Gabon power adapters - what plugs are used in Gabon?

Gabonese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Gabon?

Bring a Type C plug adapter [3] to Gabon if your plug won't fit in a Gabonese power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Gabon all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Gabonese power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device uses then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Gabon, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're planning on visiting Gabon from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Gabonese power outlet. As the voltage is different in Gabon you also need to pack a power converter for Gabon if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Gabonese power outlet then you can use it in Gabon.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Gabonese power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Gabon such a Type C plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Gabon (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Gabon, but doesn't change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Gabon to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Gabon if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type C plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type C plug adapter otherwise you will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Gabon.

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

Gabon power adapters

Power adapters for Gabon

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all be confusing when planning on staying in a new country especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Gabon. This page contains links to simple instructions showing exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Gabon by using the 220 volt 50Hz C Type Gabonese wall outlet, the Gabonese will use Europlugs for charging. Power sockets are different from country to country therefore we suggest reading the list of World power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Gabon?

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

What is the best power adapter for Gabon?

What is a power adapter?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Gabon?

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

Do I need a power adapter in Gabon?

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

Will I need a plug adapter for Gabon if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Gabon as an American plug won't physically fit into a Gabonese power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Gabon if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Gabon power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Gabon?

The type of plug outlet used in Gabon is type C socket. The plug outlet (known as the type C socket or Europlug) is recognised by 2 holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.

What plug sockets are used in Gabon?

Do US plugs work in Gabon?

No - an American plug won't work in Gabon because it doesn't fit in a Gabonese power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Gabon if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Gabon?

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

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

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

Are outlets in Gabon the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Gabonese power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Gabon. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Gabon and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in Gabon?

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

What proportion of Gabon has access to electricity?

Almost 25% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Does Gabon have many power outages?

There are potentially weekly power cuts in Gabon.

Do I need a portable charger for Gabon?

USB portable charger

Do I need a portable charger for Gabon?

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

  • Whilst travelling to Gabon increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Gabon and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Gabon.

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)

Gabon 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 Gabon?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Gabon is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [11]. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the supplied heads. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, and compatibility with more power demanding devices.

Unlike other travel chargers this will allow you to recharge multiple devices at once without needing to bring multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. By only needing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a flight. Because of their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a multipurpose power adapter of this nature online. The travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [11] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Gabon?

Why use a travel USB charger for Gabon?

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

What is the best USB charger for Gabon?

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

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

Power converters for Gabon

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

Power converters for Gabon allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Gabonese power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [12] will transform a 220 volt Gabonese power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Gabon.

Do I need a power converter for Gabon?

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

  • You will need a step down power converter [13] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 220 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [14] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Gabonese power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Gabon in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Gabonese power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What converter do I need for Gabon?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Gabon you will need to buy a step down power converter [13].

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [13] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Gabonese 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 Gabon before plugging that into a Gabonese 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 Gabonese power outlet.

What voltage is used in Gabon?

Gabon uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

Single voltage hair dryer

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

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

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

What can I connect to a Gabonese power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Gabonese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Gabonese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Gabonese power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Gabonese power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Gabonese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Gabonese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Gabon, 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 [15].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabon - wikipedia.org entry about Gabon.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type C plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type C 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets