Equatorial Guinea power adapters - what plugs are used in Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Equatorial Guinea all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet then it will work in Equatorial Guinea without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea such a Type E plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea (or power adapter) only changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Equatorial Guinea, but isn't designed to convert 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 will also need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea.

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

Background

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Equatorial Guinea. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you how to charge your devices when you are visiting Equatorial Guinea by using their standard E or C type Equatorial Guinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Equatorial Guinea Wikipedia page [1] for further information.

Equatorial Guinea power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

If the power plug you want to use isn't the same as the shape of the power outlet in Equatorial Guinea then you will need a power adapter. An American plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

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

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinea power outlets

What plugs are used in Equatorial Guinea?

There are two different types of power supply used in Equatorial Guinea, types E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The wall socket is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other where the twin pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this plug supply by the two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other with a long metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular configuration.
What plugs are used in Equatorial Guinea?

What voltage is used in Equatorial Guinea?

The standard voltage used in Equatorial Guinea is 220 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

The frequency of the current from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Equatorial Guinea the same as in the US?

The voltage in Equatorial Guinea is 220 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your American power charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is an Equatorial Guinean power outlet the same as in the US?

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

Equatorial Guinea 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 Equatorial Guinea?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel charger for Equatorial Guinea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Equatorial Guineans use (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Equatorial Guinean trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Equatorial Guinea we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

Why use a travel USB charger for Equatorial Guinea?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB power chargers should include swappable plug heads for different power outlets thereby making them ideal when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use a different standard to Equatorial Guinea.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair in Equatorial Guinea.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 220 volt power outlets in Equatorial Guinea along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Equatorial Guinea only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airport departure lounges can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Equatorial Guinea might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also include power outlet strips to allow you to power multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to the section on using travel appliances with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet for guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high powered appliances with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • Some cellphones and tablets might require more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones overnight using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Equatorial Guinea?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters 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 option for travellers originating from America going to Equatorial Guinea using 3 pin type B 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 America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Equatorial Guinea.

Power converters for Equatorial Guinea

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Equatorial Guinea, but a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea?

If you are visiting Equatorial Guinea from another country ensure that your device can be charged using a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your 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 avoid the device from overloading whilst powering it up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Equatorial Guinea 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.

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

How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair dryer

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean 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 an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Equatorial Guinean 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 an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Equatorial Guinean 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 an Equatorial Guinean 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/Equatorial_Guinea - Wikipedia entry about Equatorial Guinea.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.