The Central African Republic power adapters - what plugs are used in The Central African Republic?

Central African power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Central African Republic all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Central African power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Central African power outlet then it will work in The Central African Republic without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Central African power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic such a Type E plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for The Central African Republic (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Central African Republic, but can't change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for The Central African Republic to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose to bring one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic.

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. Prior to using your device in The Central African Republic read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The Central African Republic. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in The Central African Republic by using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power changes depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We recommend reading the The Central African Republic Wikipedia page [1] for more details prior to the location.

The Central African Republic power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in The Central African Republic?

It depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in The Central African Republic. If you are visiting from the US use a plug adapter for The Central African Republic because a US plug won't physically fit into a Central African power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for The Central African Republic if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for The Central African Republic?

The best power adapter for The Central African Republic will be a Type E plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Central African Republic?

The Central African Republic power outlets

What kind of outlets are in The Central African Republic?

There are two different types of power outlets used in The Central African Republic, types E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The plug supply is recognised by the two adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the power supply by two 4.8mm circular holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins along with one metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle shape.
What kind of outlets are in The Central African Republic?

What is the voltage in The Central African Republic?

The common voltage in The Central African Republic is 220 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Central African power outlet?

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

Are plug sockets in The Central African Republic the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Central African power outlet therefore use a power adapter for The Central African Republic. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for The Central African Republic and check that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in The Central African Republic the same as the US?

The voltage in The Central African Republic is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Central African power outlet which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

The Central African Republic 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 The Central African Republic?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Central African Republic is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Central Africans use two different standards of power outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

What USB charger do I need for The Central African Republic?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Central African Republic?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB power chargers.
  • Most travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different standards to The Central African Republic.
  • Good USB travel chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in The Central African Republic.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in The Central African Republic and other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that hotel bedrooms in The Central African Republic only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be scarce and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in The Central African Republic might prove difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, howeverthese will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the section on using travel appliances in The Central African Republic for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for a Central African power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cell phones and tablets every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Central African Republic?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting The Central African Republic using 3 pin 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 gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 The Central African Republic.

Power converters for The Central African Republic

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for The Central African Republic?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter for The Central African Republic?

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Central African power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in The Central African Republic.

Do I need a voltage converter for The Central African Republic?

If travelling to The Central African Republic from another region check your device can be charged using a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v check your device is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overheating when powering up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting The Central African Republic from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read the WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Central African 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 Central African power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Central African power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Central African power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Central African 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 work with a Central African power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Central African 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 Central African 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/Central_African_Republic - The Central African Republic entry on wikipedia.org.
  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.