US to North Korea power adapters - do you need to bring an adapter to North Korea?

North Korean power outlet

What adapter do I need for North Korea?

Bring a Type F plug adapter to North Korea if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a North Korean power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting North Korea all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in a North Korean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Please be aware that areas in North Korea do not have access to power, we suggest bringing a power bank if you need to recharge your mobile phone whilst in a region that doesn't have power.
  • If you are from the US visiting North Korea we recommend bringing a plug adapter for North Korea as US Type A or Type B power outlets might not typically be found. Because the voltage is different in North Korea use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a North Korean power outlet then you can use it in North Korea without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a North Korean power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for North Korea such a Type F plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for North Korea (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in North Korea, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for North Korea to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for North Korea if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for North Korea[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in North Korea you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in North Korea read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

North Korea power adapters

Power adapters for North Korea

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in North Korea. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in North Korea by using the standard types F, A or C North Korean 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the World power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for North Korea?

The best power adapter for North Korea is a Type F power adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for North Korea?

What is a power adapter for a North Korean power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a North Korean power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter for North Korea?

If the type of North Korean power outlet isn't the same as the type of North Korean power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting North Korea from the US?

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in North Korea?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt North Korean power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter for North Korea do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in North Korea simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where to buy a power adapter for North Korea in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for North Korea in the US

North Korea to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US 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 Hudson News or Brookstone, 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. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for North Korea

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging more than one electronic appliance simultaneously via a single North Korean power outlet, costing between $35 to $40.
  • Certain models offer voltage conversation for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in North Korea by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some models will feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas could be tempremental, a surge in power can damage devices. Some models also have a built in surge protector to protect your device from being overpowered.
  • It will be of some use in your home country.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in North Korea.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or curling irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances to charge. [6]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheapest option, with prices under $10.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter will work in North Korea.
  • Lightweight and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one plug adapter for each plug - for every separate device or appliance you want to bring you'll also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F North Korean power outlet and not the voltage; if your appliance doesn't work with 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • If you plan to visit more than just North Korea you may need to bring more than one type of power adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power any USB device then you also still need to pack a USB charger.
  • Hotel rooms in North Korea may only have a single power outlet available, therefore you will only be able to power one device at a time. [3]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power USB devices.
  • Rather than bring lots of domestic USB power chargers travellers only have to bring a single unit which costs roughly between $15 to $20.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of different countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight making them easy to pack.
  • Most travel USB wall chargers should have a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to America the charger should still work.
  • The swappable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in North Korea.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design. Both small and lightweight for under $15.
  • There are some models which include USB charging ports built in.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • It will be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a North Korean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with high power appliances such as hair straighteners, kettles or curling irons.
  • Shutters and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Only charges a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries; some adapters might not work in some countries with less common outlet types.
  • Lacking a power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 220 volts in North Korea. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 an adapter set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual plug adapter types costing almost $10 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every eventuality.
  • Ideal for travellers travelling to different locations.
  • A power adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should operate in North Korea.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to bring, or alternatively bring each power adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one compatible plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes an adapter which is compatible with a North Korean power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only changes the shape of the plug to allow it to fit into a North Korean power outlet but not the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in North Korea and won't change the actual shape of the plug to slot into a North Korean power outlet, therefore you will still be required to use the correct type of power adapter.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for packing in hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be useful when get back home.
  • Usually less expensive to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; between $120 to $130.
  • When you travel to North Korea from America then you will require a voltage converter as the voltage in North Korea is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for North Korea

Type F 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 North Korea Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F 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) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F North Korean power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a North Korean power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to America Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in North Korea 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 $10 between $10 to $15 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

North Korea power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in North Korea?

Type A, C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in North Korea?

There are three different types of power outlets used in North Korea, types F, A and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 slots next to each other where the two blades slide into.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 holes next to each other where the two pins sit.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power outlet by two holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral along with grounding clips on the top and bottom. [3]

Do US plugs work in North Korea?

No - because the voltage is 220 volts you need to use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage. We also suggest using all types of plug adapters for North Korea as American types A or B outlet might not readily be found.

Is the voltage in North Korea the same as the US?

The voltage in North Korea is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you should use a power converter for a North Korean power outlet which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Is a North Korean power outlet the same as the US?

Although American Type A or B outlets could possibly be found in North Korea it is still advisable to use a suitable plug adapter for North Korea. The frequency is the same as the US however the voltage is different so use a power converter for North Korea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What electrical frequency is used with a North Korean power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a North Korean power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in North Korea?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in North Korea.

What is access to electrical power in North Korea like?

In North Korea less than half of the population has access to electrical power.

How reliable is electric in North Korea?

Though power cuts are unpredictable, the power in North Korea is dependable with no history of persistent power blackouts compared to other countries.

Should I use a portable charger in North Korea?

Portable charger for charging cell phone

Should I use a portable charger in North Korea?

As the power grid isn't available to all of North Korea visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can guarantee a dependable power supply, alternatively pack a second charging option if they need to recharge devices such as mobile phones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, GPS, social networks and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to return to your accommodation or hotel. Using a power bank eases those concerns as it means you can power up your cell phone without needing a North Korean power outlet, especially when visiting a country with limited access to electricity in some areas.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will supply enough power to power over 3 full charging cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in North Korea and it uses a USB-C charging port then look for a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Be aware that some airlines don't allow you bring power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling to locations with limited access to electricity such as North Korea.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Will a solar charger work in North Korea?

A solar backpack recharging in the sun

Will a solar charger work in North Korea?

The climate in North Korea might be suitable for a solar power bank but is likely to take time to recharge. Because of the smaller surface area of the cells a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to provide enough energy for a single charge, and this might prove difficult to repeatedly pack and unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges between cloud cover.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar cells found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in North Korea, but might prove inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for North Korea should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • Solar bags are available in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for travel, work and domestic use.
  • Unlike normal solid solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.  [4] [17] [18]

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North Korea 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 North Korea?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for North Korea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. North Koreans use three different types of plug sockets (F, A and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for both types A and C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to North Korea or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we recommend searching for a flexible travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for North Korea?

Why use a travel USB charger for North Korea?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them perfect if travelling across multiple countries across Asia which are likely to use a different outlet to North Korea.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in North Korea.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in North Korea power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in North Korea might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in North Korea could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances in North Korea for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a North Korean power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Some mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 milliamps 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 draw additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for North Korea?

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 visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both North Korea and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to North Korea.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting North Korea. [7]

Power converters for North Korea

What does a power converter for a North Korean power outlet do?

A power converter for North Korea allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt North Korean power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for North Korea?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in North Korea, but a heavier and more expensive power converter transforms a 220 volt North Korean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for North Korea?

If visiting North Korea from another region double check your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to North Korea from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used with 220 volts run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You won't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners or curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt North Korean power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons in North Korea which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Do I need a power converter for North Korea if I'm visiting from the US?

The 220 volts found in a wall outlet in North Korea is different to an American outlet, therefore you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage. [10]

What kind of converter do I need for North Korea?

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

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt North Korean 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 North Korea before plugging that into a North Korean 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 North Korean power outlet. [10]

What voltage is used in North Korea?

North Korea uses 220 volts in their power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual or single voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for North Korea?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to North Korea?

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to bring to North Korea is dependant on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to buy we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to North Korea?

Family may need to charge their devices too

How many electrical items will you be taking to North Korea?

  • List all the electronic you intended on packing for North Korea (including cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons and hair dryers).
    • Allow for more devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their devices as well?
Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to pack USB powered electronics such as mobile phones or tablet computers for North Korea then we suggest just packing 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. [7]
What types of electrical devices do you want to charge with a North Korean power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical devices do you want to charge with a North Korean power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electronic items which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that connect to a USB port - for example mobile phones or tablets.
  • Should you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to North Korea then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring that single compact charger and some appropriate existing USB charging cables rather than needing to pack a collection of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) which need voltage conversion.

Will your devices work with 220 volt power outlets?

Do you plan on visiting countries other than North Korea?

  • A simple power adapter will only typically operate in a single country, therefore if you are visiting multiple countries then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to bring.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for going to multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.
How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in North Korea?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in North Korea?

  • Your hotel might have only one wall outlet, this will present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time then have to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest packing either a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can power multiple USB ports and outlets. [6]

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 which powers one single device in only one single country (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage) but paying anywhere between $10 to $15 allows you to charge more than one device at once and be able to bring them to various different countries.

Would you like to use your charger when returning to America?

Are you only bringing hand luggage to North Korea?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to North Korea?

Are you flying long haul to get to North Korea?

Are you flying long haul

Are you flying long haul to get to North Korea?

  • If you're taking a long journey to get to North Korea it's worth thinking about packing an charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly power tablets and phones.
  • Not all flights have power outlets so we recommend using a portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you could need to rely on a cell phone to make a telephone call, reading emails , using mapping to find a hotel or reading your itinerary; so ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left. [4]

What can I connect to a North Korean power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a North Korean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a North Korean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a North Korean power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the North Korean power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the North Korean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a North Korean power outlet

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

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

Corrections

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

Disclaimer

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

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - North Korea country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, costing between $5 to $10.
  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, between $45 to $50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced at under $40.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20.
  8. 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, under $15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20.
  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 at between $120 to $130.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, around $100.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costs between $25 to $30.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, between $30 to $35.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at under $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, estimated price between $90 to $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, costs under $25.
  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 $100.
  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, costs between $130 to $140.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -