Egypt power adapters - what plugs are used in Egypt?

Egyptian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Egypt all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in 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 your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Egyptian power outlet then you can use it in Egypt without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Egyptian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Egypt such a Type F plug adapter [2]. 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 then 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, however 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.

Background

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. We recommend reading the Egypt Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Egypt power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Egypt?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Egypt then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into an Egyptian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Egypt, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Egypt if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Egypt?

The best power adapter for Egypt will be a Type F plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Egypt?

Egypt power outlets

What type of outlets are in Egypt?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall supply (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two large round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What type of outlets are in Egypt?

What is the voltage in Egypt?

The normal voltage in Egypt is 220 volts.

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.

Egypt 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Egypt.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Egypt.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Egypt plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Egypt only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Egypt might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Egypt for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in an Egyptian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one 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 the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Egypt?

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Egypt, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 220 volt Egyptian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Egypt?

When you are travelling to Egypt from another region please ensure that the device can accept a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) double check the device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from overheating when charging it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Egypt from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Egyptian 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 an Egyptian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Egyptian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Egyptian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Egyptian 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 an Egyptian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Egyptian 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 an Egyptian 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/Egypt - Egypt country Wiki page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.