Types of Electrical Sockets in Iran
If you are planning to visit Iran, you should check if you need a power plug adapter or voltage converter for the power sockets (outlets) used in Iran. Electrical sockets (outlets) in Iran are one of the two European standard electrical socket types. The “Type C” Europlug and the “Type E” and “Type F” Schuko. If your appliance’s plug doesn’t match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
The following power sockets and corresponding plugs are used:
If the standard voltage in your country is in between 220 – 240 V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa), you can use them in Iran. Manufacturers take these small deviations into account. But, if the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100 V – 127 V (as is in the US, Canada, and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Iran.
If the frequency in Iran (50 Hz) differs from your country, we do not advise using your appliances. Otherwise, there is no voltage difference, you could (at your own risk) try to use the appliance for a short time. Be especially careful with moving, rotating and time-related appliances like clocks, shavers, and electric fan heaters.
To be sure, check the label on the appliance. Some appliances never need a converter.
- If the label states ‘INPUT: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz’ the appliance can be used in all countries in the world.
- If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Iranian power outlet then it will work in Iran.
- Whether your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won’t fit in an Iranian power outlet you’ll need to bring suitable a plug adapter for Iran. For example Type F plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter for Iran (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Iran. But is unable 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 will also need a power converter for Iran to convert the voltage from 220-volt volts to the correct voltage on your device. You’ll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Iran if your power converter doesn’t include the correct Type F plug adapter.
- In case you want to power one or more USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter is recommended. Also, it should be dual voltage. However, make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter. Otherwise, you’ll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Iran.