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

Burkinabe power outlet

What adapter do I need for Burkina Faso?

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 you are visiting Burkina Faso from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Burkinabe power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Burkina Faso you will also need to bring a power converter for Burkina Faso if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure 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 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Burkina Faso?

The best power adapter for Burkina Faso will be a Type E plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Burkina Faso?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Burkina Faso is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Burkina Faso.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Burkinabe power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Burkinabe power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Burkina Faso along with the correct adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for Burkina Faso?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

What does a power adapter for Burkina Faso do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Burkina Faso by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Will I need a plug adapter for Burkina Faso if I'm visiting from the US?

American plugs won't fit into a Burkinabe power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Burkina Faso, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Burkina Faso if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Burkina Faso power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Burkina Faso?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Burkina Faso?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 circular holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify the plug socket by the two holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral plus a metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangular shape.

What is the voltage from a Burkinabe power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Burkinabe power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Burkina Faso?

No; an American plug won't work in Burkina Faso because it won't fit into a Burkinabe power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Burkina Faso?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Burkinabe power outlet you need a step down power converter.

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 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for a Burkinabe power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Burkinabe 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 power adapter for Burkina Faso?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (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 [8] transforms a 220 volt Burkinabe power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Burkina Faso?

When you are visiting Burkina Faso from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling to Burkina Faso from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Burkina Faso , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Burkina Faso if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Burkina Faso is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Burkina Faso?

You need a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Burkina Faso.

What voltage is used in Burkina Faso?

Burkina Faso uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 Burkinabe 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 Burkina Faso before plugging that into a Burkinabe 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 Burkinabe power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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.
What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to a Burkinabe power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Burkinabe power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Burkinabe power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Burkinabe power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Burkinabe power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Burkinabe power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Burkinabe power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Burkina Faso, 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/Burkina_Faso - Burkina Faso country Wiki page.
  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