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

Cape Verdean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

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 you're planning on visiting Cape Verde from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Cape Verdean power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Cape Verde use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

The best power adapter for Cape Verde will be a Type F power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

What is a power adapter for Cape Verdean power outlet?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to easily fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet.

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 in Cape Verde?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Cape Verde along with the right adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Cape Verde?

This will depend on the type of plug you want to use and the location you are travelling from.

Do I need a plug adapter for Cape Verde if I'm from the US?

If you are travelling from the US you will need to bring a power adapter for Cape Verde because US plugs won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Cape Verde to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter for a Cape Verdean power outlet do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from another country to use their own electronic devices in Cape Verde simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Cape Verde?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Cape Verde?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Cape Verde power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Cape Verde?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Cape Verde?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by the two round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify the wall outlet by the two 4.8mm round holes 19 mm apart from each other and two metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.

What voltage is used in a Cape Verdean power outlet?

The typical residential voltage from a Cape Verdean power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Cape Verde?

No; an American plug won't work in Cape Verde because it doesn't fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter for Cape Verde if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Cape Verde?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Cape Verdean power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used in Cape Verde?

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

Cape Verde 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for a Cape Verdean power outlet?

A power converter for Cape Verde allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [7] (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 [8] will transform a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Cape Verde?

If you are visiting Cape Verde from a different region please check the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than carrying a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons in Cape Verdean power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Cape Verde if I'm from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Cape Verde is different to an American supply so you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Cape Verde?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Cape Verde you need to use a step down power converter [9].

What is the difference between a power converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power 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 Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verde before plugging that into a Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.

What voltage does Cape Verde use?

Cape Verde uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

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.

What can I connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

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

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

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

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Cape Verde, 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/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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