Syria power adapters - what plugs are used in Syria?

Syrian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Syria?

You will need to pack a Type E plug adapter [3] for Syria if your plug doesn't fit into a Syrian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Syria all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Syrian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Some areas of Syria do not have access to power, we recommend bringing a power bank [4] if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery whilst staying in an area with no power.
  • If you are from the US visiting Syria then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Syria to fit a US plug into a Syrian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Syria pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Syrian power outlet then you can use it in Syria.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Syrian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Syria such a Type E plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Syria (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Syria, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Syria to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Syria if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you need to charge USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Syria.

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

Syria power adapters

Power adapters for Syria

Different frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on visiting a foreign country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Syria. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Syria using the standard types E, C or L Syrian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will change depending on which country you are in so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Syria?

The best power adapter for Syria is a Type E power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Syria?

What is a power adapter for a Syrian power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a Syrian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Syria?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Syrian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Syria?

If the power plug that you want to use isn't the same as the type of Syrian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Syria from the US?

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for Syria because a US plug won't physically fit into a Syrian power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Syria to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Syria do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Syria by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Syria power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Syria?

Type C, E and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Syria?

There are three types of power outlets used in Syria, types E, C and L with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically called a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by two circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - This round wall outlet (called a CEE 7/7 plug) can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped power outlet by 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line. There are two variations of Type L power socket rated at 10 and 16 amps. A 10 amp wall outlet has 4mm round pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst a 16 amp version has larger 5mm pins that are spaced 8mm apart.

Do US plugs work in Syria?

No; a US plug won't work in Syria because it can't fit into a Syrian power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so please use a power converter for Syria if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Syria?

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

Is the voltage in Syria the same as the US?

The voltage in Syria is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Syria which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Syrian power outlet the same as the US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Syria?

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

Are electrical outlets available in Syria?

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

How reliable is the electricity in Syria?

Even though consistent power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Syria is reliable as there is no pattern of regular power failures compared to other countries.

Should I pack a power bank for Syria?

Because not everyone in Syria has access to electricity visitors should check ahead that their accomodation can assure a reliable power supply, or bring a second charging option if they need to recharge devices such as mobile phones.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing along a power bank [4] lowers that risk as it allows you to recharge your mobile phone without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with limited access to electricity in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are ideal for travelling to areas with limited access to electricity such as Syria.
Should I pack a power bank for Syria?

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)

Syria 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 Syria?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Syria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. Syrians use three different standards of wall outlets (E, C and L) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Syria. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Syria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Syria?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if travelling across different countries which will probably use a different standard to Syria.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Syria.
  • USB chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in Syria along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Syria might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Syria might prove problematic and expensive.
  • More expensive USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Syrian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Syrian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Syria?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Syria using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Syria.

Power converters for Syria

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Syria allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 220 volt Syrian 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 Syria?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Syria, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [12] transforms a 220 volt Syrian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Syria?

When visiting Syria from another country please ensure the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [13] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 220 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 220 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [13].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Syrian power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Syrian power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Syria if I'm travelling from the US?

The 220 volts used in a wall outlet in Syria is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [13] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Syria?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Syrian power outlet you need a step down power converter [13].

What voltage is used in Syria?

Syria uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 220 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 220 volt Syrian 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 Syria before plugging that into a Syrian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Syrian power outlet.
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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make and model of your device, it should also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) 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 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Syrian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Syrian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Syrian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Syrian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Syrian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Syrian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Syrian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Syria, 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/Syria - Syrian Wiki page.
  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