Niger power adapters - what plugs are used in Niger?

Nigerien power outlet

What adapter do I need for Niger?

Bring a Type D plug adapter [3] to Niger if the plug you would like to use won't fit in a Nigerien power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Niger all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Nigerien power outlet. If you don't know what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Niger, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're travelling to Niger from the US then we recommend bringing a plug adapter for Niger as American Type A or B power outlets might not typically be found. As the voltage is different in Niger use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage, also check that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Nigerien power outlet then it will work in Niger.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Nigerien power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Niger such a Type D plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Niger (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Niger, but won't 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 will also need a power converter for Niger to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Niger if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Niger.

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

Niger power adapters

Power adapters for Niger

Different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Niger. This page has links to step-by-step instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when visiting Niger using their standard Type D, A, B, C, E or F 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You'll discover power will differ regionally so we recommend reading the power adapters for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Niger?

The best power adapter for Niger is a Type D power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Niger?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Niger to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Niger allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Niger by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Niger?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Niger then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Niger from America?

An American Type A or Type B outlet might not typically be found in Niger so it is recommended to bring a suitable plug adapter for Niger, however because the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to use a power converter for Niger if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Niger?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Nigerien power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Niger.

Electrical adapters for Niger

Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Niger by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Niger. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and light.
  • Cheap, prices around $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to operate.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Niger.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one adapter for each plug - for each individual device or appliance you want to use you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • An adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Nigerien power outlet but not the voltage used in Niger - if your device doesn't work with a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Niger might only have one power outlet, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time.
  • If you intend to travel to more than one country then you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • You will also need to pack a separate USB charger if you wish to power a USB device.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • An all in one design which is both lightweight and small for under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • Some models will include a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel adapters will include USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't operate in Niger. Therefore you need to pack a separate power adapter for a Nigerien power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from a single outlet.
  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles or curling irons.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter means it won't be suitable for non-220 volt devices.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing multiple domestic USB power chargers which costs on average between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most models will include a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back home it will still be of use.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Nigerien power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for Niger.
  • They only have USB ports so you won't be able to power appliances, just USB powered ones.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Nigerien power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Niger.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Niger.
  • Adapters only change the shape of the plug and not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 220 volts in Niger and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Nigerien power outlet, you will still be required to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them impractical for hand baggage.
  • Useless when you return from Niger.
  • Often less expensive and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing appliance abroad.
  • Costly - almost $120 USD (almost £90 GBP / over C$120).
  • When you travel to Niger from the US then you will need a power converter as the voltage from a Nigerien power outlet is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Niger

Type D 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 Niger Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D 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 D Nigerien power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Nigerien 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 Niger 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 $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) 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 $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Niger power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Niger?

There are six types of power outlets used in Niger, these are type D, A, B, C, E and F with the primary power supply being type D:

  • Plug Type A - This plug socket (technically known as the type A power outlet) is recognised by two adjacent slots where the live and neutral blades go.
  • Plug Type B - This plug outlet (technically called a type B power outlet) is recognised by 2 slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a semicircular shaped hole below for the long earth pin.
  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this wall socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - This plug socket (technically known as a type D power outlet) looks like three holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this power socket by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other where the pins go plus one metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round power socket, also called the Schuko plug, can be identified by two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
What plug sockets are used in Niger?

Do US plugs work in Niger?

No; because the voltage is 220 volts you need to bring a power converter for Niger if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage. We suggest using all types of power adapters for Niger because US types A or B power outlets might not readily be found.

Is an outlet in Niger the same as the US?

Even though a US Type A or Type B outlet could be available in Niger it is still advisable to bring a suitable power adapter for Niger. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Niger and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

What frequency is used in Niger?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Niger?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Niger you will need a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in Niger the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Nigerien power outlet is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Nigerien power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

What is access to electrical power in Niger like?

In Niger less than a quarter of the population of the country has access to electricity.

Does Niger have power outages?

Several times a week in parts of Niger power failures are reported and with this high level of unreliability it is recommended to prepare accordingly.

Do I need a portable charger for Niger?

Power bank

Do I need a portable charger for Niger?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Niger combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Niger increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Niger and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Niger.
How well do solar powered chargers work in Niger?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar powered chargers work in Niger?

The sunshine in Niger should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Niger.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Niger, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Niger is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic 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)

Niger 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 Niger?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Niger to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Nigeriens use six different standards of plug sockets (types D, A, B, C, E and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types A and C. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these USB travel chargers along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel adapters this means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to pack multiple travel chargers. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at an electronics retailer, the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Niger?

Why use a travel USB charger for Niger?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different outlets to Niger.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Niger.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Niger along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Niger might only have a single power outlet, by bringing 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.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Niger could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Nigerien power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Nigerien power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Niger?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Niger and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Niger.
  • 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 originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Niger.

Power converters for Niger

What does a power converter for a Nigerien power outlet do?

Power converters for Niger allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Nigerien 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?

A heavy and bulky power converter [18] will transform a 220 volt Nigerien power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Niger.

Do I need a power converter for Niger?

When travelling to Niger from another region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [10] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Nigerien power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Niger in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Nigerien power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Niger from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Niger is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Niger?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Niger you will need to buy a step down power converter [10].

What voltage is used in Niger?

Niger 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 Nigerien 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 Niger before plugging that into a Nigerien 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 Nigerien power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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.
  • Trvel 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 Niger?

Which type of adapter do I need to bring to Niger?

The plug adapter which is best to use in Niger depends on your requirements, prior to deciding the right adapter to use we recommend using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Niger?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Niger?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Niger (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?
What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Nigerien power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Nigerien power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only need to pack one charger plus some appropriate USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially damaging it.
How many power outlets will be available when you get to Niger?

Are multiple outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Niger?

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets.

Do your devices and appliances work with 220 volt power outlets?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on using USB powered electronics such as phones and tablets then we suggest just bringing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter in Niger then you'll still need to pack the USB power charger that was supplied with your device as well.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which charges only one device from a Nigerien power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts), but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Is Niger the only place you'll be visiting?

Does the area of Niger you are visiting have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in Niger which might potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Niger has power outages and having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power adapter you use doesn't function anyway. Using a solar backpack [16] and portable charger [4] will prepare you for a power cut and limited electrical access.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Will it take you a long time to get to Niger?

How long will it take to travel

Will it take you a long time to get to Niger?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After landing in Niger you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining.
Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

What can I connect to a Nigerien power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Nigerien power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Nigerien power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Nigerien power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Nigerien power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Nigerien power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Nigerien power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Nigerien power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Niger, 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/Niger - wikipedia.org entry about Niger.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$10).
  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, between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / around C$35).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - 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, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  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, estimated price under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 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 cost between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 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 $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / around C$120).
  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, priced at under $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / C$460-C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced at under $40 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, between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $90 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$270-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, under $25 USD (£15-£20 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, estimated cost between $90 to $100 USD (under £110 GBP / under C$70).
  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 (£100-£110 GBP / around C$120).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets