Turkmenistan power adapters - what plugs are used in Turkmenistan?

Turkmen power outlet

What adapter do I need for Turkmenistan?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Turkmenistan will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Turkmen power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US and travelling to Turkmenistan we suggest using a power adapter for Turkmenistan because an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be used. As the voltage is different in Turkmenistan use a power converter for Turkmenistan if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and also check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Turkmen power outlet then it will work in Turkmenistan.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Turkmen power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Turkmenistan (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Turkmenistan, 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'll also need a power converter for Turkmenistan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan.

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

Background

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Turkmenistan. This page contains links to useful instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Turkmenistan by using the C, B or F type Turkmen 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters vary from country to country so we recommend that you read the Wikiconnections world power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the Turkmenistan Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Turkmenistan power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Turkmenistan?

The best power adapter for Turkmenistan is a Type C plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Turkmenistan?

What is a power adapter for Turkmen power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Turkmen power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Turkmenistan allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Turkmenistan by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Turkmenistan?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Turkmenistan.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Turkmenistan from the US?

A US Type A or Type B outlet might not commonly be found in Turkmenistan so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan, however as the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Turkmenistan if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Turkmen power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Turkmenistan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Turkmenistan?

Type B, C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Turkmenistan?

There are three types of power supply used in Turkmenistan, these are type C, B and F with the primary power outlets being type C socket:

  • Plug Type B - This plug socket (technically known as a type B power outlet) is recognised by two slots with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this power socket by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.

What is the voltage from a Turkmen power outlet?

The voltage used from a Turkmen power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Turkmenistan?

No - because the voltage is different you will need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage. We also recommend bringing all types of plug adapters for Turkmenistan as US types A or B outlets might not commonly be found.

Is an outlet in Turkmenistan the same as the US?

Even though a US Type A or Type B outlet could possibly be available in Turkmenistan it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Turkmenistan. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Turkmenistan and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What is the frequency used with a Turkmen power outlet?

The frequency from a Turkmen power outlet is 50Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Turkmenistan?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Turkmenistan.

Is the voltage in Turkmenistan the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Turkmen power outlet is 220 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 Turkmenistan which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Turkmenistan 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 Turkmenistan?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Turkmenistan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Turkmens use three different standards of plug sockets (types C, B and F) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Turkmenistan we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Turkmenistan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Turkmenistan?

  • 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 Turkmenistan.
  • 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 Turkmenistan.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Turkmenistan plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Turkmenistan 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 Turkmenistan 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 Turkmen power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Turkmen 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 Turkmenistan?

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 Turkmenistan 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 Turkmenistan.
  • 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 Turkmenistan.

Power converters for Turkmenistan

What does a power converter for Turkmenistan do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] will transform a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Turkmenistan.

Do I need a power converter for Turkmenistan?

If travelling to Turkmenistan from a different country ensure the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling to Turkmenistan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Turkmenistan just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Turkmen power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Turkmenistan from the US?

The 220 volts used in a electric outlet in Turkmenistan is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Turkmenistan?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Turkmenistan you will need a step down power converter [9].

What voltage does Turkmenistan use?

Turkmenistan uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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 Turkmen 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 Turkmenistan before plugging that into a Turkmen 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 Turkmen 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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Turkmen power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Turkmen power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Turkmen power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Turkmen power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Turkmen power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Turkmen power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Turkmen power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Turkmenistan, 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/Turkmenistan - wikipedia.org entry about Turkmenistan.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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