Power converters for Yemen - Do you need a power converter in Yemen?

What is a power converter?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Yemeni 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 Yemen?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Yemen, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [3] transforms a 230 volt Yemeni power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Yemen?

If travelling to Yemen from another country please make sure your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [4] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance won't support 230 volts. Read the 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 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used in a 230 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [4].
  • You don't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as curling irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Yemeni power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to bring a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier power converter to Yemen in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in Yemen , along with advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What kind of converter do I need for Yemen?

You will need to use a step down power converter [4] in order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Yemeni power outlet.

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 Yemeni 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 Yemen before plugging that into a Yemeni 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 Yemeni power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a power 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 used in Yemen?

Yemen uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to see if a appliance is dual voltage or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance, it should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say 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 range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemen - Yemeni Wiki 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, costing around £15.
  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, costing 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, priced £15-£20.