Kyrgyzstan power adapters - what plugs are used in Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstani power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kyrgyzstan?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Kyrgyzstan all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you are visiting Kyrgyzstan from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Kyrgyzstan you will also need to bring a power converter for Kyrgyzstan if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet then it should work in Kyrgyzstan without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kyrgyzstan, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Kyrgyzstan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Kyrgyzstan read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Kyrgyzstan. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Kyrgyzstan by using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find that most power adapters are different regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing countries. We also suggest referring to the Kyrgyzstan Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to visiting the area.

Kyrgyzstan power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Kyrgyzstan?

The best power adapter for Kyrgyzstan will be a Type F plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Kyrgyzstan?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Kyrgyzstan is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Kyrgyzstan.

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Kyrgyzstan along with the correct adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Will I need a plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Kyrgyzstan if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter for Kyrgyzstan do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Kyrgyzstan by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Kyrgyzstan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kyrgyzstan?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Kyrgyzstan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall outlet by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug socket by the two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.

What is the voltage from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Kyrgyzstan?

No; an American plug won't work in Kyrgyzstan because it won't fit into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kyrgyzstan?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet you need a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in Kyrgyzstan the same as the US?

The voltage in Kyrgyzstan is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Kyrgyzstan which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Kyrgyzstan the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used in Kyrgyzstan?

The frequency from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet is 50 Hz.

Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Kyrgyzstan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Kirghiz use (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Kyrgyzstan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kyrgyzstan?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Kyrgyzstan.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Kyrgyzstan.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Kyrgyzstan plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Kyrgyzstan only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Kyrgyzstan might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Kyrgyzstan for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Kyrgyzstan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Kyrgyzstan using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kyrgyzstan.

Power converters for Kyrgyzstan

What is a power converter for a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

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

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Kyrgyzstan, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [8] transforms a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Kyrgyzstan?

When you are visiting Kyrgyzstan from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling to Kyrgyzstan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Kyrgyzstan , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Kyrgyzstan if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Kyrgyzstan is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Kyrgyzstan?

You need a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Kyrgyzstan.

How to convert 220 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 220 volt Kyrgyzstani 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 Kyrgyzstan before plugging that into a Kyrgyzstani 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 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

What voltage is used in Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a 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.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

What can I connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Kyrgyzstan, 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/Kyrgyzstan - Kyrgyzstan country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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