Iran power adapters - what plugs are used in Iran?

Iranian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Iran?

You'll need to pack a Type F plug adapter [3] for Iran if the plug you intend to use won't fit in an Iranian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Iran will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with an Iranian power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Be aware that areas of Iran do not have power, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your cellphone charged whilst in an area that doesn't have power.
  • If you are from America travelling to Iran you will need to use a plug adapter to fit a US plug into an Iranian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Iran bring a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in an Iranian power outlet then it should work in Iran without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Iranian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Iran such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Iran (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iran, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Iran to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Iran if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you only need to bring one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Iran.

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

Iran power adapters

Power adapters for Iran

Complicated voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Iran. This page has links to simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when going to Iran by using their standard F or C type Iranian 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend that you read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Iran?

The best power adapter for Iran is a Type F plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Iran?

What is a power adapter?

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Iran?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Iranian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Iran.

Do I need a power adapter for Iran?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Iran if I'm from America?

If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Iran because an American plug won't fit in an Iranian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Iran if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter for an Iranian power outlet do?

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

Iran power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Iran?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Iran?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the two round adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this plug outlet by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Iran?

No - an American plug won't work in Iran because it doesn't fit into an Iranian power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is different so please use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

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

The voltage from an Iranian power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for an Iranian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Are plug sockets in Iran the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in an Iranian power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Iran. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Iran and check that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in an Iranian power outlet?

The frequency in an Iranian power outlet is 50Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Iran?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use a 110V appliance in Iran.

How reliable is electric in Iran?

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

Are electrical outlets common in Iran?

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

Do I need a power bank for Iran?

USB power bank

Do I need a power bank for Iran?

Because some areas of Iran don't have access to electric visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can assure a reliable power supply, alternatively use a second charging solution if they wish to recharge devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and streaming videos can syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your accommodation or hotel.
  • Bringing a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing an Iranian power outlet, especially when travelling to a country with a lack of access to electricity in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which will store enough power to cover over 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost seven days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Iran.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling to countries with limited access to electricity like Iran.
Will a solar battery charger work in Iran?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar battery charger work in Iran?

The sunlight in Iran will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] give the backpack the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Iran.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Iran, however could be inconvenient to have a phone continuously tethered to the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a battery power bank [4] into a solar backpack which can then be continuously powered up during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge your phone using the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • Even though the sunlight in Iran is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been built to survive scratching and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Iran 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 Iran?

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

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device can support Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This will allow you to power more than one device at once without needing to buy individual power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Iran we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Iran?

Why use a travel USB charger for Iran?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions making them ideal when visiting different countries across Asia which will probably use different outlets to Iran.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Iran.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Iran along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Iran only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Iran might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Iran for useful advice on the best power adapter for an Iranian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Iran?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Iran using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Iran.

Power converters for Iran

What is a power converter for Iran?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Iranian 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 Iran?

A heavy and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 220 volt Iranian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Iran.

Do I need a power converter for Iran?

If you are visiting Iran from another country check that the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 220 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • It could be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Iranian power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Iran from America?

The 220 volts from a plug outlet in Iran is different to a US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Iran?

You need to use a step down power converter [15] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Iran.

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Iranian 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 Iran before plugging that into an Iranian 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 an 220 volt Iranian power outlet.

What voltage does Iran use?

Iran uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

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

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

What can I connect to an Iranian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Iranian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Iranian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iranian power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Iranian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Iranian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Iranian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Iranian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Iranian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Iran, 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/Iran - Iran Wikipedia page.
  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