Bulgaria power adapters - what plugs are used in Bulgaria?

Bulgarian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Bulgaria all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Bulgarian power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Bulgarian power outlet then it can work in Bulgaria.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Bulgarian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Bulgaria such a Type F plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Bulgaria (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Bulgaria, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Bulgaria to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Bulgaria if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets 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 F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Bulgaria.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Bulgaria you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Bulgaria please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Bulgaria. This page contains links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Bulgaria by using the standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will change regionally so we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing regions. We suggest referring to the Bulgaria Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details on visiting the area.

Bulgaria power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Bulgaria?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Bulgaria then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Bulgarian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Bulgaria, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Bulgaria if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Bulgaria?

The best power adapter for Bulgaria is a Type F power adapter [5] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Bulgaria?

Bulgaria power outlets

What type of outlets are in Bulgaria?

There are two types of power outlets used in Bulgaria, types F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug supply (technically known as the Europlug) can be identified by 2 holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power supply, also called a Schuko plug, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other and two thin metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
What type of outlets are in Bulgaria?

What is the voltage in Bulgaria?

The normal voltage in Bulgaria is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Bulgaria the same as the US?

The voltage in Bulgaria is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Bulgaria which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Bulgaria the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used in Bulgaria?

The frequency from a Bulgarian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Bulgaria 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 Bulgaria?

If you are travelling with more than just one device then the best international travel charger for Bulgaria is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Bulgarians use two different types of plug sockets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. 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 USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate power adapters on your trip to Bulgaria. Only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an 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 tablets and phones without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Bulgaria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Bulgaria?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Bulgaria.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Bulgaria.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Bulgaria plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Bulgaria only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Bulgaria might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Bulgaria for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Bulgarian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Bulgaria?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Bulgaria 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Bulgaria.

Power converters for Bulgaria

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Bulgaria, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 230 volt Bulgarian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Bulgaria?

When you are visiting Bulgaria from a different country make sure the device can be charged using a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from over-heating when powering up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Bulgaria from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Bulgarian 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 a Bulgarian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bulgarian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Bulgarian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Bulgarian 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 a Bulgarian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Bulgarian 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 a Bulgarian 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

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgaria - Bulgaria country Wiki page.
  2. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  4. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  5. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  6. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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.