Senegal power adapters - what plugs are used in Senegal?

Senegalese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Senegal?

You'll need to use a Type D plug adapter [3] for Senegal if your plug doesn't fit in a Senegalese power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Senegal all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Senegalese power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to electricity in some areas of Senegal, we suggest bringing a portable charger [4] if you wish to recharge your cellphone battery whilst staying in a region without access to electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you're from America visiting Senegal you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a Senegalese power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Senegal you will also need to use a power converter for Senegal if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Senegalese power outlet then it can work in Senegal without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Senegalese power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Senegal such a Type D plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Senegal (or power adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Senegal, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Senegal to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Senegal if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring one or more USB devices such as tablets or cell phones then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring one which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Senegal.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Senegal you run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Prior to using your device in Senegal read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Senegal power adapters

Power adapters for Senegal

Various frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Senegal. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you are in Senegal using their D, C, E or K type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You'll discover power changes depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Senegal?

The best power adapter for Senegal is a Type D power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Senegal?

What is a power adapter for a Senegalese power outlet?

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

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

What does a power adapter for Senegal do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Senegal?

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

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

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Senegal because US plugs won't fit into a Senegalese power outlet, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Senegal if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Senegal?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device then you will also need a step down power converter along with the correct power adapter.

Electrical adapters for Senegal

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Lightweight and small.
  • Cheapest option, with prices under $15 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10).
  • Easy to use.
  • Bringing a Type D plug adapter [3] will work in Senegal.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one adapter per appliance - for each appliance you wish to bring you'll also need to bring a separate power plug adapter.
  • A plug adapter only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Senegalese power outlet but not the voltage. So if your device doesn't support a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Senegal may only have a single power outlet available, so you'll only be able to power one device at a time.
  • If you plan to travel to more than just one country then you might need to pack more than one type of power adapter.
  • If you need to charge a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger.
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging more than one electronic appliance simultaneously via a single Senegalese power outlet, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  • Certain models offer voltage conversation for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in Senegal by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some models will feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas could be tempremental, a surge in power can damage devices. Some models also have a built in surge protector to protect your device from being overpowered.
  • It will be of some 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 Senegal. (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

  • The converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or curling irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances to charge.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • All-in-one design. Both small and lightweight for under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • It will be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include charging ports for USB devices.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although typical universal travel adapters are designed to work in around 150 different countries they won't function in Senegal. So you will still need to plug a universal travel adapter into a separate power adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from a single outlet.
  • A universal adapter can't be used with a high powered electrical appliance - for example clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Lacking a built in power converter will mean it isn't suitable for devices which aren't 230 volts in Senegal.
  • Not fully universal - some adapters might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Shutters and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Only charges a single plug.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only need to charge USB devices.
  • Rather than bring lots of domestic USB power chargers you will only need to pack a single unit which costs roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • Chargers come with swappable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight making them easy to pack.
  • Most travel USB wall chargers should have a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country the charger should still work.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Senegalese power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices.
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) an adapter set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual plug adapter types costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every eventuality.
  • Ideal for travellers travelling to different locations.
  • A power adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should operate in Senegal.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to bring, or alternatively bring each power adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one compatible plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes an adapter which is compatible with a Senegalese power outlet.
  • Each plug adapter only alters 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

  • A voltage converter only changes the 230 volts in Senegal and not the shape of the plug to fit in a Senegalese power outlet, you'll still need to bring the right type of plug adapter for Senegal.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • An expensive converter will be redundant after your visit to Senegal.
  • It is usually less expensive to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Senegal.
  • Expensive, almost $120 USD (almost £90 GBP / over C$120).
  • If you are travelling from America go to Senegal you will need one as the voltage is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Senegal

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 Senegal 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 Senegalese power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Senegalese 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 230 volt AC appliance in Senegal 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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Senegal power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Senegal?

There are four types of power outlets used in Senegal, types D, C, E and K with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this power outlet by 3 holes in a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise the plug socket by two holes 19mm apart from each other where the two pins sit along with a metal earth pin protruding in the top in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type K - You can identify this wall outlet by 3 holes in an upside-down triangular pattern for the live, neutral and earth pins.
What plug sockets are used in Senegal?

Do US plugs work in Senegal?

No; a US plug won't work in Senegal because it doesn't fit in a Senegalese power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used with a Senegalese power outlet?

The frequency from a Senegalese power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Senegal?

Use a step down power converter if you need to use a 110 volt appliance in a Senegalese power outlet.

Are outlets in Senegal the same as in the US?

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

Is the voltage in Senegal the same as the US?

The voltage from a Senegalese power outlet is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your American appliance or power charger doesn't support dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for Senegal which can change the voltage from 230 volts to 120 volts.

Does Senegal have power outages?

Senegal suffers power blackouts several times per month so with this high level of unreliability it is recommended to pack accordingly.

What is access to electrical power in Senegal like?

In Senegal more than 25% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Should I pack a power bank for Senegal?

Power bank

Should I pack a power bank for Senegal?

As power isn't available in all areas of Senegal together with potential power outages, travellers are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they wish to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of smart phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social networks and playing games will syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond just missing photo opportunities this can possibly leave you stranded without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a sat nav app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing a power bank [4] eases those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone powered without needing a Senegalese power outlet, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough electricity to cover around 3 full cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical smart phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery giving an indication of how many charges the power bank can do, and a higher number will be better for travellers.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Senegal and it uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Please note that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline first.
  • Small consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Senegal.
Will a solar charger work in Senegal?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Will a solar charger work in Senegal?

The climate in Senegal should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong sunlight in order to provide adequate energy for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] will give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time and should also generate a smaller charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Senegal.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack can gradually recharge the power during sunny spells in Senegal, but might be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. A normal power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Senegal is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal solid solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for domestic, travel and work 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)

Senegal 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 Senegal?

When you are travelling to more than one country the best international travel power adapter for Senegal to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. Senegalese use four different types of plug sockets (D, C, E and K) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your type of device supports Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from much faster recharging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power hungry devices like tablets.

Having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices at once without needing to pack individual travel adapters on your trip to Senegal or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when you return home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling regularly we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Senegal?

Why use a travel USB charger for Senegal?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them perfect if travelling across multiple countries across Africa which are likely to use a different outlet to Senegal.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Senegal.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Senegal power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in Senegal might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Senegal could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances in Senegal for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Senegalese power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Some mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Senegal?

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

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Senegal.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Senegal.

Power converters for Senegal

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

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet.

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

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Senegal, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [18] transforms a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Senegal?

When you are travelling to Senegal from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 230 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 is incompatible with 230 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 230 volt single voltage appliance or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (for example 120 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless you use a step down power converter [10].
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our guides on using clothes irons, curling wands, hair straighteners and blow dryers with a Senegalese power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Senegal?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [10] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet.

What voltage is used in Senegal?

Senegal uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 230 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 230 volt Senegalese 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 Senegal before plugging that into a Senegalese 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 230 volt Senegalese power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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

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

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

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 Senegal?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to Senegal?

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to bring to Senegal is dependant on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to buy we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Senegal?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Senegal?

  • List all the electronic you intended on packing for Senegal (including cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons and hair dryers).
    • Allow for more devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their devices as well?
What types of devices do you want to charge with a Senegalese power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What types of devices do you want to charge with a Senegalese power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices which plug into a USB port - for example mobile phones or tablets.
  • Should you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Senegal then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring one compact charger with some appropriate existing USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices (such as cameras), but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) which need voltage conversion.
How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in Senegal?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in Senegal?

  • Your hotel might have only one wall outlet, this will present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time then have to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest packing either a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can power multiple USB ports and outlets.

Will your devices work with 230 volt power outlets?

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Will you only be charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to pack USB powered electronics such as mobile phones or tablet computers for Senegal then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well.

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers one single device in only one single country (providing that works with 230 volts or is dual voltage) but paying anywhere between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to charge more than one device at once and be able to bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

Do you plan on visiting countries other than Senegal?

  • A simple power adapter will only typically operate in a single country, therefore if you are visiting multiple countries then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to bring.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for going to multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.

Will the area of Senegal you are staying in have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The power in Senegal could occasionally fluctuate which could cause damage to your devices, use an adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Senegal suffering with power cuts or having limited coverage of electricity you might discover that whichever power charger you use won't work anyway. You can prepare for limited electricity and power cuts by using a portable charger [4] or a solar backpack [16].
Are you flying long haul to get to Senegal?

How long will it take to fly

Are you flying long haul to get to Senegal?

  • If you're taking a long journey to get to Senegal it's worth thinking about packing an charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly power tablets and phones.
  • Not all flights have power outlets so we recommend using a portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When you land you could need to rely on a cell phone to make a telephone call, reading emails , using mapping to find a hotel or reading your itinerary; so ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left.

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Senegal?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Senegal?

What can I connect to a Senegalese power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Senegalese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Senegalese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Senegalese power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Senegalese power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Senegalese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Senegalese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Senegal, 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/Senegal - Senegal country page on wikipedia.org.
  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, around $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-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, estimated price 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, priced at between $35 to $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under 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 cost between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£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, under $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costs around $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-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, priced under $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-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, costing between $150 to $160 USD (£140-£150 GBP / around C$460).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, estimated cost between $20 to $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under 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, 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, under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-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 (under £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, costs 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, costing under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$60-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, priced at 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