Sierra Leone power adapters - what plugs are used in Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leonean power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Sierra Leone will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Sierra Leonean power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet then it will work in Sierra Leone.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Sierra Leone (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Sierra Leone, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Sierra Leone to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Sierra Leone please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various frequencies and standards can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Sierra Leone. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're in Sierra Leone using the G or D type Sierra Leonean 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power sockets will change from region to region therefore we suggest reading the power adapters list for a full list of countries. We also suggest referring to the Sierra Leone Wikipedia page [1] for more information.

Sierra Leone power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Sierra Leone?

If the shape of the Sierra Leonean power outlet is different to the power plug you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from the US then bring a plug adapter for Sierra Leone as US plugs won't physically fit into a Sierra Leonean power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Sierra Leone to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Sierra Leone?

The best power adapter for Sierra Leone will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Sierra Leone?

There are two types of power supply used in Sierra Leone, types G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - The power supply, technically known as a type D power outlet, can be identified by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this power socket by three holes with shutters forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and earth.
What type of power outlets are in Sierra Leone?

What is the voltage in Sierra Leone?

The residential voltage used in Sierra Leone is 230 volts.

Is the voltage in Sierra Leone the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Sierra Leonean power outlet is 230 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your US charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you should use a power converter for Sierra Leone which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a plug socket in Sierra Leone the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Sierra Leone. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Sierra Leone and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in a Sierra Leonean power outlet?

The frequency from a Sierra Leonean power outlet is 50Hz.

Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two types of power outlets that Sierra Leoneans use (G and D) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred 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 different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Sierra Leone?

Why use a travel USB charger for Sierra Leone?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only needing to pack a single USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple individual power chargers along.
  • Travel USB power chargers include interchangeable plug heads for various power outlet types. This is suitable if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different standards to Sierra Leone.
  • Good travel power chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to replace in Sierra Leone.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 230 volts used in Sierra Leone power outlets and different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Sierra Leone only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Sierra Leone could prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to allow you to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Sierra Leonean power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage devices in a Sierra Leonean power outlet.
  • Some tablets and mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Sierra Leone?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sierra Leone and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international 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 visiting Sierra Leone.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone.

Power converters for Sierra Leone

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Sierra Leone, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Sierra Leonean power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Sierra Leone?

If visiting Sierra Leone from a different country please make sure your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from over-heating when charging it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Sierra Leone 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 230 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if a device is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the charger or on the device itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Sierra Leonean 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that work with the Sierra Leonean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with the Sierra Leonean 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Sierra Leonean 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 Sierra Leonean 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/Sierra_Leone - Sierra Leonean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.