Canada to Turkmenistan power adapters - what adapter is needed for a Turkmen power outlet?

Turkmen power outlet

What adapter do I need for Turkmenistan?

Use a Type C plug adapter for Turkmenistan if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Turkmen power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Turkmenistan will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Turkmen power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you are from the US and travelling to Turkmenistan we suggest using a power adapter for Turkmenistan because an American Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be used. As the voltage is different in Turkmenistan use a power converter for Turkmenistan if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and also check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Turkmen power outlet then you can use it in Turkmenistan without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Turkmen power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan such a Type C plug adapter. A plug adapter for Turkmenistan (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Turkmenistan, but can'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'll also need a power converter for Turkmenistan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan[3] [AD]
  • Excessive use of a mobile phone during a trip can create an additional drain on the battery, it is practical to pack a power bank if you wish to keep your cellphone or other devices charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Turkmenistan read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Turkmenistan power adapters

Power adapters for Turkmenistan

Various standards and sockets can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Turkmenistan. This page contains links to step by step instructions which shows how to power your devices when you're in Turkmenistan using the standard C, B or F type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will vary depending on which country you travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Turkmenistan?

The best power adapter for Turkmenistan will be a Type C power adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Turkmenistan?

What is a power adapter for a Turkmen power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a Turkmen power outlet to accept a power plug from a different country. [5]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in Turkmenistan simply by changing the shape of the plug.

Do I need a plug adapter in Turkmenistan?

If the shape of the Turkmen power outlet isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Turkmenistan then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Turkmenistan from Canada?

a Canadian Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be found in Turkmenistan so it is advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Turkmenistan, however because the voltage is much higher you will definitely need to use a power converter for Turkmenistan to prevent overheating or damage to your charger or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need a step down power converter for Turkmenistan.

Where to buy a power adapter for Turkmenistan in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Turkmenistan in Canada

Turkmenistan to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

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

Electrical adapters for Turkmenistan

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Simple to use.
  • Light and compact.
  • Affordable, with prices under C$15.
  • Bringing a Type C plug adapter will work in Turkmenistan.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Hotel rooms in Turkmenistan might only have one power outlet available, so you'll only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you plan on travelling to more than just Turkmenistan you might need to bring along more than one type of plug adapter.
  • This plug adapter only alters the shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Turkmen power outlet but not the voltage used in Turkmenistan, so if your device doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you need to power any USB device then you also need to bring a domestic USB charger.
  • 1 adapter per device - for every device you will also need to bring a separate power adapter. [3] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Fairly easy to use.
  • All in one compact design. Both small and lightweight, around C$25.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that include a built in surge protector, this will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • When you return to Canada it will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel adapters will include USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although most universal travel adapters are designed to operate in over 150 different countries the pins don't change shape to fit in a Turkmen power outlet. So you will need to bring a separate power plug adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one outlet.
  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt appliances.
  • Not fully universal - some adapters might not cover certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters might be fragile on some models which could make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge one plug. [6] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Some models have voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Turkmen power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheap and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • A travel power strip is capable of charging many electronic appliances and devices at the same time via one Turkmen power outlet, costing around C$25.
  • Typical power strips will include a number of USB charge ports.
  • Voltage from power outlets in some countries could be unstable, a surge in power could damage your devices. There are some power strips that include a built in surge protector, this will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return to Canada it should still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Not supplied with the correct plug adapter for Turkmenistan therefore you need to also pack a separate power plug adapter for a Turkmen power outlet too.
  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to their size and weight power strips might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices that need powering. [7] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge devices which use USB, for example tablet computers, cell phones or MP3 players.
  • Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers you will only need to pack one charger which costs roughly under C$20.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads which make them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • The charger could still be functional when you return to Canada.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Turkmen power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Turkmen power outlet.
  • Because they only have USB outputs you can't power any appliances, only USB powered devices. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly C$20-C$25 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than purchasing multiple individual power plug adapter types costing over C$45 each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Turkmen power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Turkmenistan.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; before any trip you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Lots individual items to bring with you.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which is compatible in Turkmenistan.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Turkmen power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 220 volts in Turkmenistan and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Turkmen power outlet, therefore you will still need to bring the correct type of power adapter.
  • The typical size of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carry-on baggage.
  • Useless when you return from Turkmenistan.
  • It's usually better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter just to power your existing single voltage appliance in Turkmenistan.
  • Expensive; C$120-C$130.
  • Canadian travellers going to Turkmenistan will need a voltage converter as the voltage from a Turkmen power outlet is 220 volts. [10] [AD]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Turkmenistan

Type C 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 Turkmenistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C 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) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Turkmen power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Turkmen power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in Turkmenistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under C$15 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$90
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Turkmenistan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Turkmenistan?

Type B, C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Turkmenistan?

There are three types of power outlets used in Turkmenistan, these are type C, B and F with the primary power supply being type C socket:

  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power socket by two thin slots parallel to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the longer ground pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the wall socket by the two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins go and two thin grounding clips above and below. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in Turkmenistan?

No - because the voltage is different you will need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage. We also recommend bringing all types of plug adapters for Turkmenistan as Canadian types A or B power outlets might not readily be found.

What is the frequency used with a Turkmen power outlet?

The frequency of the current found in a Turkmen power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

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

Is an outlet in Turkmenistan the same as Canada?

Even though Canadian Type A or Type B outlets might be found in Turkmenistan it is still recommended to bring a suitable plug adapter for Turkmenistan. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Turkmenistan and ensure that it works with 50hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Turkmenistan?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Turkmenistan.

Is the voltage in Turkmenistan the same as in Canada?

The voltage from a Turkmen power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Turkmenistan which can lower the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Are power outlets common in Turkmenistan?

100 percent of population in Turkmenistan has access to electricity.

Is electrical power reliable in Turkmenistan?

While power cuts are unpredictable, electricity in Turkmenistan is dependable as there is no history of persistent power cuts in comparison to other countries.

Do I need a portable charger for Turkmenistan?

Portable charger

Do I need a portable charger for Turkmenistan?

Whilst electrical cuts aren't common and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge their cell phone.

  • During a trip to Turkmenistan increased use of smart phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, sat nav, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation. By packing a portable charger lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your smart phone on the move.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will store enough energy to power over 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for up to 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh rating (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery giving an indication of the number of charge cycles the power bank can do, so a higher mAh will be better for travellers.
  • If your laptop has a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop when travelling to Turkmenistan. Be aware that some airlines won't let you bring power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Typical consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Does a solar powered charger work in Turkmenistan?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Does a solar powered charger work in Turkmenistan?

The sunlight in Turkmenistan will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce enough energy for a single charge cycle. This might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the larger cells used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Turkmenistan.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Turkmenistan, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be used frequently. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is constantly exposed to light so will be topping up a power bank during the day.
  • Even though the climate in Turkmenistan is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending. They are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

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)

Turkmenistan 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 Turkmenistan?

When you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Turkmenistan to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Turkmens use three different standards of plug sockets (types C, B and F) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the included plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Due to their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Turkmenistan we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world. [8] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Turkmenistan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Turkmenistan?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Asia which are likely to use a different standard to Turkmenistan.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Turkmenistan.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volts used in Turkmenistan power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Turkmenistan might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Turkmenistan could prove to be problematic and expensive.
  • Premium USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Turkmenistan for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Turkmen power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones every night using only one power outlet. [8] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Turkmenistan?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Turkmenistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Turkmenistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Turkmenistan. [8] [AD]

Power converters for Turkmenistan

What does a power converter for Turkmenistan do?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Turkmen power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

A heavy and expensive power converter will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Turkmen power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Turkmenistan. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Turkmenistan?

If you are visiting Turkmenistan from a different region please make sure your device can accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. See our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are typically 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 clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hair dryers with a Turkmen power outlet , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Turkmenistan from Canada?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Turkmenistan is different to a US supply so bring a if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Turkmenistan?

You need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Turkmenistan. [10] [AD]

What voltage does Turkmenistan use?

Turkmenistan uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Turkmen 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 Turkmenistan before plugging that into a Turkmen 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 Turkmen power outlet. [10] [AD]
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your device, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for Turkmenistan?

Which type of power adapter do you need to bring to Turkmenistan?

The type of power converter that is suitable for Turkmenistan is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing which one to bring we suggest reading this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Turkmenistan?

How many devices are you bringing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Turkmenistan?

  • List all the items you'll need to bring to Turkmenistan (such as tablets, laptops, phones, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which use a USB port as their power charging source, the next time you buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional items also.
  • Are you bringing a partner to Turkmenistan who will need to charge their devices too?
What types of electrical devices do you need to use with a Turkmen power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical devices do you need to use with a Turkmen power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or curling irons.
    • USB devices which plug into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to Turkmenistan then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal as you will only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than packing numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is designed for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices (such as a laptop), however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) that require voltage conversion and could potentially overload the power strip.
How many power outlets will be available when you get to Turkmenistan?

How many power outlets will be available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Turkmenistan?

  • A hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue if recharging the batteries of multiple electronic devices such as cell phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • If you wish to charge multiple devices at the same time then we recommend using a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger which can power multiple USB ports or outlets. [7] [AD]

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

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB devices

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on packing USB electronics such as phones and tablets then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you will still need to pack the USB power charger that came with your device too. [8] [AD]

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under C$10 which powers only one device in Turkmenistan (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 220 volts) but investing in roughly C$25-C$30 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Turkmenistan the only location you plan on visiting?

Are you flying long haul to get to Turkmenistan?

Using a phone in the airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Turkmenistan?

  • If you are embarking on an extended flight to get to Turkmenistan think about a convenient airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend using a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. When you land in Turkmenistan you may need to use a cellphone for making a call, using mapping or reading itineraries; so please make sure that your phone has enough battery power remaining. [4] [AD]

Are you visiting other countries with good access to electricity?

  • The power in Turkmenistan is generally stable however if you want to go to another country you might need an adapter which will protect your appliances. Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in some countries which could potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Using a portable charger and a solar backpack will prepare you for travelling to countries with limited electricity or any power cuts.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]

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

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

What can I connect to a Turkmen power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Turkmen power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Turkmen power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Turkmen power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Turkmen power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Turkmen power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Turkmen power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Turkmenistan, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

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

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Turkmenistan.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, under C$15
  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, costing around C$40.
  5. Wikipedia - 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, around C$25
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, C$25-C$30
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, under C$25
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, estimated cost C$120-C$130
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, under C$210.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, around C$50.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costing under C$30.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, under C$45.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under C$150.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under C$120
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost under C$60.
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, priced at under C$90
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, priced at under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -