Cambodia power adapters - what plugs are used in Cambodia?

Cambodian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Cambodia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Cambodian 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 Cambodian power outlet then you can use it in Cambodia.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Cambodian power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cambodia such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Cambodia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cambodia, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 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 Cambodia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cambodia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones 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 Cambodia.

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

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Cambodia. This page has links to simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when visiting Cambodia using their standard G, A or C type Cambodian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will discover that power adapters vary depending on which area you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide for a complete list showing destinations. We also suggest reading the Cambodia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Cambodia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Cambodia?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use. American Type A or B power outlets might not typically be available in Cambodia so it is advisable to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cambodia, however as the voltage is different you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Cambodia to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Cambodia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Cambodia?

Cambodia power outlets

What plugs are used in Cambodia?

There are three types of power supply used in Cambodia, types G, A and C with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify the power supply by the two slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type C - This unearthed plug supply is recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type G - The wall socket, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.
What plugs are used in Cambodia?

What voltage is used in Cambodia?

The common residential voltage in Cambodia is 230 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Cambodia?

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

Are outlets in Cambodia the same as the US?

Although an American Type A or B power outlet could be found in Cambodia it is recommended to use a suitable power adapter for Cambodia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Cambodia and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

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

The voltage in Cambodia 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 Cambodian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Cambodia 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 Cambodia?

If you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel adapter for Cambodia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three standards of plug sockets in Cambodia (G, A and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A, C and G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel adapters for your Cambodian trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Cambodia we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Cambodia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cambodia?

  • 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 Cambodia.
  • 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 Cambodia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Cambodia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Cambodia 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 Cambodia 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 Cambodian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Cambodian 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 Cambodia?

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 Cambodia 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 Cambodia.
  • 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 Cambodia.

Power converters for Cambodia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Cambodian 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 Cambodia.

Do I need a voltage converter for Cambodia?

When travelling to Cambodia from a different country please make sure that your device can be charged using a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Cambodia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

Read the list of 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 Cambodian 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 Cambodian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cambodian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cambodian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Cambodian 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 Cambodian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Cambodian 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 Cambodian 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/Cambodia - Cambodia 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.