Bhutan power adapters - what plugs are used in Bhutan?

Bhutanese power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter for Bhutan?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Bhutan and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Bhutan as an American plug won't fit in a Bhutanese power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Bhutan to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Bhutan?

The best power adapter for Bhutan is a Type G power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Bhutan?

Bhutan power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Bhutan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this plug supply by the three circular holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall socket by two large holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this plug supply by the three vertical holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type M - This power socket (known as a type M power outlet) looks like 3 large holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
What type of power outlets are in Bhutan?

What voltage is used in Bhutan?

The common residential voltage in Bhutan is 230 volts.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Bhutan?

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] 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 [6] (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 you are visiting Bhutan from another region check that the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Bhutan 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 WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Dual 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Bhutanese 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 Bhutanese power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bhutanese power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Bhutanese power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Bhutanese 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 Bhutanese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Bhutanese 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 Bhutanese 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/Bhutan - Bhutan Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.