UK to Belarus power adapters - do I need a power adapter for a Belarus power outlet?

Belarus power outlet

What adapter do I need for Belarus?

You'll need to pack a Type F plug adapter for Belarus if your plug won't fit in a Belarus power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Belarus will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Belarus power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Power outages do occur in Belarus, it is advised to pack a power bank if you wish to keep your cellphone and other devices fully charged whilst abroad during a blackout.
  • If you're from America travelling to Belarus then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Belarus power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Belarus use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Belarus power outlet then you can use it in Belarus.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Belarus power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Belarus such a Type F plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Belarus (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Belarus, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Belarus to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Belarus if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which has a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Belarus[4]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts used in Belarus you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Belarus check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Belarus power adapters

Power adapters for Belarus

Various combinations of voltages and sockets can often be daunting when planning to stay in a new country, especially if you've never been there before. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Belarus. This page contains links to simple instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're in Belarus by using the types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You will discover power adapters change from country to country therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Belarus?

The best power adapter for Belarus is a Type F plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance. [4]

What is the best power adapter for Belarus?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Belarus.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[10]

What does a power adapter for a Belarus power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Belarus by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Belarus power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Belarus power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Belarus.

Do I need a power adapter for Belarus?

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

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Can I use a European plug in Belarus?

As there are 8 different power outlet types used throughout Europe there is a chance that a power adapter that works in another territory in Europe doesn't fit in a Belarus power outlet.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Belarus in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Belarus in the UK

Belarus 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 Belarus

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, under £20.
  • Some models will include charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Fairly easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially be of use when you return to the UK as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Belarus power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters can't be used with a high power electrical appliance; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters and other moving parts could be fragile on some models making them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not work in some countries with less popular outlets.
  • They lack a built in voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-220 volt electrical devices in Belarus. [11]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers which costs roughly under £15.
  • USB wall chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Has surge protector built in.
  • The charger will still be of use domestically.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Belarus power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered ones. [2]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Affordable, with prices £10-£15.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Using a Type F plug adapter will work in Belarus.
  • Lightweight and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • One adapter for each plug - for each separate appliance you want to use you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Adapter only alters the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Belarus power outlet but doesn't modify the voltage used in Belarus. If your device doesn't work with 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • If you intend to visit more than just Belarus you might need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • You will also still need to bring a separate domestic USB charger if you wish to charge any USB device.
  • Hotel rooms in Belarus might only have a single wall outlet available, so you will only be capable of charging one appliance at a time. [4]
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing under £40.
  • Certain travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used with a Belarus power outlet by using only a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal modern power strips also include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some power strips which have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • The power strip should potentially be of use domestically as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of the weight of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances which need charging. [12]
  • 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

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £25-£30 an adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters costing almost £10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option if you are travelling to multiple locations.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will operate in Belarus.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual adapters to bring.
  • All remaining power adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included with the set (especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible in Belarus.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in a Belarus power outlet but not the voltage. [13]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

British citizens will not need to use a converter as the voltage from a Belarus power outlet is 220 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 220 volts from a Belarus power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Belarus power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Belarus.
  • The size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • Redundant when get back from Belarus.
  • Often better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Belarus.
  • Costly, £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Belarus

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 Belarus 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 Belarus power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Belarus 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 Belarus 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 £25-£30 almost £110
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Belarus power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Belarus?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Belarus?

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

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed power socket, also known as a type C socket, can be recognised by the two holes adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into.
  • Plug Type F - This recessed round plug outlet (known as a Schuko socket or type F power outlet) can be recognised by two circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral, plus two grounding clips at the top and bottom. [4]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Belarus?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Belarus power outlet.

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Is a power outlet in Belarus different to Europe?

Tourists in Europe

Is a power outlet in Belarus different to Europe?

Various countries throughout Europe all use different standards of voltages and power outlet types, with eight types of plug sockets used throughout Europe (types C, D, E, F, G, J, K and L) you could find a plug which works with a Belarus power outlet might not function correctly in an outlet in another country. If you intend on visiting more than one destination in Europe you can either bring a multiple power adapter travel set that consists of every type of power adapter, or a more convenient international travel plug adapter as both these options ensure you're covered for all different power outlet types that you might find in each location. Before travelling check the list of power outlets used throughout Europe to understand which power adapters and converters you need to bring for your journey.   [15] [15] [16]

What is the electrical frequency used in Belarus?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Belarus power outlet is 50 Hz. [17]

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Belarus?

The population of Belarus has excellent access to electrical power throughout the country.

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Does Belarus have power outages?

Typically Belarus reports power blackouts around once a month.

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Should I use a portable charger in Belarus?

Power bank for charging phones

Should I use a portable charger in Belarus?

Because of potential electrical blackouts in Belarus visitors are advised to use alternate charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photos, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to return to your accommodation or hotel. By packing a power bank for Belarus eases those concerns as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered without using a phone charger, especially when travelling to a country with regular power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can supply enough energy to power around 3 full charge cycles whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly 7 days. The mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many cycles the portable charger can achieve, so a higher number is better for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Belarus.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts such as Belarus.    [9] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]
Do solar powered chargers work in Belarus?

A solar bag

Do solar powered chargers work in Belarus?

The climate in Belarus could be suitable for a solar power bank but it could take time to recharge. The smaller surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be left in powerful daylight for an extended period of time in order to provide enough power for a single charge cycle, and this might prove inconvenient to continually pack and unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger solar panels used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Belarus, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A backback with solar cells is constantly exposed to daylight therefore could be topping up a power bank throughout the day, unlike a small solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight.
  • A solar bag which is suitable for Belarus needs to have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger.
  • They are available in backpack, rucksack and laptop messenger styles making them perfect for work, domestic and travel use.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratching and bending, unlike normal rigid solar panels.  [9] [23] [24]

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)

Belarus 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 Belarus?

When you are travelling to more than one country or bringing along more than one device then the best travel power adapter for Belarus is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Belarusians use two different types of power outlets (F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Belarus trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to different places we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with perfect reliably. [2]

What USB charger do I need for Belarus?

Why use a travel USB charger for Belarus?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Belarus.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Belarus.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Belarus power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Belarus might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Belarus could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Belarus power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Belarus power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet. [2]

What is the best USB charger for Belarus?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Belarus and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Belarus.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Belarus. [2]

Power converters for Belarus

What does a power converter for Belarus do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Belarus 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 Belarus?

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 Belarus, but an expensive and bulkier power converter converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Belarus power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device. [25]

Do I need a power converter for Belarus?

When travelling to Belarus from a different country please double check the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting Belarus from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. See our list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 220 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Belarus power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a much heavier power converter to Belarus simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Belarus power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [6] [14]

What converter do I need for Belarus?

You need to use a step down power converter to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Belarus power outlet. [14]

What voltage does Belarus use?

Belarus uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets. [8]

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https://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 a 220 volt Belarus 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 Belarus before plugging that into a Belarus 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 Belarus power outlet. [14]
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?

Single voltage hair dryer

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.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Belarus?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Belarus?

The type of power converter which is suitable for Belarus is dependant on your requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of devices do you need to charge?

Make a list of items you need

What different types of devices do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is made for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices (such as cameras), but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.
How many devices will you be taking to Belarus?

How much are you packing

How many devices will you be taking to Belarus?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Belarus (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to Belarus that will need to charge their iPads?

Do your devices only work with 220 volt power outlets?

How many Belarus power outlets are available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Belarus power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets. [12]
Are you only charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB items

Are you only charging USB devices?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at under £10 which will charge one device from a Belarus power outlet (providing that works with 220 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in anywhere £15-£20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Belarus the only country you intend on visiting?

How long will it take to fly to Belarus?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

How long will it take to fly to Belarus?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining. [9]
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand baggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

What can I connect to a Belarus power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Belarus power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Belarus power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Belarus power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Belarus power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Belarus power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Belarus power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Belarus power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Belarus, 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[26]

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.

See also

  1. Wikipedia - Belarus Wikipedia page.
  2. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price £10-£15.
  3. Type C plug adapter - European Europlug Type C plug adapters are unearthed and comprise of two 4mm rounded pins placed 19mm apart, £10-£15.
  4. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced £10-£15.
  5. Dual voltage travel hair dryer - Folding handle hair dryer with dual voltage suitable for international travel, £15-£20.
  6. 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, costs under £110.
  7. Dual voltage travel hair straighteners - Hair straighteners with adjustable temperature and dual voltage for 110 volts and 220 volts suitable for international travel, £25-£30.
  8. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  9. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, under £35.
  10. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  11. 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.
  12. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, estimated cost £35-£40.
  13. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price £25-£30.
  14. 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 cost under £90.
  15. Multiple power adapter travel set - international travel plug adapter set , £15-£20.
  16. Portable international travel plug adapter - AC Wall Charger with 2 USB sockets and outlets for US, UK, Australia and European power plugs which works in over 150 countries, estimated cost £15-£20.
  17. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  18. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, £140-£150.
  19. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, £20-£25.
  20. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costs £20-£25.
  21. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, £35-£40.
  22. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  23. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at £110-£120.
  24. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, £25-£30.
  25. 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 cost £100-£110.
  26. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -