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

Saudi Arabian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saudi Arabia?

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 you're planning on visiting Saudi Arabia from America then we recommend bringing a power adapter for Saudi Arabia as an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be used. As the voltage is different in Saudi Arabia you will need to use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

The best power adapter for Saudi Arabia is a Type G plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

What is a power adapter for Saudi Arabian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Saudi Arabia to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

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.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Saudi Arabia from America?

US Type A or Type B power 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 use a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Saudi Arabia by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

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.

Saudi Arabia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saudi Arabia?

There are four 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 the plug outlet by two thin adjacent slots next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - This power socket, technically called a type B power outlet, is identified by two slots parallel to each other with a single semicircular hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round power socket, technically called a type F power outlet or Schuko plug, can be identified by two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other, plus thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type G - This power socket, technically called a type G power outlet, looks like three holes in a triangular pattern.
What plug sockets are used in Saudi Arabia?

What is the voltage from a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Saudi Arabian power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Saudi Arabia?

No - because the voltage is 220 volts you need to bring a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We suggest using all types of plug adapters for Saudi Arabia because US types A or B outlet might not commonly be found.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saudi Arabia?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

Power converters for Saudi Arabia enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian 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 plug adapter?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (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 [8] 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 power converter for Saudi Arabia?

If travelling to Saudi Arabia from a different region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are visiting Saudi Arabia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Saudi Arabian power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Saudi Arabia from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Saudi Arabia is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Saudi Arabia?

You will need a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet.

How to convert 220 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 220 volt Saudi Arabian 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 Saudi Arabia before plugging that into a Saudi Arabian 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 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet.

What voltage does Saudi Arabia use?

Saudi Arabia uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

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.
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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

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

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

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Saudi Arabian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saudi Arabia, 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/Saudi_Arabia - wikipedia web page about Saudi Arabia.
  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