Ethiopia power adapters - what plugs are used in Ethiopia?

Ethiopian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Ethiopia?

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 you're from America visiting Ethiopia you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into an Ethiopian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Ethiopia you will also need to use a power converter for Ethiopia if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Ethiopia?

The best power adapter for Ethiopia is a Type E power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Ethiopia?

What is a power adapter for Ethiopian power outlet?

A power adapter for Ethiopia is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits an Ethiopian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another country.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a plug adapter for Ethiopia?

This depends on the shape of plug you want to use in Ethiopia.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Ethiopia from America?

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Ethiopia because US plugs won't fit into an Ethiopian power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Ethiopia if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Ethiopia?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Ethiopian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Ethiopia do?

A power adapter for Ethiopia allows visitors from a different country to use electronic and electrical devices in Ethiopia by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Ethiopia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used 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 - The power socket (called a type C socket or Europlug) can be recognised by the two round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the plug socket by two holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins slide into along with a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type F - This sunken circular plug socket (called a type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be identified by the two large round holes 19 mm next to each other, plus a pair of two thin metal grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type L - You can recognise the flattened hexagon shaped plug socket by the 3 holes in a line. Please note there are two different types of Type L plug socket, one rated at 10 amps and one at 16 amps. The 10 amp power outlet has 4mm pins spaced 5.5mm apart and the 16 amp version has slightly larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.
What plug sockets are used in Ethiopia?

What is the voltage from an Ethiopian power outlet?

The standard residential voltage used from an Ethiopian power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Ethiopia?

No; a US plug won't work in Ethiopia because it doesn't fit in an Ethiopian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Ethiopia?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia 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 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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 does a power converter for an Ethiopian power outlet do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Ethiopian power outlet.

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

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

An expensive and heavy power converter [8] 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 [7] (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 you are travelling to Ethiopia from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [9] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [9].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with an Ethiopian power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Ethiopia if I'm visiting from the US?

The voltage from a plug outlet in Ethiopia is different to a 110 volt US outlet so use a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Ethiopia?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Ethiopian power outlet you need a step down power converter [9].

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a power 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 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 Ethiopian 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 Ethiopia before plugging that into an Ethiopian 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 Ethiopian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Ethiopia?

Ethiopia uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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.

What can I connect to an Ethiopian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Ethiopian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Ethiopian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Ethiopian power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Ethiopian power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Ethiopian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with an Ethiopian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Ethiopia, 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/Ethiopia - Ethiopia country page on wikipedia.org.
  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