Ghana power adapters - what plugs are used in Ghana?

Ghanaian power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter in Ghana?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Ghana as American plugs won't physically fit in a Ghanaian power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Ghana to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Ghana?

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

What is the best power adapter for Ghana?

Ghana power outlets

What type of power outlets are 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 called a type D power outlet) looks like three holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this plug socket by three vertical slots forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
What type of power outlets are in Ghana?

What is the voltage in Ghana?

The voltage used in Ghana is 230 volts.

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.

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Ghana.

Do I need a voltage converter for Ghana?

If you are travelling to Ghana from a different country please ensure that your device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) check that the device is dual-voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from overheating whilst powering it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are traveling to Ghana from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Ghanaian 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 Ghanaian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Ghanaian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Ghanaian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Ghanaian 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 Ghanaian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Ghanaian 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 Ghanaian 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/Ghana - wikipedia.org entry about Ghana.
  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.