UK to Kazakhstan power adapters - what plugs are used in Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstani power outlet

What adapter do I need for Kazakhstan?

You need to pack a Type F plug adapter [3] for Kazakhstan if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a Kazakhstani power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Kazakhstan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Kazakhstani power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Certain areas in Kazakhstan suffer from frequent power outages, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you want to recharge your cellphone battery whilst abroad during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Kazakhstan from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Kazakhstani power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Kazakhstan you will also need to bring a power converter for Kazakhstan if your device 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 the plug will fit in a Kazakhstani power outlet then it can work in Kazakhstan.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Kazakhstani power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Kazakhstan such a Type F plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Kazakhstan (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Kazakhstan, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Kazakhstan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kazakhstan if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Kazakhstan.

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

Kazakhstan power adapters

Power adapters for Kazakhstan

Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on visiting another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Kazakhstan. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Kazakhstan using the standard types F or C Kazakhstani 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover most power adapters will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Kazakhstan?

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

What is the best power adapter for Kazakhstan?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Kazakhstan is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Kazakhstan.

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

What does a power adapter for Kazakhstan do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Kazakhstan by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Kazakhstani power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Kazakhstani power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Kazakhstan along with the correct adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Kazakhstan?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

Will I need a plug adapter for Kazakhstan if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into a Kazakhstani power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Kazakhstan, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Kazakhstan if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Electrical adapters for Kazakhstan

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect for visiting to multiple countries. Typical models operate in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design, lightweight and small, under £20.
  • There are some models which include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in which will protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • When you return to the UK the power strip should still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a Kazakhstani power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal adapters will overload when used with a high power appliance such as hair straighteners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them likely to jam.
  • Only charges a single plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing a built in power converter means it won't be suitable for non-220 volt devices.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal in situations when you only want to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only need to bring one charger instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers which costs on average under £15.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers will include a surge protector built in.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Kazakhstani power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't to charge any electrical appliances, just USB powered ones.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, prices £10-£15.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type F plug adapter [3] will work in Kazakhstan.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 1 plug adapter per appliance - for each individual device or appliance you want to bring you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Kazakhstani power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. So if your device doesn't work with 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • If you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger as well.
  • Some hotel rooms in Kazakhstan may only have one wall outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Kazakhstani power outlet, costing £35-£40.
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Kazakhstani power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Kazakhstan. (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

  • Unlike a dedicated power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly £15-£20 a set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual power plug adapters costing over £5 each.
  • Covers all plug outlet types and not just a Kazakhstani power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • Each plug adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be compatible with a Kazakhstani power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - before any trip you'll have to choose which plug adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which is compatible with a Kazakhstani power outlet.
  • Adapters only modify the actual shape of the plug but not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 220 volts in Kazakhstan and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Kazakhstani power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack a suitable power adapter for Kazakhstan.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too heavy and bulky for hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter will be redundant after your visit to Kazakhstan.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Kazakhstan.
  • Costly; £80-£90.
  • If you plan to travel to Kazakhstan from the US you will need one as the voltage from a Kazakhstani power outlet is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Kazakhstan

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 Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstani power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Kazakhstani power outlet 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 220 volt AC appliance in Kazakhstan 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 £15 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £15-£20 almost £110
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Kazakhstan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Kazakhstan?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Kazakhstan?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall outlet by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug socket by the two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Kazakhstan?

No; an American plug won't work in Kazakhstan because it won't fit into a Kazakhstani power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Kazakhstan?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in a Kazakhstani power outlet.

What is the frequency used in Kazakhstan?

The frequency from a Kazakhstani power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Kazakhstan the same as the US?

The voltage in Kazakhstan is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Kazakhstan which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Kazakhstan the same as the US?

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Kazakhstan?

Access to electricity in Kazakhstan is excellent which spans the entire population.

Does Kazakhstan have power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power cuts in parts of Kazakhstan.

Do I need a power bank for Kazakhstan?

A USB power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a power bank for Kazakhstan?

Because of potential power blackouts in Kazakhstan travellers are advised to use backup charging solutions if they want to recharge devices such as cellphones or tablets reliably.

  • During a trip increased use of mobile phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and playing games will drain the batteries towards the end of the day. Beyond the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities this could potentially leave you without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation.
  • Using a power bank [4] in Kazakhstan lowers the risk as it allows you to recharge your cell phone without needing a Kazakhstani power outlet, especially when travelling to a location with frequent power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which will supply enough electricity to cover around 3 full charges whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep an average smart phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If you want to charge your laptop with a power bank in Kazakhstan and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Before travelling be aware that some airlines won't let you take batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Small consumer portable chargers aren't strong enough for high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to countries with regular power cuts such as Kazakhstan.
Does a solar powered charger work in Kazakhstan?

A solar bag charging a power bank

Does a solar powered charger work in Kazakhstan?

The climate in Kazakhstan might be suitable for a solar power bank [17], however it may take time to recharge. Due to their compact surface area a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to produce enough power for a single charge cycle, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time, and could also generate charge when cloudy.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into a USB port of a backpack will gradually charge the power during sunny spells in Kazakhstan, but might be inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A normal power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can recharge the phone from the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for Kazakhstan needs to have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • They are found in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for work, travel and domestic use. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.

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)

Kazakhstan 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 Kazakhstan?

If travelling with more than just one device or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Kazakhstan is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Kazakhs use two different types of plug sockets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the supplied heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger will also allow you to charge multiple devices at once without needing to pack seperate travel adapters. By only packing a single lightweight travel charger will help keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without needing an additional power outlet.

We suggest buying a versatile travel adapter similar to this at an electronics retailer - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Kazakhstan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Kazakhstan?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Kazakhstan.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Kazakhstan.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Kazakhstan power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Kazakhstan only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Kazakhstan might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Kazakhstan for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in a Kazakhstani power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Kazakhstan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Kazakhstan using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Kazakhstan.

Power converters for Kazakhstan

What is a power converter for a Kazakhstani power outlet?

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 220 volt Kazakhstani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Kazakhstan.

Do I need a power converter for Kazakhstan?

When you are visiting Kazakhstan from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Kazakhstan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and 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 converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Kazakhstan , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What converter do I need for Kazakhstan?

To use any 100-120 volt appliance in Kazakhstan you will need to buy a step down power converter [10].

What voltage is used in Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan uses 220 volts in their standard 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 a 220 volt Kazakhstani 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 Kazakhstan before plugging that into a Kazakhstani power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Kazakhstani power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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 Kazakhstan?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for Kazakhstan?

The power converter or plug adapter which is suitable for Kazakhstan depends on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to bring we suggest using the following checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Kazakhstan?

How many devices are you taking

How many electrical items will you be taking to Kazakhstan?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Kazakhstan (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?
What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Kazakhstani power outlet?

Make a list of items you need

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Kazakhstani power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Kazakhstan then a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to pack one compact charger along with your USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are designed for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) which need voltage conversion and could potentially damage it.

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

How many wall outlets are available in Kazakhstan?

How many power outlets will be available

How many wall outlets are available in Kazakhstan?

  • The accommodation in Kazakhstan may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets.

Will you only be charging USB devices in Kazakhstan?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Kazakhstan then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too.

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from under £15 to power only one single device in Kazakhstan (providing that works with 220 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly £15-£20 means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Kazakhstan?

Will it take you a long time to fly to Kazakhstan?

Arriving at an airport

Will it take you a long time to fly to Kazakhstan?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Kazakhstan think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left.
Do you bringing just hand luggage to Kazakhstan?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Kazakhstan?

Would you like to use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Kazakhstani power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Kazakhstani power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Kazakhstani power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Kazakhstani power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Kazakhstani power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Kazakhstani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Kazakhstani power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Kazakhstan, 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/Kazakhstan - Kazakhstan country Wiki page.
  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, around £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, £20-£25.
  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, costs £15-£20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated cost £10-£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, under £40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated cost £15-£20.
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, priced at under £90.
  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, around £140.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, around £30.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced £35-£40.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at £70-£80.
  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 under £20.
  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, costs £100-£110.
  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, estimated cost under £110.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets