Eritrea power adapters - what plugs are used in Eritrea?

Eritrean power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Eritrea will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in an Eritrean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Eritrean power outlet then you can use it in Eritrea without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Eritrean power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Eritrea such a Type L plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Eritrea (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Eritrea, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Eritrea to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Eritrea if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type L plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, however ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type L plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Eritrea.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Eritrea please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Eritrea. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Eritrea using their types L or C Eritrean 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power adapters for a complete list of countries. We also recommend reading the Eritrea Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Eritrea power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Eritrea?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Eritrea then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into an Eritrean power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Eritrea, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Eritrea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Eritrea?

The best power adapter for Eritrea will be a Type L plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Eritrea?

Eritrea power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Eritrea?

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

  • Plug Type C - This power socket (called a Europlug or type C socket) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes where the live and neutral plug socket pins go.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped wall supply by three large round adjecent holes forming a line. You'll find there are two types of Type L plug socket rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick pins spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
What kind of outlets are in Eritrea?

What is the voltage in Eritrea?

The normal voltage in Eritrea is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in Eritrea?

The frequency from an Eritrean power outlet is 50 Hz.

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

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

Is the voltage in Eritrea the same as the US?

The voltage in Eritrea is 230 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 Eritrea which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Eritrea 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 Eritrea?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two types of wall outlets in Eritrea (L and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Eritrean trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Eritrea?

Why use a travel USB charger for Eritrea?

  • 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 Eritrea.
  • 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 Eritrea.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Eritrea plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Eritrea 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 Eritrea 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 Eritrea for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in an Eritrean 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 Eritrea?

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 Eritrea 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 Eritrea.

Power converters for Eritrea

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

Voltage converter

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

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 Eritrea, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 230 volt Eritrean power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Eritrea?

If travelling to Eritrea from another country double check your device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which came from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 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 over-heating whilst powering it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Eritrea from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 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 an Eritrean 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 Eritrean power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Eritrean power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Eritrean power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Eritrean 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 Eritrean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Eritrean 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 Eritrean 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/Eritrea - Eritrea country Wiki page.
  2. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L 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.