Liberia power adapters - what plugs are used in Liberia?

Liberian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Liberia?

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Liberia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Liberian 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 from the US and travelling to Liberia then devices and appliances with US plugs will fit into a Liberian power outlet without requiring plug adapter. However the voltage is different so bring a power converter for Liberia if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage, also check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Liberian power outlet then it should work in Liberia.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Liberian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Liberia such a Type B plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Liberia (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Liberia, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 240 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Liberia to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Liberia if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power 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, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Liberia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Liberia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Liberia. This page contains links to useful instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when you are visiting Liberia by using the Type B, A,C, E or F Liberian 240 volt 50Hz plug outlets. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions. We also suggest referring to the Liberia Wikipedia page [1] for more information prior to travelling to the area.

Liberia power adapters

What is the best power adapter for Liberia?

The best power adapter for Liberia will be a Type B power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Liberia?

What is a power adapter?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Liberia?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Liberian 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 Liberia.

Do I need a power adapter in Liberia?

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

Will I need a power adapter for Liberia if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug will not require an adapter as it already fits in a Liberian power outlet however the voltage is different so please use a power converter for Liberia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Liberia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Liberia?

There are five types of power outlets used in Liberia, these are type B, A,C, E and F with the primary power supply being type B:

  • Plug Type A - This plug socket (technically called the type A power outlet) is recognised by two adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - The plug outlet (technically called a type B power outlet) is recognised by 2 slots adjacent to each other where the short two blades go with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed circular wall outlet (technically known as a type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 plug) can be recognised by two large holes 19mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins and a long metal earth pin protruding from the top in a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise this power socket by two large circular adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
What plug sockets are used in Liberia?

What voltage is used in a Liberian power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from a Liberian power outlet is 240 volts.

Do US plugs work in Liberia?

Maybe - an American plug will fit into a Liberian power outlet and will not need a plug adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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

The voltage which comes from a Liberian power outlet is 240 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 Liberian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Liberia?

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

What frequency is used in Liberia?

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

Is an outlet in Liberia the same as the US?

A US plug will fit into power outlets in Liberia, both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Liberia and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

Liberia 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 Liberia?

If travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Liberia is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [6]. Liberians use five different standards of plug sockets (types B, A,C, E and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 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 faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with additional support for certain power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to pack individual travel chargers. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Liberia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Liberia?

  • 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 Liberia.
  • 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 Liberia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 240 volt power outlets in Liberia along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Liberia 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 Liberia 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 Liberian power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Liberian 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 Liberia?

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 Liberia 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 Liberia.
  • 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 Liberia.

Power converters for Liberia

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

Power converters for Liberia allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 240 volt Liberian 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 240 volt Liberian power outlet to work with a non-240 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 Liberia.

Do I need a power converter for Liberia?

When travelling to Liberia from another region check that the device will accept a 240 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 240 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 240 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 240 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 240 volt Liberian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Liberia 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 Liberian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a wall outlet in Liberia 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 Liberia?

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

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 240 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 240 volt Liberian 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 Liberia before plugging that into a Liberian 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 240 volt Liberian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Liberia?

Liberia uses 240 volts in their power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 Liberian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Liberian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Liberian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Liberian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Liberian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Liberian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Liberian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

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