Albania power adapters - what plugs are used in Albania?

Albanian power outlet

Summary

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 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 [5]. 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

Do I need a power adapter in Albania?

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

What is the best power adapter for Albania?

The best power adapter for Albania will be a Type F plug adapter [5] which allows you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Albania?

Albania power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Albania?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket, technically known as the Europlug or type C socket, is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug supply by two round holes 19 mm next to each other along with grounding clips above and below.
What kind of outlets are in Albania?

What is the voltage in Albania?

The normal voltage in Albania is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in Albania?

The frequency from an Albanian power outlet is 50 Hz.

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 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 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 the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Albania?

Voltage converter

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

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 Albania, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [9] transforms a 230 volt Albanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Albania?

If travelling to Albania from another region check your device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [11] to avoid the device from being damaged during charging.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Albania from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [10] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of 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 an Albanian 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 an Albanian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Albanian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Albanian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Albanian 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 an Albanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Albanian 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 an Albanian 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/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. 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.