US to Syria power adapters - do you need a plug adapter for Syria?

Syrian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Syria?

You will need to pack a Type E plug adapter for Syria if your plug doesn't fit into a Syrian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Syria all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Syrian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Some areas of Syria do not have access to power, we recommend bringing a power bank if you need to recharge your mobile phone battery whilst staying in an area with no power.
  • If you are from the US visiting Syria then you will need to use a suitable plug adapter for Syria to fit a US plug into a Syrian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Syria 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 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Syrian power outlet then you can use it in Syria.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Syrian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Syria such a Type E plug adapter. A plug adapter for Syria (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Syria, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Syria to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Syria if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you need to charge USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Syria[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Syria you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Prior to using your device in Syria please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Syria power adapters

Power adapters for Syria

Various voltages and sockets can all be confusing when planning to travel to a different country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Syria. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when visiting Syria by using the standard Type E, C or L 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power sockets will vary regionally so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Syria?

The best power adapter for Syria will be a Type E plug adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Syria?

What is a power adapter for a Syrian power outlet?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a power outlet in Syria to accept a power plug from a foreign region. [5]

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Syria?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Syrian power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need to bring a step down power converter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Syria?

If the type of electric outlet in Syria outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

If you are travelling from America use a plug adapter for Syria because a US plug won't physically fit in a Syrian power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Syria if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

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What does a power adapter for Syria do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their electrical devices in Syria by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Where to buy a power adapter for Syria in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Syria in the US

Syria 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 Syria

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will function in around 150 different countries.
  • All-in-one design which is small and lightweight for under $20.
  • Some models have 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 overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return to America the power strip could still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Syrian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high power appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The shutters, pins and other moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only provide power to a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries; some models might not cover some countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 220 volts in Syria. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only need to charge USB devices such as iPhones, tablet computers and MP3 players.
  • You will only need to pack a single unit rather than pack lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly between $15 to $20.
  • 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.
  • The interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Syria.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

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

A travel power strip with included adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several appliances and devices concurrently using only one Syrian power outlet, costing between $35 to $40.
  • 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 Syria 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 Syria.

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. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type E plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Simple to operate.
  • Affordable, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Small and light.
  • Using a Type E plug adapter will be ideal for Syria.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Your accomodation might only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you might need to bring multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • One power adapter for each plug - for each appliance you wish to use you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type E Syrian power outlet and not the actual voltage used in Syria, so if your appliance doesn't work with a 220 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • You will also still need to pack a separate domestic USB charger as well if you need to charge a USB device. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than purchasing multiple power plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Covers every country and not just a Syrian power outlet.
  • If you are visiting multiple countries a power plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should operate in Syria.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; you will need to choose which power adapters they'll need in advance, or alternatively pack every adapter type.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to bring with you.
  • Having only one compatible plug adapter working in Syria the remaining power adapters will be useless.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially rarer adapters), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with a Syrian power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Syrian power outlet but won't change the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in Syria and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Syrian power outlet, therefore you will still be required to bring a suitable power adapter.
  • The normal size of most models makes them unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • It is usually less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; between $110 to $120.
  • If you are travelling from the US and go to Syria you will need a power converter as the voltage in Syria is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Syria

Type E 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 Syria Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included E 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 E Syrian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type E plug adapter required to fit in a Syrian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to America Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in Syria 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 $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Syria power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Syria?

Type C, E and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Syria?

There are three different types of power supply used in Syria, these are type E, C and L with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the plug socket by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the plug socket by two holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go plus a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type L - The squashed hexagon shaped wall outlet, also called a type L power outlet, looks like three large circular holes in a line for live, neutral and ground. Note there are two different types of Type L power outlet rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. The 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart. [3]

Do US plugs work in Syria?

No - a US plug won't work in Syria because it doesn't fit in a Syrian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Syria?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a Syrian power outlet you will need to use a step down power converter.

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Is the voltage in Syria the same as the US?

The voltage in Syria is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Syria which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work in a 220 volt outlet.

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Is a Syrian power outlet the same as the US?

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

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What electrical frequency is used in Syria?

The frequency found in a Syrian power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

Are electrical outlets available in Syria?

In Syria almost 5% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

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How reliable is the electricity in Syria?

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

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Should I pack a power bank for Syria?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a power bank for Syria?

Because not everyone in Syria has access to electricity visitors should check ahead that their accomodation can assure a reliable power supply, or bring a second charging option if they need to recharge devices such as mobile phones.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for storing calendars, taking photos, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained can syphon off power towards the end of the day. A flat cell phone battery could potentially leave you without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Bringing along a power bank lowers that risk as it allows you to recharge your mobile phone without using a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with limited access to electricity in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge your laptop.
  • Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are ideal for travelling to areas with limited access to electricity such as Syria.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Do solar chargers work in Syria?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Do solar chargers work in Syria?

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

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar cells found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time and could still generate some power when overcast, making them ideal for the climate in Syria.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Syria, however this could be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug a power bank to a solar backpack which can then be constantly recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without sunshine.
  • Although the sunlight in Syria is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been made to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them perfect for work, domestic and travel.  [4] [17] [18]

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)

Syria 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 Syria?

If you are travelling to more than one country then the best international travel power adapter for Syria to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Syrians use three different standards of wall outlets (E, C and L) and using a travel charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by switching the plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Syria. Because you are only packing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Due to their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter like this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Syria?

Why use a travel USB charger for Syria?

  • 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 Syria.
  • 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 Syria.
  • USB chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in Syria along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that accommodation or hotel rooms in Syria 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 perfect.
  • 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 Syria 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 Syrian power outlet for helpful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Syrian 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. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Syria?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for 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 Syria 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 Syria. [7]

Power converters for Syria

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Syrian 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 Syria?

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 Syria, but a more expensive and heavier power converter transforms a 220 volt Syrian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Syria?

When you are travelling to Syria from another region please ensure that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Syria from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used with 220 volts run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Syrian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than bringing a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons with a Syrian power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

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

The voltage from a electric outlet in Syria is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage. [10]

What kind of converter do I need for Syria?

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

What voltage is used in Syria?

Syria uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Syrian 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 Syria before plugging that into a Syrian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Syrian power outlet. [10]
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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to see if a appliance is dual voltage or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for Syria?

Which type of power adapter will I need for Syria?

The power converter that is suitable for Syria will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend reading this checklist:

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

Make a list of items to bring

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

  • There are three different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into an electrical outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which plug into a USB port - for example cellphones.
  • When you only have to bring along just USB powered devices to Syria then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to pack one lightweight charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is designed 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 electrical items are you packing for Syria?

Family may need to charge their devices too

How many electrical items are you packing for Syria?

  • List how many electronic you want to bring to Syria (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?

Will your devices work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Syria?

Are you only bringing USB devices

Will you only be charging USB devices in Syria?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones and tablet computers to use in Syria 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. [7]
How many wall outlets are available in Syria?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Syria?

  • Accommodation in Syria 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. [8]

How much can you afford?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under $10 which will power only one device in one country (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage) but paying roughly between $15 to $20 means you can power more than one device at once and you will be able to use them in multiple countries.

Is Syria the only country you plan to visit?

Do you intend to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

How long does it take to get to Syria?

How long will it take to travel

How long does it take to get to Syria?

  • 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 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. [4]
Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

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

What can I connect to a Syrian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Syrian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Syrian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Syrian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Syrian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Syrian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Syrian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

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

Disclaimer

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

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

  1. Wikipedia - Syrian Wiki page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, priced between $5 to $10.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, costing between $45 to $50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 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, around $15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $35 to $40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20.
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, priced at between $110 to $120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced at between $180 to $190.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced between $20 to $25.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under $35.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at between $120 to $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at between $90 to $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced under $25.
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, priced between $90 to $100.
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, under $170.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -