Ghana power adapters - what plugs are used in Ghana?

Ghanaian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Ghana?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Ghana will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Ghanaian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Ghana from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Ghanaian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Ghana you also need to pack a power converter for Ghana if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Ghanaian power outlet then it can work in Ghana.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Ghanaian power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Ghana such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Ghana (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ghana, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Ghana to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Ghana if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ghana.

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

Background

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to 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 sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ghana. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Ghana by using their types G or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We suggest reading the Ghana Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Ghana power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Ghana?

The best power adapter for Ghana will be a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Ghana?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Ghana to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Do I need a power adapter in Ghana?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Ghana then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Ghana if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Ghana as an American plug won't physically fit into a Ghanaian power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Ghana if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Ghana allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Ghana by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Ghana?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Ghana.

Ghana power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Ghana?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Ghana?

There are two types of power supply used in Ghana, these are type G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This plug socket (technically known as a type D power outlet) looks like three holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this power socket by three vertical slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.

What voltage is used in a Ghanaian power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from a Ghanaian power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Ghana?

No - an American plug won't work in Ghana because it doesn't fit in a Ghanaian power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Ghana if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

What frequency is used in Ghana?

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

Are outlets in Ghana the same as US?

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

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

The voltage which comes from a Ghanaian power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Ghanaian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Ghana?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Ghana you need a step down power converter.

Ghana 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 Ghana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Ghana is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Ghanaians use two different standards of wall outlets (types G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Ghana?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ghana?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should 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 Ghana.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Ghana.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Ghana along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Ghana might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be 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 mobile phone or tablet in Ghana might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Ghanaian power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Ghanaian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 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 require 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 Ghana?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ghana 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 Ghana.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Ghana.

Power converters for Ghana

What does a power converter for a Ghanaian power outlet do?

Power converters for Ghana allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [8] converts a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [7] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Ghana.

Do I need a power converter for Ghana?

When travelling to Ghana from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Ghana in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Ghanaian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Ghana from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Ghana is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Ghana?

You need to use a step down power converter [9] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Ghana.

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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 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 Ghanaian 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 Ghana before plugging that into a Ghanaian 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 Ghanaian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Ghana?

Ghana uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) 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 Ghanaian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Ghanaian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Ghanaian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Ghanaian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Ghanaian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Ghanaian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Ghanaian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Ghana, 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/Ghana - wikipedia.org entry about Ghana.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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