Cape Verde power adapters - what plugs are used in Cape Verde?

Cape Verdean power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Cape Verde will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Cape Verdean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Cape Verdean power outlet then you can use it in Cape Verde without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde such a Type F plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Cape Verde (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cape Verde, but can't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Cape Verde to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Cape Verde you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Cape Verde please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge your important electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you get to your destination. However by not knowing which power supply is used you could pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Different combinations of voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, 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 power your electronics in Cape Verde. This page has links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating how to charge your devices when you are travelling to Cape Verde by using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Cape Verdeans. You'll find power sockets will change depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries. We also recommend referring to the Cape Verde Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Cape Verde power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Cape Verde?

This will depend on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use in Cape Verde. An American plug won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Cape Verde, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Cape Verde to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

The best power adapter for Cape Verde will be a Type F power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

Cape Verde power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Cape Verde?

There are two different types of power supply used in Cape Verde, types F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - This unearthed plug supply (called the type C socket or Europlug) is identified by the 2 round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The round plug supply, technically known as a Schuko plug, can be identified by two 4.8mm round adjacent holes for live and neutral, plus a pair of thin grounding clips above and below.
What type of power outlets are in Cape Verde?

What voltage is used in Cape Verde?

The normal residential voltage in Cape Verde is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Cape Verde the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Cape Verdean power outlet is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you will need use a power converter for a Cape Verdean power outlet which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a Cape Verdean power outlet the same as in the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet therefore bring a plug adapter for Cape Verde. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Cape Verde and ensure that it works with 50hz.

What electrical frequency is used in Cape Verde?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Cape Verdean power outlet is 50Hz.

Cape Verde 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 Cape Verde?

If you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel charger for Cape Verde is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Cape Verde?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cape Verde?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. This cuts down on the weight of your luggage by only bringing a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers.
  • All travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable if visiting multiple countries across Africa which will probably use a different outlet to Cape Verde.
  • Good USB power chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to repair or replace in Cape Verde.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Cape Verde along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in Cape Verde might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone in Cape Verde could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read our guide on using travel appliances in Cape Verde for helpful advice on the best power adapter for using a high wattage devices with a Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • Some cellphones might pull more than the usual 500 milliamps supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Check to see if a USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Cape Verde?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cape Verde and over 150 destinations:

  • 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 portable option for travellers originating from America going to Cape Verde.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a flexible 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 Cape Verde.

Power converters for Cape Verde

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Cape Verde, however a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] will transform a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a voltage converter for Cape Verde?

When travelling to Cape Verde from a different region ensure that your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from over-heating whilst powering it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Cape Verde from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners 8

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verdean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cape Verdean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cape Verdean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verdean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verdean 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/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.