Libya power adapters - what plugs are used in Libya?

Libyan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Libya?

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Libya all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Libyan power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're visiting Libya from America you will need to use a suitable power adapter for Libya to fit a US plug into a Libyan power outlet and check that your appliance or charger can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Libyan power outlet then it will work in Libya.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Libyan power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Libya such a Type D plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Libya (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Libya, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 127 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Libya to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Libya if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Libya.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your device in Libya please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Libya. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in Libya using the standard D, C, F or L type Libyan 127 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power adapters will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We recommend referring to the Libya Wikipedia page [1] for more details on travelling to the location.

Libya power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

The best power adapter for Libya is a Type D plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 127 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows an electic outlet in Libya to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Libya?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Libyan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step up power converter for Libya along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Libya?

If the type of Libyan power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Libya from the US?

American plugs won't physically fit into a Libyan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Libya.

What does a power adapter for a Libyan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Libya by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Libya power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Libya?

There are four types of power supply used in Libya, types D, C, F and L with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet, technically known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type D - This plug outlet (known as a type D power outlet) looks like 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round plug outlet (also known as a Schuko socket or type F power outlet) can be recognised by two circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral pins go and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - This flattened hexagon shaped power socket (known as a type L power outlet) looks like three round holes forming a line for live, neutral and ground. There are two different variations of Type L power socket rated for 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm round pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins spaced 8mm apart.
What plug sockets are used in Libya?

What voltage is used in a Libyan power outlet?

The common residential voltage from a Libyan power outlet is 127 volts.

Do US plugs work in Libya?

No; an American plug won't work in Libya because it can't fit in a Libyan power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Libya the same as the US?

The voltage in Libya is 127 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US power charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Libya?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance to Libya.

Is a Libyan power outlet the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Libyan power outlet therefore bring a power adapter for Libya. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so you will need to check that your appliance works with a 50hz power supply.

What electrical frequency is used in a Libyan power outlet?

The frequency in a Libyan power outlet is 50Hz.

Libya chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Libya?

If you are travelling with more than just one device the best international travel charger for Libya to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Libyans use four different types of power outlets (types D, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Libya?

Why use a travel USB charger for Libya?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Libya.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Libya.
  • USB chargers can accept the 127 volt power outlets in Libya along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Libya only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Libya might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Libya for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Libyan power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Libya?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Libya using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Libya.

Power converters for Libya

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Libya enable travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric device with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Libya?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Libya, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [8] will convert a 127 volt Libyan power outlet to work with a non-127 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Libya?

If you are travelling to Libya from a different region please check the device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [9] if you are travelling to Libya from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance doesn't support 127 volts. See the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 127 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used with 127 volts sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Libya from a different region then check that it can be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [9].
  • You won't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow it to be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Libya.
  • For more information read our travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Libyan power outlets which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Libya from the US?

You won't need to bring a power converter because the voltage from a Libyan power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for Libya?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [9] to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Libya.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [9] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Libya before plugging that into a Libyan power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.

What voltage does Libya use?

Libya uses 127 volts in their standard power outlets.

What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Libyan power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Libyan power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Libyan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Libyan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Libyan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Libyan power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Libyan power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Libya, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [12].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya - Libya Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  8. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  9. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  10. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  11. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets