Syria power adapters - what plugs are used in Syria?

Syrian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Syria all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Syrian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Syrian power outlet then you can use it in Syria without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Syrian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Syria such a Type E plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Syria (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Syria, but can't change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Syria 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 Syria if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Syria.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Syria read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Different frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Syria. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Syria using the standard types E, C or L Syrian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will change depending on which country you are in so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest referring to the Syria Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area.

Syria power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Syria?

If the power plug you want to use is different to the shape of the Syrian power outlet then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Syrian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Syria, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Syria if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Syria?

The best power adapter for Syria will be a Type E plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Syria?

Syria power outlets

What type of outlets are in Syria?

There are three types of power outlets used in Syria, these are type E, C and L with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The power supply, also called a Europlug or type C socket, can be identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - This round plug socket can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other with a single long metal grounding pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by three large round adjecent holes forming a line. There are two types of Type L plug socket rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart and a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
What type of outlets are in Syria?

What is the voltage in Syria?

The common voltage in Syria is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Syria the same as the US?

The voltage in Syria is 220 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 Syria which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Syrian power outlet the same as the US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Syria?

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

Syria 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 Syria?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Syria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Syrians use three different standards of wall outlets (E, C and L) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Syria. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Syria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Syria?

  • 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 Syria.
  • 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 Syria.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Syria power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Syria 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 Syria 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 Syrian power outlet for useful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Syrian 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 Syria?

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 Syria 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 Syria.

Power converters for Syria

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Syria, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 220 volt Syrian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Syria?

If visiting Syria from a different region check your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Syria from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 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 Syrian 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 Syrian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Syrian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Syrian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Syrian 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 Syrian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Syrian 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 Syrian 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/Syria - Syrian Wiki page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.