Iran power adapters - what plugs are used in Iran?

Iranian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Iran?

You'll need to pack a Type F power adapter for Iran if the plug you intend to use won't fit in an Iranian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Iran will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with an Iranian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Be aware that areas of Iran do not have power, it is advised to pack a portable power bank if you need to keep your cellphone charged whilst in an area that doesn't have power.
  • If you are from America travelling to Iran you will need to use a plug adapter to fit a US plug into an Iranian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Iran bring a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Iranian power outlet then it should work in Iran without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Iranian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Iran such a Type F power adapter. A plug adapter for Iran (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iran, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Iran to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Iran if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F power adapter.
  • If you only need to bring one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type F power adapter otherwise you will also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Iran[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Iran please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Iran power adapters

Power adapters for Iran

Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to visit a new country, especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Iran. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when staying in Iran using the Type F or C Iranian 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power sockets are different depending on which region you are visiting therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Iran?

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

What is the best power adapter for Iran?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an Iranian power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

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 in Iran?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Iranian power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Iran.

Do I need a power adapter for Iran?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

What does a power adapter for an Iranian power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Iran simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter for Iran

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Iran

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 Iran

Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet.
  • Certain models of travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops or cameras. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it will still work in Iran when using a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheap alternative to a power converter.
  • Some models should feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power outlets in some countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power could damage your electronics. Some power strips also include a built in surge protector, this will protect your device from being overpowered.
  • It should potentially be of use domestically as a USB charger and power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Iran.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The power converter on a travel power strip doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair straighteners.
  • Due to their weight travel power strips might be too bulky for carrying in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be considered excessive for travellers only bringing a small number of appliances and devices to power. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only want to power devices which use USB, for example tablet computers, cell phones and Kindles.
  • Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers you only have to pack a single charger.
  • Supplied with swappable heads which make them versatile in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Has surge protector built in.
  • The charger will still be of use when you return home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Iran.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power electrical appliances, just USB devices. [7] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheapest option.
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to use.
  • Bringing a Type F power adapter will be ideal for Iran.
  • Small and lightweight.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 plug adapter for each appliance - for every device or appliance you wish to use you will also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • This plug adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Iranian power outlet and not the voltage used in Iran. So if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • If you intend to visit more than just Iran you might need to pack more than one type of plug adapter.
  • If you wish to charge any USB device then you also need to bring a USB charger as well.
  • Accomodation in Iran might only have one power outlet, therefore you'll only be able to charge a single device at once. [3] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful for travelling to multiple countries. Typical models will operate in around 150 countries.
  • An all in one design. Both lightweight and small.
  • Some universal travel adapters include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some universal travel adapters also have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • When you return home the universal travel power adapter will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in an Iranian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high power electrical appliances such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to break on your trip.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • They lack an in-built power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt electrical appliances in Iran. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • A power adapter set typically works out more reasonable than buying multiple plug adapter types.
  • Ensures you are covered for every eventuality and not just an Iranian power outlet.
  • Suitable if you are travelling to multiple countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be compatible with an Iranian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to decide which power adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack each adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • Having just one functioning plug adapter the remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially the less common ones), so ensure that your set has one which is compatible in Iran.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in an Iranian power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 220 volts from a Iranian power outlet and not the shape of the plug to slot in a Iranian power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Iran.
  • The normal size of most models makes them too heavy for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Useless after your trip to Iran.
  • Often cheaper to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible country.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Iran

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 Iran 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 Iranian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Iranian 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 Iran 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

Iran power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Iran?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Iran?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this plug outlet by the two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom. [3] [AD]

What electrical frequency is used in an Iranian power outlet?

The frequency in an Iranian power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Iran?

A step down power converter will allow you to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in an Iranian power outlet.

How reliable is electric in Iran?

Although power outages are unpredictable, the power supply in Iran is classed as dependable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts.

Are electrical outlets common in Iran?

In Iran almost 5% of the population doesn't have access to electricity.

Do I need a power bank for Iran?

Portable charger for charging phones

Do I need a power bank for Iran?

Because some areas of Iran don't have access to electric visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can assure a reliable power supply, alternatively use a second charging solution if they wish to recharge devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and streaming videos can syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your accommodation or hotel.
  • Bringing a portable power bank alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing an Iranian power outlet, especially when travelling to a country with a lack of access to electricity in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh power bank which will store enough power to cover over 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost seven days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Iran.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or rechargeable cordless flat iron are designed for travelling to countries with limited access to electricity like Iran.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Will a solar battery charger work in Iran?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Will a solar battery charger work in Iran?

The sunlight in Iran will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Iran.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Iran, however could be inconvenient to have a phone continuously tethered to the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a battery power bank into a solar backpack which can then be continuously powered up during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge your phone using the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • Even though the sunlight in Iran is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been built to survive scratching and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.  [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)

Iran 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 Iran?

If you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for Iran to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Iranians use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you’re not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Iran we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Iran?

Why use a travel USB charger for Iran?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions making them ideal when visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different outlets to Iran.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Iran.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Iran along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Iran only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Iran might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Iran for useful advice on the best power adapter for an Iranian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Iran?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Iran using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Iran. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Iran

What is a power converter for Iran?

A power converter for Iran allows you to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Iranian 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 Iran?

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 220 volt Iranian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Iran. [10] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Iran?

If visiting Iran from a different country please check the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting Iran from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device doesn't support 220 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
  • You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Iranian power outlet.
  • Purchasing a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more practical and cost effective than trying to carry a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with an Iranian power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [19] [AD]

What kind of converter do I need for Iran?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Iran you need to use a step down power converter[10] [AD]

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Iranian 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 Iran before plugging that into an Iranian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 220 volt Iranian power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage does Iran use?

Iran uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might depend on the make or model of your device but should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for Iran?

Which type of plug adapter do I need for Iran?

The type of power converter which is best to use in Iran will depend on various requirements, so before deciding which adapter to use we suggest using this checklist:

How many devices will you be taking to Iran?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many devices will you be taking to Iran?

  • Add up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Iran (such as tablets, mobile phones, eReaders, hair dryers or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these also.
  • Are you bringing children along who might need to recharge their devices as well?
Are you only charging USB devices in Iran?

Will you only need USB devices

Are you only charging USB devices in Iran?

What types of electrical items do you want to use in Iran?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical items do you want to use in Iran?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB powered electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only need to pack that single lightweight charger .
  • A travel power strip is made for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.

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

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Iran?

How many Iranian power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Iranian power outlets are available?

  • Hotels in Iran might only offer one power outlet. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of more than one device overnight because you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time we suggest using a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can power multiple USB ports or power outlets. [6] [AD]

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter which charges only a single device in a single location (provided that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts) however paying a little more will allow you to power more than one device at once and you can use them in various countries.
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Are you flying long haul to travel to Iran?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to travel to Iran?

  • If you are embarking on an extended trip to get to Iran it's worth considering an airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can be used to power phones and tablets.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a portable power bank which will recharge on the go. After landing in Iran you might have to use a mobile phone for making a telephone call, messenging, using mapping to locate accomodation or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample battery power remaining. [4] [AD]

What can I connect to an Iranian power outlet

Travel appliances that can plug into an Iranian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Iranian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iranian power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Iranian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Iranian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Iranian power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Iranian power outlet

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

Corrections

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

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  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F power adapter - A versatile Type F adapter, also known as Schuko, compatible with Europlugs and CEE 7/17 plugs. Ideal for use in countries using the Germany outlet type like Peru, Chile, and Uruguay..
  4. Portable power bank - Portable power banks are invaluable batteries for travel, especially in unfamiliar locations. Advanced charging technologies offer fast and efficient power delivery to mobile phones, tablets and headphones via USB ports..
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  6. Travel power strip - Combining surge protection, AC outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters, the travel power strip is a comprehensive power solution for global travellers..
  7. Universal multi-device USB wall charger - A universal multi-device USB wall charger features USB PD and standard ports for fast charging simultaneous. These includes interchangeable international plug adapters making it ideal for travel and certified for safety to protect against current and heat.
  8. Universal travel power adapter - The universal travel power adapter is a versatile single solution for power on the go, compatible in over 150+ countries worldwide. A single unit compact design makes it a travel essential which easily fits into any travel bag..
  9. Power adapter set - A plug adapter set is a future-proof travel essential, containing various adapters to fit diverse power outlets around the world to ensure compatibility in a wide range of countries..
  10. Step down power converter - Step-down power converters are engineered to safely convert higher voltages of 220V / 240V to 110V / 120V, allowing the use of appliances designed for lower voltage systems to be used in countries with higher voltage power outlets..
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  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable hair dryers ideal for travel are lightweight and cordless for mobility, have low-heat settings for hair health, and a fast-charging battery for time efficiency. Additional LED indicators can help monitor battery life..
  13. Rechargeable cordless flat iron - Modern rechargeable cordless flat irons use advanced battery technology for consistent temperature control. Suitable for airline safe travel with universal voltage and USB charging capabilities..
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - A portable charging device with a 10,000mAh capacity, commonly used for extending the battery life of mobile phones and other small electronics..
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - A high-capacity charging device featuring 20,000mAh energy storage, capable of multiple charge cycles for mobile phones and some tablets. Suitable for extended periods away from power sources..
  16. USB-C PD power bank - A USB-C PD power bank utilises Power Delivery technology to facilitate high-speed charging, particularly for laptops requiring substantial power. A high wattage power bank ensures fast and efficient energy transfer, supporting USB-C enabled devices..
  17. Solar backpack - Incorporating large solar panel with USB outputs, solar backpacks are ideal as a reliable secondary source of energy for device charging in remote travel locations where electrical outlets are unavailable or unreliable..
  18. Solar power bank - Solar power banks integrate photovoltaic cells to offer a self-sustaining charging option, ideal when a backup power source is required for locations where electrical outlets are unreliable, scarce or unknown..
  19. Heavy duty power converter - Heavy-duty power converters robust voltage transformation capabilities for designed for high-wattage devices, making them best suited for appliances like kettles and hair dryers that consume a significant amounts of power..
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