Guinea-Bissau power adapters - what plugs are used in Guinea-Bissau?

Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Guinea-Bissau all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Bissau-Guinean power outlet then it will work in Guinea-Bissau.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Bissau-Guinean power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Guinea-Bissau such a Type C plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Guinea-Bissau (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Guinea-Bissau, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Guinea-Bissau to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Guinea-Bissau if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Guinea-Bissau.

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

Background

Varying different voltages and plugs can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country, especially to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Guinea-Bissau. This page contains links to instructions which shows exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when staying in Guinea-Bissau using their standard 220 volt 50Hz Type C plug outlet, with the Bissau-Guineans using Europlugs for power outlets. Power adapters are different regionally therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide for a complete list showing charging devices in different regions. We recommend reading the Guinea-Bissau Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the location.

Guinea-Bissau power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Guinea-Bissau?

If the shape of the Bissau-Guinean power outlet is different to the power plug you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from the US then bring a plug adapter for Guinea-Bissau as US plugs won't physically fit into a Bissau-Guinean power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Guinea-Bissau to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Guinea-Bissau?

The best power adapter for Guinea-Bissau is a Type C plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Guinea-Bissau?

Guinea-Bissau power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Guinea-Bissau?

The type of power socket used in Guinea-Bissau is type C socket. This unearthed plug socket, also known as the type C socket or Europlug, can be identified by the two adjacent holes where the twin pins go.

What type of power outlets are in Guinea-Bissau?

What is the voltage in Guinea-Bissau?

The residential voltage used in Guinea-Bissau is 220 volts.

What frequency is used in a Bissau-Guinean power outlet?

The frequency from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet is 50Hz.

Is the voltage in Guinea-Bissau the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Bissau-Guinean power outlet is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for Guinea-Bissau which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a plug socket in Guinea-Bissau the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Bissau-Guinean power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Guinea-Bissau. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Guinea-Bissau and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Guinea-Bissau USB 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 travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Guinea-Bissau?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for Guinea-Bissau to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power hungry devices like tablets. This will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy seperate travel adapters. By only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage as well as being suitable for charging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single plug socket.

If you travel to Guinea-Bissau we recommend buying this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Guinea-Bissau?

Why use a travel USB charger for Guinea-Bissau?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different standards to Guinea-Bissau.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in Guinea-Bissau.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volts used in Guinea-Bissau power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Guinea-Bissau only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Guinea-Bissau could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in a Bissau-Guinean power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Guinea-Bissau?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Guinea-Bissau and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Guinea-Bissau.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 Guinea-Bissau.

Power converters for Guinea-Bissau

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Guinea-Bissau, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Bissau-Guinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Guinea-Bissau?

When visiting Guinea-Bissau from another country make sure that the device can be used with a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v double check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Guinea-Bissau from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the Bissau-Guinean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the Bissau-Guinean power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Bissau-Guinean power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea-Bissau - Bissau-Guinean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. 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
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.