Iraq power adapters - what plugs are used in Iraq?

Iraqi power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Iraq all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an Iraqi power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Iraqi power outlet then it should work in Iraq without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Iraqi power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Iraq such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Iraq (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iraq, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Iraq to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Iraq if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Iraq.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Iraq read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Iraq. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Iraq using their standard types G, C or D Iraqi 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters vary depending on which area you visiting therefore please read the WikiConnections travel power adapters list for a full list showing charging devices in different destinations. We suggest referring to the Iraq Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area.

Iraq power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Iraq?

The best power adapter for Iraq will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Iraq?

Iraq power outlets

What is the voltage in Iraq?

The common voltage in Iraq is 230 volts.

What type of outlets are in Iraq?

There are three types of power outlets used in Iraq, types G, C and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called a type C socket or Europlug, is identified by two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type D - This wall supply, technically known as a type D power outlet, looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the plug socket by 3 holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle configuration.
What type of outlets are in Iraq?

Iraq 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 Iraq?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Iraq to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [4]. There are three types of plug sockets that Iraqis use (types G, C and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [4] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Iraq?

Why use a travel USB charger for Iraq?

  • 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 Iraq.
  • 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 Iraq.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Iraq power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Iraq 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 Iraq 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 an Iraqi power outlet for useful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with an Iraqi 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 Iraq?

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 Iraq 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.
  • Yubi Universal Power Strip Kit - The Yobi only has 2 USB charging ports but offers a more generous 6 AC outlets. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, B, E, F, G and I making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Iraq.

Power converters for Iraq

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Iraq, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [6] transforms a 230 volt Iraqi power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Iraq?

If travelling to Iraq from another region check your device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from 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 [8] to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Iraq from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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 seperated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Iraqi 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 Iraqi power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iraqi power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Iraqi power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to an Iraqi 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 an Iraqi power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Iraqi 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 Iraqi 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/Iraq - Iraqi Wiki page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.