US to Algeria power adapters - do you need a plug adapter in Algeria?

Algerian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Algeria?

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

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

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

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Algeria please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Algeria power adapters

Power adapters for Algeria

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

What is the best power adapter for Algeria?

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

What is the best power adapter for Algeria?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Algeria is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an Algerian power outlet to accept a different type of 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].

What does a power adapter for Algeria do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Algeria by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter for Algeria?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of Algerian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

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

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

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Algerian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Algeria in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Algeria in the US

Algeria 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 Algeria

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter [3] will work in Algeria.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each individual device or appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Algerian power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger as well.
  • Some hotel rooms in Algeria may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Algerian power outlet, costing between $35 to $40.
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Algerian power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Algeria.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Retractable pins avoid catching in luggage

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect for visiting to multiple countries. Typical models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, under $20.
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return to America the power strip should still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into an Algerian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal adapters will overload when used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only charges a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-230 volt devices.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under $15.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with an Algerian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones.
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just an Algerian power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with an Algerian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you'll have to choose which plug adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with an Algerian power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in an Algerian power outlet but won't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Algeria and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Algerian power outlet, therefore you will still be required to pack a suitable power adapter for Algeria.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky and heavy for hand baggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Algeria.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Algeria.
  • Expensive; between $120 to $130.
  • If you plan to travel to Algeria from the US you will need one as the voltage from an Algerian power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Algeria

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 Algeria 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 Algerian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Algerian 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 230 volt AC appliance in Algeria 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 $15 to $20 between $10 to $15 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
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Algeria power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Algeria?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Algeria?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the power outlet by two round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other along with grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Algeria?

No; a US plug won't work in Algeria because it can't fit into an Algerian power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore please use a power converter for Algeria if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used in Algeria?

The frequency of the current from an Algerian power outlet is 50Hz.

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

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

Is the voltage in Algeria the same as the US?

The voltage in Algeria is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for an Algerian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Algeria?

To use a 110 volt appliance in an Algerian power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

Is there good access to power outlets in Algeria?

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

Are there power outages in Algeria?

Algeria suffers power blackouts roughly once every week.

Do I need a power bank for Algeria?

A power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a power bank for Algeria?

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

  • During a trip increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and playing games will drain the batteries towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [4] in Algeria lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing an Algerian power outlet, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which will supply enough electricity to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in Algeria and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Small consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Algeria.
How well do solar battery chargers work in Algeria?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

How well do solar battery chargers work in Algeria?

The sunshine in Algeria should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce enough power for a single charge cycle. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] will give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Algeria.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in Algeria, however might be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered in the bag during the day if it is to be used frequently. A regular power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously powered up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can power up the phone from the power bank at any time without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the climate in Algeria is suitable for solar power, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger. The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal solid solar panels. They are found in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Algeria chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Algeria?

When you are travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Algeria is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of plug sockets that Algerians use (types F and C) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

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

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the multipurpose power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Algeria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Algeria?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Algeria.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Algeria.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Algeria power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Algeria only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Algeria might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Algeria for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Algerian power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Algeria?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Algeria using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Algeria.

Power converters for Algeria

What is a power converter for an Algerian power outlet?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Algerian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 230 volt Algerian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Algeria.

Do I need a power converter for Algeria?

When you are travelling to Algeria from another region please ensure that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device won't support 230 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Algerian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance 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 hair dryers in Algeria , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a power outlet in Algeria is different to an American outlet so please bring a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Algeria?

You need a step down power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Algeria.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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

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

What voltage is used in Algeria?

Algeria uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 230 volt Algerian power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Algeria before plugging that into an Algerian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 230 volt Algerian power outlet.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

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

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

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Algeria?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Algeria?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Algeria depends on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to bring we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Algeria?

Family may need to power devices too

How many electrical items will you be taking to Algeria?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Algeria (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?
What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Algerian power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Algerian power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Algeria then a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to pack one compact charger along with your USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are designed for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) which need voltage conversion and could potentially damage it.
How many wall outlets are available in Algeria?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Algeria?

  • The accommodation in Algeria may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets.

Will your devices and appliances only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Algeria?

Are you only charging USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Algeria?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Algeria then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Algeria?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 to power only one single device in Algeria (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $15 to $20 means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

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

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Algeria?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Algeria?

Will it take you a long time to fly to Algeria?

Arriving at an airport

Will it take you a long time to fly to Algeria?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Algeria think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left.

What can I connect to an Algerian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Algerian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Algerian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Algerian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Algerian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Algerian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Algerian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Algeria, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [20].

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algeria - Algeria country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, around $5.
  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 $30 to $35.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - 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 between $35 to $40.
  7. 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, estimated cost between $15 to $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at 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 around $120.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, costs between $150 to $160.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced under $25.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costing between $45 to $50.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costing between $120 to $130.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at between $80 to $90.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25.
  18. 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, costs between $90 to $100.
  19. 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 under $150.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets