Turkey power adapters - what plugs are used in Turkey?

Turkish power outlet

What adapter do I need for Turkey?

You'll need to pack a Type F plug adapter [3] for Turkey if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit into a Turkish power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Turkey all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Turkish power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Expect regular power outages in Turkey, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you wish to keep your phone battery fully charged whilst abroad during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Turkey from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Turkish power outlet. As the voltage is different in Turkey 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 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Turkish power outlet then it will work in Turkey.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Turkish power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkey such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Turkey (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Turkey, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Turkey to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Turkey if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a 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 F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Turkey.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 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 Turkey read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Turkey power adapters

Power adapters for Turkey

If planning a trip to Turkey it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to power any important devices like mobiles and tablets when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used in Turkey you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you're there. Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting 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 Turkey. This page has links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices in Turkey using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type F plug outlets are typically used by a majority of Turks. Power adapters will vary regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Turkey?

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

What is the best power adapter for Turkey?

What is a power adapter for a Turkish 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 Turkish power outlet.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Turkish 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.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Turkey?

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

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

A US plug won't physically fit into a Turkish power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Turkey, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Turkey if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Turkey?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Turkey?

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.

Turkey power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Turkey?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Turkey?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Turkey?

No; an American plug won't work in Turkey because it won't fit in a Turkish 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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Turkey?

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

Is the voltage in Turkey the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Turkish power outlet is 230 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 Turkey which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Turkish power outlet?

The frequency from a Turkish power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Turkish power outlets the same as the US?

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

Are power outlets common in Turkey?

100 percent of population in Turkey has access to electricity.

Does Turkey have many power outages?

Turkey reports power cuts once a month.

Should I use a portable charger in Turkey?

A power bank

Should I use a portable charger in Turkey?

Due to problems with the reliability of electrical power in Turkey travellers are advised to use alternative charging options if they wish to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets dependably.

  • Whilst travelling to Turkey increased reliance on smart phones for storing calendars, taking photos, sat nav, social networks and staying entertained could drain batteries towards the end of the day. A flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to get directions to your hotel.
  • Using a portable charger [4] in Turkey alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered on the move, especially when travelling to a country with power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough energy to cover over three full cycles whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical smart phone charged for around 7 days depending on the usage and model of the phone. The mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of a battery giving an indication of how many charge cycles the portable charger can do, therefore a higher mAh will be better for travellers.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh. Be aware that some airlines don't let you take power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to locations with power cuts like Turkey.
Does a solar powered charger work in Turkey?

A solar backpack in the sun

Does a solar powered charger work in Turkey?

The sunshine in Turkey could be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [12] but may take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time.
  • A phone which has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Turkey, but this could be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that needs unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so will be powering up a power bank [4] during the day.
  • A bag that is suitable for Turkey needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Solar bags are available in messenger, backpack and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel use. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending.

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)

Turkey 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 Turkey?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Turkey is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Turks use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts 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 then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Due to their space saving 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 phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Turkey?

Why use a travel USB charger for Turkey?

  • 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 Turkey.
  • 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 Turkey.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Turkey power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Turkey 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 Turkey 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 Turkey for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Turkish 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 Turkey?

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 Turkey 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 Turkey.
  • 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 Turkey.

Power converters for Turkey

What does a power converter for Turkey do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Turkish 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 230 volts from a Turkish power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Turkey.

Do I need a power converter for Turkey?

If travelling to Turkey from a different country ensure the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling to Turkey from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 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 230 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 230 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 Turkey 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 Turkish power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Turkey 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 Turkey?

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

What voltage does Turkey use?

Turkey uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 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 230 volt Turkish 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 Turkey before plugging that into a Turkish 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 Turkish 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 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.

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Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Turkey, 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/Turkey - wikipedia.org entry about Turkey.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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