Bhutan power adapters - what plugs are used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Bhutan?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Bhutan will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Bhutanese power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from America travelling to Bhutan then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Bhutanese power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Bhutan use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Bhutanese power outlet then you can use it in Bhutan.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Bhutanese power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Bhutan such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Bhutan (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Bhutan, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Bhutan to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Bhutan if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Bhutan.

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

Background

Complicated combinations of standards and plug types 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 standards used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Bhutan. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting Bhutan using the types G, C, D, F or M 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters are different from country to country therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries. We recommend referring to the Bhutan Wikipedia page [1] for more details on travelling to the location.

Bhutan power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Bhutan?

The best power adapter for Bhutan is a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Bhutan?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Bhutan.

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

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Bhutanese power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Bhutanese power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a more expensive step down power converter for Bhutan along with the right type of adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Bhutan?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Bhutan and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Bhutan from the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Bhutanese power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Bhutan, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Bhutan if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Bhutan by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Bhutan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Bhutan?

There are five types of power supply used in Bhutan, these are type G, C, D, F and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet (known as a Europlug or type C socket) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify the wall socket by the three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round power socket can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify the wall socket by the three rectangular slots forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type M - You can identify the power outlet by the three circular holes forming a triangle pattern.
What plug sockets are used in Bhutan?

What voltage is used in a Bhutanese power outlet?

The standard voltage used from a Bhutanese power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Bhutan?

No - a US plug won't work in Bhutan because it won't fit in a Bhutanese power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts therefore use a power converter for Bhutan if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Bhutan?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Bhutan.

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

The voltage in Bhutan is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Bhutanese power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is a plug socket in Bhutan the same as in the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in Bhutan?

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

Bhutan 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 Bhutan?

When travelling to more than one country then the best travel charger for Bhutan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Bhutanese use five different types of power outlets (types G, C, D, F and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

What USB charger do I need for Bhutan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Bhutan?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Bhutan.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Bhutan.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Bhutan power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Bhutan might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the 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 fast charge 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 Bhutan could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Bhutanese power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Bhutanese power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Bhutan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Bhutan 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 Bhutan.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Bhutan.

Power converters for Bhutan

What does a power converter for Bhutan do?

A power converter for Bhutan will allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Bhutanese power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [8] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Bhutanese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Bhutan.

Do I need a power converter for Bhutan?

If visiting Bhutan from a different country please check the device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are visiting Bhutan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used with 230 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [9] is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet 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 much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Bhutanese power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter to Bhutan simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Bhutanese power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Bhutan if I'm visiting from America?

The 230 volts from a power outlet in Bhutan is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you need to use a step down power converter [9] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Bhutan?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Bhutanese power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [9].

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Bhutanese 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 Bhutan before plugging that into a Bhutanese 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 a 230 volt Bhutanese power outlet.

What voltage does Bhutan use?

Bhutan uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

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

Voltage converter

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

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.
What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) 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 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Bhutanese power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Bhutanese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Bhutanese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bhutanese power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Bhutanese power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Bhutanese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Bhutanese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Bhutan, 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 [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan - Bhutan Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets