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

Iraqi power outlet

What adapter do I need for Iraq?

You will need to pack a Type G plug adapter for Iraq if your plug won't fit into an Iraqi power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Iraq all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Iraqi power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for frequent power outages and limited access to electricity in some areas of Iraq therefore you should pack a portable charger if you want to keep your phone charged whilst in a region without access to power or during a power cut.
  • If you are from the US visiting Iraq then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Iraq to fit a US plug into an Iraqi power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Iraq pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Iraqi power outlet then you can use it in Iraq without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Iraqi power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Iraq such a Type G plug adapter. A plug adapter for Iraq (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iraq, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Iraq to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Iraq if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Iraq[3] [AD]

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

Iraq power adapters

Power adapters for Iraq

Various voltages and sockets can all be daunting 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 guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Iraq. This page contains links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Iraq by using the standard Type G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll find power sockets vary regionally so please read the travel power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Iraq?

The best power adapter for Iraq will be a Type G plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Iraq?

What is a power adapter for an Iraqi power outlet?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Iraq?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Iraq?

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

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

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

What does a power adapter for Iraq do?

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Iraq in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Iraq in Canada

Iraq 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 Iraq

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

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 which costs roughly C$15-C$20.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers should have a surge protector built in.
  • When you return to your home country it will still work.
  • The interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Iraq.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any appliances, only USB ones. [6] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

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 under C$25.
  • Some models have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return to Canada the universal travel power adapter could still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with an Iraqi power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high power appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The shutters, pins and other moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only provide power to a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries; some models might not cover some countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 230 volts in Iraq. [7] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Iraqi power outlet, costing C$25-C$30.
  • 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 Iraq 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 Iraq.

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. [8] [AD]
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 will be ideal for Iraq.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to operate.
  • Cheap, with prices under C$35.
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you plan to travel to more than just one country then you might need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • An adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Iraqi power outlet but not the voltage - if your appliance doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Only one plug adapter for each device - for every separate device you will also need to pack a separate plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Iraq 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 your domestic USB charger as well. [3] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly C$40-C$45 an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than purchasing multiple power plug adapters costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers every country and not just an Iraqi power outlet.
  • If you are visiting multiple countries a power plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Iraq.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

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

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Iraq and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Iraqi power outlet, therefore you will still be required to bring a suitable power adapter.
  • The normal size of most models makes them unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • It is usually less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; C$120-C$130.
  • Canadian travellers visiting Iraq will require one as the voltage is 230 volts. [10] [AD]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Iraq

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 Iraq 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 Iraqi power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in an Iraqi 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 230 volt AC appliance in Iraq 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$35 C$20-C$25 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$40-C$45 almost C$170
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Iraq power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Iraq?

Type C, D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Iraq?

There are three different types of power supply used in Iraq, these are type G, C and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed wall outlet can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this wall outlet by three vertical rectangular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in Iraq?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Iraq?

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

Is the voltage in Iraq the same as Canada?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Iraq?

The frequency found in an Iraqi power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

Is an Iraqi power outlet the same as Canada?

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

Are electrical outlets available in Iraq?

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

Does Iraq have many power outages?

Every day in Iraq power blackouts are reported and with this high level of unpredictability it is advised to pack accordingly.

Should I use a power bank in Iraq?

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

  • Whilst travelling to Iraq increased reliance on cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Bringing a 10,000mAh power bank lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone without using an Iraqi power outlet, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank can store enough electricity to power over three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Iraq and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Iraq.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Should I use a power bank in Iraq?
Do solar chargers work in Iraq?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Iraq?

The sunlight in Iraq will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank 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 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 Iraq.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Iraq, 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 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 Iraq 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.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]


  • 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)

Iraq 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 Iraq?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Iraq to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three types of plug sockets that Iraqis use (types G, C and D) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand baggage as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend searching for this type of flexible power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries. [6] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Iraq?

Why use a travel USB charger for Iraq?

  • 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 Iraq.
  • 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 Iraq.
  • USB chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Iraq along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Iraq might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Iraq 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 an Iraqi power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for an Iraqi 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. [6] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Iraq?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Iraq 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 Iraq. [6] [AD]

Power converters for Iraq

What is a power converter?

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

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

Do I need a power converter for Iraq?

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

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

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Iraq?

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

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Iraqi 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 Iraq before plugging that into an Iraqi power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 230 volt Iraqi 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.

What voltage is used in Iraq?

Iraq uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

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

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


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 Iraq?

Which type of power adapter will I need for Iraq?

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

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

Will you need to power appliances

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

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

Family may need to charge devices too

How many electrical items are you packing for Iraq?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to Iraq (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 your devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Iraq?

Will you only bring USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices in Iraq?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in Iraq 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. [6] [AD]
How many wall outlets are available in Iraq?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in Iraq?

  • Accommodation in Iraq 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. [8] [AD]

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under C$10 which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 230 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly C$20-C$25 means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.

Is Iraq the only country you plan to visit?

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

How long does it take to get to Iraq?

Arriving at an airport

How long does it take to get to Iraq?

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

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

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

What can I connect to an Iraqi power outlet

Travel appliances that can plug into an Iraqi power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Iraqi power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Iraqi power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Iraqi power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to an Iraqi power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Iraqi power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Iraqi power outlet

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


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


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  1. Wikipedia - Iraqi Wiki page.
  2. - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, under C$35
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, priced under C$45.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at around C$15
  7. 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, costs under C$25
  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, costing around C$25
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, under C$45
  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, priced under C$130
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at under C$40
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced at under C$210.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost under C$100.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated price C$40-C$45.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under C$60.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, around C$90
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight to power any USB powered device, around C$40.
  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, under C$170
  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, estimated price under C$460.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -