Kosovo power adapters - what plugs are used in Kosovo?

Kosovan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kosovo?

Bring a Type F plug adapter [4] to Kosovo if the plug you would like to use doesn't fit into a Kosovan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Kosovo all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Kosovan power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • Power outages do occur in Kosovo, it is advised to pack a power bank [9] if you wish to keep your cellphone and other devices fully charged whilst abroad during a blackout.
  • If you're from America travelling to Kosovo then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Kosovan power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Kosovo use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Kosovan power outlet then it will work in Kosovo without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Kosovan power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Kosovo such a Type F plug adapter [4]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Kosovo (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kosovo, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Kosovo to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Kosovo if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power USB devices such as a tablet or cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Kosovo.

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

Kosovo power adapters

Power adapters for Kosovo

Various combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Kosovo. This page contains links to instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to Kosovo by using their standard Type F or C 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to so we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Kosovo?

The best power adapter for Kosovo will be a Type F power adapter [4] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Kosovo?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Kosovo.

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

Do I need a power adapter for Kosovo?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Kosovo and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Kosovo from the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Kosovan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Kosovo, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Kosovo if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Kosovan power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Kosovan power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a more expensive step down power converter for Kosovo along with the right type of adapter.

What does a power adapter for a Kosovan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Kosovo by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Can I use a European plug in Kosovo?

There is a possibility that a plug adapter that works in another country in Europe won't work in Kosovo because there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe.

Kosovo power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kosovo?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Kosovo?

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

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed plug outlet (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the power outlet by the two large holes 19 mm next to each other for live and neutral pins along with two metal grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Kosovo?

No - a US plug won't work in Kosovo because it won't fit in a Kosovan power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts therefore use a power converter for Kosovo if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a plug socket in Kosovo the same as in the US?

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

Is the voltage in Kosovo the same as in the US?

The voltage in Kosovo is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Kosovan power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Kosovo?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kosovo?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Kosovo.

Is a power outlet in Kosovo different to Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a power outlet in Kosovo different to Europe?

Various locations in Europe all use different power outlet types and voltages, with eight types of power outlets used in Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you might discover that a plug which could be used in Kosovo might not operate in an electric outlet in another location. When travelling to more than one country in Europe you can either use a multiple power adapter travel set [12] consisting of every type of power adapter, or a smaller single international travel plug adapter [13] as both these options should make sure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you may encounter. Before travelling check our list of power outlets used in Europe to find out which power converters and adapters you might need for your journey.

Does Kosovo have many power outages?

There are potentially daily power blackouts in parts of Kosovo and with this high level of unpredictability it is advised to pack accordingly.

Should I use a portable charger in Kosovo?

Because of potential electrical blackouts in Kosovo visitors are advised to use alternate charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photos, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to return to your accommodation or hotel. By packing a power bank [9] for Kosovo eases those concerns as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered without using a phone charger, especially when travelling to a country with regular power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [9] which can supply enough energy to power around 3 full charge cycles whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [16] should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly 7 days. The mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many cycles the portable charger can achieve, so a higher number is better for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [17] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Kosovo.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [14] or gas hair straighteners [15] can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts such as Kosovo.
Should I use a portable charger in Kosovo?
Do solar powered chargers work in Kosovo?

Solar bags will recharge most USB devices

Do solar powered chargers work in Kosovo?

The climate in Kosovo could be suitable for a solar power bank [19] but it could take time to recharge. The smaller surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be left in powerful daylight for an extended period of time in order to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove inconvenient to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger solar panels used on a solar backpack [18] will give the bag the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Kosovo, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to daylight therefore could be topping up a power bank [9] throughout the day, unlike a small solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Kosovo needs to have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They are available in backpack, rucksack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratching and bending, unlike normal rigid solar panels.

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Kosovo 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 Kosovo?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device the best international travel adapter for Kosovo is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Kosovo (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Kosovan trip. By only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, phones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Kosovo we suggest buying this type of versatile power adapter online; the power adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Kosovo?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kosovo?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Kosovo.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Kosovo.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Kosovo power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Kosovo might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Kosovo could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Kosovan power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Kosovan power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Kosovo?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Kosovo and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Kosovo.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Kosovo.

Power converters for Kosovo

What does a power converter for Kosovo do?

A power converter for Kosovo will allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Kosovan power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Kosovo?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Kosovo, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [20] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Kosovan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Kosovo?

If visiting Kosovo from a different country please check the device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [21] is needed if you are visiting Kosovo from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used with 230 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [21] is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] which allows the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Kosovan power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter to Kosovo simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Kosovan power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Kosovo if I'm visiting from America?

The 230 volts from a power outlet in Kosovo is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you need to use a step down power converter [21] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Kosovo?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Kosovan power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [21].

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

Voltage converter

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

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 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [21] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Kosovan 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 Kosovo before plugging that into a Kosovan 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 230 volt Kosovan power outlet.

What voltage does Kosovo use?

Kosovo uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Kosovan power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Kosovan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kosovan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kosovan power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Kosovan power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Kosovan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Kosovan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Kosovo, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [22].

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kosovo - Kosovo Wikipedia page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel.
  6. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set .
  13. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries.
  14. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  15. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  16. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  17. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  18. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  19. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  20. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  21. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  22. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets