Oman power adapters - what plugs are used in Oman?

Omani power outlet

What adapter do I need for Oman?

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 you are from the US visiting Oman then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Oman to fit a US plug into an Omani power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Oman pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Oman?

The best power adapter for Oman will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Oman?

What is a power adapter for Omani power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit an Omani power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Oman?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Omani power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Oman?

If the power plug that you want to use isn't the same as the type of Omani power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Oman from the US?

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for Oman because a US plug won't physically fit into an Omani power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Oman to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Oman do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Oman by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Oman?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Oman?

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.

Oman power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Oman?

Type C and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Oman?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this wall outlet by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

What is the voltage from an Omani power outlet?

The standard residential voltage from an Omani power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Oman?

No; a US plug won't work in Oman because it can't fit into an Omani power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 240 volts so please use a power converter for Oman if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Oman?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in an Omani power outlet.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter?

Power converters for Oman allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Omani 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 Oman?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (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 [8] transforms a 240 volt Omani power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Oman?

When visiting Oman from another country please ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 240 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Omani power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers with an Omani power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Oman if I'm travelling from the US?

The 240 volts used in a wall outlet in Oman is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Oman?

You will need to use a step down power converter [9] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Omani power outlet.

How to convert 240 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 240 volt Omani 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 Oman before plugging that into an Omani 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 240 volt Omani power outlet.

What voltage is used in Oman?

Oman uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power 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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to an Omani power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Omani power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Omani power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Omani power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to an Omani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Omani power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Omani power outlet

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

Corrections

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