Oman power adapters - what plugs are used in Oman?

Omani power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Oman all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an Omani 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 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Omani power outlet then it should work in Oman without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Omani power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Oman such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Oman (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Oman, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 240 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Oman to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Oman if the power converter doesn't include 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'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Oman.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 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 Oman read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a vacation to Oman it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is being used you are likely to bring the wrong power charger, leaving you needing to borrow a suitable charger when you're there which could be incompatible. Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Oman. This page has links to useful instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when visiting Oman by using their G or C type 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type G wall outlets will be normally used by most Omanis. You will find power sockets will vary regionally so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of countries. We suggest reading the Oman Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Oman power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Oman?

If the power plug you want to use is different to the shape of the Omani power outlet then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in an Omani power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Oman, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Oman if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Oman?

The best power adapter for Oman will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which allows you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Oman?

Oman power outlets

What type of outlets are in Oman?

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

  • Plug Type C - The power supply, also called a Europlug or type C socket, is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type G - This wall supply, technically known as a type G power outlet, looks like three slots containing shutters forming a triangular pattern.
What type of outlets are in Oman?

What is the voltage in Oman?

The common voltage in Oman is 240 volts.

Is the voltage in Oman the same as the US?

The voltage in Oman is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Oman which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Is an Omani power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in an Omani power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Oman. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Oman and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in Oman?

The frequency of the current from an Omani power outlet is 50Hz.

Oman 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 Oman?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Oman to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two types of wall outlets in Oman (types G and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times with one of these travel adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual power chargers for your Omani trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and phones with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries.

What USB charger do I need for Oman?

Why use a travel USB charger for Oman?

  • 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 Oman.
  • 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 Oman.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 240 volts used in Oman power outlets along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Oman 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 Oman 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 Omani power outlet for useful guidelines on the best power adapter to use with an Omani 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 Oman?

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 Oman 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.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Oman.

Power converters for Oman

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Oman, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 240 volt Omani power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Oman?

If visiting Oman from a different region check your device can accept a 240 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in 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 [9] to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Oman 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 240 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

Travel appliances that can connect to an Omani 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 Omani power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Omani power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Omani power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to an Omani 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 Omani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Omani 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 Omani 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/Oman - Omani 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. 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.