Israel power adapters - what plugs are used in Israel?

Israeli power outlet

What adapter do I need for Israel?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Israel will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with an Israeli power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are from America travelling to Israel you will need to use a plug adapter to fit a US plug into an Israeli power outlet. As the voltage is different in Israel bring a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Israeli power outlet then you can use it in Israel without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Israeli power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Israel such a Type M plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Israel (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Israel, but doesn'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 will also need a power converter for Israel to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Israel if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type M plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type M plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Israel.

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

Background

If you are planning a vacation it can often be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge your important electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you arrive. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Different combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Israel. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting Israel using the types M, C or H 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, a majority of Israelis will normally use Type M plugs in their wall outlets. Most power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend that you read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions. We recommend referring to the Israel Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to visiting the location.

Israel power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Israel?

The best power adapter for Israel will be a Type M power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Israel?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows an electic outlet in Israel to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

What does a power adapter for an Israeli power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Israel by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Israel?

If the type of Israeli power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Israel if I'm from America?

If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Israel because an American plug won't fit in an Israeli power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Israel if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Israel?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Israeli power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Israel.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Israel?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Israel?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Israel power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Israel?

Type C, H and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Israel?

There are three different types of power supply used in Israel, types M, C and H with the primary power supply being type M:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet is identified by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type H - The grounded wall socket, also known as a type H power outlet, can be identified by the three slots pointing inward forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth. You will notice that more modern type H power supplies also have round holes in the middle of each thin slot to accommodate the round pinned type C socket plugs that can be found in almost 140 other countries.
  • Plug Type M - This power socket (known as a type M power outlet) looks like 3 large circular holes in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.

What voltage is used in an Israeli power outlet?

The common residential voltage from an Israeli power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Israel?

No - an American plug won't work in Israel because it doesn't fit into an Israeli power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is different so please use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Israel?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in Israel.

What electrical frequency is used in an Israeli power outlet?

The frequency in an Israeli power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in Israel the same as in the US?

The voltage from an Israeli power outlet is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for an Israeli power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are plug sockets in Israel the same as US?

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

Israel 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 Israel?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device then the best travel power adapter for Israel is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are three standards of plug sockets in Israel (M, C and H) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers on your trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Israel?

Why use a travel USB charger for Israel?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Israel.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Israel.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Israel along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Israel only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Israel might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Israel for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for an Israeli power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Israel?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Israel using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 more flexible 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 Israel.

Power converters for Israel

What is a power converter for Israel?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Israeli power outlet.

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

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Israel, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [8] will convert a 230 volt Israeli power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Israel?

If you are visiting Israel from another country check that the device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 230 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • It could be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Israeli power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Israel from America?

The 230 volts from a plug outlet in Israel is different to a US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Israel?

You need to use a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Israeli power outlet.

What voltage does Israel use?

Israel uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Israeli 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 Israel before plugging that into an Israeli 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 an 230 volt Israeli power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a 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.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

What can I connect to an Israeli power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Israeli power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Israeli power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Israeli power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Israeli power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Israeli power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Israeli power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Israeli power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Israeli power outlet

Corrections

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