Equatorial Guinea power adapters - what plugs are used in Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

Use a Type E plug adapter [3] for Equatorial Guinea if your plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Equatorial Guinea all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Parts of Equatorial Guinea do not have access to electricity, it is advised to pack a power bank [4] if you want to keep your phone battery charged whilst in an area that doesn't have electricity.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Equatorial Guinea from the US you will need to use a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea to fit a US plug into an Equatorial Guinean power outlet. As the voltage is different in Equatorial Guinea you also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet then it will work in Equatorial Guinea without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Equatorial Guinea, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts used in Equatorial Guinea you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in Equatorial Guinea check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Equatorial Guinea power adapters

Power adapters for Equatorial Guinea

Varying complicated frequencies and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to visit a new country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Equatorial Guinea. This page contains links to useful instructions showing you how to charge your devices when you are visiting Equatorial Guinea by using their standard E or C type Equatorial Guinean 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power will change regionally therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

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

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that permit an Equatorial Guinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

What does a power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their electrical appliances in Equatorial Guinea by adapting the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step down power converter for Equatorial Guinea.

Do I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

It depends on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you want to use.

Will I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea if I'm visiting from America?

An American plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Equatorial Guinea power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Equatorial Guinea?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Equatorial Guinea?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Equatorial Guinea, these are type E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The power socket is identified by the 2 round holes next to each other where the twin plug socket pins slide into.
  • Plug Type E - You can recognise this power outlet by the two large holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus one long metal grounding pin protruding the top forming a triangular shape.

Do US plugs work in Equatorial Guinea?

No - a US plug won't work in Equatorial Guinea because it can't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore you need to use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

The frequency of the current from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Equatorial Guinea the same as in the US?

The voltage in Equatorial Guinea is 220 volts, whereas Americans use 120 volts. If your American power charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is an Equatorial Guinean power outlet the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea and ensure that it works with a 50hz power supply.

How reliable is electrical power in Equatorial Guinea?

Whilst consistent electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Equatorial Guinea is reliable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts in comparison to other countries.

What is access to electricity in Equatorial Guinea like?

More than a quarter of the population has access to electricity in Equatorial Guinea.

Should I pack a portable charger for Equatorial Guinea?

As not everyone in Equatorial Guinea has access to the power grid visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can assure a dependable power supply, or bring a backup charging solution if they wish to charge devices such as mobile phones or cameras reliably.

  • Whilst travelling to Equatorial Guinea increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as just missed photo opportunities this could possibly leave you without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Bringing along a power bank [4] to Equatorial Guinea lowers that risk as it means you can recharge your smart phone without using a phone charger, especially when travelling to a country with a lack of access to electricity in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger [4] will store enough power to cover over 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep an average smart phone powered for around a week.
  • Should you want to charge your laptop in Equatorial Guinea and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then pack a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. Before travelling please note that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the holdso always ahead with the airline.
  • Normal consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] can be used for travelling to areas with a lack of access to electricity such as Equatorial Guinea.
Should I pack a portable charger for Equatorial Guinea?
Does a solar powered charger work in Equatorial Guinea?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar powered charger work in Equatorial Guinea?

The sunlight in Equatorial Guinea should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [12] dependably, but will need to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable cells found on a solar backpack [11] will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a faster period of time and should generate some charge during overcast weather, meaning they should perform well in Equatorial Guinea.
  • A device that is plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Equatorial Guinea, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually connected in the bag should it be used constantly. A regular power bank [4] plugged into a solar backpack can be constantly powered up during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up from the power bank without daylight.
  • Even though the climate in Equatorial Guinea is suitable for solar, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike normal rigid solar panels. Solar bags are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, domestic and travel 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)

Equatorial Guinea 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 Equatorial Guinea?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel charger for Equatorial Guinea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two standards of wall outlets that Equatorial Guineans use (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Equatorial Guinean trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Equatorial Guinea we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

Why use a travel USB charger for Equatorial Guinea?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the size of your luggage by only needing to bring a single USB wall charger instead of bringing several individual USB chargers along.
  • All travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is suitable if travelling to other countries across Africa which will probably use different outlets to Equatorial Guinea.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Equatorial Guinea.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Equatorial Guinea power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms in Equatorial Guinea only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Equatorial Guinea could prove difficult and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Equatorial Guinea for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets might require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by recharging multiple cellphones every day using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Equatorial Guinea?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Equatorial Guinea using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Equatorial Guinea.

Power converters for Equatorial Guinea

What does a power converter for Equatorial Guinea do?

A power converter for Equatorial Guinea enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean 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 power adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [14] will convert a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Equatorial Guinea.

Do I need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea?

If you are visiting Equatorial Guinea from another country ensure that your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are visiting Equatorial Guinea from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [15] is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Equatorial Guinea.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Equatorial Guinea from the US?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Equatorial Guinea is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea you need to use a step down power converter [15].

What voltage does Equatorial Guinea use?

Equatorial Guinea uses 220 volts in their standard 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 an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean 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 Equatorial Guinea before plugging that into an Equatorial Guinean 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 an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power transformer and a 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 tell the voltage of my device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

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

What can I connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Equatorial Guinea, 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/Equatorial_Guinea - Wikipedia entry about Equatorial Guinea.
  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