Egypt power adapters - what plugs are used in Egypt?

Egyptian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Egypt?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter [3] for Egypt if your plug doesn't fit in an Egyptian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Egypt all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Egyptian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you are visiting Egypt from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Egyptian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Egypt you will also need to bring a power converter for Egypt if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Egyptian power outlet then it will work in Egypt without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Egyptian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Egypt such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Egypt (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Egypt, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Egypt to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Egypt if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Egypt.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Egypt read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Egypt power adapters

Power adapters for Egypt

If you are organizing a vacation to Egypt it's helpful to know if you can charge any vital gadgets such as cell phones and cameras when you arrive at your destination. But without knowing which power socket is being used you could bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you get there that might not be compatible. Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Egypt. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you're in Egypt using their Type F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Egyptians use the Type F wall outlets. You will find power sockets will vary regionally so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Egypt?

The best power adapter for Egypt is a Type F plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Egypt?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Egypt is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Egypt.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a plug adapter for Egypt?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Will I need a plug adapter for Egypt if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into an Egyptian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Egypt, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Egypt if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Egyptian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Egyptian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Egypt along with the correct adapter.

What does a power adapter for Egypt do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Egypt by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Egypt?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Egypt?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Egypt power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Egypt?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Egypt?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Egypt, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power outlet by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and metal grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Egypt?

No - a US plug won't work in Egypt because it doesn't fit in an Egyptian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Egypt the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in an Egyptian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Egypt. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you will need to use a power converter for Egypt and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Egypt the same as the US?

The voltage in Egypt is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Egypt which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used in Egypt?

The frequency from an Egyptian power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Egypt?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in an Egyptian power outlet.

Egypt 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 Egypt?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Egypt is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Egyptians use (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Egypt?

Why use a travel USB charger for Egypt?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Egypt.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Egypt.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Egypt power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Egypt only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Egypt might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Egypt for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Egyptian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Egypt?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Egypt using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Egypt.

Power converters for Egypt

What is a power converter for an Egyptian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Egyptian 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 Egypt?

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Egyptian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Egypt.

Do I need a power converter for Egypt?

When you are visiting Egypt from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [8] is needed if you are travelling to Egypt from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Egypt , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Egypt if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Egypt is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [8] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Egypt?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in Egypt you will need to buy a step down power converter [8].

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Egyptian 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 Egypt before plugging that into an Egyptian 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 to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 220 volt Egyptian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Egypt?

Egypt uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to an Egyptian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Egyptian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Egyptian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Egyptian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Egyptian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Egypt, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Egypt country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets