Liberia power adapters - what plugs are used in Liberia?

Liberian power outlet

Summary

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 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 [2]. 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

Do I need a power adapter for Liberia?

It will depend on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are attempting to use. An American plug won't require a power adapter as it will already fit in a Liberian power outlet however the voltage is different so you need to use a power converter for Liberia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Liberia?

The best power adapter for Liberia will be a Type B power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Liberia?

Liberia power outlets

What kind of outlets are 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 supply (technically called the type A power outlet) is recognised by 2 adjacent slots where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type B - The plug supply (also 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 ground pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed circular wall socket (technically known as a type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be recognised by two 4.8mm 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 identify this plug socket by two large round adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What kind of outlets are in Liberia?

What is the voltage in Liberia?

The voltage used in Liberia is 240 volts.

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.

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 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 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 [5]. 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 [5] 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 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 240 volt Liberian power outlet to work with a non-240 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 Liberia.

Do I need a power converter for Liberia?

If travelling to Liberia from a different country ensure the device can be used with a 240v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) check the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from overheating when powering up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Liberia from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 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 Liberian 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 Liberian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Liberian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Liberian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Liberian 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 Liberian 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/Liberia - wikipedia.org entry about Liberia.
  2. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B 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.