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

Equatorial Guinean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

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 you are planning on travelling to Equatorial Guinea from the US you will need to use a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea to fit a US plug into an Equatorial Guinean power outlet. As the voltage is different in Equatorial Guinea you also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

The best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea is a Type E plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that permit an Equatorial Guinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

What does a power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their electrical appliances in Equatorial Guinea by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step down power converter for Equatorial Guinea.

Do I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

It depends on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use.

Will I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea if I'm visiting from America?

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.

Equatorial Guinea power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Equatorial Guinea?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Equatorial Guinea?

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

  • Plug Type C - The power socket is identified by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the twin plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this power outlet by the two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus one long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular shape.

What voltage is used in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

The normal voltage used from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Equatorial Guinea?

No - a US plug won't work in Equatorial Guinea because it can't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore you need to use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea?

To use a 110V or 120V appliance in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet you will need a step down power converter.

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 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 does a power converter for Equatorial Guinea do?

A power converter for Equatorial Guinea enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (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 [8] 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 will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are visiting Equatorial Guinea from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [9] is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10] to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Equatorial Guinea.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Equatorial Guinea from the US?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Equatorial Guinea is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [9] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea.

What voltage does Equatorial Guinea use?

Equatorial Guinea uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea before plugging that into an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How to tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

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

Mobile phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

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

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Equatorial Guinea, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Guinea - Wikipedia entry about Equatorial Guinea.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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
  8. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  9. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  10. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets