Burkina Faso power adapters - what plugs are used in Burkina Faso?

Burkinabe power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Burkina Faso all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Burkinabe power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Burkinabe power outlet then you can use it in Burkina Faso without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Burkinabe power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Burkina Faso such a Type E plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Burkina Faso (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Burkina Faso, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Burkina Faso to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Burkina Faso if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Burkina Faso.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Burkina Faso read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Burkina Faso. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are visiting Burkina Faso by using the standard types E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover that most power adapters differ regionally so we recommend reading our Wikiconnections global power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing regions and countries. We also recommend referring to the Burkina Faso Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to the area.

Burkina Faso power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Burkina Faso?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Burkina Faso then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Burkinabe power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Burkina Faso, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Burkina Faso if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Burkina Faso?

The best power adapter for Burkina Faso will be a Type E plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso power outlets

What plugs do they use in Burkina Faso?

There are two types of power outlets used in Burkina Faso, types E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, technically called a type C socket or Europlug, is identified by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this wall supply by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go and a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle configuration.
What plugs do they use in Burkina Faso?

What is the voltage in Burkina Faso?

The normal voltage in Burkina Faso is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Burkina Faso the same as the US?

The voltage in Burkina Faso is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Burkina Faso which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Burkina Faso the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Burkinabe power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Burkina Faso. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you will need to use a power converter for Burkina Faso and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What is the frequency used in Burkina Faso?

The frequency from a Burkinabe power outlet is 50 Hz.

Burkina Faso 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 Burkina Faso?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Burkina Faso is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Burkinabe use two different types of plug sockets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these power adapters, along with additional support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy seperate power chargers for your trip to Burkina Faso. Because you are only needing to bring a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage whilst travelling and on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we suggest buying this type of flexible power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Burkina Faso?

Why use a travel USB charger for Burkina Faso?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Burkina Faso.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Burkina Faso.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Burkina Faso plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Burkina Faso only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Burkina Faso might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Burkina Faso for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Burkinabe power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Burkina Faso?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Burkina Faso using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Burkina Faso.

Power converters for Burkina Faso

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Burkina Faso?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Burkina Faso?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Burkina Faso, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 220 volt Burkinabe power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Burkina Faso?

If you are visiting Burkina Faso from a different country double check the device can be charged using a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check that your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Burkina Faso 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.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Burkinabe 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 Burkinabe power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Burkinabe power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Burkinabe power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Burkinabe 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 Burkinabe power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Burkinabe 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 Burkinabe 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/Burkina_Faso - Burkina Faso country Wiki page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.