Electricity in Nepal

Residential electrical outlets in some countries, including the United States use 110-120 volts of electricity and accept very specific shaped plugs. Many other countries, including Nepal, use other voltages, 220-240 volts to power their appliances, as well as different plugs. If you try to plug an American appliance such as a shaver or hairdryer into an outlet of a different voltage, you may destroy the appliance and cause yourself an injury. There are a few things you should know about other countries (here Nepal) before you travel.

➺Nepal’s Electricity is 220-240 Volts and 50 HZ (some countries like U.S and Canada are 110-120 volts/60 HZ).
➺In Nepal, electric Plugs are of two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries.
➺If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to the plugin. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into. If it's crucial to be able to the plugin, no matter what, bring an adapter for both types.
➺If you are planning on taking a hairdryer, electric shaver, curling iron, laptop computer, or other electrical devices on your travels, in these cases, you will need to obtain either a voltage adapter (electrical converter) or a plug adapter for your travels, most often both. Most voltage adapters for travel convert 220-240 to 110-120, usable by your American and similar appliance. A plug adapter, on the other hand, allows you to plug into a foreign outlet.
➺In Nepal, you will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. - like appliances.

➺In some countries, you may only need one or the other (voltage converter or plug adapter), but in Nepal, you may require both. Note: you may need many different plug adapters if your travels extend to more than one country, but one voltage adapter is okay to work in one country.

We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit if you plan to take many electronics. It can be found in many hardware stores, travel shops and online retailers. Virtually all laptop computers and some electric razors take universal voltages. Check your equipment to be sure. If the only electrical device that you plan to take with you is an electric shaver, you may consider buying a different model that accepts universal voltages, to avoid carrying around a heavy and bulky voltage adapter. Always be sure to check with the manufacturer of the appliance for proper use and conversion.

NOTE: You can find any of the transformers, plug adapters and converters to buy in Kathmandu and other major cities easily.

Electricity flow is smooth in Nepal but sometimes it goes on and off due to the maintenance of other circumstances for a short period of time. Voltage fluctuation is common and it is advised that you use an adapter with a quality power surge protector for your electronics devices.

Recap:

  • Voltage in Nepal: 220-240 Volts (U.S./Canada are 110-120 Volts)
  • Frequency in Nepal: 50HZ
  • Primary Socket Types in Nepal:

  • Nepal/India, Europlug, i.e. with round two prongs or three prongs
  • For Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.) you need: A plug adapter
  • For 110-120V electronics you need: Plug adapter + step-down transformer
  • For  Hair dryers, curling irons, etc. you need.:  Plug adapter + voltage converts

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