UK to Libya power adapters - do I need a power adapter for a Libyan power outlet?

Libyan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Libya?

Bring a Type D plug adapter to Libya if your plug doesn't fit into a Libyan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Libya all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Libyan power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Be aware that areas of Libya do not have power, it is advised to pack a portable charger if you need to keep your cellphone charged whilst in an area that doesn't have power.
  • If you're visiting Libya from America you will need to use a suitable power adapter for Libya to fit a US plug into a Libyan power outlet and check that your appliance or charger can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Libyan power outlet then you can use it in Libya.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Libyan power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Libya such a Type D plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Libya (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Libya, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 127 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Libya to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Libya if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Libya[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Libya please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Libya power adapters

Power adapters for Libya

Differing combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Libya. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Libya using the types D, C, F or L 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

The best power adapter for Libya will be a Type D plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 127 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Libya?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Libyan power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[5]

Will a power adapter change the voltage in Libya?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Libyan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt appliance you will also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Libya along with the right adapter.

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Do I need a power adapter for Libya?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Libya simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter for Libya in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Libya in the UK

Libya to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

Electrical adapters for Libya

Power Plug Adapters

A small and simple type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Lightweight and compact.
  • Cheap, prices around £5.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter will work in Libya.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One plug adapter per device - for each separate appliance you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Libyan power outlet but doesn't modify the actual voltage, so if your device doesn't work with a 127 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms may only have one power outlet available, so you will only be able to charge one appliance at a time.
  • Should you plan to travel to more than just Libya then you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • You will also still need to bring a separate USB charger if you wish to charge any USB device. [3]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under £40.
  • You will find some travel power strips will convert voltage for low wattage devices (for example laptops). So even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it should still function in Libya when using a travel power strip, making them a cheaper and lightweight alternative to a power converter.
  • Typical models should include a number of USB ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries might fluctuate, a sudden power surge can damage your electronics. Some models will have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • When you return home the power strip will still work as a USB charger and power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The power converter on a travel power strip won't convert higher wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair straighteners.
  • Due to their size power strips might be too heavy for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be considered excessive if you only bring a small number of devices and appliances that need powering. [6]
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Some universal adapters include USB ports

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under £20.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector which will prevent any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip should still be functional as a USB charger.
  • There are some models that have multiple USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't work in Libya. You will need to pack a separate power adapter for Libya if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from one outlet.
  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-127 volt electrical devices in Libya.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • The shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters which could make them likely to break whilst abroad.
  • Can only provide power to a single plug. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB such as tablet computers, iPhones and Kindles.
  • Instead of bringing lots of domestic USB power chargers you only have to pack one unit which costs on average £10-£15.
  • Supplied with swappable heads which make them useful in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Has a surge protector.
  • When you return to the UK the charger will still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Libyan power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power any appliances, just USB devices. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £25-£30 a set will typically work out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters for multiple countries costing almost £10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to different locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Libyan power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; you'll have to decide which plug adapters to bring, or alternatively pack each plug adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • With just one functioning plug adapter working in Libya the remaining plug adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included with the set (especially the less common adapters) - so ensure that your set has an adapter that is compatible in Libya.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Libyan power outlet but doesn't alter the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 127 volts from a Libyan power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Libyan power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to pack the correct type of power adapter for Libya.
  • Costly, £80-£90.
  • The normal size and weight of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for packing in hand baggage.
  • An expensive voltage converter isn't of any use when get back from Libya.
  • Usually better value and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a much more expensive power converter just in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Libya.
  • If you plan to travel to Libya from the UK then you will need one as the voltage from a Libyan power outlet is 127 volts. [10]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Libya

Type D Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Libya Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D Libyan power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Libyan power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to the UK 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 127 volt AC appliance in Libya 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 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £25-£30 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Libya power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Libya?

There are four types of power supply used in Libya, these are type D, C, F and L with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded plug outlet, also known as a Europlug, can be recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - This power socket (known as a type D power outlet) looks like 3 round holes in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into and a pair of thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the hexagon shaped wall socket by three round holes forming a line for live, neutral and earth. There are two different variations of Type L power socket, one rated for 10 amps and one at 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart, and a 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick pins that are spaced 8mm apart. [3]
What plug sockets are used in Libya?

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Libya?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in a Libyan power outlet.

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What electrical frequency is used in a Libyan power outlet?

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

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

Are electrical outlets common in Libya?

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

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How reliable is electric in Libya?

Although power outages are unpredictable, the power supply in Libya is classed as dependable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts.

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Do I need a power bank for Libya?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Do I need a power bank for Libya?

Because some areas of Libya don't have access to electric visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can assure a reliable power supply, alternatively use a second charging solution if they wish to recharge devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, getting directions, social networks and streaming videos can syphon off power excessively. A flat cell phone battery can potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your accommodation or hotel.
  • Bringing a portable charger alleviates those concerns as it allows you to keep your smart phone powered without needing a Libyan power outlet, especially when travelling to a country with a lack of access to electricity in some areas.
  • Look for at least a 10,000mAh power bank which will store enough power to cover over 3 full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical smart phone charged for almost seven days depending on the usage and model of the phone.
  • As long as your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Libya.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to countries with limited access to electricity like Libya.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Will a solar battery charger work in Libya?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar battery charger work in Libya?

The sunlight in Libya will be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge cycle. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Libya.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Libya, however could be inconvenient to have a phone continuously tethered to the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Therefore it is recommended to plug in a battery power bank into a solar backpack which can then be continuously powered up during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge your phone using the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • Even though the sunlight in Libya is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been built to survive scratching and bending, unlike regular firm solar panels. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.  [4] [17] [18]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Libya 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 Libya?

If you are travelling with more than just one device the best international travel charger for Libya to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Libyans use four different types of power outlets (types D, C, F and L) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of power adapters along with compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel chargers having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack multiple power adapters or occupying additional wall outlets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers using only a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power adapter at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous different countries. [8]

What USB charger do I need for Libya?

Why use a travel USB charger for Libya?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions making them ideal when visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different outlets to Libya.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Libya.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 127 volt power outlets in Libya along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Libya only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets 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 mobile phone or tablet in Libya might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Libya for useful advice on the best power adapter for a Libyan power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [8]

What is the best USB charger for Libya?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Libya using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just 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 more flexible 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 Libya. [8]

Power converters for Libya

What is a power converter?

Power converters allow you to use a 220-240 volt electrical device with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Libya?

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 127 volt Libyan power outlet to work with a non-127 volt appliance, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Libya. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Libya?

If you are visiting Libya from another country check that the device can be used with a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance doesn't support 127 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 127 volt appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which originated from another country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts and used in a 127 volt power outlet either take longer to charge or simply won't turn on. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are visiting Libya from another region please check that it can be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet.
  • Purchasing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance might be more practical and cost effective than investing in a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Libya.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hairdryers with a Libyan power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What converter do I need for Libya?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet you need to use a step up power converter[10]

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Libyan 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 Libya before plugging that into a Libyan 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 127 volt Libyan power outlet. [10]

What voltage does Libya use?

Libya uses 127 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The best method to tell if a device is dual voltage or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. The location might depend on the make or model of your device but should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • 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 say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for Libya?

Which type of plug adapter do I need for Libya?

The type of power converter which is best to use in Libya will depend on various requirements, so before deciding which adapter to use we suggest using this checklist:

What types of electrical items do you want to use in Libya?

Will you need to power appliances

What types of electrical items do you want to use in Libya?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB powered electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only need to pack that single lightweight charger .
  • A travel power strip is made for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage (such as a laptop), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.
How many devices will you be taking to Libya?

How many electrical devices will you be packing

How many devices will you be taking to Libya?

  • Add up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Libya (such as tablets, mobile phones, eReaders, hair dryers or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on buying a new mobile phone computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for their power charging source. The next time you have to replace a device it could need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these also.
  • Are you bringing children along who might need to recharge their devices as well?

Do your appliances and devices work with a 127 volt power outlet?

Are you only charging USB devices in Libya?

How many Libyan power outlets are available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Libyan power outlets are available?

  • Hotels in Libya might only offer one power outlet. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of more than one device overnight because you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • To recharge multiple devices at the same time we suggest using a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can power multiple USB ports or power outlets. [6]

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts from around under £10 which powers one device from a Libyan power outlet (providing that works with 127 volts or is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere £15-£20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in multiple different countries.

Do you intend on visiting countries other than Libya?

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Are you flying long haul to travel to Libya?

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Are you flying long haul to travel to Libya?

  • If you are embarking on an extended trip to get to Libya it's worth considering an airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can be used to power phones and tablets.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a portable charger which will recharge on the go. After landing in Libya you might have to use a mobile phone for making a telephone call, messenging, using mapping to locate accomodation or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample battery power remaining. [4]
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Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Libyan power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Libyan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Libyan power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Libyan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Libyan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Libyan power outlet

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

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

Corrections

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

Disclaimer

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

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

  1. Wikipedia - Libya Wikipedia page.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, £5-£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, £30-£35.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, £35-£40.
  7. 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, priced at £15-£20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, around £10.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated cost £25-£30.
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, costs £80-£90.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, £140-£150.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costing £20-£25.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, £20-£25.
  15. 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 under £40.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced around £100.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced under £120.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost £25-£30.
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, estimated cost under £110.
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, £100-£110.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -