Kuwait power adapters - what plugs are used in Kuwait?

Kuwaiti power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kuwait?

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 you are visiting Kuwait from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Kuwaiti power outlet. As the voltage is different in Kuwait use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Kuwait?

The best power adapter for Kuwait will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Kuwait?

What is a power adapter for Kuwaiti power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Kuwaiti power outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Kuwaiti power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Kuwait?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Kuwait.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Kuwait from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Kuwaiti power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Kuwait, and because the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Kuwait if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Kuwait allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Kuwait by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Kuwait power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kuwait?

Type C and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Kuwait?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Kuwait, types 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) can be identified by the three holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.

What is the voltage from a Kuwaiti power outlet?

The voltage used from a Kuwaiti power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Kuwait?

No; an American plug won't work in Kuwait because it won't fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kuwait?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Kuwait.

What is the frequency used with a Kuwaiti power outlet?

The frequency from a Kuwaiti power outlet is 50Hz.

Kuwait 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 does a power converter for Kuwait do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 240 volt Kuwaiti 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] will transform a 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [7] (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 power converter for Kuwait?

If travelling to Kuwait from a different country ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling to Kuwait from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 240 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 240 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Kuwait just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Kuwaiti power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Kuwait from the US?

The 240 volts used in a electric outlet in Kuwait is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Kuwait?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Kuwait you will need a step down power converter [9].

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

Voltage converter

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

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.

How to convert 240 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 240 volt Kuwaiti 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 Kuwait before plugging that into a Kuwaiti 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 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet.

What voltage does Kuwait use?

Kuwait uses 240 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Kuwaiti power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Kuwaiti power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kuwaiti power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kuwaiti power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Kuwaiti power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Kuwaiti power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Kuwaiti power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Kuwait, 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/Kuwait - wikipedia.org entry about Kuwait.
  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