Niger power adapters - what plugs are used in Niger?

Nigerien power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Niger all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Nigerien power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Nigerien power outlet then you can use it in Niger.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nigerien power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Niger such a Type D plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Niger (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Niger, but doesn't 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 Niger to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Niger if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Niger.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before attempting to use your device in Niger read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Niger. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when visiting Niger using their standard Type D, A, B, C, E or F 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power will differ regionally so we recommend reading the power adapters for a complete list of regions and countries. We recommend reading the Niger Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Niger power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Niger?

If the shape of the Nigerien power outlet isn't the same as the outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter. An American Type A or Type B power outlet might not readily be found in Niger so it is advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Niger, however because the voltage is different you will definitely need to use a power converter for Niger if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Niger?

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

What is the best power adapter for Niger?

Niger power outlets

What type of outlets are in Niger?

There are six different types of power supply used in Niger, types D, A, B, C, E and F with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type A - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 thin slots next to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type B - You can recognise this power socket by two thin slots parallel to each other where the plug socket blades go with a single hole below for the grounded pin.
  • Plug Type C - This unearthed power socket can be recognised by two holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed round wall socket, technically called a type E power outlet, can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two pins go and a single long metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular wall supply can be recognised by the two large round holes 19 mm apart from each other for live and neutral pins, plus thin metal grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What type of outlets are in Niger?

What is the voltage in Niger?

The voltage used in Niger is 220 volts.

Is an outlet in Niger the same as the US?

Even though a US Type A or Type B outlet could be available in Niger it is still advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Niger. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Niger and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

What frequency is used in Niger?

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

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

The voltage which comes from a Nigerien power outlet is 220 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 Nigerien power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Niger 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 Niger?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Niger to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Nigeriens use six different standards of plug sockets (types D, A, B, 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 that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter 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 Niger?

Why use a travel USB charger for Niger?

  • 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 Niger.
  • 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 Niger.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Niger along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Niger 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 Niger 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 Nigerien power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Nigerien 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 Niger?

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 Niger 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 Niger.
  • 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 Niger.

Power converters for Niger

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 220 volt Nigerien power outlet to work with a non-220 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 Niger.

Do I need a voltage converter for Niger?

If you are visiting Niger from another region please check that your device can be charged using a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from over-heating during charging.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Niger from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read the WikiConnections 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 Nigerien 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 Nigerien power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nigerien power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Nigerien power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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