Kosovo power adapters - what plugs are used in Kosovo?

Kosovan power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Kosovo all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Kosovan power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Kosovan power outlet then it will work in Kosovo.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Kosovan power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Kosovo such a Type F plug adapter [5]. Note that a plug adapter for Kosovo (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kosovo, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Kosovo to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kosovo if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Kosovo.

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

Background

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign 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 article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Kosovo. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Kosovo by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to so we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest referring to the Kosovo Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Kosovo power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Kosovo?

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

What is the best power adapter for Kosovo?

The best power adapter for Kosovo is a Type F plug adapter [5] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Kosovo?

Kosovo power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Kosovo?

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

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug supply, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this plug supply by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go, plus two metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What kind of outlets are in Kosovo?

What voltage is used in Kosovo?

The common residential voltage in Kosovo is 230 volts.

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

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

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

The voltage in Kosovo is 230 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 Kosovan power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Kosovo?

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

Kosovo 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 Kosovo?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device the best international travel adapter for Kosovo is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Kosovo (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Kosovan trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Kosovo we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Kosovo?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kosovo?

  • 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 Kosovo.
  • 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 Kosovo.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Kosovo power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Kosovo 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 Kosovo 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 Kosovan power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Kosovan 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 Kosovo?

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 Kosovo 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 Kosovo.
  • 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 Kosovo.

Power converters for Kosovo

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [9] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Kosovan power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Kosovo.

Do I need a voltage converter for Kosovo?

If you are travelling to Kosovo from another country ensure that your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 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 visiting Kosovo 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 230 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 Kosovan 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 Kosovan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kosovan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Kosovan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Kosovan 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 Kosovan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Kosovan 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 Kosovan 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/Kosovo - Kosovo 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 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.