Pakistan power adapters - what plugs are used in Pakistan?

Pakistani power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Pakistan will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Pakistani power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Pakistani power outlet then it should work in Pakistan without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Pakistani power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Pakistan such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Pakistan (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Pakistan, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Pakistan to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Pakistan if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Pakistan.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Pakistan 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 charge your electronics in Pakistan. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Pakistan using the Type G, C, D or M Pakistani 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which country you travelling to so we suggest reading the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations. We recommend referring to the Pakistan Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to visiting the location.

Pakistan power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Pakistan?

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

What is the best power adapter for Pakistan?

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

What is the best power adapter for Pakistan?

Pakistan power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Pakistan?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Pakistan, types G, C, D and M with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power supply by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket (known as a type D power outlet) looks like 3 round holes in a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type G - The wall socket, also called a type G power outlet, looks like 3 rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type M - You can identify the wall socket by the three round holes in a triangular shape.
What type of power outlets are in Pakistan?

What voltage is used in Pakistan?

The common residential voltage in Pakistan is 230 volts.

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

The voltage in Pakistan is 230 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 Pakistani power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Pakistan?

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

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

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

Pakistan 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 Pakistan?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device then the best travel charger for Pakistan is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Pakistanis use four different types of power outlets (types G, C, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these types of travel chargers, and additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel regularly we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel 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 Pakistan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Pakistan?

  • 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 Pakistan.
  • 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 Pakistan.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Pakistan power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Pakistan 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 Pakistan 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 Pakistani power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Pakistani 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 Pakistan?

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 Pakistan 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 Pakistan.
  • 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 Pakistan.

Power converters for Pakistan

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Pakistani power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Pakistan.

Do I need a power converter for Pakistan?

If visiting Pakistan from a different country please check the device can accept a 230 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 traveling to Pakistan 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 230 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 Pakistani 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 Pakistani power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Pakistani power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Pakistani power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Pakistani 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 Pakistani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Pakistani 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 Pakistani 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/Pakistan - Pakistan 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.