The Republic of the Congo power adapters - what plugs are used in The Republic of the Congo?

Congo power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Republic of the Congo?

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Republic of the Congo all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Congo power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If you are visiting The Republic of the Congo from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Congo power outlet. As the voltage is different in The Republic of the Congo use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Congo power outlet then it should work in The Republic of the Congo.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Congo power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Republic of the Congo such a Type E plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for The Republic of the Congo (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Republic of the Congo, but doesn't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for The Republic of the Congo to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Republic of the Congo if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for The Republic of the Congo.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in The Republic of the Congo you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in The Republic of the Congo please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Different combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to visit another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The Republic of the Congo. This page contains links to instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are travelling to The Republic of the Congo by using the Type E, C or D Congo 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters are different from country to country so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters guide for a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the The Republic of the Congo Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

The Republic of the Congo power adapters

What is the best power adapter for The Republic of the Congo?

The best power adapter for The Republic of the Congo will be a Type E plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Republic of the Congo?

What is a power adapter for Congo power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Congo power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for The Republic of the Congo allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in The Republic of the Congo by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in The Republic of the Congo?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in The Republic of the Congo.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting The Republic of the Congo from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Congo power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Republic of the Congo, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for The Republic of the Congo if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Congo power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

The Republic of the Congo power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Republic of the Congo?

Type C, D and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Republic of the Congo?

There are three different types of power supply used in The Republic of the Congo, types E, C and D with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The power outlet, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this power socket by the two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.

What is the voltage from a Congo power outlet?

The voltage used from a Congo power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in The Republic of the Congo?

No; an American plug won't work in The Republic of the Congo because it won't fit in a Congo power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Congo power outlet?

The frequency from a Congo power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Congo power outlets the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Congo power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for The Republic of the Congo. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for The Republic of the Congo and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Republic of the Congo?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in The Republic of the Congo.

Is the voltage in The Republic of the Congo the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Congo power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for The Republic of the Congo which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

The Republic of the Congo 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 The Republic of the Congo?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for The Republic of the Congo to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. There are three types of power outlets in The Republic of the Congo (types E, C and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Congo trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling on a regular basis we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for The Republic of the Congo?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Republic of the Congo?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different power outlets to The Republic of the Congo.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in The Republic of the Congo.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in The Republic of the Congo plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in The Republic of the Congo only have one wall outlet, by using 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 versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in The Republic of the Congo could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Congo power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Congo power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Republic of the Congo?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both The Republic of the Congo and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting The Republic of the Congo.
  • 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 gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Republic of the Congo.

Power converters for The Republic of the Congo

What does a power converter for The Republic of the Congo do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Congo 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] will transform a 230 volt Congo power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in The Republic of the Congo.

Do I need a power converter for The Republic of the Congo?

If travelling to The Republic of the Congo from a different country ensure the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling to The Republic of the Congo from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to The Republic of the Congo just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Congo power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting The Republic of the Congo from the US?

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in The Republic of the Congo is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for The Republic of the Congo?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in The Republic of the Congo you will need a step down power converter [9].

What voltage does The Republic of the Congo use?

The Republic of the Congo uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

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

Voltage converter

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

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 230 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 230 volt Congo 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 The Republic of the Congo before plugging that into a Congo 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 230 volt Congo power outlet.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • 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 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Congo power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Congo power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Congo power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Congo power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Congo power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Congo power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Congo power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Republic of the Congo, 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/Congo,_Republic_of_the - wikipedia.org entry about The Republic of the Congo.
  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