The Central African Republic power adapters - what plugs are used in The Central African Republic?

Central African power outlet

What adapter do I need for The Central African Republic?

You need to pack a Type E plug adapter [3] for The Central African Republic if the plug you intend on using won't fit in a Central African power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting The Central African Republic all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to charge with a Central African power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage device first.

  • Certain areas in The Central African Republic do not have access to electricity and suffer from power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you want to recharge your mobile phone whilst staying in a region without electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you are from America and travelling to The Central African Republic you will need to bring a plug adapter for The Central African Republic to fit a US plug in a Central African power outlet. Because the voltage is different in The Central African Republic pack a power converter for The Central African Republic if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Central African power outlet then you can use it in The Central African Republic without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Central African power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic such a Type E plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for The Central African Republic (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in The Central African Republic, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for The Central African Republic to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you need to power USB devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for The Central African Republic.

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

The Central African Republic power adapters

Power adapters for The Central African Republic

Various standards and plugs can often cause confusion when planning on staying in a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in The Central African Republic. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in The Central African Republic by using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power changes depending on which country you are visiting so please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for The Central African Republic?

The best power adapter for The Central African Republic will be a Type E plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for The Central African Republic?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that allow an electic socket in The Central African Republic to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor travelling from another country to use electrical appliances in The Central African Republic simply by changing the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in The Central African Republic?

If the power plug you are using is different to the shape of the Central African power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting The Central African Republic from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Central African power outlet therefore you will need to bring a power adapter for The Central African Republic, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for The Central African Republic to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Central African power outlet?

Power adapters only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Central African power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter along with the correct type of power adapter.

The Central African Republic power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in The Central African Republic?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in The Central African Republic?

There are two different types of power supply used in The Central African Republic, these are type E and C with the primary power outlets being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by two circular holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this plug socket by the two adjacent holes plus a single long metal earth pin protruding the top to form a triangle configuration.

Do US plugs work in The Central African Republic?

No - an American plug won't work in The Central African Republic because it won't fit into a Central African power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so use a power converter for The Central African Republic if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Central African power outlet?

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

Are plug sockets in The Central African Republic the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Central African power outlet therefore use a power adapter for The Central African Republic. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for The Central African Republic and check that it works with 50hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in The Central African Republic?

To use a 110 volt appliance in a Central African power outlet you need to use a step down power converter.

Is the voltage in The Central African Republic the same as the US?

The voltage in The Central African Republic is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your US appliance or charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a power converter for a Central African power outlet which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

Are electrical outlets common in The Central African Republic?

In The Central African Republic less than 25% of the population has access to electrical power.

Does The Central African Republic have power outages?

Every day in parts of The Central African Republic power blackouts are reported and with this high level of unpredictability you should pack accordingly.

Should I pack a power bank for The Central African Republic?

Because electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of The Central African Republic together with potential power blackouts, travellers should use alternative charging options if they need to continue using devices such as mobile phones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to The Central African Republic increased reliance on smart phones for taking photographs, storing itineraries, social network sharing, getting directions and staying entertained can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat mobile phone battery can potentially leave you without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a GPS app to find your way back to hotel. Using a portable charger [4] in The Central African Republic lowers that risk as it allows you to recharge your smart phone on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough power to cover around 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh portable charger [9] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for around seven days.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then packing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop when travelling to The Central African Republic. Be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling to locations with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like The Central African Republic.
Should I pack a power bank for The Central African Republic?
Does a solar powered charger work in The Central African Republic?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar powered charger work in The Central African Republic?

The climate in The Central African Republic will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] dependably, but needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to provide adequate power for a single charge. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable solar panels found on a solar backpack [11] give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time, making them ideal for the climate in The Central African Republic.
  • A phone that is plugged directly into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in The Central African Republic, however this could be inconvenient to have it continually tethered in the bag if it is to be used frequently. A solar powered bag is usually exposed to daylight therefore can be powering up a power bank during the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking and facing sunlight.
  • Although the climate in The Central African Republic is suitable, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike regular rigid solar cells, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratching and bending. They are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work.

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)

The Central African Republic 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 The Central African Republic?

When travelling with more than one device and visiting more than one country then the best international travel charger for The Central African Republic is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Central Africans use two different standards of power outlets (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the heads over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge (note not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker charging times by using one of these types of USB power chargers and additional compatibility with more power demanding devices. Unlike other travel adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring multiple power chargers for your trip. Only packing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage whilst travelling and convenient for charging your devices at an airport or on a plane. Due to their flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

We recommend searching for this type of versatile travel charger at an electronics retailer; the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

What USB charger do I need for The Central African Republic?

Why use a travel USB charger for The Central African Republic?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weight of your baggage by only bringing one USB wall charger rather than bringing several different USB chargers.
  • Travel USB power chargers will include swappable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal when visiting different countries across Africa which are likely to use different standards to The Central African Republic.
  • Good USB travel chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in The Central African Republic.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volt power outlets in The Central African Republic along with other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotels in The Central African Republic only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in The Central African Republic might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in low powered devices such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances in The Central African Republic for useful guidelines and advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices with a Central African power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging incase any of your devices need extra power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by recharging multiple cell phones every day using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for The Central African Republic?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices using USB, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is useful when visiting counties with unreliable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America visiting The Central African Republic using 3 pin type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs. This gives the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet for almost half 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 a majority of travellers from around the world visiting The Central African Republic.

Power converters for The Central African Republic

What is a power converter for The Central African Republic?

A power converter enables travellers to use their 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 220 volt Central African 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 for The Central African Republic?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in The Central African Republic, however an expensive and bulkier power converter [14] will transform the voltage of 220 volts from a Central African power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for The Central African Republic?

When you are travelling to The Central African Republic from another region please ensure your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are visiting The Central African Republic from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device is incompatible with 220 volts. See our WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to use a lower voltage such as 120 volts and then used in a 220 volt power outlet run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Central African power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to use a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our guides on using clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and blow dryers in The Central African Republic , along with recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for The Central African Republic if I'm from the US?

The 220 volts used in a wall outlet in The Central African Republic is different to a US supply so use a step down power converter [15] if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for The Central African Republic?

If you need to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in The Central African Republic you will need to use a step down power converter [15].

What voltage is used in The Central African Republic?

The Central African Republic uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 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 Central African 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 The Central African Republic before plugging that into a Central African 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 Central African power outlet.
How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device?

The method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power adapter or on the unit itself, typically on the rear of the device or near to where the power cord sits. The location will depend on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

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Travel appliances that can connect to a Central African power outlet

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Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting The Central African Republic, 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/Central_African_Republic - The Central African Republic entry 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