Mongolia power adapters - what plugs are used in Mongolia?

Mongolian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Mongolia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Mongolian power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Mongolian power outlet then it will work in Mongolia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Mongolian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Mongolia such a Type E plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Mongolia (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Mongolia, but doesn't change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Mongolia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Mongolia if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Mongolia.

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

Background

Varying complicated voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Mongolia. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly how to charge your devices when travelling to Mongolia using the Type E or C Mongolian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which region you travelling to so we suggest reading the Wikiconnections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations. We recommend referring to the Mongolia Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to visiting the location.

Mongolia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Mongolia?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Mongolia and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Mongolia as an American plug won't fit in a Mongolian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Mongolia to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Mongolia?

The best power adapter for Mongolia will be a Type E power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Mongolia?

Mongolia power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Mongolia?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular wall socket can be recognised by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins plus one long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangular configuration.
What type of power outlets are in Mongolia?

What voltage is used in Mongolia?

The common residential voltage in Mongolia is 220 volts.

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

The voltage in Mongolia is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Mongolian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Mongolia?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Mongolian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is a plug socket in Mongolia the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Mongolian power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Mongolia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Mongolia and check that it works with 50hz.

Mongolia 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 Mongolia?

If you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel adapter for Mongolia is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Mongolians use (E and C) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe 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 recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters for your Mongolian trip. By only packing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Mongolia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Mongolia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Mongolia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Mongolia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Mongolia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Mongolia might only have one 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 one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the 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 fast charge 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 Mongolia could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Mongolian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Mongolian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Mongolia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Mongolia 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 Mongolia.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Mongolia.

Power converters for Mongolia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Mongolian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Mongolia.

Do I need a power converter for Mongolia?

If visiting Mongolia from a different country please check the device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Mongolia 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 220 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • 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 say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Mongolian 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 Mongolian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Mongolian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Mongolian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Mongolian 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 work with a Mongolian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Mongolian 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 Mongolian 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/Mongolia - Mongolia Wikipedia page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.