Cameroon power adapters - what plugs are used in Cameroon?

Cameroonian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Cameroon all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Cameroonian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Cameroonian power outlet then you can use it in Cameroon without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Cameroonian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cameroon such a Type E plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Cameroon (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cameroon, but won't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Cameroon 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 Cameroon if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Cameroon.

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

Background

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Cameroon. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to power your devices in Cameroon using their standard types E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the Cameroon Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Cameroon power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Cameroon?

If the shape of the Cameroonian power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Cameroonian power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for Cameroon, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Cameroon if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for Cameroon?

The best power adapter for Cameroon is a Type E power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Cameroon?

Cameroon power outlets

What type of outlets are in Cameroon?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket, also called the Europlug, can be identified by two holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - This circular plug socket (technically known as a CEE 7/7 socket) can be identified by two 4.8mm holes 19mm apart from each other where the live and neutral pins sit and a long metal earth pin protruding the top forming a triangle configuration.
What type of outlets are in Cameroon?

What voltage is used in Cameroon?

The voltage used in Cameroon is 220 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Cameroonian power outlet?

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

Is a Cameroonian power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Cameroonian power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Cameroon. 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 Cameroon and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

Is the voltage in Cameroon the same as the US?

The voltage in Cameroon is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Cameroonian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Cameroon 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 Cameroon?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Cameroon is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of power outlets that Cameroonians use (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Cameroon?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cameroon?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Africa which are likely to use a different standard to Cameroon.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Cameroon.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Cameroon power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in Cameroon only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • 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 almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Cameroon might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with a Cameroonian power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with a Cameroonian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Cameroon?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK 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 going to Cameroon using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Cameroon.

Power converters for Cameroon

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Cameroon, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Cameroonian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Cameroon?

If travelling to Cameroon from a different region make sure that the device can be charged using a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from overheating when powering up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Cameroon 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 world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) 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 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Cameroonian 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 Cameroonian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cameroonian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Cameroonian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Cameroonian 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 Cameroonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Cameroonian 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 Cameroonian 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/Cameroon - wikipedia web page about Cameroon.
  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.