US to Afghanistan power adapters - what plugs are used in Afghanistan?

Afghan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Afghanistan?

Bring a Type F plug adapter [3] to Afghanistan if the plug you would like to use won't fit in an Afghan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Afghanistan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with an Afghan power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Some areas in Afghanistan do not have access to electricity and suffer from power cuts, it is advised to pack a power bank [4] if you wish to recharge your cellphone whilst in an area without access to power or during a power outage.
  • If you are visiting Afghanistan from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into an Afghan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Afghanistan use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Afghan power outlet then you can use it in Afghanistan without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Afghan power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Afghanistan such a Type F plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Afghanistan (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Afghanistan, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Afghanistan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Afghanistan if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Afghanistan.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Afghanistan read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Afghanistan power adapters

Power adapters for Afghanistan

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Afghanistan. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Afghanistan using the standard F or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will vary depending on which country you visiting so we recommend that you read the Wiki Connections world power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Afghanistan?

The best power adapter for Afghanistan will be a Type F plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Afghanistan?

What is a power adapter for an Afghan power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into an Afghan power outlet.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from an Afghan power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Afghan power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Afghanistan allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Afghanistan by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in Afghanistan?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Afghanistan.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Afghanistan from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into an Afghan power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Afghanistan, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Afghanistan if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Electrical adapters for Afghanistan

Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one design - lightweight and small for under $20.
  • Some models will have USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector built in to protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter should still be of use domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with an Afghan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered electrical appliance such as clothes irons, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The pins and other internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be totally universal, adapters might not work in some countries with less common power outlets.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 220 volts.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only have to power USB devices, for example cell phones, iPads or eReaders.
  • Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers travellers only need to pack one charger which costs roughly under $15.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • The charger can still be functional domestically.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with an Afghan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering several electronic appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing between $35 to $40.
  • Some models have voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Afghan power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheap and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most power strips should include a number of USB charging ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries could be unstable, a sudden surge in power will damage your delicate devices. There are some models that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you get back home it will still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Afghanistan. (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

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't work with high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be excessive if you only have a small number of appliances and devices to charge.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheap, prices between $5 to $10.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Afghanistan.
  • Compact and lightweight.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one adapter for each device - for each device or appliance you'll also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • This only alters the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Afghan power outlet and doesn't change the voltage, so if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Afghanistan then you might need to bring multiple power adapter types.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to pack a USB charger.
  • Accomodation may only have a single wall outlet, therefore you will only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than purchasing multiple individual power plug adapter types costing over $15 each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just an Afghan power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Afghanistan.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; before any trip you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Lots individual items to bring with you.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which is compatible in Afghanistan.
  • Adapters only change the shape of the plug and doesn't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 220 volts in Afghanistan and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Afghan power outlet, you will still be required to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • A power converter is redundant after your trip to Afghanistan.
  • Often less expensive to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $110 to $120.
  • If you are travelling to Afghanistan from the US you will need a voltage converter as the voltage is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Afghanistan

Type F Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Afghanistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Afghan power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in an Afghan 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 Afghanistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 between $15 to $20 between $10 to $15 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Afghanistan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Afghanistan?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Afghanistan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this wall socket by the two circular holes 19 mm adjacent to each other and two thin grounding clips above and below.

Do US plugs work in Afghanistan?

No; an American plug won't work in Afghanistan because it won't fit in an Afghan power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Afghanistan?

To use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in an Afghan power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in Afghanistan the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from an Afghan power outlet is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Afghanistan which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

What is the frequency used with an Afghan power outlet?

The frequency from an Afghan power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Afghan power outlets the same as the US?

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

Are there power outages in Afghanistan?

Afghanistan suffers power outages several times every month and with this high level of unpredictability it is recommended to pack accordingly.

What is access to electrical power like in Afghanistan?

In Afghanistan almost a quarter of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Should I pack a power bank for Afghanistan?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a power bank for Afghanistan?

Because electrical power isn't available in all areas of Afghanistan along with potential power cuts, visitors should bring alternate charging solutions if they want to continue using devices such as cellphones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to Afghanistan increased use of mobile phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. As well as the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough electricity to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Afghanistan.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to areas with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Afghanistan.
Does a solar powered charger work in Afghanistan?

Solar backpack in the sun

Does a solar powered charger work in Afghanistan?

The sunshine in Afghanistan could be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [17] but may take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time.
  • A phone which has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Afghanistan, but this could be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that needs unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so will be powering up a power bank [4] during the day.
  • A bag that is suitable for Afghanistan needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Solar bags are available in messenger, backpack and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel use. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending.

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)

Afghanistan 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Afghanistan?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Asia which are likely to use a different standard to Afghanistan.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Afghanistan.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volts used in Afghanistan power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Afghanistan might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Afghanistan could prove to be problematic and expensive.
  • Premium USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Afghanistan for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with an Afghan power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones every night using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Afghanistan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Afghanistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 option for travellers originating from America visiting Afghanistan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Afghanistan.

What travel charger do I need for Afghanistan?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Afghanistan is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Afghans use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and using a power adapter like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Because you are only packing a single USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What travel charger do I need for Afghanistan?

Power converters for Afghanistan

What does a power converter for Afghanistan do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Afghan 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?

A heavy and expensive power converter [18] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from an Afghan power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Afghanistan.

Do I need a power converter for Afghanistan?

If travelling to Afghanistan from a different country ensure the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [10] if you are travelling to Afghanistan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Afghanistan just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Afghan power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Afghanistan from the US?

The 220 volts used in a electric outlet in Afghanistan is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Afghanistan?

You need to buy a step down power converter [10] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Afghanistan.

What voltage does Afghanistan use?

Afghanistan uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) 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 110/240V.

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

Key to electrical adapter comparison

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

What type of adapter do you need for Afghanistan?

Which type of power adapter do you need to bring to Afghanistan?

The type of power converter that is suitable for Afghanistan is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing which one to bring we suggest reading this checklist:

What types of electrical items do you need to charge in Afghanistan?

Make a list of items you need

What types of electrical items do you need to charge in Afghanistan?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only want to bring along just USB powered devices you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one compact charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as cameras), however won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Afghanistan?

How many devices will you be packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Afghanistan?

  • List all the items you'll need to bring to Afghanistan (such as tablets, laptops, phones, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which use a USB port as their power charging source, the next time you buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional items also.
  • Are you bringing a partner to Afghanistan who will need to charge their devices too?

Will your devices and appliances only work with 220 volt power outlets?

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Afghanistan?

How many power outlets will be available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Afghanistan?

  • A hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue if recharging the batteries of multiple electronic devices such as cell phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • If you wish to charge multiple devices at the same time then we recommend using a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger which can power multiple USB ports or outlets.
Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on packing USB electronics such as phones and tablets then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you will still need to pack the USB power charger that came with your device too.

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 which powers only one device in Afghanistan (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 220 volts) but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Afghanistan the only location you plan on visiting?

Are you flying long haul to get to Afghanistan?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Afghanistan?

  • If you are embarking on an extended flight to get to Afghanistan think about a convenient airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend using a travel portable charger [4] which will recharge on the go. When you land in Afghanistan you may need to use a cellphone for making a call, using mapping or reading itineraries; so please make sure that your phone has enough battery power remaining.
Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Will you always have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The electricity in Afghanistan might sporadically fluctuate and this can cause damage to your devices, you will need to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Afghanistan suffering from power outages or having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power charger you bring doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and areas of limited electricity by bringing a solar backpack [16] or portable charger [4].

Do you still need use your charger when returning to America?

What can I connect to an Afghan power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to an Afghan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Afghan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Afghan power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Afghan power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Afghan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Afghan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Afghan power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Afghanistan, 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/Afghanistan - wikipedia.org entry about Afghanistan.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, 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, under $35.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - 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, between $15 to $20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.
  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, priced under $40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at between $15 to $20.
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, priced between $110 to $120.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced between $20 to $25.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated price between $35 to $40.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost between $120 to $130.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $90.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated price between $20 to $25.
  18. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, under $100.
  19. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, costs around $140.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets