Saudi Arabia power adapters - what plugs are used in Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Saudi Arabia?

You'll need to use a Type G plug adapter [3] for Saudi Arabia if your plug doesn't fit into a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Saudi Arabia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Saudi Arabian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you're planning on visiting Saudi Arabia from America then we recommend bringing a power adapter for Saudi Arabia as an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be used. As the voltage is different in Saudi Arabia you will need to use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Saudi Arabian power outlet then you can use it in Saudi Arabia without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Saudi Arabian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia such a Type G plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Saudi Arabia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Saudi Arabia, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Saudi Arabia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia.
  • Excessive use of a cellphone during a trip will leave you with a flat battery quickly, we recommend bringing a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone or other devices whilst travelling to an unknown country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your device in Saudi Arabia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Saudi Arabia power adapters

Power adapters for Saudi Arabia

If you are packing for a trip it is helpful to know if you can charge your common electrical devices like mobile phones and tablets when you get there. But, without knowing which power supply to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible and damage your device. Various frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Saudi Arabia. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Saudi Arabia by using their Type G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type G plug outlets are used by a majority of Saudis. You will find power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

The best power adapter for Saudi Arabia will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

What is a power adapter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Saudi Arabia to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Saudi Arabia?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Saudi Arabia then you will need a power adapter.

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

US Type A or Type B power outlets might not typically be available in Saudi Arabia so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia, however as the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Saudi Arabia by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

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 Saudi Arabia

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Retractable pins avoid catching in luggage

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful when visiting to multiple countries. Typical models are designed to function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design, small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple charging ports for USB electronics.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • Some universal travel adapters will have a surge protector built in which will protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit into a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel adapter will overload when used with any high power appliances - for example clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Pins, shutters and other internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them prone to failure whilst abroad.
  • Only charges a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be totally universal - models might not work in certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Missing an in-built power converter means it won't be suitable for non-220 volts electrical devices in Saudi Arabia.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power USB devices such as tablets, iPhones and MP3 players.
  • Rather than carry lots of domestic power chargers you only have to bring one unit costing on average $18 USD.
  • Travel USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads making them versatile in a large number of locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protector built in.
  • When you return to Canada it could still work.
  • The interchangeable heads will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Because they only have USB outputs you can't to charge any electrical appliances, only USB devices.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to charge more than one electronic appliance at the same time via one Saudi Arabian power outlet, costing on average $30 USD.
  • Some models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function with a Saudi Arabian power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make them a lightweight and cheaper alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Some modern travel power strips feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries can be tempremental, a sudden power surge will damage electronics. There are some travel power strips that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your electronics from being overpowered.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Saudi Arabia. (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

  • The conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Due to their size power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of appliances to power.
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 work in Saudi Arabia.
  • Straightforward design makes the plug adapter simple to use.
  • Cheap, with prices around $7 USD.
  • Light and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Saudi Arabia then you might need to bring along more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Saudi Arabian power outlet and not the actual voltage used in Saudi Arabia. If your device doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Only 1 adapter for each device - for each device you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
  • Hotel rooms might only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of charging one device at once.
  • You'll also still need to pack your separate USB charger as well if you wish to power a USB device.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are between $15-$20 USD an adapter set typically works out more economical buying than buying multiple individual $7 power plug adapter types.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • For those travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be suitable with a Saudi Arabian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which power adapters to bring, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each plug adapter type with you.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (and especially the less common adapters) - so check that your set includes an adapter which works in Saudi Arabia.
  • Adapters only change the actual shape of the plug and don't modify the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 220 volts from a Saudi Arabian power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit into a Saudi Arabian power outlet, therefore you'll still need to bring the correct type of power adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in carry-on luggage.
  • Useless after your trip to Saudi Arabia.
  • Often less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing appliance in Saudi Arabia.
  • Expensive; around $128 USD.
  • If you are travelling to Saudi Arabia from the US you will need a power converter as the voltage in Saudi Arabia is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Saudi Arabia

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 Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Saudi Arabian 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 220 volt AC appliance in Saudi Arabia 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
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Saudi Arabia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Saudi Arabia?

There are four types of power supply used in Saudi Arabia, these are type G, A, B and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type A - The plug socket (technically known as the type A power outlet) can be identified by the 2 adjacent slots.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 slots where the plug socket blades go with a hole below for the long earth pin.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular power outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral and a pair of two thin grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this power socket by the 3 vertical rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
What plug sockets are used in Saudi Arabia?

Do US plugs work in Saudi Arabia?

No - because the voltage is 220 volts you need to bring a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We suggest using all types of plug adapters for Saudi Arabia because US types A or B outlet might not commonly be found.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Saudi Arabia?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Saudi Arabia you will need to bring a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in Saudi Arabia the same as the US?

The voltage in Saudi Arabia is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

The frequency found in a Saudi Arabian power outlet is 60 Hz.

Are Saudi Arabian power outlets the same as in the US?

Even though a US Type A or B outlet could possibly be available in Saudi Arabia it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for Saudi Arabia. The frequency is the same in the US but the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Saudi Arabia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

Is electric reliable in Saudi Arabia?

Although stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Saudi Arabia is classed as reliable with no history of frequent power cuts compared to other countries.

What is access to electricity in Saudi Arabia like?

The entire population has access to electricity in Saudi Arabia.

Should I bring a portable charger to Saudi Arabia?

Although power blackouts in Saudi Arabia aren't regular and power is available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge cell phones.

  • During a trip to Saudi Arabia increased use of mobile phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery can possibly leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your cell phone powered without using a Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will supply enough energy to cover over three full charging cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average smart phone powered for up to seven days.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Saudi Arabia and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling please note that some airlines won't allow you bring portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling.
Should I bring a portable charger to Saudi Arabia?
Does a solar battery charger work in Saudi Arabia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar battery charger work in Saudi Arabia?

The climate in Saudi Arabia will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce suitable energy for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Saudi Arabia.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny periods in Saudi Arabia, however this might be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A solar powered bag is more often exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Saudi Arabia is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal solid solar panels. They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work 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)

Saudi Arabia 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 Saudi Arabia?

When you are travelling with more than one device and visiting multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Saudi Arabia is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are four types of wall outlets in Saudi Arabia (types G, A, B and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to buy seperate power adapters. Only bringing a single USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters 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 tablets, smartphones and e-readers and using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose travel adapter similar to this online. The travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Saudi Arabia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Saudi Arabia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Saudi Arabia.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Saudi Arabia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Saudi Arabia along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Saudi Arabia might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Saudi Arabia could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Saudi Arabia for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Saudi Arabia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Saudi Arabia using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Saudi Arabia.

Power converters for Saudi Arabia

What is a power converter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

Power converters for Saudi Arabia enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian 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 plug adapter?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Saudi Arabian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Saudi Arabia.

Do I need a power converter for Saudi Arabia?

If travelling to Saudi Arabia from a different region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are visiting Saudi Arabia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Saudi Arabian power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Saudi Arabia from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Saudi Arabia is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Saudi Arabia?

You need a step down power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet.

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

What voltage does Saudi Arabia use?

Saudi Arabia uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

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

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

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Substantiations

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 Saudi Arabia?

Deciding which type of power adapter to bring to Saudi Arabia

The plug adapter or power converter which is best to bring to Saudi Arabia depends on your requirements. Before deciding which adapter to bring we recommend reading this checklist:

What types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or clothes irons.
    • USB devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example mobile phones and Kindles.
  • Should you only have to take just USB powered devices then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring that single lightweight charger with your existing USB charging cables rather than having to pack lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as cameras), however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which require voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Saudi Arabia?

Family may need to power devices too

How many electrical devices are you taking to Saudi Arabia?

  • Trying counting how many electronic you intended on bringing with you to Saudi Arabia (for example cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer next year?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise a USB port for their power source. The if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones?

Will your appliances and devices only work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Saudi Arabia?

Are you only charging USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Saudi Arabia?

How many Saudi Arabian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Saudi Arabian power outlets will be available?

  • Your accommodation in Saudi Arabia might only have one power outlet on the wall, this will present an issue if recharging the batteries of more than one item overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then have to keep swapping.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time look to using either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports or outlets.

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start from $7 which powers a single device in only one location (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 220 volts), but paying roughly $20 will allow you to charge more than one device at once and be able to use them in multiple countries.

Is Saudi Arabia the only place you'll be visiting?

  • A single power adapter will only work in the one country that it was built for, therefore if you are visiting more than a single country you'll need to carry additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you have to pack.
  • However, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to multiple countries becuase of the interchangeable head system.

Do you plan on visiting elsewhere in the future?

Are you flying long haul to travel to Saudi Arabia?

Using a phone in the airport

Are you flying long haul to travel to Saudi Arabia?

  • For much longer journeys consider bringing a convenient airport-friendly charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets.
  • Not all planes and airports have power outlets for customers therefore we recommend packing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After landing in Saudi Arabia you could need to use a cell phone to make a call, messenging, using sat nav or viewing itineraries; so make sure that your phone has ample battery power left.
Are you only bringing hand luggage to Saudi Arabia?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Saudi Arabia?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to Canada?

Are you visiting other countries with good access to power?

  • The voltage in Saudi Arabia is generally stable but if you plan to visit another country you may need an adapter which offers protection to your devices. The power could sporadically fluctuate in some areas and this could cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a solar backpack [16] or portable charger [4] will prepare you for a power cut and countries with limited electricity.

What can I connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Saudi Arabian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Saudi Arabian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Saudi Arabian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Saudi Arabia, 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 [20].

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabia - wikipedia web page about Saudi Arabia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 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.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets