Principe power adapters - what plugs are used in Principe?

Prinicipe power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Principe all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Prinicipe power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Prinicipe power outlet then it can work in Principe.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Prinicipe power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Principe such a Type F plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Principe (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Principe, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Principe to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Principe if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Principe.

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

Background

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Principe. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you're in Principe using their Type F or C Prinicipe 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets will vary from region to region so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of countries. We also recommend reading the Principe Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Principe power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Principe?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Principe then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Prinicipe power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Principe, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Principe if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Principe?

The best power adapter for Principe is a Type F power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Principe?

Principe power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Principe?

There are two different types of power supply used in Principe, these are type F and C with the primary power outlets being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the wall supply by two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug socket by the two holes 19 mm next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins go, plus a pair of grounding clips on the top and bottom.
What kind of outlets are in Principe?

What is the voltage in Principe?

The normal voltage in Principe is 220 volts.

What is the frequency used in Principe?

The frequency from a Prinicipe power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Principe the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Prinicipe power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Principe. 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 Principe and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Principe the same as the US?

The voltage in Principe is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Principe which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 220 volt outlet.

Principe 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 Principe?

If travelling to multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Principe to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Prinicipians use two different standards of wall outlets (F and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Having a 4 port charger will allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers for your trip to Principe. Because you are only needing a single international USB travel charger will also keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling frequently we recommend buying this type of flexible power charger at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Principe?

Why use a travel USB charger for Principe?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Principe.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Principe.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Principe plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Principe only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Principe might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Principe for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Prinicipe power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Principe?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Principe using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Principe.

Power converters for Principe

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Principe?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Principe?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Principe, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 220 volt Prinicipe power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Principe?

If travelling to Principe from another country please check that your device can be used with a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overloading whilst powering it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Principe 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.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Prinicipe 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 Prinicipe power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Prinicipe power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Prinicipe power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Prinicipe 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 Prinicipe power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Prinicipe 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 Prinicipe 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/S%C3%A3o_Tom%C3%A9_and_Pr%C3%ADncipe - Principe country Wiki page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F 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.