Ukraine power adapters - what plugs are used in Ukraine?

Ukrainian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Ukraine?

You will need to pack a Type F plug adapter [4] for Ukraine if the plug you need to use won't fit into a Ukrainian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Ukraine all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Ukrainian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Certain areas in Ukraine suffer from frequent power outages, we suggest bringing a power bank [9] if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst abroad during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Ukraine from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Ukrainian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Ukraine you will also need to bring a power converter for Ukraine if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Ukrainian power outlet then it can work in Ukraine without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Ukrainian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Ukraine such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Ukraine (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ukraine, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Ukraine to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Ukraine if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring one or more 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 to bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Ukraine.

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

Ukraine power adapters

Power adapters for Ukraine

Different voltages and plug types can all be daunting when planning to stay in a different country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Ukraine. This page has links to instructions showing how to power your devices when staying in Ukraine by using the F or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Power will vary depending on which area you are in so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Ukraine?

The best power adapter for Ukraine will be a Type F plug adapter [4] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Ukraine?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Ukraine is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Ukraine.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [10].

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Ukrainian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Ukrainian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Ukraine along with the correct adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Ukraine?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Will I need a plug adapter for Ukraine if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into a Ukrainian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Ukraine, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Ukraine if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Can you use a European plug adapter in Ukraine?

As there are 8 different power outlet types in Europe there is a chance that a plug adapter that works in another region in Europe doesn't work in Ukraine.

What does a power adapter for Ukraine do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Ukraine by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Ukraine power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Ukraine?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Ukraine?

There are two types of power outlets used in Ukraine, types F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called a type C socket or Europlug, can be identified by two adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - The recessed circular power outlet, also called a Schuko socket, can be recognised by the two large circular adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and thin metal grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Ukraine?

No; an American plug won't work in Ukraine because it won't fit into a Ukrainian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Ukraine the same as the US?

The voltage in Ukraine is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Ukraine which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Ukraine the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used in Ukraine?

The frequency from a Ukrainian power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Ukraine?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in a Ukrainian power outlet.

Do European plugs work in Ukraine?

Tourists in Europe

Do European plugs work in Ukraine?

Various locations throughout Europe all use different voltages and power outlet types, so a plug which works with a Ukrainian power outlet might not operate correctly in another location. When visiting more than one destination in Europe it is recommended to either use a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of different types of power adapters, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options make sure you are covered for all different power outlet types that you may find in each country. When preparing to travel check this list of power outlets used in Europe to discover which power converters and adapters you might need to bring during your journey.

Does Ukraine have power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power cuts in parts of Ukraine.

Is there good access to power outlets in Ukraine?

Access to electricity in Ukraine is excellent which spans the entire population.

Do I need a power bank for Ukraine?

A power bank for charging phones

Do I need a power bank for Ukraine?

Because of potential power blackouts in Ukraine travellers are advised to use backup charging solutions if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones or tablets reliably.

  • During a trip increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and playing games will drain the batteries towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [9] in Ukraine lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a Ukrainian power outlet, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [9] which will supply enough electricity to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in Ukraine and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggageso please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Small consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Ukraine.
Does a solar powered charger work in Ukraine?

A solar bag charging a power bank

Does a solar powered charger work in Ukraine?

The climate in Ukraine might be suitable for a solar power bank [19], however it may take time to recharge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [18] give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and could also generate charge when cloudy.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into a USB port of a backpack will gradually charge the power during sunny spells in Ukraine, but might be inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A normal power bank [9] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge the phone from the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for Ukraine needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They are found in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.

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)

Ukraine 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 Ukraine?

When travelling to multiple countries the best travel adapter for Ukraine to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two types of wall outlets in Ukraine (F and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. This means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Ukraine?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ukraine?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Ukraine.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Ukraine.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Ukraine power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Ukraine only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Ukraine might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Ukraine for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Ukrainian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power 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.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Ukraine?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, 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 most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Ukraine 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 North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 Ukraine.

Power converters for Ukraine

What is a power converter for a Ukrainian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Ukrainian 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 Ukraine?

An expensive and heavy power converter [20] converts a 220 volt Ukrainian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Ukraine.

Do I need a power converter for Ukraine?

When you are visiting Ukraine from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [21] is needed if you are travelling to Ukraine from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Ukraine , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Ukraine is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [21] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Ukraine?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in Ukraine you will need to buy a step down power converter [21].

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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

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

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [21] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Ukrainian 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 Ukraine before plugging that into a Ukrainian 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 Ukrainian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Ukraine?

Ukraine uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

What can I connect to a Ukrainian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Ukrainian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Ukrainian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Ukrainian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Ukrainian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Ukrainian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Ukrainian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Ukraine, 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 [22].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ukraine - Ukraine country Wiki page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. 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.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets