I'm going to travel from EU to US in a week and I need a plug adapter to charge my phone. But I'm having trouble finding a store that sells US to EU adapters in the city where I live (Riga).

I'm going to have a 2 hour layover in Frankfurt so I'm hoping to purchase an adapter during that time. Are there any stores in the secure area of Frankfurt airport that sell plug adapters? If so, how do I find one?

Note that I don't need to convert frequency or voltage (most phone chargers support 50-60 Hz and 110-220 V).
This is the kind of adapter I'm looking for:

The adapter that I'm looking for

  • Not an answer to your question about Frankfurt airport, but this tripadvisor topic suggests two shops at two malls in your city that should have them. Make sure you know what kind of adapter you need (usually just a plug adapter these days- if your device can accept 120VAC US power directly). If it's something like a hair dryer, it's probably not economical to adapt it. – Spehro Pefhany May 13 '17 at 11:50
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    @JoErNanO I'm sorry, how is this a price-shopping question? I'm only asking about the availability of a generic item relevant only to travelers. – Nikolai May 13 '17 at 14:46
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    @HenningMakholm most of the EU uses the same plug. Feel free to suggest a less ambiguous term though. – Nikolai May 13 '17 at 15:56
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    @HenningMakholm if it wasn't already obvious, I'm aware that a few EU countries use a different plug, and I mean the plug that's used in most of the EU. – Nikolai May 13 '17 at 17:17
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    @Dorothy I've added a note explaining why I don't need one. – Nikolai May 13 '17 at 17:33

I've been in Frankfurt on a connection, and yes, there is an electric store there, it called Pax Electronics.

Yes, it's quite expensive, but they do have such adapters. I've been in PhotAir one, near the Z-gates. You canfind a map here.

Also, such adapters can be found in JFK or other big airports in USA, they have a lot of variants, from $4 (simple) to $20 (multi-format) ones, for example:

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  • "Yes, it's quite expensive" approximately what kind of price range should I expect? – Nikolai May 13 '17 at 19:07
  • I think that 30 EUROs is a reality here. Maybe you can contact them and find out. – VMAtm May 13 '17 at 19:15
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    I contacted them, here's their response: "Yes we have the Adapter, the Price is 14,99 EUR, you can worldwide plugs inside." – Nikolai May 14 '17 at 18:14
  • You probably should answer your own question – VMAtm May 15 '17 at 2:43

Most likely you can. You can search for electronic shops in the airport here https://www.frankfurt-airport.com/en/shop---dine/exclusive-offers.overview.map.html#map/category=einkaufen/subCategory=technik-and-entertainment/page=1 (check all levels)

There are plenty of shops past security (airside). Keep in mind that FRA is big. It has two Terminals each with multiple gate areas: Terminal 1 has A, B, C & Z, Terminal 2 has D & E). I'm not sure whether there is an airside connection between the terminals (there is a mono rail train) and area Z is more isolated since it has all the US flights. SO you want to search for a store in your departure gate area.

However, it will be VERY expensive. I would budget for at least 30 Euros. I would recommend to order something online if you can. For example I use a lot of these electronics and chargers https://www.amazon.com/Ckitze-Flat-Europe-Asia-Adapter/dp/B002TZBW74 . I order a dozen and through a handful in my travel bag. The tend to get lost easily !

  • Could you name some of the shops from that list that are likely to have plug adapters? – Nikolai May 13 '17 at 15:09

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