Egypt power adapters - what plugs are used in Egypt?

Egyptian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Egypt?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter [3] for Egypt if your plug doesn't fit in an Egyptian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Egypt all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Egyptian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Certain areas in Egypt do not have access to power and suffer from regular blackouts, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your cellphone battery charged whilst in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Egypt from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Egyptian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Egypt you will also need to bring a power converter for Egypt if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Egyptian power outlet then it will work in Egypt without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Egyptian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Egypt such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Egypt (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Egypt, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Egypt to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Egypt if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Egypt.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Egypt please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Egypt power adapters

Power adapters for Egypt

If you are organizing a vacation to Egypt it's helpful to know if you can charge any vital gadgets such as cell phones and cameras when you arrive at your destination. But without knowing which power socket is being used you could bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore leaving you having to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you get there that might not be compatible. Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Egypt. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you're in Egypt using their Type F or C Egyptian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, a majority of Egyptians use the Type F wall outlets. You will find power sockets will vary regionally so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Egypt?

The best power adapter for Egypt is a Type F plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Egypt?

What is a power adapter?

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

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Do I need a plug adapter for Egypt?

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 Egypt if I'm visiting from the US?

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

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

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Egyptian 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 Egypt along with the correct adapter.

What does a power adapter for Egypt do?

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

Where can I buy a power adapter for Egypt?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Egypt?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Egypt

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Egyptian power outlet, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Egyptian power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Egypt. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, prices between $5 to $10 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter [3] will work in Egypt.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each individual device or appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Egyptian power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger as well.
  • Some hotel rooms in Egypt may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with an Egyptian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't to charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

An all in one universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect for visiting to multiple countries. Typical models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip should still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into an Egyptian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal adapters will overload when used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only charges a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-220 volt devices.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just an Egyptian power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with an Egyptian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you'll have to choose which plug adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with an Egyptian power outlet.
  • Adapters only modify the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 220 volts in Egypt and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Egyptian power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack a suitable power adapter for Egypt.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too heavy and bulky for hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter will be redundant after your visit to Egypt.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Egypt.
  • Costly; between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • If you plan to travel to Egypt from the US you will need one as the voltage from a Egyptian power outlet is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Egypt

Type F Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Egypt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Egyptian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Egyptian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in Egypt Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Egypt power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Egypt?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Egypt?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket (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 outlet, 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 above and below.

Do US plugs work in Egypt?

No; an American plug won't work in Egypt because it won't fit into an Egyptian 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.

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

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

Is the voltage in Egypt the same as the US?

The voltage in Egypt is 220 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 Egypt which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used in Egypt?

The frequency from an Egyptian power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Egypt?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in an Egyptian power outlet.

Does Egypt have power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power cuts in parts of Egypt.

Are electrical outlets available in Egypt?

In Egypt almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Should I use a portable charger in Egypt?

As power isn't available in all areas of Egypt alongside the lack of a stable power grid, visitors should bring alternative charging options if they need to continue using devices such as mobile phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained will syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat mobile phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a sat nav app to get directions to your accommodation. By packing a power bank [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone charged on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for around seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh rating describes the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger can achieve, therefore a higher number will be better for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop. Please note that some airlines don't allow you bring power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity like Egypt.
Should I use a portable charger in Egypt?
How well do solar battery chargers work in Egypt?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar battery chargers work in Egypt?

The sunshine in Egypt should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce enough power for a single charge cycle. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] will give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Egypt.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in Egypt, however might be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered in the bag during the day if it is to be used frequently. A regular power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously powered up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can power up the phone from the power bank at any time without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the climate in Egypt is suitable for solar power, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger. The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal solid solar panels. They are found in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Egypt 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 Egypt?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Egypt is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two different types of plug sockets that Egyptians use (types F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a four port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel charger similar to this online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Egypt?

Why use a travel USB charger for Egypt?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Egypt.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Egypt.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Egypt power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Egypt only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Egypt might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Egypt for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Egyptian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Egypt?

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 Egypt 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 Egypt.

Power converters for Egypt

What is a power converter for an Egyptian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Egyptian 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 Egypt?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 220 volt Egyptian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Egypt.

Do I need a power converter for Egypt?

When you are visiting Egypt from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Egypt from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 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 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 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 [19].
  • 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 Egypt , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Egypt is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Egypt?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in Egypt you will need to buy a step down power converter [10].

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.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Egyptian 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 Egypt before plugging that into an Egyptian 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 220 volt Egyptian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Egypt?

Egypt uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single 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.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Egypt?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Egypt?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Egypt depends on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to bring we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Egypt?

Are you bringing more than one device

How many electrical items will you be taking to Egypt?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Egypt (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?
Will you only be charging USB devices in Egypt?

Are you only bringing USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Egypt?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Egypt then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too.

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Egyptian power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Egypt then a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to pack one compact charger along with your USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are designed for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) which need voltage conversion and could potentially damage it.

Will your devices and appliances only work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Egypt?

How many wall outlets are available in Egypt?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Egypt?

  • The accommodation in Egypt may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) to power only one single device in Egypt (providing that works with 220 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Egypt?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Egypt?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Power in Egypt can occasionally fluctuate which could possibly cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Egypt suffering from power cuts or having limited coverage of power in certain regions you might find that whichever power adapter you bring to the country doesn't work anyway. You can prepare for limited electricity access or power cuts by bringing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [16].
Will it take you a long time to fly to Egypt?

Making a call after a flight

Will it take you a long time to fly to Egypt?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Egypt think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left.

What can I connect to an Egyptian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Egyptian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Egyptian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Egyptian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Egyptian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Egypt, 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 [20].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt - Egypt country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, estimated cost between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, estimated cost between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costs around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25).
  10. 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, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / around C$120).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated cost under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced between $20 to $25 USD (around £30 GBP / under C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated price under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$60).
  18. 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, between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$60).
  19. 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, costing between $140 to $150 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$120).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets