Tajikistan power adapters - what plugs are used in Tajikistan?

Tajikistani power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tajikistan?

Use a Type F plug adapter [3] for Tajikistan if the plug you intend on using won't fit in a Tajikistani power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Tajikistan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Tajikistani power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Certain areas in Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Tajikistani power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Tajikistan you will also need to bring a power converter for Tajikistan if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Tajikistani power outlet then you can use it in Tajikistan.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Tajikistani power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tajikistan such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Tajikistan (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tajikistan, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Tajikistan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tajikistan if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tajikistan.

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 Tajikistan please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Tajikistan power adapters

Power adapters for Tajikistan

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Tajikistan. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Tajikistan by using the standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find that most power adapters are different regionally so we recommend that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tajikistan?

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

What is the best power adapter for Tajikistan?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Tajikistan is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Tajikistani 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].

What does a power adapter for Tajikistan do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Tajikistan?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of Tajikistani power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Tajikistani 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Tajikistan

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tajikistan

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 Tajikistan

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 Tajikistan.
  • 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 Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
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, around $15 USD (around £15 GBP / around C$25).
  • 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 a Tajikistani 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.
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Tajikistani power outlet, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  • 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 Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan.

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.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with surge protection

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 £20 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 a Tajikistani power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$45-C$50) a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just a Tajikistani 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 a Tajikistani 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 a Tajikistani power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Tajikistani power outlet but won't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in Tajikistan and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Tajikistani power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Tajikistan.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Tajikistan.
  • 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 Tajikistan.
  • Expensive; between $90 to $100 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Tajikistan

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 Tajikistan 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 Tajikistani power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan 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 (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$45-C$50) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Tajikistan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tajikistan?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Tajikistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called a type C socket or Europlug, is identified by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power outlet, also called a Schuko socket, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and thin metal grounding clips above and below.

What is the frequency used in Tajikistan?

The frequency of the current from a Tajikistani power outlet is 50Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Tajikistan?

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

Are electrical outlets available in Tajikistan?

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

Are there many power outages in Tajikistan?

Typically Tajikistan suffers power blackouts several times per month so with this high level of unreliability you should prepare accordingly.

Should I use a portable charger in Tajikistan?

A USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I use a portable charger in Tajikistan?

As power isn't available in all areas of Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan.
Will a solar charger work in Tajikistan?

A solar bag

Will a solar charger work in Tajikistan?

Typical solar power banks [17] can slowly recharge up in direct sunlight, but due to the sunlight in Tajikistan 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 [16] 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 Tajikistan, 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 [4] 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 Tajikistan 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.

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)

Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan?

When travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Tajikistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Tajikistan (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 that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling to different continents we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Tajikistan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tajikistan?

  • 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 Tajikistan.
  • 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 Tajikistan.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Tajikistan power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan?

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 Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan.

Power converters for Tajikistan

What is a power converter for a Tajikistani power outlet?

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 220 volt Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan.

Do I need a power converter for Tajikistan?

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

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Tajikistan 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 [19].
  • 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 Tajikistan , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Tajikistan?

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

What voltage is used in Tajikistan?

Tajikistan uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

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 a 220 volt Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan before plugging that into a Tajikistani 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 Tajikistani power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best 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

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.
  • Travel 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 Tajikistan?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Tajikistan?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan?

How much are you packing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Tajikistan?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Tajikistan (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?
What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Tajikistani power outlet?

Make a list of items you need

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Tajikistani 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 Tajikistan 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.
How many wall outlets are available in Tajikistan?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Tajikistan?

  • The accommodation in Tajikistan 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.

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

Will you only be charging USB devices in Tajikistan?

Are you only charging USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices in Tajikistan?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Tajikistan 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.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) to power only one single device in Tajikistan (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.

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Tajikistan?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Power in Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan 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 Tajikistan?

How long will it take to fly

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

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Tajikistan 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.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Tajikistan?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Tajikistan?

What can I connect to a Tajikistani power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Tajikistani power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tajikistani power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tajikistani power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Tajikistani power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Tajikistani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Tajikistani power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Tajikistan, 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/Tajikistan - Tajikistan 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, costs 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. 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 between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$30).
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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 £5 GBP / under C$50).
  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 $90 to $100 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130).
  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 between $150 to $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / under C$210).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$50).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (around £15 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, priced 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, estimated cost between $160 to $170 USD (£100-£110 GBP / around C$120).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets