Power converters for The United Arab Emirates

What does a power converter for a United Arab Emirates power outlet do?

Power converters for The United Arab Emirates enable travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for The United Arab Emirates?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet in The United Arab Emirates, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [3] will transform a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for The United Arab Emirates?

If you are travelling to The United Arab Emirates from a different country please make sure that your device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than trying to bring a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in The United Arab Emirates.
  • Read these guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hair dryers and flat irons with a United Arab Emirates power outlet which includes advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for The United Arab Emirates if I'm visiting from America?

The voltage from a power outlet in The United Arab Emirates is different to a US outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter [4] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The United Arab Emirates?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates power outlet you need to use a step down power converter [4].

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [4] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt United Arab Emirates 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 The United Arab Emirates before plugging that into a United Arab Emirates 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 United Arab Emirates power outlet.

What voltage does The United Arab Emirates use?

The United Arab Emirates uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make and model of your device but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Arab_Emirates - United Arab Emirates Wikipedia web page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.