Egypt has a 220V / 50Hz electrical system, with two plug types: Plug type C and plug type F. Plug type C has two round pins, while plug type F has two round pins and two earth clips on the side.
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What Travel Adapter Do I Need For Egypt?
Electrical outlets vary from country to country, so this could mean that the plugs on you electrical or electronic devices may not be compatible with Egyptian power outlets. In addition to this, the supply voltage in Egypt may not be the same as it is in your home country.
Since you will almost certainly be taking some electric appliances and electronic devices with you when you visit Egypt, it is important that you pack in the correct power adapter if plugs and wall outlets are different to those in Egypt.
As you may have noticed already, there are many different power plug adapters available on the market, so you may be wondering, “What travel adapter do I need for Egypt?”
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Electrical Sockets in Egypt
Power outlets in Egypt are designed to accommodate plugs that have two round prongs, while American outlets are designed to accommodate plugs that have two flat pins. If you live in North America, or any other country that uses plugs with two flat prongs, this is something you will need to take into account if you are planning a trip to Egypt. The same applies if you are from a country that uses three-prong plugs.
The two types of plug used in Egypt are known as Type C and Type F. The only real difference between then is the fact that the Type F plugs have two small earth clips, while the Type C plug does not have earth clips.
Voltage Supply in Egypt
Electrical power outlets in Egypt are designed for electrical appliances that operate on 220-240 volts. In some other countries like North America, electrical power outlets are designed for electrical devices that operate on 110-120 volts.
So, what travel adapter do I need for Egypt if I am from a country that has a 110-120 volt electrical supply? Any good quality universal travel adapter will do as far as the plug design is concerned. Power adapters simply make it possible to plug your devices into supply sockets that are different to those you have in your home country.
It is very important to be aware of the fact that the average power adapter is not a voltage converter or voltage transformer. If you are from a country that has a 110-120 volt electrical supply, you will need to buy a dedicated voltage converter to be able to use your electrical appliances safely while you are in Egypt.
Some electrical appliances have dual voltage capability that makes it safe for you to use then with both a 110-120 volt supply and a 220-240 volt supply. These appliances will typically have a small switch on them that allows you to change from one voltage supply to the other.
Appliances which are designed to only run on 110-120 volts should never be plugged into a 220-240 power supply. If you do, you will most likely see smoke, or worse still, you could start a fire.
Electrical Frequency in Egypt
The electrical frequency in Egypt is 50Hz. If the electrical frequency in your own country is different, it is best not to use your electrical appliances in Egypt. If there is no voltage difference between Egypt and your own country, you may be able to use some of your appliances, but there is a risk of them being damaged. The risk is even higher with appliances that have moving or rotating parts, such as clocks and electric shavers.
Laptops, Tablets and Mobile Chargers
These days, many common devices can be used in any country, regardless of whether a country has a 110-120 or a 220-240 volt supply and regardless of whether the frequency is 50Hz or 60Hz. This includes electrical items like laptops, tablets, and most new mobile chargers. However, to be on the safe side, you should check the labels on your appliances.
If the label says: “INPUT 100-240V, 50/60Mz”, then you can safely use such an appliance in any and all countries.
Many developing countries experience power surges from time to time, and these power surges can instantly destroy sensitive electrical items, including things like laptops and mobile phones. While a surge protector may not be considered an essential item for travel to Egypt, having surge protection to shield your devices from voltage spikes is certainly a good idea when traveling to any developing country, including Egypt.
Choosing a Travel Adapter
So, what travel adapter do I need for Egypt? If it is only a matter of plug types being different to those in your home country, then any universal travel power adapter will do. If, on the other hand, you are from a country that has a 110V power supply, then you will need to buy a travel adapter that has a built-in step down power converter. Alternatively, you could also buy a stand-alone portable power converter that is suitable for Egypt’s 220-240 volt power supply.
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