Afghanistan power adapters - what plugs are used in Afghanistan?

Afghan power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Afghanistan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Afghan power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in an Afghan power outlet then you can use it in Afghanistan without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in an Afghan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Afghanistan such a Type F plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Afghanistan (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Afghanistan, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Afghanistan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Afghanistan if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to recharge your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Afghanistan.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Afghanistan read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Afghanistan. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Afghanistan using the standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will vary depending on which country you visiting so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections world power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We also suggest referring to the Afghanistan Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to travelling to the area.

Afghanistan power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Afghanistan?

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 Afghanistan as American plugs won't physically fit in an Afghan power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Afghanistan to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Afghanistan?

The best power adapter for Afghanistan is a Type F power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Afghanistan?

Afghanistan power outlets

What plug sockets do they use in Afghanistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug supply is recognised by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  • 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 Afghanistan?

What voltage is used in Afghanistan?

The residential voltage used in Afghanistan is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Afghanistan the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from an Afghan 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 Afghanistan which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with an Afghan power outlet?

The frequency from an Afghan power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Afghan power outlets the same as the US?

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

Afghanistan 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Afghanistan?

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

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 Afghanistan 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 Afghanistan.
  • 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 Afghanistan.

What travel charger do I need for Afghanistan?

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

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 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 supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table 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 below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What travel charger do I need for Afghanistan?

Power converters for Afghanistan

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 Afghan 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 Afghanistan.

Do I need a power converter for Afghanistan?

When visiting Afghanistan from another country check the device can be charged using a 220v 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 Afghanistan 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.

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 an Afghan 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 an Afghan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Afghan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Afghan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Afghan 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 an Afghan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Afghan 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 an Afghan 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/Afghanistan - wikipedia.org entry about Afghanistan.
  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.