Canada to Nepal power adapters - do I need an adapter in Nepal?

Nepali power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nepal?

You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter for Nepal if your plug doesn't fit into a Nepali power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Nepal all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Nepali power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for frequent power outages and limited access to electricity in some areas of Nepal therefore you should pack a portable charger if you want to keep your phone charged whilst in a region without access to power or during a power cut.
  • If you are from the US visiting Nepal then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Nepal to fit a US plug into a Nepali power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Nepal 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 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Nepali power outlet then you can use it in Nepal.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nepali power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nepal such a Type D plug adapter. A plug adapter for Nepal (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nepal, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Nepal to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Nepal if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nepal[3]

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

Nepal power adapters

Power adapters for Nepal

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Nepal. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you are visiting Nepal using their D, C or M type 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will change from country to country therefore we suggest that you read the WikiConnections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing countries.

What is the best power adapter for Nepal?

The best power adapter for Nepal will be a Type D plug adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Nepal?

What is a power adapter for a Nepali power outlet?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a power outlet in Nepal to accept a power plug from a foreign region. [5]

What does a power adapter for Nepal do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their electrical devices in Nepal by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Nepal?

If the type of electric outlet in Nepal outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Nepal from Canada?

If you are visiting from Canada then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Nepal because Canadian plugs won't fit into a Nepali power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Nepal to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Nepal?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Nepali power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need to bring a step down power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Nepal in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Nepal in Canada

Nepal to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International 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 such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay 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.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Nepal

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strip including plug adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Nepali power outlet, costing C$35-C$40.
  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage devices. So even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used in Nepal by using only a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheaper alternative to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most models include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain countries can fluctuate, a surge in power could damage your delicate electronics. There are some models which have a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can potentially be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Nepal.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers and clothes irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too heavy for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of items to power. [6]
Power Plug Adapters

A cheap and simple type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Cheap, with prices under C$5.
  • Simple to use.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter will be ideal for Nepal.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each device you want to bring you'll also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Nepali power outlet but doesn't change the actual voltage used in Nepal - if your device doesn't support a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Your hotel room might only have one wall outlet, therefore you will only be capable of charging one device at a time.
  • If you plan to travel to more than just one country then you might need to bring along multiple plug adapter types.
  • You will also need to pack a separate domestic USB charger as well if you wish to charge a USB device. [3]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only want to charge USB devices, for example iPhones, tablet computers and MP3 players.
  • Instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers you will only have to bring one charger which costs roughly C$15-C$20.
  • Chargers come with swappable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. The interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger can still be of use in your home country.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Nepali power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter for Nepal.
  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • An all in one compact design which is both lightweight and small, C$25-C$30.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in, this will protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter should be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Some models have multiple charging ports for USB electronics.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although typical universal travel adapters are designed to work in around 150 different countries the pins don't change shape to fit in a Nepali power outlet. You need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power plug adapter for Nepal if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one power outlet.
  • Universal adapters can't be used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles or curling irons.
  • Universal travel power adapters don't have an in-built voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt devices.
  • Not fully universal, models might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • The internal moving parts could be fragile on some models which could make them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Will only provide power to one appliance. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$4-C$5 an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than purchasing multiple power plug adapters costing around C$5 each.
  • Covers every country and not just a Nepali power outlet.
  • If you are visiting multiple countries a power plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Nepal.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; you will need to choose which power adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively pack every adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to bring with you.
  • Having only one compatible plug adapter working in Nepal the remaining power adapters will be useless.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with a Nepali power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Nepali power outlet but won't change the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Nepal and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Nepali power outlet, therefore you will still be required to bring a suitable power adapter.
  • The normal size of most models makes them unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • It is usually less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; C$110-C$120.
  • Canadian travellers visiting Nepal will require one as the voltage is 230 volts. [10]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Nepal

Type D Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Nepal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D Nepali power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Nepali power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Nepal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under C$5 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$35-C$40 C$4-C$5 over C$60
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Nepal power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nepal?

Type C, D and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Nepal?

There are three types of power outlets used in Nepal, types D, C and M with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type D - The wall outlet, also called a type D power outlet, can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type M - This power socket (technically known as a type M power outlet) looks like 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins. [3]

Do Canadian plugs work in Nepal?

No; a Canadian plug won't work in Nepal because it can't fit into a Nepali power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore please use a power converter for Nepal if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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Is a Nepali power outlet the same as Canada?

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

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What electrical frequency is used in Nepal?

The frequency found in a Nepali power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Is the voltage in Nepal the same as Canada?

The voltage in Nepal is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for Nepal which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Nepal?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a Nepali power outlet you will need to use a step down power converter.

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Does Nepal have power outages?

Several times every month in parts of Nepal power outages are reported and with this high level of unpredictability travellers are advised to prepare accordingly.

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What is access to electrical power in Nepal like?

Almost 25% of the population has access to electrical power in Nepal.

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Should I use a power bank in Nepal?

Because electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Nepal along with problems with the stability of the power grid, travellers are advised to pack alternate charging options if they wish to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling to Nepal increased reliance on cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Bringing a 10,000mAh power bank lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone without using a Nepali power outlet, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank can store enough electricity to power over three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Nepal and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • 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.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Nepal.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Should I use a power bank in Nepal?
Will a solar charger work in Nepal?

Solar bags will recharge most USB devices

Will a solar charger work in Nepal?

The sunshine in Nepal can be suitable conditions for a solar power bank, however it is likely to take time to charge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar cells used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, and could still generate some power when overcast.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Nepal, however this could prove inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag if it is to be needed constantly. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to sunlight so could be charging a power bank during the day, unlike a small solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • A bag which is suitable for Nepal should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel. Unlike regular firm solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.  [4] [17] [18]

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)

Nepal 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 Nepal?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Nepal is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of wall outlets that Nepali use (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Nepal?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nepal?

  • 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 Nepal.
  • 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 Nepal.
  • USB chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Nepal along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Nepal 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 perfect.
  • 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 Nepal 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 Nepali power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Nepali 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. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Nepal?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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 Nepal 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 Nepal. [7]

Power converters for Nepal

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Nepali 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 Nepal?

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 Nepal, but a more expensive and heavier power converter transforms a 230 volt Nepali power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Nepal?

When you are travelling to Nepal from another region please ensure that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Nepal from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used with 230 volts run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Nepali power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons with a Nepali power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Do I need a power converter for Nepal if I'm from Canada?

The 230 volts found in a power outlet in Nepal is different to a 110 volt US supply so use a if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

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What kind of converter do I need for Nepal?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Nepal you need a step down power converter[10]

What voltage is used in Nepal?

Nepal uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
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 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Nepali 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 Nepal before plugging that into a Nepali 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 Nepali power outlet. [10]
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to see if a appliance is dual voltage or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Nepal?

Which type of power adapter will I need for Nepal?

The power converter that is suitable for Nepal will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend reading this checklist:

How many electrical items are you packing for Nepal?

Family may need to charge devices too

How many electrical items are you packing for Nepal?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to Nepal (including laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons and hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer soon?
    • There are a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as a power charging source, the if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional devices also.
  • Are you also bringing family along that will need to recharge their iPads too?
What types of devices do you want to charge in Nepal?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of devices do you want to charge in Nepal?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into an electrical outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which plug into a USB port - for example cellphones.
  • When you only have to bring along just USB powered devices to Nepal then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to pack one lightweight charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is designed for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices (such as cameras), but won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion, potentially damaging the travel power strip.
How many wall outlets are available in Nepal?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in Nepal?

  • Accommodation in Nepal may have only a single power outlet on the wall. This could present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as tablets, cellphones or laptops overnight because you can only charge one device at a time then need to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices at the same time then we suggest bringing a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that are capable of powering multiple USB ports and outlets. [6]

Will your devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Nepal?

A USB cable

Will you only be charging USB devices in Nepal?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in Nepal then we suggest just bringing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well. [7]

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Nepal the only country you plan to visit?

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under C$5 which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 230 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly C$25-C$30 means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.

Will the area of Nepal you are staying in have reliable access to electricity?

  • Electricty will sporadically fluctuate in Nepal and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, so use an adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Nepal has power cuts or having partial access to power you might discover that whichever power adapter you bring won't work anyway. Using a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for areas of limited electricity access or any power cuts.  [4] [4] [17]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

How long does it take to get to Nepal?

Arriving at an airport

How long does it take to get to Nepal?

  • For extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing a convenient charger which is perfect for airports that works in different power outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in hand luggage and can charge phones and tablets right before an extensive trip.
  • As not all airports have power outlets please think about packing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you might need to rely on a cell phone to make calls, messenging, using sat nav to locate a hotel or viewing itineraries; so ensure that your phone will have enough power stored. [4]

What can I connect to a Nepali power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Nepali power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nepali power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nepali power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Nepali power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Nepali power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Nepali power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Nepal, 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

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  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at C$4-C$5.
  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, priced at under C$50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under C$40.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced under C$20.
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, around C$25.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced under C$5.
  10. 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, estimated cost under C$120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated cost C$35-C$40.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing under C$210.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost under C$50.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costing C$45-C$50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under C$150.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, around C$130.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced C$50-C$60.
  19. 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, priced under C$70.
  20. 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, priced at under C$250.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -