Libya power adapters - what plugs are used in Libya?

Libyan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Libya?

Bring a Type D plug adapter [3] to Libya if your plug doesn't fit into a Libyan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Libya all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Libyan power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Be aware that areas of Libya do not have power, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your cellphone charged whilst in an area that doesn't have power.
  • If you're visiting Libya from America you will need to use a suitable power adapter for Libya to fit a US plug into a Libyan power outlet and check that your appliance or charger can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Libyan power outlet then you can use it in Libya.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Libyan power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Libya such a Type D plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Libya (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Libya, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 127 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Libya to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Libya if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Libya.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 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 Libya please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Libya power adapters

Power adapters for Libya

Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to travel to 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 Libya. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in Libya using the standard D, C, F or L type Libyan 127 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power adapters will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

The best power adapter for Libya will be a Type D power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small and cheap plastic adapter which allows an electic outlet in Libya to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Libya?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Libyan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step up power converter for Libya along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Libya?

If the type of Libyan power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Libya from the US?

American plugs won't physically fit into a Libyan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Libya.

What does a power adapter for a Libyan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Libya by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Libya power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Libya?

There are four types of power outlets used in Libya, these are type D, C, F and L with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket, also known as a type D power outlet, looks like 3 circular holes forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral and a pair of metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the hexagon shaped wall socket by the three round holes in a line for live, neutral and earth. You'll find there are two different types of Type L wall socket, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins which are spaced 8mm apart.
What plug sockets are used in Libya?

Do US plugs work in Libya?

No; an American plug won't work in Libya because it can't fit in a Libyan power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Libya the same as the US?

The voltage in Libya is 127 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. Even though these are similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your US power charger or appliance supports voltage fluctuations between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Libya?

Use a step up power converter if you wish to bring a 220V, 230V or 240V appliance to Libya.

Is a Libyan power outlet the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Libyan power outlet therefore bring a power adapter for Libya. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so you will need to check that your appliance works with a 50hz power supply.

What electrical frequency is used in a Libyan power outlet?

The frequency in a Libyan power outlet is 50Hz.

Are electrical outlets common in Libya?

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

How reliable is electric in Libya?

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

Do I need a power bank for Libya?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Do I need a power bank for Libya?

Because some areas of Libya 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 charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing a Libyan 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 [4] which will store enough power to cover over 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] 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 [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Libya.
  • 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 [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling to countries with limited access to electricity like Libya.
Will a solar battery charger work in Libya?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Will a solar battery charger work in Libya?

The sunlight in Libya will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] 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 [11] 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 Libya.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Libya, 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 [4] 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 Libya 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.

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)

Libya 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 Libya?

If you are travelling with more than just one device the best international travel charger for Libya to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Libyans use four different types of power outlets (types D, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Libya?

Why use a travel USB charger for Libya?

  • 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 Africa which will probably use different outlets to Libya.
  • 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 Libya.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 127 volt power outlets in Libya along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Libya 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 Libya 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 Libya for useful advice on the best power adapter for a Libyan 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.

What is the best USB charger for Libya?

The 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 Libya 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 Libya.

Power converters for Libya

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Libya enable travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric device with a 127 volt Libyan 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 Libya?

A heavy and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 127 volt Libyan power outlet to work with a non-127 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 Libya.

Do I need a power converter for Libya?

If you are travelling to Libya from a different region please check the device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [15] if you are travelling to Libya from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance doesn't support 127 volts. See the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 127 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from a different country which use a higher voltage such as 230 volts and used with 127 volts sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Libya from a different region then check that it can be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [15].
  • You won't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] to allow it to be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Libya.
  • For more information read our travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Libyan power outlets which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Libya from the US?

You won't need to bring a power converter because the voltage from a Libyan power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as the US.

What converter do I need for Libya?

You will need to buy a step up power converter [15] which will allow you to use any 220-240 volt appliance in Libya.

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [15] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Libyan 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 Libya before plugging that into a Libyan 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.

What voltage does Libya use?

Libya uses 127 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 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 easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Libya, 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 [18].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libya - Libya Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets