Cyprus power adapters - what plugs are used in Cyprus?

Cypriot power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Cyprus all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Cypriot power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Cypriot power outlet then it should work in Cyprus without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Cypriot power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Cyprus such a Type G plug adapter [5]. A plug adapter for Cyprus (or power adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cyprus, but doesn't change the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Cyprus to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cyprus if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to bring USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Cyprus.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Cyprus please 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 essential electrical devices that you'll be bringing along with you. But by not knowing which wall socket is used in Cyprus you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to buy a potentially expensive charger when you need to recharge. Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to stay in a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated 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 Cyprus. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Cyprus by using a 240 volt 50Hz Type G wall outlet, the Cypriots will use a 13 amp plug for power outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the list of World power adapters for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Cyprus Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Cyprus power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Cyprus?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Cyprus and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Cyprus as an American plug won't fit in a Cypriot power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Cyprus to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Cyprus?

The best power adapter for Cyprus will be a Type G power adapter [5] which will allow you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Cyprus?

Cyprus power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Cyprus?

Type G power sockets are used in Cyprus. The wall socket, technically called a type G power outlet, can be identified by the three rectangular slots containing shutters forming a triangle pattern.

What type of power outlets are in Cyprus?

What voltage is used in Cyprus?

The common residential voltage in Cyprus is 240 volts.

Is a plug socket in Cyprus the same as in the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in Cyprus?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Cypriot power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

The voltage in Cyprus is 240 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Cypriot power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Cyprus 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 Cyprus?

If travelling with more than just one device the best international travel charger for Cyprus to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Cyprus?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cyprus?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Cyprus.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Cyprus.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volts used in Cyprus power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Cyprus might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the 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 fast charge 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 Cyprus could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Cypriot power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Cypriot power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Cyprus?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cyprus 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 Cyprus.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Cyprus.

Power converters for Cyprus

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [9] converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Cypriot power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [8] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Cyprus.

Do I need a voltage converter for Cyprus?

When you are travelling to Cyprus from another region ensure that your device can be charged using a 240v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to prevent the device from overheating during charging.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Cyprus from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) 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 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cypriot 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 Cypriot power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cypriot power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cypriot power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Cypriot 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 work with a Cypriot power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Cypriot 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 Cypriot 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/Cyprus - Cyprus Wikipedia 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 G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.