Qatar power adapters - what plugs are used in Qatar?

Qatari power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Qatar all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Qatari power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Qatari power outlet then you can use it in Qatar.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Qatari power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Qatar such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Qatar (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Qatar, but doesn't convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Qatar to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as a cell phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run a risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Qatar please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive that might not be compatible. Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Qatar. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Qatar by using the standard Type G or D 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will find a majority of Qataris will typically use the Type G plugs in their power outlets. You'll discover power adapters are different depending on which region you are in so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest referring to the Qatar Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area.

Qatar power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Qatar?

If the power plug you want to use is different to the shape of the Qatari power outlet then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Qatari power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Qatar, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Qatar if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

The best power adapter for Qatar is a Type G power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

Qatar power outlets

What plugs do they use in Qatar?

There are two types of power outlets used in Qatar, types G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this wall supply by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
What plugs do they use in Qatar?

What is the voltage in Qatar?

The common voltage in Qatar is 240 volts.

Is the voltage in Qatar the same as the US?

The voltage in Qatar is 240 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 Qatar which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Qatari power outlet the same as the US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Qatar?

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

Qatar 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 Qatar?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Qataris use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Qatar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Qatar?

  • 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 Qatar.
  • 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 Qatar.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 240 volts used in Qatar power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Qatar 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 Qatar 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 Qatari power outlet for useful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Qatari 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 Qatar?

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 Qatar 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 Qatar.

Power converters for Qatar

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Qatar, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 240 volt Qatari power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Qatar?

If travelling to Qatar from another country please make sure that your device can be used with a 240v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v make sure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overheating when charging it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Qatar 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 240 volts.

See the 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 Qatari 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 Qatari power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Qatari power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Qatari power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Qatari 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 Qatari power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Qatari 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 Qatari 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/Qatar - Qatari Wiki 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.