Cameroon power adapters - what plugs are used in Cameroon?

Cameroonian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cameroon?

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 you're from America and visiting Cameroon then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Cameroonian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Cameroon you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Cameroon?

The best power adapter for Cameroon 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 Cameroon?

What is a power adapter for Cameroonian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Cameroon to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Do I need a plug adapter in Cameroon?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Cameroon then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Cameroonian power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Cameroon by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Cameroon if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Cameroonian power outlet therefore 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 overheating or damage.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Cameroonian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Cameroonian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Cameroon power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Cameroon?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Cameroon?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet (called the Europlug) can be identified by the 2 adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular plug outlet can be identified by the two adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral with a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.

What is the voltage from a Cameroonian power outlet?

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

Do US plugs work in Cameroon?

No; an American plug won't work in Cameroon because it won't fit into a Cameroonian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter for Cameroon if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Cameroon?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Cameroonian power outlet.

Cameroon 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for a Cameroonian power outlet?

Power converters for Cameroon enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Cameroonian 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 small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (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 [8] 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 check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are visiting Cameroon from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Cameroonian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Cameroonian power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Cameroon from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Cameroon is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Cameroon?

You will need a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Cameroonian power outlet.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 Cameroonian 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 Cameroon before plugging that into a Cameroonian 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 Cameroonian power outlet.

What voltage does Cameroon use?

Cameroon uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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 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 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Cameroonian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cameroonian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Cameroonian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Cameroonian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Cameroon, 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/Cameroon - wikipedia web page about Cameroon.
  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