Albania power adapters - what plugs are used in Albania?

Albanian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Albania?

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Albania all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in an Albanian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If you are visiting Albania from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Albanian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Albania you will also need to bring a power converter for Albania if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Albanian power outlet then you can use it in Albania.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Albanian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Albania such a Type F plug adapter [6]. A plug adapter for Albania (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Albania, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Albania to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Albania if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Albania.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Albania you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Albania please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Albania. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're travelling to Albania using their standard types F or C Albanian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power adapters will vary depending on which region you're taking a trip to so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. We also recommend reading the Albania Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location.

Albania power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Albania?

The best power adapter for Albania will be a Type F plug adapter [6] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Albania?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Albania is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Albania.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [7].

What does a power adapter for Albania do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Albania by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Albania?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Will I need a plug adapter for Albania if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into an Albanian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Albania, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Albania if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Albania?

As there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another region in Europe doesn't work in Albania.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Albanian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Albanian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Albania along with the correct adapter.

Albania power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Albania?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Albania?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall outlet (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two large round adjacent holes next to each other along with a pair of two thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.

What is the voltage from an Albanian power outlet?

The typical voltage from an Albanian power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Albania?

No; an American plug won't work in Albania because it won't fit into an Albanian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Do European plugs work in Albania?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Albania?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with an Albanian power outlet might not operate correctly in another location. When visiting more than one destination in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [8] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [9] as both these options make sure you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find in each country. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power converters and adapters you might need to bring during your journey.

What is the frequency used in Albania?

The frequency from an Albanian power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Albania?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in an Albanian power outlet you need a step down power converter.

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

American plugs won't fit in an Albanian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Albania. 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 Albania and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Albania the same as the US?

The voltage in Albania 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 Albania which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Albania 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 Albania?

When travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Albania to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of plug sockets in Albania (types F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers plus additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Albania?

Why use a travel USB charger for Albania?

  • 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 Albania.
  • 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 Albania.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Albania plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Albania 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 Albania 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 Albania for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in an Albanian 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 Albania?

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 Albania 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 Albania.

Power converters for Albania

What is a power converter for an Albanian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Albanian 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 Albania?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [11] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Albania, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [12] transforms a 230 volt Albanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Albania?

When you are visiting Albania from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are travelling to Albania from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much 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 hair dryers in Albania , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Albania is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [13] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Albania?

You need a step down power converter [13] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Albania.

What voltage is used in Albania?

Albania uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Albanian 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 Albania before plugging that into an Albanian 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 230 volt Albanian power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a 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.
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to an Albanian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Albanian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Albanian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Albanian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Albanian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Albanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Albanian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Albania, 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 [15].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albania - Albania 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. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  6. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  8. Multiple power adapter travel set - 12 piece grounded international travel plug adapter set .
  9. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets