Kuwait power adapters - what plugs are used in Kuwait?

Kuwaiti power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kuwait?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for Kuwait if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Kuwait will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Kuwaiti power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting Kuwait from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Kuwaiti power outlet. As the voltage is different in Kuwait use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet then it will work in Kuwait.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Kuwait such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Kuwait (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kuwait, but won't convert the voltage from 240 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Kuwait to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Kuwait if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Kuwait.
  • Excessive use of a mobile phone during a trip can create an additional drain on the battery, it is practical to pack a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your cellphone or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Kuwait read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Kuwait power adapters

Power adapters for Kuwait

Different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Kuwait. This page has links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when visiting Kuwait using their standard types G or C 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will find power sockets differ depending on which region you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the World power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Kuwait?

The best power adapter for Kuwait is a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Kuwait?

What is a power adapter for a Kuwaiti power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Kuwaiti power outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Kuwaiti power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Kuwait?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Kuwait.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Kuwait from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Kuwaiti power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Kuwait, and because the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Kuwait if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Kuwait allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Kuwait by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Kuwait power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kuwait?

Type C and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Kuwait?

There are two types of power supply used in Kuwait, types G and C with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet (technically known as a type C socket or Europlug) is identified by 2 holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 vertical rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle shape.

Do US plugs work in Kuwait?

No; an American plug won't work in Kuwait because it won't fit in a Kuwaiti power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Kuwait the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Kuwaiti power outlet is 240 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Kuwait which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are Kuwaiti power outlets the same as the US?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kuwait?

To use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Kuwaiti power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

What is the frequency used with a Kuwaiti power outlet?

The frequency from a Kuwaiti power outlet is 50Hz.

Is electrical power reliable in Kuwait?

While power cuts are unpredictable, electricity in Kuwait is dependable as there is no history of persistent power cuts in comparison to other countries.

Are power outlets common in Kuwait?

100 percent of population in Kuwait has access to electricity.

Do I need a portable charger for Kuwait?

Whilst electrical cuts aren't common and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge their cell phone.

  • During a trip to Kuwait increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, sat nav, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your smart phone on the move.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough energy to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical smart phone charged for up to 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the power bank can do, so a higher mAh will be better for travellers.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop when travelling to Kuwait. Be aware that some airlines won't let you bring power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Typical 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.
Do I need a portable charger for Kuwait?
Does a solar powered charger work in Kuwait?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar powered charger work in Kuwait?

The sunlight in Kuwait will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce enough energy for a single charge cycle. This might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the larger cells used on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Kuwait.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Kuwait, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be used frequently. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is constantly exposed to light so will be topping up a power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the climate in Kuwait is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending. They are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, travel and work 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)

Kuwait 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 Kuwait?

If travelling with more than just one device the best travel power adapter for Kuwait is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two standards of power outlets that Kuwaitis use (G and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Having a 4 port adapter will also allow you to power multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters on your Kuwaiti trip or using up additional wall outlets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose power charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] 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 Kuwait?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kuwait?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Asia which are likely to use a different standard to Kuwait.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Kuwait.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 240 volts used in Kuwait power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Kuwait might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often 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.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Kuwait could prove to be problematic and expensive.
  • Premium USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Kuwait for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Kuwaiti power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive 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 every night using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Kuwait?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Kuwait 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 Kuwait.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kuwait.

Power converters for Kuwait

What does a power converter for Kuwait do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

A heavy and expensive power converter [14] will transform the voltage of 240 volts from a Kuwaiti power outlet to work with a non-240 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Kuwait.

Do I need a power converter for Kuwait?

If travelling to Kuwait from a different country ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling to Kuwait from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 240 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 240 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Kuwait just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Kuwaiti power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Kuwait from the US?

The 240 volts used in a electric outlet in Kuwait is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Kuwait?

You need to buy a step down power converter [15] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Kuwait.

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Kuwaiti 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 Kuwait before plugging that into a Kuwaiti power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 240 volt Kuwaiti power outlet.

What voltage does Kuwait use?

Kuwait uses 240 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Kuwaiti power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Kuwaiti power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kuwaiti power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kuwaiti power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Kuwaiti power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Kuwaiti power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Kuwaiti power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Kuwaiti power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Kuwait, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwait - wikipedia.org entry about Kuwait.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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 down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets