Laos power adapters - what plugs are used in Laos?

Lao power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Laos will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Lao power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Lao power outlet then you can use it in Laos.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Lao power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Laos such a Type F plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Laos (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Laos, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Laos to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Laos if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Laos.

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

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Laos. This page contains links to instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Laos by using the types F, C or E 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll find power adapters differ regionally therefore we recommend reading our Wiki Connections world power adapters guide for a complete list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We recommend referring to the Laos Wikipedia page [1] for further information.

Laos power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Laos?

If the power outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the power outlet in Laos then you will need a power adapter. A US plug won't fit in a Lao power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for Laos, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Laos to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Laos?

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

What is the best power adapter for Laos?

Laos power outlets

What plugs are used in Laos?

There are three types of power supply used in Laos, types F, C and E with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug supply (technically called the type C socket or Europlug) is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the wall socket by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall socket by the two large round adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral along with a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
What plugs are used in Laos?

What voltage is used in Laos?

The typical residential voltage in Laos is 230 volts.

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

The voltage from a Lao power outlet is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your American power charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you will need use a power converter for Laos which can lower the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Lao power outlet?

The frequency in a Lao power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Lao power outlets the same as US?

American plugs won't fit in a Lao power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Laos. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Laos and check that it works with 50hz.

Laos 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 Laos?

When travelling with more than just one device or visiting more than one country the best international travel adapter for Laos to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different types of wall outlets that Laotians use (F, C and E) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Lao trip. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling as well as being suitable for recharging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online. The multipurpose power 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 on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Laos?

Why use a travel USB charger for Laos?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your luggage by only needing to pack one USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous different power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to Laos.
  • Good power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Laos.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Laos power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Laos only have a single 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 each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Laos could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to the section on using travel appliances with a Lao power outlet for useful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Lao power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets overnight using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Laos?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power adapters offer surge protection which is useful when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Laos and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Laos.
  • 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Laos.

Power converters for Laos

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Laos, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Lao power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Laos?

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

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the 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 charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Laos 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.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to tell if a device is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied power plug, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • 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 normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Lao 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 Lao power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Lao power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Lao power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Lao 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 can connect to a Lao power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Lao 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 Lao 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/Laos - Lao Wikipedia web page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.