Djibouti power adapters - what plugs are used in Djibouti?

Djiboutian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Djibouti?

Bring a Type E plug adapter [3] to Djibouti if the plug you intend on using won't fit into a Djiboutian power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Djibouti all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Djiboutian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about 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 Djibouti, 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 Djibouti you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a Djiboutian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Djibouti you will also need to use a power converter for Djibouti if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Djiboutian power outlet then you can use it in Djibouti.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Djiboutian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Djibouti such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Djibouti (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Djibouti, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Djibouti to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Djibouti if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Djibouti.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 220 volts used in Djibouti 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 Djibouti read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Djibouti power adapters

Power adapters for Djibouti

Differing standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on travelling to another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Djibouti. This page has links to simple instructions demonstrating exactly how to power your devices when staying in Djibouti by using the standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will find power adapters will vary depending on which region you are visiting therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Djibouti?

The best power adapter for Djibouti is a Type E power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Djibouti?

What is a power adapter for a Djiboutian power outlet?

A power adapter for Djibouti is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Djiboutian 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].

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Djibouti?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Djiboutian 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.

What does a power adapter for Djibouti do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Djibouti?

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

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

If you are visiting from the US then you will need to bring a plug adapter for Djibouti because US plugs won't fit into a Djiboutian power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Djibouti if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Djibouti power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Djibouti?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Djibouti?

There are two types of power outlets used in Djibouti, types E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this wall outlet by 2 round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - This round wall outlet can be identified by two large circular adjacent holes with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular shape.

Do US plugs work in Djibouti?

No; a US plug won't work in Djibouti because it doesn't fit in a Djiboutian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Djibouti?

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

Is the voltage in Djibouti the same as the US?

The voltage from a Djiboutian power outlet is 220 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 Djibouti which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Are outlets in Djibouti the same as in the US?

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

What electrical frequency is used with a Djiboutian power outlet?

The frequency from a Djiboutian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are there power outages in Djibouti?

Every month in Djibouti power blackouts are reported.

What is access to electrical power in Djibouti like?

In Djibouti less than half of the population has access to electrical power.

Should I pack a power bank for Djibouti?

Power bank for charging phones

Should I pack a power bank for Djibouti?

As power isn't available in all areas of Djibouti 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 Djiboutian 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 [9] 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 Djibouti and it uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop [10] 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 holdso always ahead with the airline first.
  • Small consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Djibouti.
Will a solar charger work in Djibouti?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot conditions

Will a solar charger work in Djibouti?

The climate in Djibouti should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank [12] 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 [11] 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 Djibouti.
  • 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 Djibouti, 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 Djibouti 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)

Djibouti 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 Djibouti?

If travelling with more than one device or visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Djibouti is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two types of wall outlets in Djibouti (types E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the supplied heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or using up additional wall sockets. Only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being on hand for charging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used back at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple phones and tablets without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Djibouti?

Why use a travel USB charger for Djibouti?

  • 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 Djibouti.
  • 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 Djibouti.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Djibouti power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in Djibouti 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 Djibouti 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 Djibouti for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Djiboutian 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 Djibouti?

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 Djibouti 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 Djibouti.
  • 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 Djibouti.

Power converters for Djibouti

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

A power converter enables you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Djiboutian 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 Djibouti?

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 Djibouti, but a heavier and more expensive power converter [14] transforms a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Djibouti?

When you are travelling to Djibouti from another region please ensure the device can be charged using a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 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 220 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 220 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 [15].
  • 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 [16].
  • 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 Djiboutian power outlet , along with advice on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a plug outlet in Djibouti 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 Djibouti?

You will need to buy a step down power converter [15] which allows you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Djibouti?

Djibouti uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Djiboutian 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 Djibouti before plugging that into a Djiboutian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Djiboutian 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 straighteners 1

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.

What can I connect to a Djiboutian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Djiboutian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Djiboutian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Djiboutian power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Djiboutian power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Djiboutian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Djiboutian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Djibouti, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Djibouti - Djibouti country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets