Benin power adapters - what plugs are used in Benin?

Beninese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Benin?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Benin all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Beninese power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Benin from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Beninese power outlet. As the voltage is different in Benin you also need to pack a power converter for Benin if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Beninese power outlet then you can use it in Benin without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Beninese power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Benin such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Benin (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Benin, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Benin to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Benin if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Benin.

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

Background

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Benin. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Benin by using their types E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters will change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We suggest reading the Benin Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Benin power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Benin?

The best power adapter for Benin is a Type E power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Benin?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Benin to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Do I need a power adapter in Benin?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Benin then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Benin if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Benin as an American plug won't physically fit into a Beninese power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Benin if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Benin allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Benin by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Benin?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Beninese power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Benin.

Benin power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Benin?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Benin?

There are two types of power supply used in Benin, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet (known as the type C socket or Europlug) is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this plug socket by two large round adjacent holes next to each other along with one long metal earth pin protruding the top in a triangle pattern.

What voltage is used in a Beninese power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from a Beninese power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Benin?

No - an American plug won't work in Benin because it doesn't fit in a Beninese power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Benin if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Are outlets in Benin the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Beninese power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Benin. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Benin and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in Benin?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Beninese power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Benin the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Beninese power outlet is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Beninese power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Benin?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Benin you need a step down power converter.

Benin 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 Benin?

When travelling with more than one device the best travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Benin (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Benin?

Why use a travel USB charger for Benin?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different power outlets to Benin.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Benin.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Benin along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Benin might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Benin might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Beninese power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Beninese power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Benin?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Benin and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Benin.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Benin.

Power converters for Benin

What does a power converter for a Beninese power outlet do?

Power converters for Benin allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Beninese power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] converts a 220 volt Beninese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Benin.

Do I need a power converter for Benin?

When travelling to Benin from another region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Beninese power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Benin in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Beninese power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Benin from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Benin is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Benin?

You need to use a step down power converter [9] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Benin.

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Beninese 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 Benin before plugging that into a Beninese 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 Beninese power outlet.

What voltage is used in Benin?

Benin uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Beninese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Beninese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Beninese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Beninese power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Beninese power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Beninese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Beninese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Beninese power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Benin, 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 [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benin - wikipedia.org entry about Benin.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets