Qatar power adapters - what plugs are used in Qatar?

Qatari power outlet

What adapter do I need for Qatar?

Bring a Type G plug adapter [3] to Qatar if your plug doesn't fit in a Qatari power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Qatar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Qatari power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US visiting Qatar then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Qatar to fit a US plug into a Qatari power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Qatar 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 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Qatari power outlet then it can work in Qatar.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Qatari power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Qatar such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Qatar (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Qatar, but can't convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Qatar to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar.
  • Excess use of a cellphone during a vacation to Qatar can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger [4] if you wish to recharge your mobile phone whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 240 volts used in Qatar you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Qatar please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Qatar power adapters

Power adapters for Qatar

When packing for a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive that might not be compatible. Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Qatar. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Qatar by using the standard Type G or D 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will find a majority of Qataris will typically use the Type G plugs in their power outlets. You'll discover power adapters are different depending on which region you are in so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

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

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

What is a power adapter for a Qatari power outlet?

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

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Qatar?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Qatar?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Qatari power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

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

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for Qatar because a US plug won't physically fit into a Qatari power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Qatar to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Qatar do?

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

Where can I buy a power adapter for Qatar?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Qatar?

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.

Electrical adapters for Qatar

Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Qatari power outlet, costing around $30 USD.
  • 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 Qatar 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 Qatar. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

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.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only need to charge USB devices such as iPhones, tablet computers and MP3 players.
  • You will only need to pack a single unit rather than pack lots of domestic USB power chargers costing around $18 USD.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • When you get back to Canada the charger should still work.
  • Swappable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Qatar.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in over 150 countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will function in around 150 different countries.
  • All-in-one design which is small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some models which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some models also include a surge protector built in, this will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter could be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Qatari power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high power appliances such as clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Universal power adapters only provide power to a single plug.
  • Might not be totally universal; some adapters might not cover some countries with less common outlet types.
  • They don't have a power converter meaning they aren't suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 240 volts in Qatar.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Qatar.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to use.
  • Cheap, with prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you plan on travelling to more than just one country then you might need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • A plug adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Qatari power outlet and not the voltage; if your appliance doesn't work with 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • A single plug adapter for each device - for every individual device you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Qatar may only have a single wall outlet, so you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also need to bring a domestic USB charger as well.
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices between $15-$20 USD a power adapter set will typically work out more inexpensive purchasing than buying multiple individual $7 power plug adapters for multiple trips.
  • Covers all eventualities.
  • If you are travelling to different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be suitable with a Qatari power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which power adapters to bring, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one working power adapter being used in Qatar the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially less common adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has an adapter which works in Qatar.
  • Adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug and not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter will only change the 240 volts in Qatar and not the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Qatari power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack a suitable power adapter for Qatar.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to Qatar.
  • It is usually better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter simply in order to use your existing appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • If you are travelling from America go to Qatar you will need a voltage converter as the voltage in Qatar is 240 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Qatar

Type G 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 Qatar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Qatari power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Qatari power outlet 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 240 volt AC appliance in Qatar 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)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Qatar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Qatar, types G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This wall socket, technically known as a type D power outlet, looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 rectangular holes with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration.

Do US plugs work in Qatar?

No; a US plug won't work in Qatar because it can't fit into a Qatari power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 240 volts so please use a power converter for Qatar if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Qatar the same as the US?

The voltage in Qatar is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Qatar which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Qatari power outlet the same as the US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Qatar?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Qatar?

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

How reliable is the electricity in Qatar?

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

Are power outlets available in Qatar?

100% of population has access to electricity in Qatar.

Should I bring a portable charger to Qatar?

A USB power bank for charging cell phones

Should I bring a portable charger to Qatar?

Whilst power blackouts aren't regular with electricity being available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge mobiles and other devices.

  • With many being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon in an unknown location. During a trip to Qatar increased reliance on smart phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, sat nav, social networks and playing games could syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] for Qatar lowers the risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone without needing a Qatari power outlet.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough energy to cover around three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are ideal for travelling.
Do solar chargers work in Qatar?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Do solar chargers work in Qatar?

The sunlight in Qatar will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to provide suitable energy for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar cells found on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time and could still generate some power when overcast, making them ideal for the climate in Qatar.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Qatar, however this could be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug a power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without sunshine.
  • Although the sunlight in Qatar is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been made to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them perfect for work, domestic and travel.


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  • 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)

Qatar 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 Qatar?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Qataris use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Qatar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Qatar?

  • 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 Qatar.
  • 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 Qatar.
  • USB chargers will accept the 240 volt power outlets in Qatar along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Qatar might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Qatar 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 Qatari power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Qatari power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Qatar?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Qatar 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 Qatar.

Power converters for Qatar

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Qatar allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar?

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 Qatar, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [18] transforms a 240 volt Qatari power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Qatar?

When visiting Qatar from another country please ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 240 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [10].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] to allow the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Qatari power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 240 volts used in a wall outlet in Qatar is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [10] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Qatar?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Qatari power outlet you need a step down power converter [10].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar before plugging that into a Qatari power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.

What voltage is used in Qatar?

Qatar uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

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

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.


How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets, number of USB powers and prices were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Qatar?

Deciding which type of electrical adapter you need for Qatar

The power converter that is best to bring to Qatar depends on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to use we recommend reading the following checklist:

How many electrical items are you packing for Qatar?

How many electrical items are you taking

How many electrical items are you packing for Qatar?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to Qatar (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?
Will you only be charging USB devices in Qatar?

Will you only need USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Qatar?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in Qatar 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.
What types of devices do you want to charge in Qatar?

A USB powered phone

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

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Qatar then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only have to pack one lightweight charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made 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.

Will your devices work with a 240 volt power outlet?

Is Qatar the only country you plan to visit?

How many wall outlets are available in Qatar?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Qatar?

  • Accommodation in Qatar 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.

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at $7 which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 240 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly $20 means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.
Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

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

Are you visiting other countries with reliable access to electrical power?

  • Power in Qatar is stable however if you plan to visit other countries you may need an electrical adapter which will protect your electrical devices. Voltage could sporadically fluctuate in some regions and this might cause damage to your devices, use a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a portable charger [4] or a solar backpack [16] will prepare you for countries with limited electricity access or any power cuts.
How long does it take to get to Qatar?

Using a phone at an airport

How long does it take to get to Qatar?

  • 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 [4] 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.

What can I connect to a Qatari power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Qatari power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Qatari power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

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

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


We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Qatar, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [20].


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.

  1. - Qatari Wiki page.
  2. - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. - 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.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  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.
  11. - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. - AC power plugs and sockets