Adapters for Saudi Arabia - What plug adapter do I need for Saudi Arabia?

Power adapters for Saudi Arabia

If you are packing for a trip it is helpful to know if you can charge your common electrical devices like mobile phones and tablets when you get there. But, without knowing which power supply to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there which could be incompatible and damage your device. Various frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. 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 charge your device in Saudi Arabia. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Saudi Arabia by using their Type G, A, B or D Saudi Arabian 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, please be aware that Type G plug outlets are used by a majority of Saudis. You will find power sockets will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

The best power adapter for Saudi Arabia will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Saudi Arabia?

What is a power adapter for a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from another region to fit into a power socket in Saudi Arabia.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Saudi Arabian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Saudi Arabian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Saudi Arabia along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Saudi Arabia?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the Saudi Arabian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Saudi Arabia simply by altering the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter in Saudi Arabia

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Saudi Arabia

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

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Saudi Arabia in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Saudi Arabia in the UK

Saudi Arabia 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_Arabia - wikipedia web page about Saudi Arabia.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price £5-£10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor