Are there outlets in Gatwick Airport, specifically South Terminal, where I can charge my laptop before flight?

Are there outlets that will have standard European or North American sockets instead of the UK version? I'm just transiting through so it'd be better if I didn't have to deal with a UK adapter.


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There are spare power sockets throughout both terminals that you should be able to use surreptitiously without anyone minding. Gatwick’s cafes and bars also usually have free power points. Don’t ask for permission, ask for forgiveness. If you must spend money, Chargebox operates several units airside in both terminals that let you charge mobiles from £1.50 for 30 minutes.

From my own experience: international sockets are extremely rare, some in hotel bathrooms but only enough wattage for a mobile charger, not for a laptop. Alas, a power adapter is necessary. These days there are very small adapters but that's a different question.

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    The hotel bathroom ones are intended for shavers/electric toothbrushes, I think, which would explain why they're not able to cope with a laptop. Oct 18, 2016 at 8:25
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    No need to be surreptitious. There are some seating areas with sockets specifically for this purpose. gatwickairport.com/at-the-airport/passenger-services/… Oct 21, 2016 at 23:48
  • You can insert a European plug into a UK one with the help of any thin object, e.g. a key.
    – JonathanReez
    Oct 22, 2016 at 13:47
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    You can but it's not recommended. Firstly the UK uses relatively high-current socket circuits and compensates for this by fusing the plugs. Secondly there are mechanical compatibility issues, Europlugs can get caught on the sides of the holes while schuko plugs are too big to fit without a lot of force. Thirdly this trick won't work on MK sockets. May 22, 2017 at 14:51

I took this photo at Starbucks, Gatwick North Terminal, after security, waiting for Gate.


This photo is at Pret A Manger, Gatwick North Terminal, near Gates 105-106


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    That's a very nice hat!
    – MadHatter
    Feb 14, 2019 at 8:45
  • @MadHatter LOL :D
    – Stewart
    Feb 14, 2019 at 9:08

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