Israel power adapters - what plugs are used in Israel?

Israeli power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a plug adapter in Israel?

If the type of plug outlet in Israel isn't the same as the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. 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.

What is the best power adapter for Israel?

The best power adapter for Israel will be a Type M power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Israel?

Israel power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Israel?

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

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug supply, technically known as a Europlug, can be recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type H - You can identify the power supply by the three slots pointing to the middle in a triangular configuration. The more recently manufactured type H plug supplies also have rounded holes in the middle of each slot to allow for the round pinned type C socket plugs, these can be found in 139 other countries.
  • Plug Type M - You can identify the wall socket by three round holes in a triangular shape.
What kind of outlets are in Israel?

What voltage is used in Israel?

The standard voltage in Israel is 230 volts.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Israel?

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (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 [7] 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 region please double check the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Israel from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Israeli 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 Israeli power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Israeli power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Israeli power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Israeli 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 Israeli power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Israeli 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 Israeli 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/Israel - Israel Wikipedia page.
  2. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M 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.