia and intends to bring along some gadgets that require a particular voltage. There are certain adapters that would fit particular plugs and these could be bought in hardware stores or electrical outlets in Slovenia or before heading there.