Power converters for Pakistan

What does a power converter for Pakistan do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Pakistani 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 Pakistan?

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 Pakistan, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [3] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Pakistani power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Pakistan?

If you are visiting Pakistan from another country ensure that your device can accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [4] if you are travelling to Pakistan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 230 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used in a 230 volt power outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or tablet as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • Investing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more practical and cost effective than carrying a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Pakistan.
  • For more information read these travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with a Pakistani power outlet which includes advice for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What converter do I need for Pakistan?

You need to buy a step down power converter [4] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Pakistani power outlet.

What voltage does Pakistan use?

Pakistan uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [4] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Pakistani 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 Pakistan before plugging that into a Pakistani 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 230 volt Pakistani 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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistan - Pakistan Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, estimated price £15-£20.
  4. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, estimated price under £90.
  5. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, around £15.