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

North Korean power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a plug adapter for North Korea?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in North Korea. An American Type A or B outlet might not readily be available in North Korea so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for North Korea, however because the voltage is much higher you will definitely need to bring a power converter for North Korea to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for North Korea?

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

What is the best power adapter for North Korea?

North Korea power outlets

What kind of outlets are 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 - This unearthed wall supply (called the type A power outlet) can be recognised by the two thin slots next to each other.
  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be recognised by the two round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug socket by the two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit, plus a pair of two grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What kind of outlets are in North Korea?

What is the voltage in North Korea?

The normal residential voltage in North Korea is 220 volts.

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.

North Korea 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for North Korea?

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] 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 [6] (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 visiting North Korea from another region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overheating when powering up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting North Korea from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

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

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a North Korean 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 North Korean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

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

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to the North Korean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the North Korean 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 North Korean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a North Korean 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 North Korean 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/North_Korea - North Korea country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.