Electricity on European Campsites

Site power supply

Some sites’ electricity supply may run at 220V, 10V lower than the EU target. Reduced voltage gives reduced power output, so appliances generally do not work so efficiently.

Increasing reliance on campsites’ electrical supplies by modern units means it is even more important to plan ahead to ensure you do not overload any site’s electricity supply. Please ensure your requirements do not exceed the amperage reserved on your booking. The Campsites' power supplies are shown within the pitch descriptions on our campsite web pages.

Typical-Power-Appliance-RequirementsThe table shown right is a rough guide only to the amperage needed to run a typical appliance with a power rating of a certain wattage on a 220V supply. Check the needs of your own appliances accordingly before booking. The pitch supply amperage (A) required equals the stated wattage of the appliance (W), divided by the site supply in volts (usually 220V). A=W/V.

Power surges
Do protect sophisticated equipment, such as computers and mobile phones, with a voltage fluctuation/power surge protector. The Club is not responsible for electrical damage caused by voltage fluctuations.

The mains lead needed to connect to the electricity supply on UK Club Sites is a blue three-pin plug and socket manufactured to European Standard CEE17. Many continental sites have this system, but many still use their national-style plugs, especially in France, Germany and Spain. To connect a CEE17 lead on these sites requires a lead with a two-pin continental plug at one end and a CEE17 blue socket at the other. These continental site adaptors are available in all good camping accessory shops for about £5.

How far away will my hook-up be?
It can be right on the pitch, or it may be some distance away, so we recommend taking a 25m electricity cable. Taking a further extension cable is also a good idea.

Site polarity

To be safe, take a mains polarity tester plug to check your pitch electrical supply. In the case of reversed polarity, the supply enters your UK unit via the neutral (instead of the live) wire, and the appliance remains live even when switched off, so we recommend you also carry a polarity reverser. This short extension lead, modified by an electrician, has live and neutral wires reversed (and this polarity reversing device must be very clearly labelled as such). If your polarity tester tells you the polarity is reversed, then using your reverser will deliver a safe supply into your unit.

For further information on electricity please see the Club’s data sheets.