Qatar power adapters - what plugs are used in Qatar?

Qatari power outlet

What adapter do I need for Qatar?

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 you are from the US visiting Qatar then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Qatar to fit a US plug into a Qatari power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Qatar pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

The best power adapter for Qatar is a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

What is a power adapter for Qatari power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a Qatari power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region.

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 Qatar?

If the power plug that you want to use isn't the same as the type of Qatari power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Qatar?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Qatari power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

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

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for Qatar because a US plug won't physically fit into a Qatari power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Qatar to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Qatar do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Qatar by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Qatar?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Qatar?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Qatar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

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

  • Plug Type D - This wall outlet, also known as a type D power outlet, looks like three round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 slots with plastic shutters forming a triangular shape.

What is the voltage from a Qatari power outlet?

The standard residential voltage from a Qatari power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Qatar?

No; a US plug won't work in Qatar because it can't fit into a Qatari power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 240 volts so please use a power converter for Qatar if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Qatar?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in a Qatari power outlet.

Qatar 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter?

Power converters for Qatar allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.

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

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (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 [8] transforms a 240 volt Qatari power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Qatar?

When visiting Qatar from another country please ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 240 volts. Read our 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 single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 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 wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Qatari power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Qatar if I'm travelling from the US?

The 240 volts used in a wall outlet in Qatar is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Qatar?

You will need to use a step down power converter [9] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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 240 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 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar before plugging that into a Qatari 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 240 volt Qatari power outlet.

What voltage is used in Qatar?

Qatar uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to a Qatari power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Qatari power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Qatari power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Qatar, 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/Qatar - Qatari Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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