The Central African Republic power adapters - what plugs are used in The Central African Republic?

Central African power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Central African Republic?

You need to pack a Type E plug adapter for The Central African Republic if the plug you intend on using won't fit in a Central African power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Central African Republic all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Central African power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Certain areas in The Central African Republic do not have access to electricity and suffer from power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in a region without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you are from America and travelling to The Central African Republic you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Central African Republic to fit a US plug in a Central African power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Central African Republic pack a power converter for The Central African Republic if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Central African power outlet then you can use it in The Central African Republic without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Central African power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic such a Type E plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The Central African Republic (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Central African Republic, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for The Central African Republic to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run a risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in The Central African Republic check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

The Central African Republic power adapters

Power adapters for The Central African Republic

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in The Central African Republic. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting The Central African Republic using their standard types E or C Central African 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters will change depending on which area you taking a trip to therefore please read our Wikiconnections travel power adapters guide for a full list of powering devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for The Central African Republic?

The best power adapter for The Central African Republic will be a Type E plug adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device. [3]

What is the best power adapter for The Central African Republic?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a Central African power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from a foreign region. [5]

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for The Central African Republic enables a visitor from a different country to use their own electronic appliances and devices in The Central African Republic by altering the shape of the plug to fit the power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter in The Central African Republic?

If the shape of the plug outlet in The Central African Republic is different to the shape of the Central African power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

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Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Central African power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Central African power outlet and is unable to convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for The Central African Republic.

Where to buy a power adapter for The Central African Republic

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for The Central African Republic

Power adapters are most likely be available in major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for The Central African Republic

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type E plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter easy to operate.
  • Affordable, with prices under $10 USD (under £5 GBP / under C$5).
  • Lightweight and small.
  • Using a Type E plug adapter will be ideal for The Central African Republic.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Hotel rooms might only have one power outlet available, therefore you will only be able to power a single appliance at once.
  • If you plan to visit more than just one country then you might need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • Only one adapter per plug - for every separate device you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type E Central African power outlet but doesn't change the voltage. If your appliance doesn't work with a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • If you wish to charge a USB device then you also need to pack a domestic USB charger. [3]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging more than one appliance or device concurrently via one plug socket, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  • You will find certain types of power strips have voltage conversation for low wattage electronics (for example cameras). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in The Central African Republic when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated power converter.
  • Typical models will also feature a number of USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas could fluctuate, a power surge might damage your delicate devices. There are some travel power strips which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • It will potentially still be of use in your home country.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in The Central African Republic.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair straighteners.
  • Because of the size and weight of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be considered excessive if you only have a small number of appliances and devices that need powering. [6]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters are ideal in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models are designed to function in around 150 countries.
  • All-in-one design which is both lightweight and small, between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • There are some models which have multiple charging ports for USB electronics.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models include a surge protector built in which will protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • It will be of use back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Central African power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal adapter will overload when used with a high power appliance such as clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to jamming whilst abroad.
  • Will only provide power to one plug.
  • Might not work in some countries - models might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-220 volt electrical devices. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only need to power devices which are USB powered.
  • Instead of packing multiple domestic power chargers you will only have to bring a single unit which costs roughly under $20 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads which means they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Travel USB wall chargers should also include a surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • When you return to your home country the charger could still work.
  • The swappable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in The Central African Republic.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you can't power any electrical appliances, just USB ones. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5) an adapter set will typically work out more reasonable than buying multiple individual power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / around C$5) each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every country and not just a Central African power outlet.
  • The most flexible option for anyone travelling to multiple locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with a Central African power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - before any trip you will need to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively bring every adapter type with you.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • With just a single working plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your set has an adapter which works in The Central African Republic.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug but doesn't modify the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 220 volts from a Central African power outlet and not the shape of the plug to fit into a Central African power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the right type of plug adapter for The Central African Republic.
  • The normal weight of voltage converters makes them impractical for carrying in hand luggage.
  • An expensive power converter is redundant when you return home.
  • It's usually less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter just to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance abroad.
  • Costly; between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$110-C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for The Central African Republic

Type E Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in The Central African Republic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included E A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type E Central African power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type E plug adapter required to fit in a Central African power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in The Central African Republic Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £5 GBP / under C$5) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40) between $15 to $20 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$4-C$5) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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The Central African Republic power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Central African Republic?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Central African Republic?

There are two types of power supply used in The Central African Republic, these are type E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the plug socket by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the twin pins sit.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed round wall outlet, also known as the type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket, can be recognised by the two 4.8mm adjacent holes where the twin plug socket pins go with a single long metal earth pin protruding in the top to form a triangular shape. [3]

What is the frequency used with a Central African power outlet?

The frequency from a Central African power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Central African Republic?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a Central African power outlet you need to use a step down power converter.

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Are electrical outlets common in The Central African Republic?

In The Central African Republic less than 25% of the population has access to electrical power.

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Does The Central African Republic have power outages?

Every day in parts of The Central African Republic power blackouts are reported and with this high level of unpredictability you should pack accordingly.

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Should I pack a power bank for The Central African Republic?

Portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for The Central African Republic?

Because electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of The Central African Republic together with potential power blackouts, travellers should use alternative charging options if they need to continue using devices such as mobile phones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to The Central African Republic increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. Using a 10,000mAh portable charger in The Central African Republic lowers that risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank will supply enough power to cover around 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical mobile phone powered for around seven days.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop when travelling to The Central African Republic. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like The Central African Republic.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Does a solar powered charger work in The Central African Republic?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Does a solar powered charger work in The Central African Republic?

The climate in The Central African Republic will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in The Central African Republic.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in The Central African Republic, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in The Central African Republic is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.  [17] [18]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

The Central African Republic 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 The Central African Republic?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Central African Republic is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Central Africans use two different standards of power outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries. [8]

What USB charger do I need for The Central African Republic?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Central African Republic?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across Africa which are likely to use different standards to The Central African Republic.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in The Central African Republic.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in The Central African Republic along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in The Central African Republic only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in The Central African Republic might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in The Central African Republic for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Central African power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet. [8]

What is the best USB charger for The Central African Republic?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting The Central African Republic using 3 pin 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 gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 The Central African Republic. [8]

Power converters for The Central African Republic

What is a power converter for The Central African Republic?

A power converter for The Central African Republic enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Central African 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 plug adapter for The Central African Republic?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in The Central African Republic, however an expensive and bulkier power converter will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Central African power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance. [19]

Do I need a power converter for The Central African Republic?

If travelling to The Central African Republic from another region check your device can accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to The Central African Republic from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance doesn't support 220 volts. Read our world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 220 volt outlet run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you wish to power a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair dryers and curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance might be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in The Central African Republic.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners with a Central African power outlet which includes guides on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What converter do I need for The Central African Republic?

If you want to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in The Central African Republic you will need a step down power converter[10]

What voltage is used in The Central African Republic?

The Central African Republic uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Central African 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 The Central African Republic before plugging that into a Central African 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 a 220 volt Central African power outlet. [10]
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The easiest method to tell if your device is dual or single voltage is to check for a sticker on the existing power plug, or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might depend on the make or model of your unit but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for The Central African Republic?

Which type of plug adapter do you need for The Central African Republic?

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is best to bring to The Central African Republic is dependant on your requirements, so before choosing the right one to use we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be packing for The Central African Republic?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many electrical items will you be packing for The Central African Republic?

  • List all the applicances and devices you intended on packing for The Central African Republic (including laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There is a growing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port as their power source. The if you have to buy a new device it might use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their iPads as well?
What different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Central African power outlet?

A travel shaver

What different types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Central African power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners or clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices that charge with a USB port - for example cellphones or tablets.
  • If you only intend to take just USB powered devices to The Central African Republic then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal as you will only have to pack that single charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) that require voltage conversion.
How many Central African power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Central African power outlets will be available?

  • A hotel might only offer a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an inconvenience if charging up batteries of more than one electronic device overnight because you can only charge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • To recharge more than one device at the same time look to bringing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets. [6]

Do your devices and appliances only work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The Central African Republic?

Will you only bring USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in The Central African Republic?

  • Should you only intend on using USB powered electronics such as mobile phones for The Central African Republic then it is recommended to just bring a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB charger that was supplied with your device as well. [8]

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

Is The Central African Republic the only country you plan on visiting?

  • Single power adapters only typically work in a single country which they are built for, therefore if you need to visit multiple countries you may need to bring additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you'll have to bring.
  • On the other hand travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for travelling to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable head system.

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$5) which charges a single device from a Central African power outlet (provided that works with 220 volts or it is dual voltage) but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and be able to bring them to various countries.

Will you always have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The power could sporadically fluctuate in The Central African Republic and this might cause damage to your devices, look for a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because The Central African Republic has power cuts and having partial access to electricity you might find that whatever power charger you pack for the country doesn't work anyway. Using a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for power cuts and limited electricity access.  [4] [4] [17]

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to The Central African Republic?

Are you flying long haul

Are you flying long haul to get to The Central African Republic?

  • If you're taking a longer trip to get to The Central African Republic it's worth thinking about packing an appropriate airport-friendly charger that works in different outlet types, one which is light enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights have power outlets available for the public we recommend packing a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. When you land you could have to rely on your phone for making a call, receiving messages, using sat nav to locate a hotel or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has enough battery power left. [4]

What can I connect to a Central African power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Central African power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Central African power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Central African power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Central African power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to a Central African power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Central African power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Central African power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Central African power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting The Central African Republic, 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - The Central African Republic entry on wikipedia.org.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, between $5 to $10 USD (£4-£5 GBP / under C$5).
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, costs between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$40).
  7. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $15 to $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (around £25 GBP / under C$5).
  10. 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, between $110 to $120 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$120).
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced at between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing between $180 to $190 USD (around £140 GBP / under C$210).
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated price between $20 to $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$50).
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced under $50 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under C$150).
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100 USD (under £120 GBP / under C$140).
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated cost under $25 USD (£25-£30 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  19. 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, between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$70).
  20. 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, estimated cost between $160 to $170 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$250).
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -