Connect a French (Type E) plug to a UK 13A socket

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The French plug (left) is quite rare, having a hole for an Earth pin and no side metal contacts. It requires an adaptor which has a protruding earth pin. It is often confused with the CEE7/7 universal plug (middle) and German Schuko (right)  plug - as these have side contacts, travel adaptors are available here

This heavy duty adaptor will enable appliances with a French (type E) plug to be connected to a standard UK 13A socket.

It is also compatible with the CEE 7/7 universal plug

It is not compatible with the German/Schuko (type F) plug (which has no hole for the earth pin, just side contacts).


  • Tough Permaplug UK 13A plug with 13A fuse.
  • High quality rubberised IP44 French trailing socket.
  • 0.3m of 1.5mm rubber cable for high current applications.
  • The industrial specification H07RN-F rubber cable is specifically manufactured for harsh environments. Find out what’s so special about this cable 

What is a type E plug?

A type E plug is pictured and the following technical details may also help to identify it:

Common Names Configuration Voltage Max Current (Amp)

Type E

CEE 7/5


2 Pins and earth recetacle in a triangle

Live and neutral pins: Round, 4.8mm diameter, 19mm long, 19mm apart.

Earth receptacle: Hole in plug to accept the 4.8mm diameter earth pin, which protrudes from the socket.

Polarised (plug can only be inserted one way around)




What countries use a type E plug?

The plug is used in 36 countries. The 2 pin Europlug (type C) is also used in all of these countries for low current appliances, and the German Schuko socket (type F) is commonly found. Please note that some countries may use an even wider range of plugs; if you are unsure, check out our Travel Adaptors for UK Visitors Guide.

Benin, Burkina, Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congom Congo (Democratic Rep. of)m Cote d'Ivoire, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, France, French Guiana, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Poland, Reunion, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Senegal, Slovakia, Syrian Arab Republic, Timor-Leste and Tunisia.

Why buy your travel adaptors from us?

All of our travel adaptors have been carefully selected following exhaustive tests, to ensure that they are entirely safe for use in the UK. They may not be the cheapest on-line, but we guarantee that they are the safest and most appropriate.

We began to sell travel adaptors after becoming concerned at the number of sub-standard unsafe adaptors being sold online, often with a number of seriously dangerous issues:

  • The UK electrical system is the only domestic system in the world which is dependant on every plug or adaptor having it's own fuse. Without a fuse, the appliance will only be protected by the 32A socket circuit circuit breaker. As the appliance will be designed to be protected by a 10A or 16A fuse, if a fault develops the cable on the appliance, or the appliance itself may overheat.
  • Unsheathed pins, increasing the risk of electrocution, particularly for children whose small fingers may be able to touch the live pin when the plug is only partially inserted.
  • Non-shuttered sockets, enabling a child to insert a metal object into the live receptacle and receive an electric shock.
  • Cannot safely manage the maximum current (power draw) that may occur from the rating of the socket they are recommended to be used with. This may lead to dangerous over-heating.
  • Often do not connect the vital earth pin. Some appliances require an earth connection so that if a fault occurs and an external metal part becomes live, the earth wire safely conducts the electricity away, tripping the circuit breaker or blowing the fuse. If the earth is not connected, the metal will remain live, electrocuting anyone who touches it.