Lebanon power adapters - what plugs are used in Lebanon?

Lebanese power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Lebanon all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Lebanese power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Lebanese power outlet then you can use it in Lebanon.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Lebanese power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Lebanon such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Lebanon (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Lebanon, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Lebanon to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Lebanon if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as a tablet or cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Lebanon.

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

Background

When organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge all your gadgets that you are bringing along. But by not knowing which wall socket is being used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Lebanon. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Lebanon by using their standard Type G, A, B, C or D 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type G plug outlets will be used by a majority of Lebanese. You'll discover power adapters will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We recommend referring to the Lebanon Wikipedia page [1] for more details on travelling to the location.

Lebanon power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Lebanon?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Lebanon and the location you are travelling from. An American Type A or Type B power outlet might not commonly be available in Lebanon so it is advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Lebanon, however because the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Lebanon if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Lebanon?

The best power adapter for Lebanon will be a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Lebanon?

Lebanon power outlets

What plugs are used in Lebanon?

There are five types of power supply used in Lebanon, types G, A, B, C and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug supply by the two thin adjacent slots for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the power supply by the two slots where the live and neutral blades go with a single hole below for the earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power supply by the two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  • Plug Type D - The wall socket, also known as a type D power outlet, looks like three holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type G - This plug supply (known as a type G power outlet) looks like 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
What plugs are used in Lebanon?

What voltage is used in Lebanon?

The standard voltage in Lebanon is 220 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in a Lebanese power outlet?

The frequency in a Lebanese power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Lebanese power outlets the same as the US?

Although an American Type A or B power outlet could be found in Lebanon it is still recommended to use a suitable power adapter for Lebanon. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Lebanon and ensure that it works with a 50hz power supply.

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

The voltage from a Lebanese power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Lebanese power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Lebanon 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 Lebanon?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just one device then the best travel charger for Lebanon is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are five different standards of plug sockets in Lebanon (G, A, B, C and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types A, C and G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel 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 with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Lebanon?

Why use a travel USB charger for Lebanon?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Lebanon.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Lebanon.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Lebanon along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Lebanon only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically 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 charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Lebanon might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Lebanon for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Lebanese power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Lebanon?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Lebanon using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 more flexible 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 Lebanon.

Power converters for Lebanon

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Lebanon, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Lebanese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Lebanon?

If you are visiting Lebanon from another country ensure your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts double 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 prevent the device from overloading when powering up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Lebanon from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Lebanese 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 Lebanese power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Lebanese power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Lebanese power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Lebanese 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 Lebanese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Lebanese 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 Lebanese 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/Lebanon - Lebanon Wikipedia page.
  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.