Mauritania power adapters - what plugs are used in Mauritania?

Mauritanian power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Mauritania all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Mauritanian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Mauritanian power outlet then it should work in Mauritania.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Mauritanian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Mauritania such a Type C plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Mauritania (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Mauritania, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Mauritania to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Mauritania if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Mauritania.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Mauritania you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Mauritania check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Mauritania. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are visiting Mauritania by using the 220 volt 50Hz C Type Mauritanian wall outlet, with the Mauritanians using Europlugs for wall outlets. You will find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend reading the Mauritania Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth details.

Mauritania power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Mauritania?

If the shape of the Mauritanian power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't physically fit in a Mauritanian power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for Mauritania, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Mauritania if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What is the best power adapter for Mauritania?

The best power adapter for Mauritania will be a Type C power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Mauritania?

Mauritania power outlets

What plugs are used in Mauritania?

type C socket power outlets are used in Mauritania. You can identify this power socket by the 2 round adjacent holes next to each other where the plug socket pins go.

What plugs are used in Mauritania?

What voltage is used in Mauritania?

The voltage used in Mauritania is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Mauritania the same as the US?

The voltage in Mauritania is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Mauritanian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Is a Mauritanian power outlet the same as the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in a Mauritanian power outlet?

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

Mauritania 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 Mauritania?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Mauritania is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Mauritania we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Mauritania?

Why use a travel USB charger for Mauritania?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various countries making them ideal if visiting different countries across Africa which are likely to use a different standard to Mauritania.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to replace in Mauritania.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Mauritania power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotels in Mauritania only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • 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 almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure gates are often sparse and the demand for charging multiple devices during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Mauritania might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances with a Mauritanian power outlet for helpful advice on the best power adapter to use with a Mauritanian power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain cell phones and tablets might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Mauritania?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Mauritania using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Mauritania.

Power converters for Mauritania

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 small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Mauritania, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Mauritanian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Mauritania?

When you are visiting Mauritania from another region please make sure your device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged whilst powering it.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Mauritania 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 220 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 100/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Mauritanian 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 Mauritanian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Mauritanian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Mauritanian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Mauritanian 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 can connect to a Mauritanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Mauritanian 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 Mauritanian 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/Mauritania - wikipedia web page about Mauritania.
  2. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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.