US to Cyprus power adapters - do I need a power adapter for a Cypriot power outlet?

Cypriot power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cyprus?

You will need to use a Type G plug adapter [9] for Cyprus if your plug won't fit in a Cypriot power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Cyprus will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Cypriot power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're from America travelling to Cyprus then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Cypriot power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Cyprus use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Cypriot power outlet then you can use it in Cyprus without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Cypriot power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Cyprus such a Type G plug adapter [9]. A plug adapter for Cyprus (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cyprus, but won't change the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Cyprus to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Cyprus if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cyprus.
  • Excess use of a mobile phone during a trip to Cyprus could create an additional drain on the battery, we suggest packing a power bank [10] if you want to keep your mobile phone charged throughout the day whilst visiting an unknown location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts used in Cyprus you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Cyprus check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Cyprus power adapters

Power adapters for Cyprus

When organizing a holiday it's useful to know if you'll be able to power all your devices when you arrive. By not knowing which power supply is used in Cyprus you may pack the wrong power charger, therefore leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor when you need it which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Cyprus. This page contains links to instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you're in Cyprus by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Cypriot plug outlet, the Cypriots will use a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You'll find that power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Cyprus?

The best power adapter for Cyprus is a Type G plug adapter [9] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Cyprus?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Cyprus.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [11].

Do I need a power adapter for Cyprus?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Cyprus and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Cyprus from the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Cypriot power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Cyprus, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Cyprus to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for a Cypriot power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Cyprus by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can I use a European plug in Cyprus?

As there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't fit in a Cypriot power outlet.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Cypriot power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Cyprus.

Where to buy a power adapter for Cyprus in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cyprus in the US

Cyprus 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Cyprus

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Cyprus

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Electrical adapters for Cyprus

Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under $40.
  • Certain travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used with a Cypriot power outlet by using only a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal modern power strips also include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some power strips which have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • The power strip should potentially be of use domestically 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 Cyprus.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of the weight of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances which need charging.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter [9] will be ideal for Cyprus.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable, with prices between $5 to $10.
  • Lightweight and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you plan on travelling to more than just Cyprus then you may need to bring along multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • Adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Cypriot power outlet and doesn't alter the voltage used in Cyprus. So if your appliance doesn't support 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Only one power adapter per device - for each individual device you'll also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • Your hotel room may only have one power outlet, therefore you will only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • You will also still need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you wish to charge any USB device.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly under $15.
  • USB wall chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Has surge protector built in.
  • The charger will still be of use domestically.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Cypriot power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal travel power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under $20.
  • Some models will include charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially be of use when you return to America as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Cypriot power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some models making them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • They lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-240 volt electrical devices in Cyprus.
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 an adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to multiple locations.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will operate in Cyprus.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual adapters to bring.
  • All remaining power adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included with the set (especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible in Cyprus.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Cypriot power outlet but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 240 volts from a Cypriot power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Cypriot power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Cyprus.
  • The size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • Redundant when get back from Cyprus.
  • Often better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Cyprus.
  • Costly, between $90 to $100.
  • If you plan on travelling from the US visiting Cyprus then you will require a power converter as the voltage is 240 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Cyprus

Type G 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 Cyprus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Cypriot power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Cypriot 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 240 volt AC appliance in Cyprus 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

Cyprus power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Cyprus?

The type of plug outlet used in Cyprus is type G. The wall socket, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.

What plug sockets are used in Cyprus?

Do US plugs work in Cyprus?

No; an American plug won't work in Cyprus because it can't fit in a Cypriot power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is different so you will need to use a power converter for Cyprus if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

Is a plug socket in Cyprus the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Cypriot power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Cyprus. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Cyprus and check that it works with 50hz.

What is the electrical frequency used in Cyprus?

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

Is the voltage in Cyprus the same as in the US?

The voltage in Cyprus is 240 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or power charger isn't dual voltage then you will need use a power converter for Cyprus which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 240 volt outlet.

Is a power outlet in Cyprus different to Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a power outlet in Cyprus different to Europe?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with eight types of plug sockets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could find a plug which works with a Cypriot power outlet might not function correctly in an outlet in another country. If you intend on visiting more than one destination in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set [17] that consists of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter [18] as both these options ensure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you might find in each location. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you need to bring for your journey.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Cyprus?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Cypriot power outlet.

Is electricity reliable in Cyprus?

Though stable electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Cyprus is reliable and there is no pattern of persistent power cuts.

Is there good access to power outlets in Cyprus?

The population of Cyprus has excellent access to electrical power throughout the country.

Should I pack a portable charger for Cyprus?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a portable charger for Cyprus?

While power cuts aren't regular and electricity is available to the entire population, travellers are still advised to bring a power bank to recharge their cell phone.

  • During a trip increased reliance on mobile phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, social networks, sat nav and staying entertained could syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as the inconvenience of missed photograph opportunities this could possibly leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [10] in Cyprus eases those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone fully powered without needing a wall charger.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [10] which can supply enough energy to power around three full charging cycles whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [21] should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [22] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Cyprus.
  • Please note that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only so please check ahead with the airline.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [19] or gas hair straighteners [20] can be used for travelling.
How well do solar chargers work in Cyprus?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar chargers work in Cyprus?

The daylight in Cyprus should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [24] dependably, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight in order to produce suitable power for a single charge cycle. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [23] give the backpack the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Cyprus.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Cyprus, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A regular power bank [10] plugged into a solar backpack can be continuously recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged from the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Even though the climate in Cyprus is suitable for solar, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, travel and domestic use.

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)

Cyprus 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 Cyprus?

If travelling with more than just one device the best international travel charger for Cyprus to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [2]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power adapters, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [2] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Cyprus?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cyprus?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Cyprus.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Cyprus.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volts used in Cyprus power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Cyprus might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Cyprus could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Cypriot power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Cypriot power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Cyprus?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cyprus and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Cyprus.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Cyprus.

Power converters for Cyprus

What does a power converter for Cyprus do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 240 volt Cypriot 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 Cyprus?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Cyprus, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [25] converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Cypriot power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Cyprus?

When travelling to Cyprus from a different country please double check the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are visiting Cyprus from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 240 volts. See our list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 240 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 240 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [15] is used.
  • You don't need a 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 support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [6] to allow it to be used with a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a much heavier power converter to Cyprus simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Cypriot power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Cyprus if I'm visiting from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Cyprus is different to a 110 volt US outlet so please use a step down power converter [15] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Cyprus?

You need to use a step down power converter [15] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Cypriot power outlet.

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 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Cypriot 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 Cyprus before plugging that into a Cypriot 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 240 volt Cypriot power outlet.

What voltage does Cyprus use?

Cyprus uses 240 volts in their standard power outlets.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the existing power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might 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 typically say a large 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.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

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

Key to electrical adapter comparison

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

What type of adapter do you need for Cyprus?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Cyprus?

The type of power converter which is suitable for Cyprus is dependant on your requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be taking to Cyprus?

How many devices are you taking

How many devices will you be taking to Cyprus?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Cyprus (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to Cyprus that will need to charge their iPads?
What are the types of electrical items do you want to use with a Cypriot power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What are the types of electrical items do you want to use with a Cypriot power outlet?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair dryers.
    • USB powered devices which charge with a USB port - for example mobile phones and iPads.
  • When you only want to take just USB powered devices to Cyprus then a simple travel USB charger is perfect as you will only need to bring one charger with appropriate charging cables rather than packing multiple domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.
Are you only charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only charging USB devices?

Do your devices only work with 240 volt power outlets?

Is Cyprus the only country you intend on visiting?

How many Cypriot power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Cypriot power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at under $10 which will charge one device from a Cypriot power outlet (providing that works with 240 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere between $15 to $20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Are you visiting another country with good access to electrical power?

  • Electricty in Cyprus is generally stable however if you want to go to other countries you may need a power adapter which will protect your appliances. The power will often fluctuate in some areas which might possibly cause damage to your devices, you will need to use a power adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • You can prepare for power cuts and countries with limited electrical coverage by using a solar backpack [23] or portable charger [10].

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

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

How long will it take to fly to Cyprus?

Making a call arriving at an airport

How long will it take to fly to Cyprus?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable charger [10] which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining.

What can I connect to a Cypriot power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cypriot power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cypriot power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cypriot power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cypriot power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Cypriot power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Cypriot power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Cypriot power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Cyprus, 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 [26].

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.

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyprus - Cyprus Wikipedia page.
  2. 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.
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price under $10.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, around $5.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, estimated cost under $80.
  6. 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, between $160 to $170.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, costing around $30.
  8. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  10. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, between $30 to $35.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  12. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40.
  13. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, estimated cost around $15.
  14. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20.
  15. 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 under $100.
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  17. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , between $15 to $20.
  18. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, between $5 to $10.
  19. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, costs under $160.
  20. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price under $25.
  21. 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.
  22. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated price between $120 to $130.
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $80 to $90.
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $15 to $20.
  25. 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 at between $90 to $100.
  26. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets