Somalia power adapters - what plugs are used in Somalia?

Somali power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Somalia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Somali power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Somali power outlet then it will work in Somalia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Somali power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Somalia such a Type C plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Somalia (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Somalia, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Somalia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Somalia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring one which has a Type C plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Somalia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts 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 Somalia please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Somalia. This page contains links to instructions telling you how to charge your devices when you're visiting Somalia by using their standard 220 volt 50Hz C Type wall outlet, the Somalis will use Europlugs for charging. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we recommend reading our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a full list of destinations. We recommend reading the Somalia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Somalia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Somalia?

If the type of plug outlet in Somalia isn't the same as the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Somalia because an American plug won't fit in a Somali power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Somalia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Somalia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Somalia?

Somalia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Somalia?

The type of power outlet used in Somalia is type C socket. This unearthed plug supply (known as a Europlug) can be recognised by 2 circular holes next to each other where the live and neutral pins go.

What kind of outlets are in Somalia?

What voltage is used in Somalia?

The standard voltage in Somalia is 220 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in a Somali power outlet?

The frequency in a Somali power outlet is 50Hz.

Are plug sockets in Somalia the same as US?

An American plug won't fit in a Somali power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Somalia. 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 Somalia and check that it works with 50hz.

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

The voltage from a Somali power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Somali power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Somalia 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 Somalia?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device the best international travel adapter for Somalia is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers for your Somali trip. By only packing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on the flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

If you travel often we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the power adapter illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Somalia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Somalia?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Somalia.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Somalia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Somalia along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Somalia only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Somalia might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Somalia for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Somali power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Somalia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Somalia using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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 cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Somalia.

Power converters for Somalia

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Somalia, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Somali power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Somalia?

When you are travelling to Somalia from another country ensure that your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check 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 prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Somalia from a lower 110 volt location 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 world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Somali 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 Somali power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Somali power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Somali power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Somali 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 Somali power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Somali 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 Somali 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/Somalia - Somalia Wikipedia page.
  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.