Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Bahrain
For a tourist who will be spending some time in Bahrain, it is important to know some basic information about the country like standard voltage used by the electronic gadgets and appliances and the primary types of electrical outlet and plug commonly used. Bahrain uses 220-240 volts for their electronic gadgets and appliances while the primary electrical outlet and plug type is the Type G British BS-1363.
Additional things that might be handy for a tourist in Bahrain are the adapters and voltage converters. Adapters are used when the shape of the plug is not compatible with the shape of electrical outlet present in Bahrain while the voltage converters are used to make different voltages between electronic gadgets and appliances work together with the electrical outlet present in Bahrain.
Type G British BS-1363 Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
The Type G British BS-1363 plug also has a receptacle end that is compatible with most household plug types in Bahrain, except the Type M South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug. The plug end is a British BS-1363 13-amp type. For the adapter, the live and neutral pins are 4 x 6 x 18 mm apart, with the grounding pin measuring 4 x 8 x 23mm. The Type G electrical outlet and plug is a Type G British BS-1363 rectangular blade used widely in Bahrain that has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits and, most of the time, the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet includes a safety switch.
Also, through the Type G British BS-1363 adapter, a tourist could use his or her appliance or electronic gadget in Bahrain. The plug of this Type G British BS-1363 is polarized and grounded but not fused. Another name for the Type G British BS-1363 plug is the 13-amp plug and for safety reasons the Bahrain requires electrical outlets in households that use the Type G British BS-1363 to have shutters over the live and neutral connections of the electrical outlet. In the insertion of the longer earth pin from the plug, the safety shutters of the Type G British BS-1363 are opened. The shutters are also present to prevent the use of incompatible plugs made to other standards in Bahrain. However, there are cases wherein the safety shutters of this electrical outlet could be opened through a screwdriver in order to insert Type C plugs.
The usage of the Type G British BS-1363 outlet along with another kind of plug is not recommended because these plugs do not have a fuse. The regulation about the safety shutters and fuse is then followed in Bahrain and all the other countries that use the Type G British BS-1363 electrical outlet and plug like the United Kingdom, Oman, Ghana, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Qatar, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Maldives and Kuwait. In terms of compatibility, the Type G British 3-pin electrical outlet will work together with the Type G British BS-1363 plug and adapter in Bahrain. With all the safety measures and features of this plug and outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in Bahrain, even the world.
However, with all its features, this type of plug is bulky and cumbersome. Some people claim that the Type G British BS-1363 plug is mostly bigger than the appliances they are connected to but if tourists would want to use their electronic gadget or appliance in Bahrain, then they must have a Type G British BS-1363 adapter. Although the adapter would not change the voltage used, it will enable the plug of the appliance or electronic gadget to be inserted to the electrical outlet used in Bahrain.