Connect an Italian (Type L) plug to a UK 13A socket

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There are two types of Italian (type L) plug; 10A and 16A. As they look very similar, it is important to check your plug before ordering. The rating should be shown on the plug itself and if you are unsure you can measure the distance between the centre of the outer pins.

Travel adaptor:
  • Enables temporary connection of smaller appliances with a 10A Italian plug to a 13A UK (type G) socket. It is not compatible with the 16A type (use the heavy duty adaptor).
  • White plastic.
  • The unit has a fuse, which is a requirement in the UK for safety. The factory fitted 13A fuse has been changed to 10A, to match the plugs maximum current.
  • Maximum load 10A.
  • The adaptor is also compatible with type A (American two pin NEMA 1-15), type B (American three pin NEMA 5-15) and type C (Europlug) plugs. 

Heavy duty adaptor:

  • Fits both 10A and 16A Italian plugs.
  • Suitable for permanent use and for high power appliances, including charging Electric Vehicles (EVs).
  • Tough Permaplug UK 13A plug with 13A fuse. Max load 13A.
  • High quality rubberised Italian trailing socket (may be grey or white).
  • 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 
  • PAT tested.

What is a type L plug?

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

Common Names Configuration Voltage Max Current (Amp)

Type L 10A


CEI 23-16/VI

3 pins in parallel

Live, neutral and Earth pins: Round, 4mm diameter, 19mm long. Outer pins are 19mm apart.

Unpolarised (plug can be inserted either way around)



Type L 16A


CEI 23-16/VI

3 pins in parallel

Live, neutral and Earth pins: Round, 4mm diameter, 19mm long. Outer pins are 26mm apart.

Unpolarised (plug can be inserted either way around)

230-240v 16A

What countries use a type L plug?

The plug is used in 8 countries. Please note that some countries may use a wide range of plugs; if you are unsure, check out our Travel Adaptors for UK Visitors Guide.

Chile, Eritrea, Italy, Libya, Maldives, San Marino, Syrian Arab Republic and Uruguay.

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.