Kyrgyzstan power adapters - what plugs are used in Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstani power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kyrgyzstan?

You'll need to use a Type F power adapter for Kyrgyzstan if your plug doesn't fit into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Kyrgyzstan all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Certain areas in Kyrgyzstan do not have access to power and suffer from regular blackouts, we suggest bringing a power bank if you wish to keep your cellphone battery charged whilst in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Kyrgyzstan from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Kyrgyzstan you will also need to bring a power converter for Kyrgyzstan 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 a Kyrgyzstani power outlet then it should work in Kyrgyzstan without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan such a Type F power adapter. Be aware that a plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kyrgyzstan, 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 Kyrgyzstan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F power adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type F power adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan[3] [AD]

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 Kyrgyzstan please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Kyrgyzstan power adapters

Power adapters for Kyrgyzstan

Complicated voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Kyrgyzstan. This page has links to instructions which shows exactly how to power your devices when travelling to Kyrgyzstan by using their F or C type 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power adapters vary from region to region so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Kyrgyzstan?

The best power adapter for Kyrgyzstan is a Type F power adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Kyrgyzstan?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Kyrgyzstan is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Kyrgyzstani power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Kyrgyzstan?

This depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Kyrgyzstan.

What does a power adapter for Kyrgyzstan do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Kyrgyzstan by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter for Kyrgyzstan

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Kyrgyzstan

Power adapters are most likely be available in 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.

It will be 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 but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Kyrgyzstan

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A 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.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include USB charging ports built in.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • Some models have a surge protector built in, this will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return home the universal travel power adapter could still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with a high powered appliance - for example hair straighteners, clothes irons, kettles or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily fail.
  • Universal adapters only provide power to a single plug.
  • Might not be totally universal; some models might not cover some countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for devices which aren't 220 volts. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

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.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads making them useful in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models should have a surge protector built in.
  • The charger can still be of use in your home country.
  • Interchangeable heads will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Kyrgyzstan.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • As it only has USB outputs you can't charge appliances, just USB powered devices. [7] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Kyrgyzstani power outlet.
  • Certain models will convert voltage for lower wattage devices. So even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in Kyrgyzstan when using just a travel power strip. This will make them a cheaper lightweight alternative option to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Some models will also feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power grids in some areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge can damage devices. There are some travel power strips which include a surge protector built in to protect your device from being overpowered.
  • A power strip can potentially still be useful 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 Kyrgyzstan.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips won't support higher wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair straighteners.
  • Because of their weight power strips might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for travellers with only a small number of devices and appliances which need powering. [8] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable.
  • Simple to use.
  • Using a Type F power adapter will work in Kyrgyzstan.
  • Small and lightweight.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One power adapter for each plug - for each appliance you wish to bring you'll also need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Kyrgyzstani power outlet but doesn't change the actual voltage used in Kyrgyzstan. If your device doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you plan to visit more than just one country then you might need to bring along multiple plug adapter types.
  • You will also still need to pack a separate domestic USB charger if you need to charge a USB device.
  • Hotel rooms in Kyrgyzstan may only have a single power outlet, so you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at once. [3] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • A set typically works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual plug adapters for multiple locations.
  • Ensures that you are covered for all plug outlet types and not just a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.
  • If you are visiting multiple locations a power plug adapter set is ideal.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should operate in Kyrgyzstan.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which power adapters to bring, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every plug adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones) - so check that your set includes one which is compatible with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug but doesn't change the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in Kyrgyzstan and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Kyrgyzstan.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Kyrgyzstan.
  • 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 Kyrgyzstan.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Kyrgyzstan

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 Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstani power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Kyrgyzstani 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 Kyrgyzstan 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)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Kyrgyzstan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kyrgyzstan?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Kyrgyzstan?

There are two types of power supply used in Kyrgyzstan, 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 adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall outlet (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kyrgyzstan?

To use a 110V appliance in a Kyrgyzstani power outlet you need a step down power converter.

What is the frequency used in Kyrgyzstan?

The frequency of the current from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Does Kyrgyzstan have power outages?

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

Are electrical outlets available in Kyrgyzstan?

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

Should I use a portable charger in Kyrgyzstan?

USB power bank for charging smartphones

Should I use a portable charger in Kyrgyzstan?

As power isn't available in all areas of Kyrgyzstan 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 10,000mAh power bank 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 can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank 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 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 or rechargeable cordless flat iron are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity like Kyrgyzstan.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Will a solar charger work in Kyrgyzstan?

A solar backpack in the sun

Will a solar charger work in Kyrgyzstan?

Typical solar power banks can slowly recharge up in direct sunlight, but due to the sunlight in Kyrgyzstan and the limitation of the size of the solar cells it won't be dependable enough for visitors. Due to their compact surface area a solar charger will need to be left in strong sunshine for long periods of time in order to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove difficult to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges between cloud cover.

  • Instead, the larger panels found on a solar backpack will give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time.
  • Phones that have been plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can gradually recharge the battery during sunny periods in Kyrgyzstan, but could prove inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag if it is to be needed constantly. So it is recommended to plug in a normal power bank to a solar backpack which can then be constantly topped up during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without daylight.
  • Because of the climate in Kyrgyzstan a bag should have the very minimum solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • Solar bags are available in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them perfect for domestic, travel and work.
  • The durable and flexible panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratching and bending, unlike regular rigid solar cells.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

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)

Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Kyrgyzstan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two different types of plug sockets that Kirghiz use (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 just 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 compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters 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 back at home so when you’re not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Kyrgyzstan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kyrgyzstan?

  • 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 Kyrgyzstan.
  • 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 Kyrgyzstan.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Kyrgyzstan power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Kyrgyzstan 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 perfect.
  • 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Kyrgyzstani 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. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Kyrgyzstan?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Kyrgyzstan

What is a power converter for a Kyrgyzstani power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani 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 Kyrgyzstan?

An expensive and heavy power converter converts a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani 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 Kyrgyzstan. [10] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Kyrgyzstan?

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

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Kyrgyzstan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • 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 to use 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 need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, 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.
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than bringing 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 Kyrgyzstan , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [19] [AD]

What converter do I need for Kyrgyzstan?

You will need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Kyrgyzstani power outlet. [10] [AD]

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

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

What voltage is used in Kyrgyzstan?

Kyrgyzstan uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
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 dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best method to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend 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

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters.

What type of adapter do you need for Kyrgyzstan?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Kyrgyzstan?

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

What different types of electrical items do you need to use in Kyrgyzstan?

Make a list of items to bring

What different types of electrical items do you need to use in Kyrgyzstan?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB powered electrical devices which plug into a USB port - for example cellphones.
  • If you only have to bring along just USB powered devices to Kyrgyzstan then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack one compact charger plus your charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical items will you be taking to Kyrgyzstan?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Kyrgyzstan?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Kyrgyzstan (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 your devices and appliances only work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Kyrgyzstan?

Will you only need USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Kyrgyzstan?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Kyrgyzstan 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. [7] [AD]
How many wall outlets are available in Kyrgyzstan?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Kyrgyzstan?

  • The accommodation in Kyrgyzstan 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. [8] [AD]

What is your budget?

  • A cheap power adapter which charges a single device from a Kyrgyzstani power outlet (provided that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 220 volts), however investing in a little more allows you to charge more than one device at once and be able to bring them to various countries.

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Kyrgyzstan?

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

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

Are you flying long haul

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

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Kyrgyzstan 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 power bank 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. [4] [AD]
Do you bringing just hand luggage to Kyrgyzstan?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Kyrgyzstan?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Power in Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan 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 power bank and a solar backpack.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]

What can I connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Travel appliances that can plug into a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Kyrgyzstani power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Kyrgyzstan, 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. While WikiConnections strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, we make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. 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.

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