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 power adapter 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 power bank 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 power adapter. 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 power 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 power adapter otherwise you will also need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Senegal[3] [AD]

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 voltages and sockets can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Senegal. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Senegal using their D, C, E or K type 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. You will find that most power adapters will vary depending on which country you're taking a trip to therefore we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections world power adapters page for a complete list of powering devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Senegal?

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

What is the best power adapter for Senegal?

What is a power adapter for a Senegalese power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a Senegalese power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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 allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in Senegal simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Senegal?

If the type of Senegalese power outlet isn't the same as the type of Senegalese power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Senegal?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Senegal

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Senegal

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

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

Electrical adapters for Senegal

Power Plug Adapters

A cheap and simple type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Lightweight and small.
  • Cheapest option.
  • Easy to use.
  • Using a Type D power adapter will be ideal for Senegal.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • A single plug adapter per appliance - for each appliance you'll also need to pack 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 doesn't alter the voltage. So if your device doesn't support a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Hotel rooms in Senegal may only have a single power outlet available, therefore you will only be able to power one device at a time.
  • If you plan on visiting more than one country then you might need to pack more than one type of power adapter for other countries.
  • If you wish to charge a USB device then you also need to bring your USB charger. [3] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included 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.
  • Some models offer voltage conversation for low wattage electronics such as laptops or cameras. Therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in Senegal by using a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight alternative option to a voltage converter.
  • Some models include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge will damage devices. Some models have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded.
  • It will be functional when you return home as a power strip.
  • 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.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The converter on a travel power strip won't support higher wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or curling irons.
  • Due to the size of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for travellers with only a small number of appliances and devices to charge. [6] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • All-in-one design. Both small and lightweight.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters that include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items when packed in your baggage.
  • It should be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel power adapters will have charging ports for USB devices.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although typical universal travel adapters operate in over 150 different countries they won't function in Senegal. So you will still need to pack a separate power plug adapter for a Senegalese power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple items from a single outlet.
  • Universal adapters can't be used with any high powered electrical appliances; for example hair straighteners, clothes irons, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Lacking a power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 230 volts in Senegal.
  • Not totally universal - adapters might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • The moving parts such as shutters and pins could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Only charges a single plug. [7] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable plugs

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.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of different countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight making them easy to pack in hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB wall chargers should have a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back home 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.
  • Because they only have USB ports you will be unable to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • A set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual plug adapter types.
  • Covers all eventualities.
  • If you are visiting multiple locations this is the most flexible option.
  • Each 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

  • Will involve some planning; you will need to decide which adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack each power adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to bring with you.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes one that is compatible with a Senegalese power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only changes the shape of the plug to allow it to fit into a Senegalese power outlet but not the voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 230 volts in Senegal and won't change the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Senegalese power outlet, therefore you will still be required to use the correct type of power adapter.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for packing in hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be useful when get back home.
  • Usually less expensive to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.

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)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Senegal power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Senegal?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be recognised by the two round holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this wall outlet by three round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this wall outlet by two adjacent holes next to each other where the live and neutral plug socket pins slide into and one metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangular pattern.
  • Plug Type K - The plug socket (also called a type K power outlet) looks like three large holes forming a triangular pattern and the bottom hole being semicircular in shape. [3] [AD]
What plug sockets are used in Senegal?

What electrical frequency is used with a Senegalese power outlet?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Senegal?

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

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?

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 10,000mAh power bank 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 which will store enough electricity to cover around 3 full cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank 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 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 or rechargeable cordless flat iron are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Senegal.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Should I pack a power bank for 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 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 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 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.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]


  • 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. 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 universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably. [8] [AD]

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. [8] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Senegal?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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. [8] [AD]

Power converters for Senegal

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

A power converter for Senegal allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device 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 transforms a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device. [10] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Senegal?

If visiting Senegal from another region double check your device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Senegal from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used with 230 volts run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You won't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners or curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 230 volt Senegalese power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons in Senegal which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [19] [AD]

What kind of converter do I need for Senegal?

You need a step down power converter to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Senegal. [10] [AD]

What voltage is used in Senegal?

Senegal uses 230 volts in their power outlets. [2]

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter 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. [10] [AD]
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 straighteners

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

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual or single voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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


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

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 devices will you be packing

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 electrical devices do you want to charge with a Senegalese power outlet?

A USB powered phone

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

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electronic items which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that connect to 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 that single compact charger and some appropriate existing USB charging cables rather than needing to pack a collection of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, 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?

How many power outlets will be 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. [6] [AD]

Will your devices work with 230 volt power outlets?

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only need USB devices

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. [8] [AD]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A basic power adapter which charges one device in a single country (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts), however paying a little more allows you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and use them in multiple 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 power bank or a solar backpack.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]
Are you flying long haul to get to Senegal?

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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 power bank 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. [4] [AD]

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 plug into 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

Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Senegalese power outlet

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


We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Senegal, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[20]


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. While WikiConnections strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, we make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. 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.

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  2. - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D power adapter - A BS-546 compliant, Type D electrical adapter featuring a grounded 3-prong plug, widely used in South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka..
  4. Portable power bank - Portable power banks are invaluable batteries for travel, especially in unfamiliar locations. Advanced charging technologies offer fast and efficient power delivery to mobile phones, tablets and headphones via USB ports..
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - Combining surge protection, AC outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters, the travel power strip is a comprehensive power solution for global travellers..
  7. Universal travel power adapter - The universal travel power adapter is a versatile single solution for power on the go, compatible in over 150+ countries worldwide. A single unit compact design makes it a travel essential which easily fits into any travel bag..
  8. Universal multi-device USB wall charger - A universal multi-device USB wall charger features USB PD and standard ports for fast charging simultaneous. These includes interchangeable international plug adapters making it ideal for travel and certified for safety to protect against current and heat.
  9. Power adapter set - A plug adapter set is a future-proof travel essential, containing various adapters to fit diverse power outlets around the world to ensure compatibility in a wide range of countries..
  10. Step down power converter - Step-down power converters are engineered to safely convert higher voltages of 220V / 240V to 110V / 120V, allowing the use of appliances designed for lower voltage systems to be used in countries with higher voltage power outlets..
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - A portable charging device with a 10,000mAh capacity, commonly used for extending the battery life of mobile phones and other small electronics..
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable hair dryers ideal for travel are lightweight and cordless for mobility, have low-heat settings for hair health, and a fast-charging battery for time efficiency. Additional LED indicators can help monitor battery life..
  14. Rechargeable cordless flat iron - Modern rechargeable cordless flat irons use advanced battery technology for consistent temperature control. Suitable for airline safe travel with universal voltage and USB charging capabilities..
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - A high-capacity charging device featuring 20,000mAh energy storage, capable of multiple charge cycles for mobile phones and some tablets. Suitable for extended periods away from power sources..
  16. USB-C PD power bank - A USB-C PD power bank utilises Power Delivery technology to facilitate high-speed charging, particularly for laptops requiring substantial power. A high wattage power bank ensures fast and efficient energy transfer, supporting USB-C enabled devices..
  17. Solar backpack - Incorporating large solar panel with USB outputs, solar backpacks are ideal as a reliable secondary source of energy for device charging in remote travel locations where electrical outlets are unavailable or unreliable..
  18. Solar power bank - Solar power banks integrate photovoltaic cells to offer a self-sustaining charging option, ideal when a backup power source is required for locations where electrical outlets are unreliable, scarce or unknown..
  19. Heavy duty power converter - Heavy-duty power converters robust voltage transformation capabilities for designed for high-wattage devices, making them best suited for appliances like kettles and hair dryers that consume a significant amounts of power..
  20. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -