Turkmenistan power adapters - what plugs are used in Turkmenistan?

Turkmen power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter in Turkmenistan?

If the shape of the Turkmen power outlet is different to the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. American Type A or Type B power outlets might not readily be available in Turkmenistan so it is advisable to use a suitable power adapter for Turkmenistan, however as the voltage is much higher you will definitely need to bring a power converter for Turkmenistan to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or charger if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Turkmenistan?

The best power adapter for Turkmenistan is a Type C plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Turkmenistan?

Turkmenistan power outlets

What type of power outlets are 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 called a type B power outlet) is recognised by two slots with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can identify 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 type of power outlets are in Turkmenistan?

What voltage is used in Turkmenistan?

The residential voltage used in Turkmenistan is 220 volts.

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.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 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 220 volt Turkmen power outlet to work with a non-220 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 Turkmenistan.

Do I need a power converter for Turkmenistan?

When travelling to Turkmenistan from another region make sure that the device can accept a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check that 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 when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Turkmenistan from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read the 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 Turkmen 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 Turkmen power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Turkmen power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Turkmen power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Turkmen 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 Turkmen power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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