US to Djibouti power adapters - do you need to bring an adapter to Djibouti?

Djiboutian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Djibouti?

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

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Djibouti all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Djiboutian power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to electricity in some areas of Djibouti, we suggest bringing a portable charger if you wish to recharge your cellphone battery whilst staying in a region without access to electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you're from America visiting Djibouti you will need to bring a power adapter to fit a US plug into a Djiboutian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Djibouti you will also need to use a power converter for Djibouti if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Djiboutian power outlet then you can use it in Djibouti.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Djiboutian power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Djibouti such a Type E plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Djibouti (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Djibouti, but but is unable to change the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Djibouti to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Djibouti if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power your USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Djibouti[3]

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

Djibouti power adapters

Power adapters for Djibouti

Various frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Djibouti. This page contains links to step by step instructions telling you exactly how to power your devices when going to Djibouti by using their E or C type 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will discover power will differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Djibouti?

The best power adapter for Djibouti is a Type E power adapter which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Djibouti?

What is a power adapter for a Djiboutian power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a Djiboutian power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Djibouti?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Djibouti do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in Djibouti simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Djibouti?

If the type of Djiboutian power outlet isn't the same as the type of Djiboutian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

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

A US plug won't physically fit in a Djiboutian power outlet so you will need to use a power adapter for Djibouti, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Djibouti to prevent damage or overheating to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Djibouti in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Djibouti in the US

Djibouti to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Djibouti

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all in one compact design. Both small and lightweight for around $15.
  • There are some models which include USB charging ports built in.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • It will be functional domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit into a Djiboutian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Must not be used with high power appliances such as hair straighteners, kettles or curling irons.
  • Shutters and moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Only charges a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries; some adapters might not work in some countries with less common outlet types.
  • Lacking a power converter means it won't be suitable for electrical appliances which don't support 220 volts in Djibouti. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power USB devices.
  • Rather than bring lots of domestic USB power chargers travellers only have to bring a single unit which costs roughly between $15 to $20.
  • Chargers are typically supplied with swappable adapter heads which make them useful in a large number of different countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight making them easy to pack.
  • Most travel USB wall chargers should have a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to America the charger should still work.
  • The swappable plugs fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Djibouti.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones. [7]
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging more than one electronic appliance simultaneously via a single Djiboutian power outlet, costing between $35 to $40.
  • Certain models offer voltage conversation for low wattage electronics such as laptops. So therefore if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still be used in Djibouti by using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some models will feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas could be tempremental, a surge in power can damage devices. Some models also have a built in surge protector to protect your device from being overpowered.
  • It will be of some use in your home country.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Djibouti.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The converter on a travel power strip won't work with high wattage appliances such as hair straighteners or curling irons.
  • Due to the weight of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of devices and appliances to charge. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type E plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Simple to use.
  • Cheap, with prices under $10.
  • Lightweight and small.
  • Bringing a Type E plug adapter will work in Djibouti.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Accomodation might only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be capable of charging a single appliance at once.
  • Should you plan on visiting more than just Djibouti you may need to bring more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • One power adapter for each device - for every separate device you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type E Djiboutian power outlet and doesn't alter the actual voltage used in Djibouti, so if your appliance doesn't work with 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • You'll also still need to pack a separate domestic USB charger as well if you wish to charge a USB device. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 an adapter set works out more cost-effective than purchasing individual plug adapter types costing almost $10 each.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every eventuality.
  • Ideal for travellers travelling to different locations.
  • A power adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should operate in Djibouti.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to bring, or alternatively bring each power adapter in the set along.
  • Lots individual plug adapters to pack.
  • With only one compatible plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be useless and using up packing space.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes an adapter which is compatible with a Djiboutian power outlet.
  • A plug adapter only changes the shape of the plug to allow it to fit into a Djiboutian power outlet but not the voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 220 volts in Djibouti and won't change the actual shape of the plug to slot into a Djiboutian power outlet, therefore you will still be required to use the correct type of power adapter.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for packing in hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter won't be useful when get back home.
  • Usually less expensive to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive power converter simply in order to power your existing single voltage appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Costly; between $110 to $120.
  • When you travel to Djibouti from America then you will require a voltage converter as the voltage in Djibouti is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Djibouti

Type E Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Djibouti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included E A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type E Djiboutian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type E plug adapter required to fit in a Djiboutian power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to America Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in Djibouti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 between $15 to $20 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Djibouti power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Djibouti?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Djibouti?

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

  • Plug Type C - The plug socket can be identified by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type E - This sunken circular plug socket (called a type E power outlet or CEE 7/7 socket) can be identified by the two large round holes 19mm adjacent to each other plus a single long metal grounding pin protruding from the top in a triangle configuration. [3]

Do US plugs work in Djibouti?

No - an American plug won't work in Djibouti because it won't fit into a Djiboutian power outlet without using a power adapter. The voltage is 220 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Djibouti if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Djibouti?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Djibouti.

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Is the voltage in Djibouti the same as the US?

The voltage in Djibouti is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your American appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you should use a power converter for a Djiboutian power outlet which can change the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

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Are outlets in Djibouti the same as in the US?

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

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What electrical frequency is used with a Djiboutian power outlet?

The frequency from a Djiboutian power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Are there power outages in Djibouti?

Every month in Djibouti power blackouts are reported.

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What is access to electrical power in Djibouti like?

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

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Should I pack a power bank for Djibouti?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a power bank for Djibouti?

As power isn't available in all areas of Djibouti together with potential power outages, travellers are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they wish to continue charging devices such as phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased use of smart phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social networks and playing games will syphon off power towards the end of the day. Beyond just missing photo opportunities this can possibly leave you stranded without adequate power to make an emergency call or being able to use a sat nav app to return back to your accommodation. Bringing a 10,000mAh power bank eases those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone powered without needing a Djiboutian power outlet, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • We recommend bringing at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will store enough electricity to cover around 3 full cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical smart phone charged for roughly seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh value (milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery giving an indication of how many charges the power bank can do, and a higher number will be better for travellers.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop with a power bank in Djibouti and it uses a USB-C charging port then pack a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more.
  • Please note that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline first.
  • Small consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity such as Djibouti.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Will a solar charger work in Djibouti?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Will a solar charger work in Djibouti?

The climate in Djibouti should be adequate enough to recharge solar power bank dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong sunlight in order to provide adequate energy for a single charge. This might prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The larger solar cells used on a solar backpack will give the backpack the ability to create more electricity within a shorter period of time and should also generate a smaller charge when cloudy, making them ideal for the climate in Djibouti.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB charging port of a solar backpack can gradually recharge the power during sunny spells in Djibouti, but might be inconvenient to have it continuously connected in the bag during the day should it be needed constantly. A normal power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously recharged during the day, afterwards the phone can be powered up using the power bank without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the sunlight in Djibouti is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of power and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal solid solar panels, the flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure bending and scratches. Solar bags are available in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.  [4] [17] [18]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Djibouti chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Djibouti?

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

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Djibouti?

Why use a travel USB charger for Djibouti?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers it becomes only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them perfect if travelling across multiple countries across Africa which are likely to use a different outlet to Djibouti.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Djibouti.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 220 volts used in Djibouti power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel rooms in Djibouti might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in Djibouti could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our section on using travel appliances in Djibouti for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter to use with a Djiboutian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Some mobile phones could require more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices draw additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can also be useful back at home by recharging multiple cell phones and tablets on a daily basis using only a single power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Djibouti?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Djibouti and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Djibouti.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Djibouti. [7]

Power converters for Djibouti

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

A power converter for Djibouti allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter for Djibouti?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Djibouti, but a heavier and more expensive power converter transforms a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Djibouti?

If visiting Djibouti from another region double check your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling to Djibouti from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections list of world power outlets page to see the voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used with 220 volts run the potential risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard.
  • You won't need a converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners or curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use curling wands, clothes irons, hairdryers and flat irons in Djibouti which includes recommendations for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

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

The 220 volts found in a wall outlet in Djibouti is different to an American outlet, therefore you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage. [10]

What kind of converter do I need for Djibouti?

You need a step down power converter to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Djibouti. [10]

What voltage is used in Djibouti?

Djibouti uses 220 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Djibouti before plugging that into a Djiboutian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Djiboutian power outlet. [10]
What is the difference between a transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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

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

Single voltage hair dryer

How can you tell if you have a dual voltage appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual or single voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and should also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Djibouti?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to Djibouti?

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to bring to Djibouti is dependant on various requirements. Prior to deciding which one to buy we suggest using this checklist:

What types of electrical devices do you want to charge with a Djiboutian power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of electrical devices do you want to charge with a Djiboutian power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electronic items which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that connect to a USB port - for example mobile phones or tablets.
  • Should you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Djibouti then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring that single compact charger and some appropriate existing USB charging cables rather than needing to pack a collection of domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair straighteners) which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical items will you be taking to Djibouti?

How much are you packing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Djibouti?

  • List all the electronic you intended on packing for Djibouti (including cell phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, curling irons and hair dryers).
    • Allow for more devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing amount of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which utilise USB charging as their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional devices too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their devices as well?

Will your devices work with 220 volt power outlets?

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices?

  • If you intend to pack USB powered electronics such as mobile phones or tablet computers for Djibouti then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you'll still need to use your domestic USB power charger as well. [7]
How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in Djibouti?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets will be available when you arrive in Djibouti?

  • Your hotel might have only one wall outlet, this will present a problem when charging batteries of multiple items such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time then have to continually swap after each device has charged.
  • If you want to charge multiple devices simultaneously then we suggest packing either a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip that can power multiple USB ports and outlets. [8]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Basic power adapters start from under $10 which powers one single device in only one single country (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage) but paying anywhere between $15 to $20 allows you to charge more than one device at once and be able to bring them to various different countries.

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

Do you plan on visiting countries other than Djibouti?

  • A simple power adapter will only typically operate in a single country, therefore if you are visiting multiple countries then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to bring.
  • Alternatively, travel USB wall chargers and universal travel adapters are designed for going to multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.
Are you flying long haul to get to Djibouti?

Using a phone after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Djibouti?

  • If you're taking a long journey to get to Djibouti it's worth thinking about packing an charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly power tablets and phones.
  • Not all flights have power outlets so we recommend using a portable charger for recharging on the go. When you land you could need to rely on a cell phone to make a telephone call, reading emails , using mapping to find a hotel or reading your itinerary; so ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left. [4]
Are you only bringing hand luggage to Djibouti?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage to Djibouti?

Would you like to use your charger when returning to America?

Will the area of Djibouti you are staying in have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The power in Djibouti could occasionally fluctuate which could cause damage to your devices, use an adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Djibouti suffering with power cuts or having limited coverage of electricity you might discover that whichever power charger you use won't work anyway. You can prepare for limited electricity and power cuts by using a portable charger or a solar backpack.  [4] [4] [17]

What can I connect to a Djiboutian power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Djiboutian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Djiboutian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Djiboutian power outlet

Mobile phones which can connect to the Djiboutian power outlet

Apple iPhones which work with the Djiboutian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Djiboutian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Djibouti, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - Djibouti country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, costs between $5 to $10.
  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, between $45 to $50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, around $15.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $15 to $20.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced at between $35 to $40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced at around $15.
  10. 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, estimated price under $120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, under $35.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $180 to $190.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under $25.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated cost under $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25.
  19. 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, between $90 to $100.
  20. 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, between $160 to $170.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -