Nepal power adapters - what plugs are used in Nepal?

Nepali power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Nepal all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Nepali 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 your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Nepali power outlet then you can use it in Nepal without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nepali power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Nepal such a Type D plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Nepal (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nepal, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Nepal to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nepal if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Nepal.

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

Background

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Nepal. This page has links to instructions showing how to power your devices when staying in Nepal by using the D, C or M type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power sockets differ depending on which country you are in therefore please read the power adapters for a complete list of countries. We also recommend reading the Nepal Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Nepal power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Nepal?

If the power plug you want to use is different to the shape of the Nepali power outlet then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Nepali power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Nepal, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Nepal if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Nepal?

The best power adapter for Nepal will be a Type D plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Nepal?

Nepal power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Nepal?

There are three different types of power supply used in Nepal, these are type D, C and M with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the power supply by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type M - This wall supply, also called a type M power outlet, looks like three large circular holes in a triangle configuration.
What kind of outlets are in Nepal?

What is the voltage in Nepal?

The common voltage in Nepal is 230 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in Nepal?

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

Is a Nepali power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Nepali power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Nepal. 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 Nepal and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Nepal the same as the US?

The voltage in Nepal is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Nepal which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Nepal 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 Nepal?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Nepal is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different standards of wall outlets that Nepali use (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Nepal?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nepal?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger in order to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use a different outlet to Nepal.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Nepal.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Nepal power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Nepal might only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Nepal might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers should also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the guide on using travel appliances with a Nepali power outlet for useful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Nepali power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and mobile phones might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets on a daily basis using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Nepal?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Nepal 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Nepal.

Power converters for Nepal

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Nepal, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 230 volt Nepali power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Nepal?

When you are visiting Nepal from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Nepal from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

Read the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your device, it should also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Nepali 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 Nepali power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nepali power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Nepali power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Nepali 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 Nepali power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Nepali 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 Nepali 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/Nepal - Nepali Wiki page.
  2. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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.