Turkey power adapters - what plugs are used in Turkey?

Turkish power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Turkey all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Turkish power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Turkish power outlet then it should work in Turkey.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Turkish power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkey such a Type F plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Turkey (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Turkey, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Turkey to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Turkey if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Turkey.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Turkey you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Turkey please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If planning a trip to Turkey it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to power any important devices like mobiles and tablets when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used in Turkey you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there. Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Turkey. This page has links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices in Turkey using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type F plug outlets are typically used by a majority of Turks. Power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries. We recommend reading the Turkey Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Turkey power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Turkey?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Turkey as American plugs won't physically fit in a Turkish power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Turkey to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Turkey?

The best power adapter for Turkey will be a Type F plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Turkey?

Turkey power outlets

What plug sockets do they use in Turkey?

There are two types of power supply used in Turkey, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug supply is recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round power socket, also called the type F power outlet, can be recognised by two large adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
What plug sockets do they use in Turkey?

What voltage is used in Turkey?

The residential voltage used in Turkey is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Turkey the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Turkish power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Turkey which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Turkish power outlet?

The frequency from a Turkish power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Turkish power outlets the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Turkish power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Turkey. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Turkey and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Turkey 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 Turkey?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Turkey is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Turks use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Turkey?

Why use a travel USB charger for Turkey?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different power outlets to Turkey.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Turkey.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Turkey plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Turkey only have one wall outlet, by using 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 versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Turkey could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Turkish power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Turkish power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Turkey?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Turkey and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Turkey.
  • 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 gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Turkey.

Power converters for Turkey

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt Turkish power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Turkey.

Do I need a power converter for Turkey?

When travelling to Turkey from another country double check the device can be charged using a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts ensure your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Turkey 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 230 volts.

Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • 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 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Turkish 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 Turkish power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Turkish power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Turkish power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Turkish 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 work with a Turkish power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Turkish 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 Turkish 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/Turkey - wikipedia.org entry about Turkey.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.