Tunisia power adapters - what plugs are used in Tunisia?

Tunisian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tunisia?

Bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to Tunisia if the plug you need to use won't fit in a Tunisian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Tunisia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Tunisian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Tunisia, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're planning on visiting Tunisia from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Tunisian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Tunisia you also need to pack a power converter for Tunisia if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Tunisian power outlet then it will work in Tunisia.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Tunisian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tunisia such a Type E plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Tunisia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tunisia, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Tunisia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tunisia if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as a mobile phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tunisia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Tunisia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Tunisia power adapters

Power adapters for Tunisia

When packing for a holiday to Tunisia it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to use any vital devices when you're there. By not knowing which power socket is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there which could be incompatible and damage your device. Complicated combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Tunisia. This page has links to useful instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Tunisia using their standard types E or C 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware that Type E power outlets are typically used by a majority of Tunisians. When travelling you'll discover most power adapters will change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tunisia?

The best power adapter for Tunisia is a Type E power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tunisia?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Tunisia to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Tunisia?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Tunisian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Tunisia.

Do I need a power adapter in Tunisia?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Tunisia then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Tunisia if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Tunisia as an American plug won't physically fit into a Tunisian power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Tunisia if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Tunisia allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Tunisia by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tunisia?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tunisia?

Power adapters are typically available in most 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.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

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

Tunisia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tunisia?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Tunisia?

There are two types of power supply used in Tunisia, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed circular wall outlet (technically known as a type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by two large holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular pattern.

Do US plugs work in Tunisia?

No - an American plug won't work in Tunisia because it doesn't fit in a Tunisian power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Tunisia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Tunisia?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Tunisia you will need a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in Tunisia the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Tunisian power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Tunisian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Tunisia the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Tunisian power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Tunisia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Tunisia and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in Tunisia?

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

Are there power outages in Tunisia?

Tunisia reports power cuts once a month.

Are power outlets available in Tunisia?

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

Do I need a portable charger for Tunisia?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Tunisia combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Tunisia increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Tunisia and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Tunisia.
Do I need a portable charger for Tunisia?

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)

Tunisia 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 Tunisia?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel power adapter for Tunisia is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Tunisians use (E and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will also allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters on your Tunisian trip or occupying additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers and using only a single power outlet.

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Tunisia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tunisia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different outlets to Tunisia.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Tunisia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Tunisia along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Tunisia might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Tunisia could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Tunisian power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Tunisian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tunisia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Tunisia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Tunisia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Tunisia.

Power converters for Tunisia

What does a power converter for a Tunisian power outlet do?

Power converters for Tunisia allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Tunisian 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 plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [12] will transform a 230 volt Tunisian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Tunisia.

Do I need a power converter for Tunisia?

When travelling to Tunisia from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Tunisian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Tunisia in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Tunisian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Tunisia from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Tunisia is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Tunisia?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Tunisia you will need to buy a step down power converter [13].

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Tunisian 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 Tunisia before plugging that into a Tunisian 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 230 volt Tunisian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Tunisia?

Tunisia uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

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

Voltage converter

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

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 or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might 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 large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Tunisian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Tunisian power outlet

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Mobile phones that can connect to the Tunisian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Tunisian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Tunisia, 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 [15].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunisia - wikipedia.org entry about Tunisia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets