Saudi Arabia power adapters - what plugs are used in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Saudi Arabia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Saudi Arabian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Saudi Arabian power outlet then you can use it in Saudi Arabia without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Saudi Arabian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Saudi Arabia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saudi Arabia, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Saudi Arabia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Saudi Arabia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a trip it is helpful to know if you can charge your common electrical devices like mobile phones and tablets when you get there. But, without knowing which power supply to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible and damage your device. Various frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Saudi Arabia. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Saudi Arabia by using their Type G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type G plug outlets are used by a majority of Saudis. You will find power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the Saudi Arabia Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to travelling to the area.

Saudi Arabia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Saudi Arabia?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Saudi Arabia then you will need a power adapter. US Type A or Type B outlets might not typically be available in Saudi Arabia so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia, however as the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

The best power adapter for Saudi Arabia is a Type G plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Saudi Arabia?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Saudi Arabia, types G, A, B and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type A - You can identify this plug socket by two thin slots adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify the plug supply by two thin slots parallel to each other with a single hole below for the ground pin.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the plug socket by two 4.8mm circular holes 19 mm next to each other where the twin plug socket pins go, plus a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - This wall socket, technically called a type G power outlet, looks like three vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangle pattern.
What kind of outlets are in Saudi Arabia?

What voltage is used in Saudi Arabia?

The voltage used in Saudi Arabia is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Saudi Arabia the same as the US?

The voltage in Saudi Arabia is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

The frequency found in a Saudi Arabian power outlet is 60 Hz.

Are Saudi Arabian power outlets the same as in the US?

Even though a US Type A or B outlet could possibly be available in Saudi Arabia it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia. The frequency is the same in the US but the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia?

When you are travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are four types of wall outlets in Saudi Arabia (types G, A, B and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters 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 tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Saudi Arabia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saudi Arabia?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Asia which are likely to use a different standard to Saudi Arabia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Saudi Arabia.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Saudi Arabia power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in Saudi Arabia only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Saudi Arabia might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with a Saudi Arabian power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with a Saudi Arabian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saudi Arabia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Saudi Arabia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia.

Power converters for Saudi Arabia

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Saudi Arabia, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Saudi Arabian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Saudi Arabia?

When you are visiting Saudi Arabia from a different region please make sure your device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Saudi Arabia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Saudi Arabian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabian 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/Saudi_Arabia - wikipedia web page about Saudi Arabia.
  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.