Mauritania power adapters - what plugs are used in Mauritania?

Mauritanian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Mauritania?

You need to bring a Type C plug adapter [3] to Mauritania if your plug won't fit into a Mauritanian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Mauritania all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Mauritanian power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Some areas of Mauritania do not have access to power and suffer from power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your cellphone charged whilst in a region without access to electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you're from America and visiting Mauritania then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Mauritanian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Mauritania you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Mauritanian power outlet then it should work in Mauritania.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Mauritanian power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Mauritania such a Type C plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Mauritania (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Mauritania, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Mauritania to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Mauritania if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Mauritania.

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

Mauritania power adapters

Power adapters for Mauritania

Complicated standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning to travel to another country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Mauritania. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you are visiting Mauritania by using the 220 volt 50Hz C Type Mauritanian wall outlet, with the Mauritanians using Europlugs for wall outlets. You will find power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to so we suggest reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Mauritania?

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

What is the best power adapter for Mauritania?

What is a power adapter for a Mauritanian power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from another region to fit into a power socket in Mauritania.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Mauritanian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Mauritanian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Mauritania along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Mauritania?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the Mauritanian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Mauritania simply by altering the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Mauritania

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Mauritania

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 Mauritania

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type C plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter simple to use.
  • Compact and light.
  • Cheap, with prices between $5 to $10 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Bringing a Type C plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Mauritania.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Some hotel rooms might only have one power outlet available, so you'll only be capable of powering one device at once.
  • Should you intend to visit more than one country then you may need to bring multiple power adapter types.
  • This adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type C Mauritanian power outlet and doesn't alter the actual voltage. So if your appliance doesn't work with a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • You will also need to pack a separate domestic USB charger if you need to power any USB device.
  • Only 1 plug adapter for each device - for each device you will also need to pack a separate power plug adapter.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Retractable pins avoid catching in luggage

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Straightforward operation.
  • All-in-one compact design - lightweight and small for under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have a built in surge protector, this will prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't get caught against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • A universal travel power adapter can potentially be functional in your home country as a USB charger.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which include multiple charging ports for USB electronics.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Even though most universal travel adapters are designed to operate in over 150 different countries the pins don't change shape to fit in a Mauritanian power outlet. Therefore you will still need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power adapter for Mauritania if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from a single outlet.
  • Can't be used with a high power appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 220 volts in Mauritania.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be fully universal; some models might not cover certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • Pins, shutters and other moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them prone to failure whilst abroad.
  • Only charges one appliance.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with changable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal for situations when you only have to power USB devices.
  • Rather than carry lots of domestic power chargers you only have to bring a single unit which costs on average under $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to store.
  • Most models will include a surge protector.
  • The charger could still be functional domestically.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Mauritanian power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter for a Mauritanian power outlet.
  • They only have USB ports so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices.
Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Certain models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics (for example cameras). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still function with a Mauritanian power outlet by using a travel power strip. This can make them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated power converter.
  • A travel power strip is able to power many electronic devices and appliances concurrently via a single plug socket, costs between $30 to $35 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  • Some models feature a number of USB charge ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage delicate electronics. There are some travel power strips which include a built in surge protector, this will prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • When you return home it could still work as a power strip.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • It isn't supplied with the correct plug adapter for Mauritania therefore you should bring an additional power adapter for a Mauritanian power outlet.
  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair straighteners.
  • Because of the size and weight of a power strip it might be too heavy for carrying in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices that need powering.
Plug Adapter Sets

A plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing individual power plug adapters for multiple trips costing almost $10 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$20) each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for all plug outlet types and not just a Mauritanian power outlet.
  • Ideal if you are visiting multiple countries.
  • A set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Mauritania.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; before any trip you'll have to decide which adapters to bring in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • With only a single functioning plug adapter working in Mauritania the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set has one that is compatible with a Mauritanian power outlet.
  • Only alters the shape of the plug but doesn't modify the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only changes the 220 volts from a Mauritanian power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to fit into a Mauritanian power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack the correct type of plug adapter.
  • The size and weight of most models makes them unsuitable for carrying in carry-on luggage.
  • An expensive power converter won't be useful after your trip to Mauritania.
  • Often much cheaper to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in Mauritania.
  • Expensive - between $90 to $100 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Mauritania

Type C 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 Mauritania Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included C 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) 135+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type C Mauritanian power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type C plug adapter required to fit in a Mauritanian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes
Compatible number of countries (A) 2 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type N Mauritanian power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type N plug adapter required to fit in a Mauritanian power outlet Yes Yes 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 Mauritania 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$20) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $30 to $35 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$35-C$40) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Mauritania power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Mauritania?

Type C power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Mauritania?

The type of power outlet used in Mauritania is type C socket. This power socket, technically called a type C socket, is identified by two round holes next to each other.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Mauritania?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in a Mauritanian power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Mauritanian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are there power outages in Mauritania?

Several times every month in parts of Mauritania power blackouts are reported so with this high level of unreliability you should prepare accordingly.

What is access to electricity like in Mauritania?

Less than half of the population of Mauritania has access to electrical power.

Should I use a portable charger in Mauritania?

A portable charger

Should I use a portable charger in Mauritania?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Mauritania combined with the lack of a stable power grid, visitors are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they want to continue using devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Mauritania increased reliance on smart phones for storing calendars, taking pictures, social networks, sat nav and streaming videos can syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to hotel. Packing a portable charger [4] for Mauritania alleviates those concerns as it means you can recharge your mobile phone without needing a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough electricity to cover around three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge the laptop.
  • Please note that some airlines won't let you bring power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are available for travelling to areas with power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Mauritania.
Does a solar battery charger work in Mauritania?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Does a solar battery charger work in Mauritania?

The climate in Mauritania will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce suitable energy for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Mauritania.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny periods in Mauritania, however this might be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A solar powered bag is more often exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Mauritania is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal solid solar panels. They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel use.

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)

Mauritania 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 Mauritania?

If travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Mauritania is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world simply by changing the supplied heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, and support for more power hungry devices. This will allow you to recharge more than one device at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters for your trip or using up additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling as well as being on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a flight. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel to Mauritania we recommend buying this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Mauritania?

Why use a travel USB charger for Mauritania?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Mauritania.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Mauritania.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Mauritania along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Mauritania might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Mauritania could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Mauritania for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Mauritanian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Mauritania?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Mauritania using type B plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Mauritania.

Power converters for Mauritania

What is a power converter for a Mauritanian power outlet?

Power converters for Mauritania allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Mauritanian 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Mauritanian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Mauritania.

Do I need a power converter for Mauritania?

If you are travelling to Mauritania from a different country ensure the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter [10] if you are visiting Mauritania from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read our world power outlets page to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used with 220 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair dryers and curling irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Mauritanian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these guides on using curling irons, clothes irons, flat irons and hair dryers with Mauritanian power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

What kind of converter do I need for Mauritania?

You need a step down power converter [10] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Mauritanian power outlet.

What voltage does Mauritania use?

Mauritania uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Mauritanian 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 Mauritania before plugging that into a Mauritanian 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 Mauritanian power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

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.
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your device, it could also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • 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 typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Mauritania?

Which type of power adapter do you need for Mauritania?

The type of plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Mauritania will depend on your requirements. Prior to deciding the right adapter to buy we recommend using this checklist:

What types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Mauritanian power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical items do you need to charge with a Mauritanian power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic items that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners or clothes irons.
    • USB devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example mobile phones and Kindles.
  • Should you only have to take just USB powered devices then you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring that single lightweight charger with your existing USB charging cables rather than having to pack lots of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as cameras), however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as clothes irons) which require voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Mauritania?

How many electrical items are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Mauritania?

  • Trying counting how many electronic you intended on bringing with you to Mauritania (for example cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Take into account that you might own more devices in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new cell phone computer next year?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise a USB port for their power source. The if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones?

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

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Mauritania?

Will you only bring USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices in Mauritania?

How many Mauritanian power outlets will be available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Mauritanian power outlets will be available?

  • Your accommodation in Mauritania might only have one power outlet on the wall, this will present an issue if recharging the batteries of more than one item overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then have to keep swapping.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time look to using either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports or outlets.

How much can you afford?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which powers a single device in only one location (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 220 volts), but paying roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) will allow you to charge more than one device at once and be able to use them in multiple countries.

Is Mauritania the only place you'll be visiting?

  • A single power adapter will only work in the one country that it was built for, therefore if you are visiting more than a single country you'll need to carry additional power adapters which can in turn add to the number of adapters you have to pack.
  • However, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are perfect for travelling to multiple countries due to the inclusion of interchangeable heads.

Do you plan on visiting elsewhere in the future?

Are you flying long haul to travel to Mauritania?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to travel to Mauritania?

  • For much longer journeys consider bringing a convenient airport-friendly charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets.
  • Not all planes and airports have power outlets for customers therefore we recommend packing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After landing in Mauritania you could need to use a cell phone to make a call, messenging, using sat nav or viewing itineraries; so make sure that your phone has ample battery power left.
Are you only bringing hand luggage to Mauritania?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Mauritania?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Will you always have good access to electrical power?

  • The power could sporadically fluctuate in Mauritania which could possibly cause damage to your devices, so it is advisable to use an adapter which has built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Mauritania has power outages and having limited coverage of electricity you might discover that whatever power charger you pack for the country doesn't work anyway. Using a solar backpack [16] or portable charger [4] will prepare you for a power cut and areas of limited electricity.

What can I connect to a Mauritanian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Mauritanian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Mauritanian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Mauritanian power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to the Mauritanian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Mauritanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Mauritanian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Mauritania, 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 [20].

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritania - wikipedia web page about Mauritania.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C power outlets without converting voltage, under $10 USD (£4-£5 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, estimated cost under $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / C$35-C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 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 (£15-£20 GBP / around C$25).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $30 to $35 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$40).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$25).
  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, estimated price between $90 to $100 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, estimated cost under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced under $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated cost under $130 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost between $120 to $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $80 to $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / under C$280).
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced at under $25 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$50-C$60).
  18. 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 (£100-£110 GBP / around C$60).
  19. 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, between $140 to $150 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$130).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets