Benin power adapters - what plugs are used in Benin?

Beninese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Benin?

You will need to pack a Type E plug adapter [3] for Benin if your plug doesn't fit into a Beninese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Benin all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Beninese power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Benin, 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 Benin from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Beninese power outlet. As the voltage is different in Benin you also need to pack a power converter for Benin 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 your plug will fit in a Beninese power outlet then you can use it in Benin without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Beninese power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Benin such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Benin (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Benin, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Benin to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Benin if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Benin.

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 Benin please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Benin power adapters

Power adapters for Benin

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Benin. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Benin by using their types E or C Beninese 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters will change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Benin?

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

What is the best power adapter for Benin?

What is a power adapter?

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

Do I need a power adapter in Benin?

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

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Benin?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Beninese 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 Benin.

Benin power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Benin?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Benin?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two round adjacent holes next to each other.
  • Plug Type E - The sunken round power socket, also called the CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.

Do US plugs work in Benin?

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

Are outlets in Benin the same as US?

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

What frequency is used in Benin?

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

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

The voltage which comes from a Beninese 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 Beninese power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Benin?

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

Are power outlets available in Benin?

In Benin less than 50% of the population of the country has access to electrical power.

Are there power outages in Benin?

Typically Benin suffers power failures on a daily basis and with this high level of unpredictability it is recommended to pack accordingly.

Do I need a portable charger for Benin?

A USB portable charger

Do I need a portable charger for Benin?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Benin 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 Benin 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 Benin 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 Benin.
How well do solar powered chargers work in Benin?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar powered chargers work in Benin?

The sunshine in Benin should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Benin.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Benin, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Benin is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic 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)

Benin 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 Benin?

When travelling with more than one device the best travel power adapter for Benin is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two different standards of wall outlets in Benin (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and can handle from 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by switching the included heads. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from faster charging times with one of these types of USB power chargers, along with support for more power hungry devices. Unlike other travel chargers this means you can recharge more than one device at once without needing to buy multiple power chargers. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage and convenient for charging your devices at the airport or on the flight. Because of their flexibility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single plug socket.

We recommend searching for a flexible power adapter of this nature online. The travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Benin?

Why use a travel USB charger for Benin?

  • 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 Benin.
  • 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 Benin.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Benin along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Benin 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 Benin 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 Beninese power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Beninese 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 Benin?

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 Benin 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 Benin.
  • 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 Benin.

Power converters for Benin

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

Power converters for Benin allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Beninese 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 [14] will transform a 220 volt Beninese 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 Benin.

Do I need a power converter for Benin?

When travelling to Benin from another region check that the device will accept 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 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 [16] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Beninese power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Benin 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 Beninese power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a wall outlet in Benin 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 Benin?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Benin you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

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 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 Beninese 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 Benin before plugging that into a Beninese 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 Beninese power outlet.

What voltage is used in Benin?

Benin uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

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

Dual voltage hair straighteners

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 Beninese power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Beninese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Beninese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Beninese power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Beninese power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Beninese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Beninese power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Benin, 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/Benin - wikipedia.org entry about Benin.
  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