Ethiopia power adapters - what plugs are used in Ethiopia?

Ethiopian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Ethiopia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge in an Ethiopian power outlet. If you're unsure of which voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in an Ethiopian power outlet then you can use it in Ethiopia.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in an Ethiopian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Ethiopia such a Type E plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Ethiopia (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ethiopia, but doesn't convert the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Ethiopia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ethiopia if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power 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 choose to bring one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ethiopia.

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

Background

Varying complicated combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Ethiopia. This page has links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're in Ethiopia using their standard Type E, C, F or L Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power adapters change depending on which region you're taking a trip to therefore please read the WikiConnections global power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. We also recommend referring to the Ethiopia Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Ethiopia power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Ethiopia?

This depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you wish to use in Ethiopia. A US plug won't physically fit in an Ethiopian power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Ethiopia, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Ethiopia to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Ethiopia?

The best power adapter for Ethiopia is a Type E power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Ethiopia?

Ethiopia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Ethiopia?

There are four different types of power supply used in Ethiopia, these are type E, C, F and L with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power socket by 2 holes next to each other where the two pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this wall supply by two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type F - You can recognise the plug socket by two holes 19 mm apart from each other where the two pins sit, plus a pair of two grounding clips on the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the squashed hexagon shaped wall supply by 3 holes in a line for live, neutral and earth pins. Note that there are two different types of Type L plug socket rated for 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp wall supply has 4mm pins that are spaced 5.5mm apart, whilst the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins spaced 8mm apart.
What kind of outlets are in Ethiopia?

What is the voltage in Ethiopia?

The normal residential voltage in Ethiopia is 220 volts.

Are outlets in Ethiopia the same as in the US?

An American plug won't fit in an Ethiopian power outlet so use a power adapter for Ethiopia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Ethiopia and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Ethiopia the same as the US?

The voltage from an Ethiopian power outlet is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Ethiopia which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

What electrical frequency is used with an Ethiopian power outlet?

The frequency from an Ethiopian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Ethiopia 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 Ethiopia?

When travelling with more than one device then the best international travel power adapter for Ethiopia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Ethiopians use four different types of plug sockets (E, C, F and L) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the included heads over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters on your trip to Ethiopia. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home as well as abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single wall outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The travel adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Ethiopia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ethiopia?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you 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, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Ethiopia.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in Ethiopia.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Ethiopia power outlets along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Ethiopia only have one power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airport departure gates are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Ethiopia could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to use low powered devices such as laptops, but these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with an Ethiopian power outlet for useful advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage appliances in an Ethiopian power outlet.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones might pull more than the normal 500 milliamps 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 need extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every night using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Ethiopia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ethiopia and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Ethiopia.
  • 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 from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Ethiopia.

Power converters for Ethiopia

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

Voltage converter

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [7] will convert the voltage of 220 volts from an Ethiopian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in Ethiopia.

Do I need a power converter for Ethiopia?

When visiting Ethiopia from another region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts make sure your 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 overheating when powering up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Ethiopia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the device itself, normally on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord goes. This location might depend on the make and model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say 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 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to an Ethiopian 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 Ethiopian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Ethiopian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can connect to the Ethiopian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which work with the Ethiopian 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 work with an Ethiopian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Ethiopian 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 Ethiopian 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/Ethiopia - Ethiopia country page on wikipedia.org.
  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.