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Hi all, we are signing for our house on 12 August. We are driving down to Chiclana so are bringing some things with us. I have been wondering if UK electrical appliances work in Spain, small appliances like kettles, toasters, iron, hair dryers and straighteners. Also things like TV's, chest freezers, microwave? Thanks
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All will work just as they do in the UK.
Good quality adapters needed (13amp) at first until you get the plugs changed.

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Hi all, we are signing for our house on 12 August. We are driving down to Chiclana so are bringing some things with us. I have been wondering if UK electrical appliances work in Spain, small appliances like kettles, toasters, iron, hair dryers and straighteners. Also things like TV's, chest freezers, microwave? Thanks
Everything works, you will have to change the plugs or buy loads of the changers.

TV might give you issues wit it has freeview built in, as I think it won't connect to the spanish version. But I'm not too sure on this. But someone with specialist knowledge will comment

Have you thought of buying new? You get the correct plug and a guarantee.
Also our toaster, kettle, MW, hair drier were all about 5 years old.
It worked out cheaper for us to buy these items new than to ship them.

We used a little electrical shop in the town near the flat, he gave us a discount and said if we needed any help with larger stuff (washing machine etc) he would be happy to deliver and install the same day for no extra charge.

The toaster, TV and kettle would have been cheaper at Carrefour but using local services helps you to integrate, he said hi to us last week when we saw him in a local bar.
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Thanks Barrie and VFR. So can you just change the plugs then? We are coming down in a van so don't need shipping, but am going to buy the kettle toaster and microwave. I have cleared our holiday home here in the UK and have a nearly new TV and a small chest freezer that I will bring if they will work OK.


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If the TV is newish the cord likely detaches. You should be able to buy a replacement EU style cord for a few €. I've bought TVs and found both cords in the box. UK and EU. But if you don't have one it's easy enough to change.

Just take the old cord to the electronics/electrical shop and ask for a Spanish version.

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Another good reason to bring your tv from home rather than buy a Spanish one is by bringing your telly from Blighty you will be able to watch all your Uk channels and proggys instead of the daft foreign stuff

Toasters and electric kettles work perfectly well but remember of course with the 1 hour time difference making a cuppa or morning toast takes an extra 60 mins
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Try to be a bit selective though. I know people who moved lock stock and barrel and years later had still got stuff in storage and ended up throwing it away.

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Hi all, we are signing for our house on 12 August. We are driving down to Chiclana so are bringing some things with us. I have been wondering if UK electrical appliances work in Spain, small appliances like kettles, toasters, iron, hair dryers and straighteners. Also things like TV's, chest freezers, microwave? Thanks
We brought all our electrical appliances with us when we moved to Spain 12 years ago and simply changed the plugs. One thing to bear in mind is that electricity is contracted to homes in Spain at varying power ratings. Our house was contracted at 3.3kw so using an electric kettle at the same time as other appliances caused the power to trip. We have since had the power supply upgraded so no longer have this problem but if your house is in a remote area an upgrade is not always that simple. A friend who wanted to upgrade was quoted 10,000 because Iberdrola said the old wooden poles carrying the cable to his house would need to be replaced with concrete posts at his expense!

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We brought all our electrical appliances with us when we moved to Spain 12 years ago and simply changed the plugs. One thing to bear in mind is that electricity is contracted to homes in Spain at varying power ratings. Our house was contracted at 3.3kw so using an electric kettle at the same time as other appliances caused the power to trip. We have since had the power supply upgraded so no longer have this problem but if your house is in a remote area an upgrade is not always that simple. A friend who wanted to upgrade was quoted 10,000 because Iberdrola said the old wooden poles carrying the cable to his house would need to be replaced with concrete posts at his expense!
We are on 3.3kw and made enquiries to upgrade and was quoted 2500. I walked around the house, put on all 4 aircon units, kettle, tv,lights with no tripping whatsoever.
I figure that if the power is not going to trip with that lot on when is it going to. Been here 4 months now and no trippage!

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another good reason to bring your tv from home rather than buy a spanish one is by bringing your telly from blighty you will be able to watch all your uk channels and proggys instead of the daft foreign stuff

toasters and electric kettles work perfectly well but remember of course with the 1 hour time difference making a cuppa or morning toast takes an extra 60 mins
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