Nepal power adapters - what plugs are used in Nepal?

Nepali power outlet

What adapter do I need for Nepal?

You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter [3] for Nepal if your plug doesn't fit into a Nepali power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Nepal all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Nepali power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for frequent power outages and limited access to electricity in some areas of Nepal therefore you should pack a portable charger [4] if you want to keep your phone charged whilst in a region without access to power or during a power cut.
  • If you are from the US visiting Nepal then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Nepal to fit a US plug into a Nepali power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Nepal 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 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Nepali power outlet then you can use it in Nepal.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nepali power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Nepal such a Type D plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Nepal (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Nepal, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Nepal to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Nepal if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Nepal.

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

Nepal power adapters

Power adapters for Nepal

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Nepal. This page has links to instructions showing how to power your devices when staying in Nepal by using the D, C or M type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power sockets differ depending on which country you are in therefore please read the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Nepal?

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

What is the best power adapter for Nepal?

What is a power adapter for a Nepali power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a Nepali 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].

What does a power adapter for Nepal do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Nepal?

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

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

If you are travelling from America bring a plug adapter for Nepal because a US plug won't physically fit into a Nepali power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Nepal to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Nepal?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Nepali 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.

Electrical adapters for Nepal

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Nepali power outlet, costing around $30 USD.
  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage devices. So even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used in Nepal by using only a travel power strip, making them a lightweight cheaper alternative to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most models include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain countries can fluctuate, a surge in power could damage your delicate electronics. There are some models which have a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can potentially 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 Nepal. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't work with higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers and clothes irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too heavy for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of items to power.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Cheap, with prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Simple to use.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Nepal.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each device you want to bring you'll also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Nepali power outlet but doesn't change the actual voltage used in Nepal - if your device doesn't support a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Your hotel room might only have one wall outlet, therefore you will only be capable of charging one device at a time.
  • If you plan to travel to more than just one country then you might need to bring along multiple plug adapter types.
  • You will also need to pack a separate domestic USB charger as well if you wish to charge a USB device.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only want to charge USB devices, for example iPhones, tablet computers and MP3 players.
  • Instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers you will only have to bring one charger costing around $18 USD.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers should have a surge protector built in.
  • When you return to your home country it will still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Nepali power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter for Nepal.
  • They only have USB ports so you can't to charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters are ideal in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • An all in one compact design which is both lightweight and small, around $15 USD.
  • Some models also include a surge protector built in, this will prevent your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter could be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Some models have multiple USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although typical universal travel adapters work in around 150 different countries they won't function in Nepal. Therefore you need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power adapter for a Nepali power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one power outlet.
  • Universal adapters can't be used with a high power appliance - for example hair straighteners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-230 volts devices.
  • Not fully universal, models might not cover certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Shutters and other internal moving parts could be fragile on some models making them prone to failure when travelling.
  • Will only charge one appliance.
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices between $15-$20 USD a power adapter set will typically work out more inexpensive purchasing than buying multiple individual $7 power plug adapters for multiple trips.
  • Covers all eventualities.
  • If you are travelling to different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be suitable with a Nepali power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; prior to any trip you'll have to choose which power adapters to bring, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one working power adapter being used in Nepal the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially less common adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has an adapter which works in Nepal.
  • Adapters only alter the actual shape of the plug and not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter will only change the 230 volts in Nepal and not the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Nepali power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack a suitable power adapter for Nepal.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Redundant after your trip to Nepal.
  • It is usually better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter simply in order to use your existing appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • If you are travelling from America go to Nepal you will need a voltage converter as the voltage in Nepal is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Nepal

Type D 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 Nepal Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D 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) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D Nepali power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Nepali power outlet Yes Yes 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 Nepal 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)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Nepal power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Nepal?

Type C, D and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Nepal?

There are three different types of power supply used in Nepal, these are type D, C and M with the primary power supply being type D:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed wall outlet can be identified by 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the plug socket by the 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type M - You can recognise this wall outlet by three large round holes forming a triangular shape.

Do US plugs work in Nepal?

No; a US plug won't work in Nepal because it can't fit into a Nepali power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 230 volts so please use a power converter for Nepal if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used in Nepal?

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

Is a Nepali power outlet the same as the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Nepali power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Nepal. 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 Nepal and ensure that it works with 50hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Nepal?

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

Is the voltage in Nepal the same as the US?

The voltage in Nepal is 230 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 Nepal which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Does Nepal have power outages?

Several times every month in parts of Nepal power outages are reported and with this high level of unpredictability travellers are advised to prepare accordingly.

What is access to electrical power in Nepal like?

Almost 25% of the population has access to electrical power in Nepal.

Should I use a power bank in Nepal?

A USB portable charger

Should I use a power bank in Nepal?

Because electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Nepal along with problems with the stability of the power grid, travellers are advised to pack alternate charging options if they wish to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling to Nepal increased reliance on cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photographs, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to accommodation or hotel. Bringing a power bank [4] lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone without using a Nepali power outlet, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] can store enough electricity to power over three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical smart phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Nepal and your laptop 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.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to locations with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Nepal.
Will a solar charger work in Nepal?

A backpack with solar panel

Will a solar charger work in Nepal?

The sunshine in Nepal can be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [17], however it is likely to take time to charge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger durable solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, and could still generate some power when overcast.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Nepal, however this could prove inconvenient to have a phone continually connected to the bag if it is to be needed constantly. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to sunlight so could be charging a power bank [4] during the day, unlike a small solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • A bag which is suitable for Nepal should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • They come in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel. Unlike regular firm solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.

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)

Nepal 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 Nepal?

When you are travelling with more than just one device then the best travel charger for Nepal is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are three different standards of wall outlets that Nepali use (types D, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple travel adapters or using up additional wall outlets. By only packing a single travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets and using only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online, the power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Nepal?

Why use a travel USB charger for Nepal?

  • 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 Nepal.
  • 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 Nepal.
  • USB chargers will accept the 230 volt power outlets in Nepal along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Nepal 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 Nepal 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 Nepali power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Nepali 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 Nepal?

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 Nepal 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 Nepal.

Power converters for Nepal

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Nepal allow travellers to use their 100-120 volt electric appliance with a 230 volt Nepali 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 Nepal?

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 Nepal, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [18] transforms a 230 volt Nepali power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Nepal?

When visiting Nepal from another country please ensure 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 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 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 230 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 [10].
  • 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 [19] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Nepali 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 Nepali power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The 230 volts used in a wall outlet in Nepal is different to an American supply, therefore please bring a step down power converter [10] if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Nepal?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Nepali power outlet you need a step down power converter [10].

What voltage is used in Nepal?

Nepal uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

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 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 a 230 volt Nepali 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 Nepal before plugging that into a Nepali 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 Nepali power outlet.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

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.

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.
  • Trvel 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, number of USB powers and prices 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 Nepal?

Deciding which type of electrical adapter you need for Nepal

The power converter that is best to bring to Nepal depends on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to use we recommend reading the following checklist:

How many electrical items are you packing for Nepal?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many electrical items are you packing for Nepal?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to Nepal (including laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons and hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical items at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer soon?
    • There are a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as a power charging source, the if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional devices also.
  • Are you also bringing family along that will need to recharge their iPads too?
What types of devices do you want to charge in Nepal?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of devices do you want to charge in Nepal?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers 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 Nepal then you'll find that a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only have to pack one lightweight charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices (such as cameras), but won't work with high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion, potentially damaging the travel power strip.
How many wall outlets are available in Nepal?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in Nepal?

  • Accommodation in Nepal may have only a single power outlet on the wall. This could present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as tablets, cellphones or laptops overnight because you can only charge one device at a time then need to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices at the same time then we suggest bringing a USB wall charger or a travel power strip that are capable of powering multiple USB ports and outlets.

Will your devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Nepal?

Will you only need USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices in Nepal?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in Nepal then we suggest just bringing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well.

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Nepal the only country you plan to visit?

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at $7 which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 230 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly $20 means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.

Will the area of Nepal you are staying in have reliable access to electricity?

  • Electricty will sporadically fluctuate in Nepal and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, so use an adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Nepal has power cuts or having partial access to power you might discover that whichever power adapter you bring won't work anyway. Using a portable charger [4] or a solar backpack [16] will prepare you for areas of limited electricity access or any power cuts.

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

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

How long does it take to get to Nepal?

Using a phone in the airport

How long does it take to get to Nepal?

  • For extended journeys it's worth thinking about bringing a convenient charger which is perfect for airports that works in different power outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in hand luggage and can charge phones and tablets right before an extensive trip.
  • As not all airports have power outlets please think about packing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When you land you might need to rely on a cell phone to make calls, messenging, using sat nav to locate a hotel or viewing itineraries; so ensure that your phone will have enough power stored.

What can I connect to a Nepali power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Nepali power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nepali power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nepali power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Nepali power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Nepali power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Nepali power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Nepal, 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/Nepal - Nepali Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  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.
  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.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  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.
  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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets