Qatar power adapters - what plugs are used in Qatar?

Qatari power outlet

What adapter do I need for Qatar?

Bring a Type G plug adapter to Qatar if your plug doesn't fit in a Qatari power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Qatar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Qatari power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US visiting Qatar then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Qatar to fit a US plug into a Qatari power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Qatar pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Qatari power outlet then it can work in Qatar.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Qatari power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Qatar such a Type G plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Qatar (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Qatar, but can't convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Qatar to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar[3]
  • Excess use of a cellphone during a vacation to Qatar can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger if you wish to recharge your mobile phone whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 240 volts used in Qatar you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Qatar please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Qatar power adapters

Power adapters for Qatar

If you are packing for a vacation to Qatar it's helpful to know if you'll be able to power any electronics when you're there. By not knowing which power supply is used in Qatar you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to buy a suitable charger when you're there which could be incompatible. Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Qatar. This page has links to useful instructions showing you exactly how to power your devices when going to Qatar using their G or D type 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please note that Type G wall outlets will be normally used by most Qataris. Most power sockets will vary from region to region so we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

The best power adapter for Qatar is a Type G plug adapter which allows you to use any 240 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

What is a power adapter for a Qatari power outlet?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a power outlet in Qatar to accept a power plug from a foreign region. [5]

Do I need a plug adapter for Qatar?

If the type of electric outlet in Qatar outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Qatar?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Qatari power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need to bring a step down power converter.

What does a power adapter for Qatar do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their electrical devices in Qatar by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where to buy a power adapter in Qatar

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Qatar

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Qatar

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Qatar

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 Qatar

Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Qatari power outlet, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage devices. So even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used in Qatar by using only a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheaper alternative to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most models include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain countries can fluctuate, a surge in power could damage your delicate electronics. There are some models which have a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can potentially 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 Qatar.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers and clothes irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too heavy for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of items to power. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only need to charge USB devices such as iPhones, tablet computers and MP3 players.
  • You will only need to pack a single unit rather than pack lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers should have a surge protector built in.
  • When you return to your home country it will still work.
  • The interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Qatar.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any appliances, only USB ones. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will function in around 150 different countries.
  • All-in-one design which is small and lightweight for under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • Some models have 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 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 power strip could still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Qatari power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high power appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The shutters, pins and other moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only provide power to a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries; some models might not cover some countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 240 volts in Qatar. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter will be ideal for Qatar.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to operate.
  • Cheap, with prices under $10 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$5).
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you plan to travel to more than just one country then you might need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • An adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Qatari power outlet but not the voltage - if your appliance doesn't work with 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Only one plug adapter for each device - for every separate device you will also need to pack a separate plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Qatar may only have a single wall outlet, so you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also need to bring your domestic USB charger as well. [3]
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 (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5) an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than purchasing multiple power plug adapters costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / around C$5) each.
  • Covers every country and not just a Qatari power outlet.
  • If you are visiting multiple countries a power plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Qatar.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; you will need to choose which power adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively pack every adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to bring with you.
  • Having only one compatible plug adapter working in Qatar the remaining power adapters will be useless.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with a Qatari power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Qatari power outlet but won't change the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 240 volts in Qatar and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Qatari power outlet, therefore you will still be required to bring a suitable power adapter.
  • The normal size of most models makes them unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • It is usually less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$110-C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Qatar

Type G 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 Qatar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Qatari power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Qatari 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 240 volt AC appliance in Qatar 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 £20 GBP / under C$5) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40) between $15 to $20 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Qatar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

There are two types of power supply used in Qatar, these are type G and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 circular holes forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type G - This wall outlet, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like three vertical slots in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins. [3]

What electrical frequency is used in Qatar?

The frequency found in a Qatari power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Qatar?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a Qatari power outlet you will need to use a step down power converter.

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How reliable is the electricity in Qatar?

Even though consistent power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Qatar is reliable as there is no pattern of regular power failures compared to other countries.

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Are power outlets available in Qatar?

100% of population has access to electricity in Qatar.

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Should I bring a portable charger to Qatar?

A power bank

Should I bring a portable charger to Qatar?

Whilst power blackouts aren't regular with electricity being available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge mobiles and other devices.

  • With many being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon in an unknown location. During a trip to Qatar increased reliance on smart phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, sat nav, social networks and playing games could syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger for Qatar lowers the risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone without needing a Qatari power outlet.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger can store enough energy to cover around three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are ideal for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Do solar chargers work in Qatar?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Qatar?

The sunlight in Qatar will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to provide suitable energy for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar cells found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time and could still generate some power when overcast, making them ideal for the climate in Qatar.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Qatar, however this could be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug a power bank to a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without sunshine.
  • Although the sunlight in Qatar is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been made to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them perfect for work, domestic and travel.  [4] [17] [18]

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)

Qatar 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 Qatar?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Qataris use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

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

What USB charger do I need for Qatar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Qatar?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if travelling across different countries which will probably use a different standard to Qatar.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Qatar.
  • USB chargers will accept the 240 volt power outlets in Qatar along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Qatar might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge 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 around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore 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 fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Qatar might prove problematic and expensive.
  • More expensive USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Qatari power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Qatari power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from 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 need extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Qatar?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North 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 best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Qatar 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 the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar. [7]

Power converters for Qatar

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Qatar, but a more expensive and heavier power converter transforms a 240 volt Qatari power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Qatar?

When you are travelling to Qatar from another region please ensure that the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Qatar from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 240 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 240 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used with 240 volts run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.
  • 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.
  • Read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons with a Qatari power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What kind of converter do I need for Qatar?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Qatar you need a step down power converter[10]

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power 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 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar before plugging that into a Qatari 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 240 volt Qatari power outlet. [10]

What voltage is used in Qatar?

Qatar uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to see if a appliance is dual voltage or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say 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 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 (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Qatar?

Which type of power adapter will I need for Qatar?

The power converter that is suitable for Qatar will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend reading this checklist:

How many electrical items are you packing for Qatar?

How many devices will you be taking

How many electrical items are you packing for Qatar?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to Qatar (including laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons and hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer soon?
    • There are a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as a power charging source, the if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional devices also.
  • Are you also bringing family along that will need to recharge their iPads too?
Will you only be charging USB devices in Qatar?

Are you only charging USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Qatar?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in Qatar then we suggest just bringing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well. [7]
What types of devices do you want to charge in Qatar?

Make a list of items you need

What types of devices do you want to charge in Qatar?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into an electrical outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which plug into a USB port - for example cellphones.
  • When you only have to bring along just USB powered devices to Qatar then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to pack one lightweight charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is designed for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices (such as cameras), but won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion, potentially damaging the travel power strip.

Will your devices work with a 240 volt power outlet?

Is Qatar the only country you plan to visit?

How many wall outlets are available in Qatar?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in Qatar?

  • Accommodation in Qatar may have only a single power outlet on the wall. This could present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as tablets, cellphones or laptops overnight because you can only charge one device at a time then need to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices at the same time then we suggest bringing a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that are capable of powering multiple USB ports and outlets. [6]

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5) which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 240 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.
Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Are you visiting other countries with reliable access to electrical power?

  • Power in Qatar is stable however if you plan to visit other countries you may need an electrical adapter which will protect your electrical devices. Voltage could sporadically fluctuate in some regions and this might cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for countries with limited electricity access or any power cuts.  [4] [4] [17]
How long does it take to get to Qatar?

Are you flying long haul

How long does it take to get to Qatar?

  • For extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing a convenient charger which is perfect for airports that works in different power outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in hand luggage and can charge phones and tablets right before an extensive trip.
  • As not all airports have power outlets please think about packing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you might need to rely on a cell phone to make calls, messenging, using sat nav to locate a hotel or viewing itineraries; so ensure that your phone will have enough power stored. [4]

What can I connect to a Qatari power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Qatari power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Qatari power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Qatar, 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[21]

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. Wikipedia - Qatari Wiki page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, priced between $5 to $10 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under C$5).
  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, under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  5. Wikipedia - 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 price between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$40).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-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, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$25).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (around £25 GBP / under C$5).
  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, priced between $110 to $120 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$120).
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated price between $180 to $190 USD (£140-£150 GBP / under C$210).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price under $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  15. 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 between $45 to $50 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$50).
  16. 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).
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated cost under $100 USD (£110-£120 GBP / C$130-C$140).
  18. 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 (under £30 GBP / under C$60).
  19. 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 (under £110 GBP / under C$70).
  20. 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, priced at between $160 to $170 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$250).
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -