UK to Uzbekistan power adapters - what kind of power adapter is needed for an Uzbekistani power outlet?

Uzbekistani power outlet

What adapter do I need for Uzbekistan?

You need to pack a Type I plug adapter for Uzbekistan if the plug you need to use won't fit into an Uzbekistani power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Uzbekistan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in an Uzbekistani power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Power blackouts can occur in Uzbekistan, we suggest bringing a power bank if you need to recharge your phone and other USB devices whilst abroad during a power outage.
  • If you're from America visiting Uzbekistan you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into an Uzbekistani power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Uzbekistan you will also need to use a power converter for Uzbekistan if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Uzbekistani power outlet then you can use it in Uzbekistan.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Uzbekistani power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Uzbekistan such a Type I plug adapter. Note that a plug adapter for Uzbekistan (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Uzbekistan, 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 will also need a power converter for Uzbekistan to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Uzbekistan if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type I plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type I plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Uzbekistan[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Uzbekistan 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 Uzbekistan read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Uzbekistan power adapters

Power adapters for Uzbekistan

Various frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Uzbekistan. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power your devices when going to Uzbekistan using their I or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will discover power is different depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Uzbekistan?

The best power adapter for Uzbekistan is a Type I power adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Uzbekistan?
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What is a power adapter for an Uzbekistani power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits an Uzbekistani power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Uzbekistan?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Uzbekistani power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Uzbekistan do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in Uzbekistan simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Uzbekistan?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of Uzbekistani power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Uzbekistan in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Uzbekistan in the UK

Uzbekistan 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 Uzbekistan

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in over 150 countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design. Both small and lightweight for under £20.
  • There are some models which include USB charging ports built in.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • It will be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into an Uzbekistani power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with high power appliances such as hair straighteners, kettles or curling irons.
  • Shutters and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Only charges a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries; some adapters might not work in some countries with less common outlet types.
  • Lacking a power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 220 volts in Uzbekistan. [6]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type I plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type I plug adapter will be ideal for Uzbekistan.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to operate.
  • Affordable, prices under £10.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend on travelling to more than just one country then you may need to bring multiple plug adapter types.
  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type I Uzbekistani power outlet but doesn't change the actual voltage used in Uzbekistan, so if your appliance doesn't work with a 220 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Only one plug adapter per plug - for every separate device or appliance you want to bring you'll also need to pack a separate plug adapter.
  • Your hotel room might only have one wall outlet, so you'll only be capable of powering a single appliance at once.
  • If you wish to power any USB device then you also still need to pack a USB charger. [3]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power USB devices.
  • Rather than bring lots of domestic USB power chargers travellers only have to bring a single unit which costs roughly £10-£15.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of different countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight making them easy to pack.
  • Most travel USB wall chargers should have a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to the UK the charger should still work.
  • The swappable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Uzbekistan.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones. [7]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips have AC and USB sockets

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging more than one electronic appliance simultaneously via a single Uzbekistani power outlet, costing £35-£40.
  • Certain models offer voltage conversation for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in Uzbekistan by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some models will feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas could be tempremental, a surge in power can damage devices. Some models also have a built in surge protector to protect your device from being overpowered.
  • It will be of some use in your home country.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or curling irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances to charge. [8]
  • 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.
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly £5-£10 an adapter set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual plug adapter types costing almost £10 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every eventuality.
  • Ideal for travellers travelling to different locations.
  • A power adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should operate in Uzbekistan.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to bring, or alternatively bring each power adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one compatible plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes an adapter which is compatible with an Uzbekistani power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only changes the shape of the plug to allow it to fit into an Uzbekistani power outlet but not the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those travelling from the UK will not need to bring a voltage converter as the voltage from an Uzbekistani power outlet is 220 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in Uzbekistan and won't change the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Uzbekistani power outlet, therefore you will still be required to use the correct type of power adapter.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for packing in hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be useful when get back home.
  • Usually less expensive to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Uzbekistan

Type I 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 Uzbekistan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included I 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) 20+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type I Uzbekistani power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type I plug adapter required to fit in an Uzbekistani 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 Uzbekistan 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 £5-£10 almost £110
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Uzbekistan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Uzbekistan?

Type C and I power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Uzbekistan?

There are two types of power outlets used in Uzbekistan, types I and C with the primary power supply being type I:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type I - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 slots in an upside-down triangular pattern with a single vertical pin at the bottom and the top pair of slots sloping upwards for the live, neutral and earth blades. [3]
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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Uzbekistan?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Uzbekistan.

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What electrical frequency is used with an Uzbekistani power outlet?

The frequency from an Uzbekistani power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

Does Uzbekistan have power outages?

Uzbekistan suffers power blackouts several times per month so with this high level of unreliability it is recommended to pack accordingly.

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What is access to electricity like in Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan has excellent access to power outlets throughout the country.

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Should I pack a power bank for Uzbekistan?

Portable charger for charging cell phone

Should I pack a power bank for Uzbekistan?

Due to potential electrical cuts in Uzbekistan travellers are advised to bring alternative charging solutions if they want to continue charging devices such as phones.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of smart phones for taking photos, storing calendars, social networks, sat nav and playing games could syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond just missed photo opportunities this can possibly leave you in an unknown location without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use satellite navigation to get directions to your accommodation. Bringing a power bank eases those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone charged without needing an Uzbekistani power outlet, especially when visiting a location with regular power outages in some areas.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can store enough energy to cover around 3 full cycles while a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) describes the capacity of the battery giving an indication of how many charges the power bank can do, and a higher rating will be more suitable for travellers.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Uzbekistan and it it supports USB-C charging then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline first.
  • Small consumer power banks aren't powerful enough for use with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts such as Uzbekistan.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
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Will a solar charger work in Uzbekistan?

Solar bags will recharge most USB devices

Will a solar charger work in Uzbekistan?

The climate in Uzbekistan might be suitable for a solar power bank but is likely to take time to recharge. Because of the smaller surface area of the cells a solar power bank will need to be kept in powerful daylight for a long period of time to provide enough energy for a single charge, and this might prove difficult to repeatedly pack and unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges between cloud cover.

  • Instead, the bigger durable solar cells found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time.
  • A phone that is directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in Uzbekistan, but might prove inconvenient to have a phone constantly tethered in the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be constantly topped up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be recharged using the power bank at any time without sunshine.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for Uzbekistan should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • Solar bags are available in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for travel, work and domestic use.
  • Unlike normal solid solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to survive bending and scratches.  [4] [17] [18]
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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)

Uzbekistan 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 Uzbekistan?

If travelling with more than one device then the best international travel power adapter for Uzbekistan to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Uzbekistanis use two different types of plug sockets (I and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters on your trip to Uzbekistan. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. 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 sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Uzbekistan?
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Why use a travel USB charger for Uzbekistan?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them perfect if travelling across multiple countries across Asia which are likely to use a different outlet to Uzbekistan.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Uzbekistan.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Uzbekistan power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in Uzbekistan might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Uzbekistan could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances in Uzbekistan for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with an Uzbekistani power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Some mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 milliamps 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 draw additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Uzbekistan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Uzbekistan and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Uzbekistan.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Uzbekistan.

Power converters for Uzbekistan

What does a power converter for an Uzbekistani power outlet do?

A power converter for Uzbekistan allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Uzbekistani power outlet.

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

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Uzbekistan, but a heavier and more expensive power converter transforms a 220 volt Uzbekistani power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Uzbekistan?

If visiting Uzbekistan from another region double check your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Uzbekistan from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used with 220 volts run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You won't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners or curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Uzbekistani power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons in Uzbekistan which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]
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What kind of converter do I need for Uzbekistan?

You need a step down power converter to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Uzbekistan. [10]

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What voltage is used in Uzbekistan?

Uzbekistan uses 220 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Uzbekistani 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 Uzbekistan before plugging that into an Uzbekistani 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 an 220 volt Uzbekistani power outlet. [10]
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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.
How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual or single voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger 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.
  • Travel 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 Uzbekistan?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to Uzbekistan?

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to bring to Uzbekistan is dependant on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to buy we suggest using this checklist:

What types of devices do you want to charge with an Uzbekistani power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What types of devices do you want to charge with an Uzbekistani power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices which plug into a USB port - for example mobile phones or tablets.
  • Should you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Uzbekistan then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring one compact charger with some appropriate existing USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices (such as cameras), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical items will you be taking to Uzbekistan?

Family may need to recharge devices too

How many electrical items will you be taking to Uzbekistan?

  • List all the electronic you intended on packing for Uzbekistan (including cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons and hair dryers).
    • Allow for more devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their devices as well?

Will your devices work with 220 volt power outlets?

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB electronics

Will you only be charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to pack USB powered electronics such as mobile phones or tablet computers for Uzbekistan then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well. [7]
How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in Uzbekistan?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in Uzbekistan?

  • Your hotel might have only one wall outlet, this will present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time then have to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest packing either a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can power multiple USB ports and outlets. [8]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start from under £10 which powers one single device in only one single country (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage) but paying anywhere £15-£20 allows you to charge more than one device at once and be able to bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

Do you plan on visiting countries other than Uzbekistan?

  • A simple power adapter will only typically operate in a single country, therefore if you are visiting multiple countries then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to bring.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for going to multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.
Are you flying long haul to get to Uzbekistan?

Making a call after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Uzbekistan?

  • If you're taking a long journey to get to Uzbekistan it's worth thinking about packing an charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly power tablets and phones.
  • Not all flights have power outlets so we recommend using a portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you could need to rely on a cell phone to make a telephone call, reading emails , using mapping to find a hotel or reading your itinerary; so ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left. [4]
Are you only bringing hand luggage to Uzbekistan?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Uzbekistan?

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

What can I connect to an Uzbekistani power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Uzbekistani power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Uzbekistani power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Uzbekistani power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Uzbekistani power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Uzbekistani power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Uzbekistani power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Uzbekistani power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Uzbekistani power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Uzbekistan, 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 - Uzbekistan country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage, £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. 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, £15-£20.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costs around £10.
  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, £35-£40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, £5-£10.
  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, under £90.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced around £140.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price £20-£25.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costing £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 £35-£40.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, priced at £100-£110.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costing £70-£80.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, £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, £100-£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, under £110.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -