Kuwait power adapters - what plugs are used in Kuwait?

Kuwaiti power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Kuwait all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Kuwaiti power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Kuwaiti power outlet then it should work in Kuwait.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Kuwait such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Kuwait (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kuwait, but doesn't change the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Kuwait to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Kuwait if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kuwait.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Kuwait please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Kuwait. This page has links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when visiting Kuwait using their standard types G or C 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will find power sockets differ depending on which region you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the World power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the Kuwait Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the location.

Kuwait power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Kuwait?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Kuwait as American plugs won't physically fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Kuwait to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Kuwait?

The best power adapter for Kuwait will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Kuwait?

Kuwait power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Kuwait?

There are two types of power outlets used in Kuwait, these are type G and C with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type G - This plug socket (technically known as a type G power outlet) looks like three holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
What kind of outlets are in Kuwait?

What voltage is used in Kuwait?

The residential voltage used in Kuwait is 240 volts.

Is the voltage in Kuwait the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Kuwaiti power outlet is 240 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Kuwait which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are Kuwaiti power outlets the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used with a Kuwaiti power outlet?

The frequency from a Kuwaiti power outlet is 50Hz.

Kuwait 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 Kuwait?

If travelling with more than just one device the best travel power adapter for Kuwait is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of power outlets that Kuwaitis use (G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Kuwaiti trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Kuwait?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kuwait?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different power outlets to Kuwait.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Kuwait.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 240 volt power outlets in Kuwait plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Kuwait only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Kuwait could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Kuwaiti power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Kuwaiti power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Kuwait?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Kuwait and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Kuwait.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kuwait.

Power converters for Kuwait

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform a 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Kuwait.

Do I need a voltage converter for Kuwait?

When you are visiting Kuwait from another region please check that your device can accept a 240 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) make sure 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 stop the device from overheating whilst powering it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Kuwait from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Kuwaiti 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 Kuwaiti power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kuwaiti power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Kuwaiti power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Kuwaiti 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 Kuwaiti power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Kuwaiti 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 Kuwaiti 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/Kuwait - wikipedia.org entry about Kuwait.
  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.