Gambia power adapters - what plugs are used in Gambia?

Gambian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Gambia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Gambian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Gambian power outlet then you can use it in Gambia.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Gambian power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Gambia such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Gambia (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Gambia, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Gambia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Gambia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Gambia.

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

Background

If you are packing for a trip to Gambia it is useful to know if you can use your indispensable gadgets like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to buy a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Gambia. This page has links to simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when travelling to Gambia using a standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Gambian power outlet, with the Gambians using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power adapters vary from country to country so we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations. We recommend referring to the Gambia Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to visiting the location.

Gambia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Gambia?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Gambia and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Gambia as an American plug won't fit in a Gambian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Gambia to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Gambia?

The best power adapter for Gambia is a Type G plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Gambia?

Gambia power outlets

What plug sockets do they use in Gambia?

The type of plug outlet used in Gambia is type G. The power socket, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular configuration.

What plug sockets do they use in Gambia?

What voltage is used in Gambia?

The common residential voltage in Gambia is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Gambia the same as in the US?

The voltage in Gambia is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Gambian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Gambia?

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

Is a plug socket in Gambia the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Gambian power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Gambia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Gambia and check that it works with 50hz.

Gambia 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 Gambia?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than just one device then the best travel charger for Gambia to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5].

Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device can support Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

Having a four port adapter means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to buy individual travel chargers or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single international travel charger will also keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for a multipurpose travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Gambia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Gambia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Gambia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Gambia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Gambia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Gambia might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of 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 country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Gambia could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Gambian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Gambian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Gambia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Gambia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Gambia.
  • 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 America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Gambia.

Power converters for Gambia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Gambian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Gambia.

Do I need a power converter for Gambia?

If visiting Gambia from a different region please check the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that 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 being damaged when charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Gambia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Gambian 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 Gambian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Gambian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Gambian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Gambian 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 Gambian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Gambian 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 Gambian 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/Gambia - Gambia Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.