Algeria power adapters - what plugs are used in Algeria?

Algerian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Algeria?

Use a Type F plug adapter [3] for Algeria if the plug you intend on using won't fit in an Algerian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Algeria all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in an Algerian power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Certain areas in Algeria suffer from frequent power outages, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst abroad during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Algeria from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Algerian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Algeria you will also need to bring a power converter for Algeria if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in an Algerian power outlet then you can use it in Algeria.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Algerian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Algeria such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Algeria (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Algeria, but doesn'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 Algeria to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Algeria if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as a tablet or a cell phone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Algeria.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 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 Algeria please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Algeria power adapters

Power adapters for Algeria

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Algeria. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you are travelling to Algeria using their Type F or C Algerian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets will vary from region to region so we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Algeria?

The best power adapter for Algeria is a Type F power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Algeria?

What is a power adapter?

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

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

What does a power adapter for Algeria do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Algeria?

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 Algeria if I'm visiting from the US?

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

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Algerian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Algerian 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 Algeria along with the correct adapter.

Algeria power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Algeria?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Algeria?

There are two types of power supply used in Algeria, these are type F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round wall outlet (called a Schuko plug) can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of two thin grounding clips on the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Algeria?

No; an American plug won't work in Algeria because it won't fit into an Algerian 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.

What is the frequency used in Algeria?

The frequency from an Algerian power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

American plugs won't fit in an Algerian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Algeria. 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 Algeria and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Algeria the same as the US?

The voltage in Algeria is 230 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 Algeria which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Algeria?

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Algeria?

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

Are there power outages in Algeria?

Algeria suffers power blackouts roughly once every week.

Do I need a power bank for Algeria?

A power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a power bank for Algeria?

Because of potential power blackouts in Algeria 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 [4] in Algeria lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing an Algerian power outlet, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which will supply enough electricity to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in Algeria and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [10] 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 luggage so 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 [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Algeria.
How well do solar battery chargers work in Algeria?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

How well do solar battery chargers work in Algeria?

The sunshine in Algeria should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce enough power for a single charge cycle. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [11] will give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Algeria.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in Algeria, however might be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered in the bag during the day if it is to be used frequently. A regular power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously powered up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can power up the phone from the power bank at any time without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the climate in Algeria is suitable for solar power, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger. The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal solid solar panels. They are found in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel.

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)

Algeria 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 Algeria?

When you are travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Algeria is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two types of plug sockets that Algerians use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Algeria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Algeria?

  • 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 Algeria.
  • 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 Algeria.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Algeria power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Algeria 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 Algeria 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 Algeria for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Algerian 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 Algeria?

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 Algeria 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 Algeria.

Power converters for Algeria

What is a power converter for an Algerian power outlet?

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [14] converts a 230 volt Algerian power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Algeria.

Do I need a power converter for Algeria?

When you are visiting Algeria from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are travelling to Algeria from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 230 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 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 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 [16].
  • 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 Algeria , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Algeria is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [15] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Algeria?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in Algeria you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

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.

What voltage is used in Algeria?

Algeria uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Algerian 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 Algeria before plugging that into an Algerian 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 Algerian power outlet.
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 an Algerian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Algerian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Algerian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Algerian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Algerian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Algerian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Algerian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Algerian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Algeria, 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 [17].

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