North Korea power adapters - what plugs are used in North Korea?

North Korean power outlet

What adapter do I need for North Korea?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting North Korea all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a North Korean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US visiting North Korea we recommend bringing a plug adapter for North Korea as US Type A or Type B power outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in North Korea use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a North Korean power outlet then you can use it in North Korea without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a North Korean power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for North Korea such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for North Korea (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in North Korea, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for North Korea to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for North Korea if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for North Korea.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in North Korea you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in North Korea please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in North Korea. This page has links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in North Korea using their standard types F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Most power adapters change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections global power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. We also recommend referring to the North Korea Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

North Korea power adapters

What is the best power adapter for North Korea?

The best power adapter for North Korea will be a Type F plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for North Korea?

What is a power adapter for North Korean power outlet?

A power adapter for North Korea is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a North Korean power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a plug adapter for North Korea?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in North Korea.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting North Korea from the US?

US Type A or Type B power outlets might not typically be found in North Korea so it is recommended to bring a suitable power adapter for North Korea, however as the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for North Korea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in North Korea?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt North Korean power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter for North Korea do?

A power adapter for North Korea allows visitors from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in North Korea by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

North Korea power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in North Korea?

Type A, C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in North Korea?

There are three different types of power supply used in North Korea, these are type F, A and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type A - The power socket (called the type A power outlet) can be identified by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular plug socket (called a type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be identified by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.

What is the voltage from a North Korean power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from a North Korean power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in North Korea?

No; because the voltage is different you will need to use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We recommend bringing all types of power adapters for North Korea because American Type A or B power outlets might not commonly be found.

Is the voltage in North Korea the same as the US?

The voltage from a North Korean power outlet is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for North Korea which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Is a North Korean power outlet the same as the US?

Although American Type A or B outlets could possibly be found in North Korea it is still advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for North Korea. The frequency is the same as the US however the voltage is different so use a power converter for North Korea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What electrical frequency is used with a North Korean power outlet?

The frequency from a North Korean power outlet is 60 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in North Korea?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in North Korea.

North Korea 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 North Korea?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. North Koreans use three different types of plug sockets (F, A and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to North Korea or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to 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 under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for North Korea?

Why use a travel USB charger for North Korea?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to North Korea.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in North Korea.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in North Korea power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in North Korea 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.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in North Korea could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to use low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with a North Korean power outlet for useful advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a North Korean power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and cell 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 should any of your devices need extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for North Korea?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both North Korea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to North Korea.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting North Korea.

Power converters for North Korea

What does a power converter for a North Korean power outlet do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt North Korean power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [8] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from a North Korean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in North Korea.

Do I need a power converter for North Korea?

When you are travelling to North Korea from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a North Korean power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for North Korea if I'm visiting from the US?

The voltage from a plug outlet in North Korea is different to a 110 volt US outlet so use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for North Korea?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt North Korean power outlet you need a step down power converter [9].

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 to convert 220 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 220 volt North Korean 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 North Korea before plugging that into a North Korean 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 220 volt North Korean power outlet.

What voltage is used in North Korea?

North Korea uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make and model of your appliance and could also state 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 say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a North Korean power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a North Korean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a North Korean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a North Korean power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the North Korean power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the North Korean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a North Korean power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting North Korea, 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/North_Korea - North Korea country page on wikipedia.org.
  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