Tunisia power adapters - what plugs are used in Tunisia?

Tunisian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Tunisia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Tunisian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Tunisian power outlet then it will work in Tunisia.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Tunisian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tunisia such a Type E plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Tunisia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tunisia, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Tunisia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Tunisia if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tunisia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Tunisia check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a holiday to Tunisia it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any vital devices when you're there. By not knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there which could be incompatible and damage your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Tunisia. This page has links to useful instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Tunisia using their standard types E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type E power outlets are typically used by a majority of Tunisians. When travelling you'll discover most power adapters will change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Tunisia Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Tunisia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Tunisia?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Tunisia as American plugs won't physically fit in a Tunisian power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Tunisia to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Tunisia?

The best power adapter for Tunisia will be a Type E plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tunisia?

Tunisia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Tunisia?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Tunisia, these are type E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed power socket is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this wall socket by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins plus a metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangle configuration.
What kind of outlets are in Tunisia?

What is the voltage in Tunisia?

The voltage used in Tunisia is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Tunisia the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Tunisian power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Tunisian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Tunisia the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Tunisian power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Tunisia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Tunisia and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in Tunisia?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Tunisian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Tunisia 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 Tunisia?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel power adapter for Tunisia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Tunisians use (E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will also allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Tunisian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Tunisia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tunisia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different power outlets to Tunisia.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Tunisia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Tunisia along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Tunisia might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Tunisia might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Tunisian power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Tunisian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tunisia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tunisia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tunisia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia.

Power converters for Tunisia

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Tunisian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Tunisia.

Do I need a power converter for Tunisia?

When travelling to Tunisia from another country check that the device can accept a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Tunisia from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See 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 or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might 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 large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tunisian 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 Tunisian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tunisian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Tunisian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Tunisian 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 work with a Tunisian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Tunisian 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 Tunisian 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/Tunisia - wikipedia.org entry about Tunisia.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down 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.