Laos power adapters - what plugs are used in Laos?

Lao power outlet

What adapter do I need for Laos?

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 you are planning on travelling to Laos from America you will need to use a suitable power adapter for Laos to fit a US plug into a Lao power outlet. As the voltage is different in Laos pack a power converter for Laos if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Laos?

The best power adapter for Laos is a Type F plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Laos?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows a different shaped power plug on an appliance from a foreign country to safely slot into a Lao power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their own electrical devices in Laos simply by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the wall outlet.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Lao power outlet?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Lao power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Laos.

Do I need a power adapter for Laos?

If the shape of the wall outlet in Laos is different to the outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter for Laos if I'm visiting from America?

A US plug won't fit into 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 bring a power converter for Laos to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Laos power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Laos?

Type C, E and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Laos?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed round plug outlet, also known as a CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a single metal grounding pin protruding the top in a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet, also known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by two round holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom.

What voltage is used in a Lao power outlet?

The normal residential voltage from a Lao power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Laos?

No - a US plug won't work in Laos because it can't fit into a Lao power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is different so please use a power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Laos?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use a 110V appliance in Laos.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter?

Power converters allow you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Lao 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 for Laos?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (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 [8] converts a 230 volt Lao power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Laos?

If travelling to Laos from a different country please check that your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling to Laos from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. Read the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used in a 230 volt power outlet run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless a step down power converter [9] is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow it to be used with a 230 volt Lao power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than trying to bring a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons with a Lao power outlet , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Laos if I'm travelling from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Laos is different to an 110 volt American supply so you need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Laos?

You will need a step down power converter [9] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Laos.

What voltage does Laos use?

Laos uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 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 230 volt Lao 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 Laos before plugging that into a Lao 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 230 volt Lao power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 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.

What can I connect to a Lao power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Lao power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Lao power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Lao power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Lao power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Lao power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Lao power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Laos, 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/Laos - Lao Wikipedia web 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