Qatar power adapters - what plugs are used in Qatar?

Qatari power outlet

What adapter do I need for Qatar?

Bring a Type G plug adapter [3] to Qatar if your plug doesn't fit in a Qatari power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Qatar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Qatari power outlet. If you're unsure of 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.

  • If you are from the US visiting Qatar then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Qatar to fit a US plug into a Qatari power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Qatar pack a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Qatari power outlet then it can work in Qatar.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Qatari power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Qatar such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Qatar (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Qatar, but can't convert the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Qatar to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Qatar.
  • Excess use of a cellphone during a vacation to Qatar can leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger [4] if you wish to recharge your mobile phone whilst travelling to an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 240 volts used in Qatar you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Qatar please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Qatar power adapters

Power adapters for Qatar

When packing for a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electrical devices when you arrive. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you arrive that might not be compatible. Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Qatar. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Qatar by using the standard Type G or D 240 volt 50Hz power outlets, you will find a majority of Qataris will typically use the Type G plugs in their power outlets. You'll discover power adapters are different depending on which region 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 Qatar?

The best power adapter for Qatar will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Qatar?

What is a power adapter for a Qatari power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a Qatari power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign 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 Qatar?

If the power plug that you want to use isn't the same as the type of Qatari power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Qatar?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Qatari power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

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

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for Qatar because a US plug won't physically fit into a Qatari power outlet, and as the voltage is 240 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Qatar to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for Qatar do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in Qatar by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Qatar?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Qatar?

Power adapters are typically available in most major 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 but expect to pay 50% 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.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Qatar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Qatar?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Qatar, types G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This wall socket, technically known as a type D power outlet, looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the power outlet by 3 rectangular holes with plastic shutters in a triangle configuration.

Do US plugs work in Qatar?

No; a US plug won't work in Qatar because it can't fit into a Qatari power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 240 volts so please use a power converter for Qatar if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is the voltage in Qatar the same as the US?

The voltage in Qatar is 240 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American charger or appliance isn't dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for Qatar which can change the voltage from 240 volts to 120 volts.

Is a Qatari power outlet the same as the US?

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

What electrical frequency is used in Qatar?

The frequency of the current from a Qatari power outlet is 50Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Qatar?

To use a 110V appliance in a Qatari power outlet you need a step down power converter.

How reliable is the electricity in Qatar?

Even though consistent power can't be guaranteed, the power grid in Qatar is reliable as there is no pattern of regular power failures compared to other countries.

Are power outlets available in Qatar?

100% of population has access to electricity in Qatar.

Should I bring a portable charger to Qatar?

A USB power bank for charging cell phones

Should I bring a portable charger to Qatar?

Whilst power blackouts aren't regular with electricity being available throughout the country, travellers should still bring a power bank to recharge mobiles and other devices.

  • With many being offline can cause mild stress, especially when being relied upon in an unknown location. During a trip to Qatar increased reliance on smart phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, sat nav, social networks and playing games could syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to return back to your accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] for Qatar lowers the risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone without needing a Qatari power outlet.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough energy to cover around three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • If your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are ideal for travelling.
Do solar chargers work in Qatar?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Do solar chargers work in Qatar?

The sunlight in Qatar will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but needs to be left in strong sunshine to provide suitable energy for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar cells found on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time and could still generate some power when overcast, making them ideal for the climate in Qatar.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Qatar, however this could be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug a power bank [4] to a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without sunshine.
  • Although the sunlight in Qatar is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been made to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them perfect for work, domestic and travel.

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)

Qatar 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 Qatar?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel charger for Qatar is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Qataris use two different types of plug sockets (types G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to buy individual travel adapters. By only needing to pack a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend 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 powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Qatar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Qatar?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if travelling across different countries which will probably use a different standard to Qatar.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Qatar.
  • USB chargers will accept the 240 volt power outlets in Qatar along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Qatar might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Qatar might prove problematic and expensive.
  • More expensive USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to use low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please refer to our section on using travel appliances with a Qatari power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Qatari power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Qatar?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Qatar using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for most travellers from around the world visiting Qatar.

Power converters for Qatar

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Qatar allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Qatar, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [14] transforms a 240 volt Qatari power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Qatar?

When visiting Qatar from another country please ensure the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 240 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 240 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [15].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] to allow the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Qatari power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than trying to bring a 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 blow dryers with a Qatari power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 240 volts used in a wall outlet in Qatar is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [15] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Qatar?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Qatari power outlet you need a step down power converter [15].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Qatari 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 Qatar before plugging that into a Qatari 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 240 volt Qatari power outlet.

What voltage is used in Qatar?

Qatar uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

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

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

What can I connect to a Qatari power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Qatari power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Qatari power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Qatari power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Qatari power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Qatar, 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/Qatar - Qatari Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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