Libya power adapters - what plugs are used in Libya?

Libyan power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a plug adapter in Libya?

It depends on the type of plug you want to use and the country you are travelling from. American plugs won't physically fit into a Libyan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Libya.

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

The best power adapter for Libya is a Type D plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 127 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

Libya power outlets

What plug sockets do they use in Libya?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  • Plug Type D - The wall socket, also known as a type D power outlet, looks like three holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall socket by two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral along with two metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - You can identify the hexagon shaped power supply by the three circular adjecent holes in a line for live, neutral and earth. Note there are two types of Type L wall socket, one rated for 10 amps and one for 16 amps. A 10 amp power socket has 4mm thick pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm round pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
What plug sockets do they use in Libya?

What voltage is used in Libya?

The standard voltage in Libya is 127 volts.

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.

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 USB 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Libya?

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (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 [7] will convert a 127 volt Libyan power outlet to work with a non-127 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Libya?

When travelling to Libya from a different country please double check the device can accept a 127v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Libya from another country please check that it is compatible with a 127 volt power supply. Electrical devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts sometimes take longer to charge or won't turn on, so check the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are normally indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Libya from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 127 volts.

Read the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Libyan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Libyan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Libyan power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

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

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya - Libya Wikipedia page.
  2. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. 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
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.