Sierra Leone power adapters - what plugs are used in Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leonean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Sierra Leone?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter for Sierra Leone if your plug won't fit into a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Sierra Leone will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power with a Sierra Leonean power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for regular power blackouts and limited access to power in certain areas of Sierra Leone, it is advised to bring a power bank if you wish to keep your phone battery charged whilst in a region without access to electricity or during a power cut.
  • If you are from the US and travelling to Sierra Leone then you will need to use a plug adapter for Sierra Leone to fit a US plug into a Sierra Leonean power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Sierra Leone pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet then it will work in Sierra Leone.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone such a Type G plug adapter. Note that a plug adapter for Sierra Leone (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Sierra Leone, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Sierra Leone to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as a cellphone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone[3]

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

Sierra Leone power adapters

Power adapters for Sierra Leone

Complicated frequencies and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Sierra Leone. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are visiting Sierra Leone using the standard G or D type Sierra Leonean 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power adapters are different regionally therefore we recommend reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Sierra Leone?

The best power adapter for Sierra Leone will be a Type G plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Sierra Leone?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and cheap plastic adapters that permit a Sierra Leonean power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from a different country. [5]

Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Sierra Leone?

No; a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Sierra Leonean power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Sierra Leone.

Do I need a power adapter in Sierra Leone?

It depends on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use in Sierra Leone.

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What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Sierra Leonean power outlet enables visitors travelling from another country to use their own electronic devices in Sierra Leone by changing the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Sierra Leone

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Sierra Leone

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 Sierra Leone

Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering more than one electrical appliance or device simultaneously from only a single power outlet, costing between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  • Some types of travel power strips will convert voltage for low wattage electronics. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still function with a Sierra Leonean power outlet by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheaper substitute for a power converter.
  • Typical travel power strips also feature multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries can be unstable, a sudden surge in power might damage your electrical items. Some models also include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overloaded.
  • When you get back home the power strip will still be of use.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Sierra Leone.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners and curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances which need charging. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only need to charge USB devices such as iPads, phones or MP3 players.
  • You only have to bring a single charger instead of carrying lots of domestic power chargers which costs on average between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable heads which make them useful in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight making them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers have a surge protector built in which will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The charger will still be useful back home.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered devices. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Typical models will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one compact design which is both small and lightweight, under $15 USD (under £20 GBP / around C$25).
  • Some models have USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • Some models have a surge protector to prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items when packed in your luggage.
  • When you return home it will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with high powered appliances such as hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • Shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily fail whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some models might not cover certain countries with less popular outlets.
  • Universal travel power adapters lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt appliances in Sierra Leone. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type G plug adapter will be ideal for Sierra Leone.
  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter simple to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15).
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend to visit more than just one country you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Sierra Leonean power outlet but doesn't modify the actual voltage - if your appliance doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • 1 power adapter per plug - for every device you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Sierra Leone might only have a single power outlet, therefore you will only be capable of powering one device at once.
  • You'll also still need to bring your separate domestic USB charger if you need to power a USB device. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set typically works out more economical than buying multiple individual plug adapters costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers every eventuality.
  • The most flexible option for travellers visiting different countries.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Sierra Leone.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (and especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which works in Sierra Leone.
  • A plug adapter only modifies the shape of the plug but not the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts in Sierra Leone and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Sierra Leone.
  • The size of most models makes them impractical for hand baggage.
  • An expensive converter won't be of any use after your visit to Sierra Leone.
  • It's often better value and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance abroad.
  • Expensive; between $25 to $30 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$110-C$120).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Sierra Leone

Type G 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 Sierra Leone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Sierra Leonean power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Sierra Leonean power outlet Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Sierra Leone Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$15) between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / almost C$80)
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Sierra Leone power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Sierra Leone?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Sierra Leone?

There are two types of power supply used in Sierra Leone, these are type G and D with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - The plug outlet, technically known as a type D power outlet, can be identified by three holes forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this power socket by three holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle shape. [3]

What frequency is used in a Sierra Leonean power outlet?

The frequency of the current from a Sierra Leonean power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Sierra Leone?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in a Sierra Leonean power outlet.

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Does Sierra Leone have power outages?

Typically Sierra Leone suffers power blackouts several times every month and with this high level of unreliability it is recommended to prepare accordingly.

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What proportion of Sierra Leone has access to electrical power?

Less than a quarter of the population of the country has access to electrical power.

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Should I use a power bank in Sierra Leone?

Power bank for charging phones

Should I use a power bank in Sierra Leone?

Because electrical power isn't available in all areas of Sierra Leone alongside the lack of a reliable power grid, travellers are advised to use alternative charging options if they wish to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • During a trip to Sierra Leone increased use of smart phones for storing calendars, taking pictures, sat nav, social networks and playing games could syphon off power excessively. A flat smart phone battery can potentially leave you without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to find your way back to hotel or accommodation. Using a 10,000mAh power bank in Sierra Leone alleviates those concerns as it allows you to power up your cell phone without needing a Sierra Leonean power outlet, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can store enough power to cover around three full charging cycles whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Sierra Leone and your laptop has a USB-C charging port then bring a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) and a model supplying at least 20 Wh.
  • Be aware that some airlines don't let you bring portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must be kept in hand luggage only so always ahead with the carrier first.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to locations with both power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Sierra Leone.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Will a solar battery charger work in Sierra Leone?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Will a solar battery charger work in Sierra Leone?

The climate in Sierra Leone will be suitable enough to charge solar power bank dependably, however it needs to be exposed to strong sunlight to produce suitable power for a single charge. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger solar cells found on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Sierra Leone.
  • A phone which has been plugged directly into a USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny spells in Sierra Leone, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone continually connected in the bag if it is to be needed constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing sunlight, a backback with solar panels is continuously exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Sierra Leone is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or stronger. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags are made to survive scratches and bending, unlike regular solid solar panels. Solar bags are available in backpack, rucksack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, work and travel use.  [4] [17] [18]

Sources

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

Sierra Leone 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 Sierra Leone?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best international travel charger for Sierra Leone to buy is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two types of power outlets that Sierra Leoneans use (G and D) and using a power adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, plus compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring individual power adapters on your trip. Only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional plug socket.

We recommend buying this type of flexible travel adapter at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Sierra Leone?

Why use a travel USB charger for Sierra Leone?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger instead of bringing multiple power chargers with you.
  • All travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them perfect if visiting multiple countries which will probably use a different outlet to Sierra Leone.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Sierra Leone.
  • USB travel chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Sierra Leone power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that hotels in Sierra Leone might only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Sierra Leone might prove difficult and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read the guide on using travel appliances in Sierra Leone for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter to use with a Sierra Leonean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive USB travel chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can also be useful when returning home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every day using only one power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Sierra Leone?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unreliable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected devices. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sierra Leone and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Sierra Leone.
  • 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet for almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sierra Leone. [7]

Power converters for Sierra Leone

What is a power converter for Sierra Leone?

A power converter allows travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical device with a 230 volt Sierra Leonean power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter?

An expensive and bulky power converter transforms the voltage of 230 volts from a Sierra Leonean power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Sierra Leone. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Sierra Leone?

When visiting Sierra Leone from another country make sure that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Sierra Leone from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed to use a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and then used in a 230 volt power outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown 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 tablet or mobile phone as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a much heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Sierra Leone , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What converter do I need for Sierra Leone?

You will need to buy a step down power converter to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Sierra Leonean power outlet. [10]

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 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 Sierra Leonean 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 Sierra Leone before plugging that into a Sierra Leonean 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 Sierra Leonean power outlet. [10]

What voltage is used in Sierra Leone?

Sierra Leone uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What voltage is my device?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

The easiest way to tell if a device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. The location will depend on the make or model of your unit, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say 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 larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

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

What type of adapter do you need for Sierra Leone?

Which type of adapter do I need for Sierra Leone?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Sierra Leone depends on various requirements, before choosing which adapter to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Sierra Leone?

How many devices will you be packing

How many electrical devices are you bringing to Sierra Leone?

  • List how many applicances and devices you intended on bringing with you to Sierra Leone (including tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair straighteners and curling irons).
    • Take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is a growing number of USB powered rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for their power source, the if you buy a new device it could use a USB power adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these as well.
  • Are you also bringing family along who will need to charge their devices too?
Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB devices

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to bring USB devices such as mobile phones or cameras to use in Sierra Leone then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you'll still need to pack your domestic USB power charger as well. [7]

What different types of devices do you want to use with a Sierra Leonean power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into a power outlet - for example a camera.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that plug into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB electrical devices which charge with a USB port - for example cell phones.
  • Should you only intend to take just USB powered devices to Sierra Leone then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack one charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion.

Do your appliances and devices work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Do you plan on visiting countries other than Sierra Leone?

  • A simple power adapter only typically operates in the one country which it is made for, therefore if you want to travel to more than just one country then you'll need to carry additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to carry.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are made for going to more than one country becuase of their interchangeable heads.
How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in Sierra Leone?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you arrive in Sierra Leone?

  • Accommodation in Sierra Leone might offer only a single power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue when charging multiple items such as mobile phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time then have to swap every few hours.
  • If you need to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest bringing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger that are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [6]

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) to charge a single device from a Sierra Leonean power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts) but investing in anywhere between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) means you can power more than one device at once and be able to use them in various different countries.
Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you intending to bring hand luggage?

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

How long will it take to get to Sierra Leone?

Making a call after a long haul flight

How long will it take to get to Sierra Leone?

  • If you're embarking on a long flight to get to Sierra Leone consider bringing an airport-friendly power charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can power phones and tablets before a long flight.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets for customers so think about using a battery portable charger which will recharge on the go. When arriving in Sierra Leone you could need to rely on a phone to make a telephone call, sending emails , using mapping or viewing an itinerary; please ensure that your phone will have ample power left. [4]

Does the area of Sierra Leone you are staying in have good access to electrical power?

  • The power in Sierra Leone might occasionally fluctuate and this might cause damage to your devices, so it is advisable to use a power adapter which has surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Sierra Leone having power cuts or having partial access to electricity you might find that whatever power adapter you use doesn't function anyway. Prepare for areas of limited electrical coverage and power cuts in Sierra Leone by using a solar backpack or portable charger.  [4] [4] [17]

What can I connect to a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sierra Leonean power outlet

Mobile phones that work with the Sierra Leonean power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with the Sierra Leonean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Sierra Leonean power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Sierra Leone, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

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

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

  1. Wikipedia - Sierra Leonean country entry on wikipedia.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, estimated cost between $5 to $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / under C$15).
  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 $45 to $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / under C$50).
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / around C$25).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, between $15 to $20 USD (around £5 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, between $25 to $30 USD (under £35 GBP / under C$120).
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated price between $30 to $35 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$40).
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costing between $90 to $100 USD (under £150 GBP / under C$210).
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced at between $20 to $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / around C$50).
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated cost under $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$45-C$50).
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, costs under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under $100 USD (£110-£120 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25 USD (£20-£25 GBP / under C$60).
  19. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, priced between $90 to $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / under C$80).
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, under $150 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -