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

Congo power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

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

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for The Republic of the Congo as American plugs won't physically fit in a Congo power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for The Republic of the Congo to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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 [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

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

The Republic of the Congo power outlets

What type of outlets are 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 wall supply, 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 round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this power socket by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins plus a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
What type of outlets are in The Republic of the Congo?

What voltage is used in The Republic of the Congo?

The residential voltage used in The Republic of the Congo is 230 volts.

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.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] will transform a 230 volt Congo power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (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 can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts double check your device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting The Republic of the Congo from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual 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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Congo 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 Congo power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Congo power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Congo power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Congo 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 Congo power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Congo 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 Congo 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/Congo,_Republic_of_the - wikipedia.org entry about The Republic of the Congo.
  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.