Cape Verde adapters - What adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

Power adapters for Cape Verde

If organizing a trip it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to charge your important electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you get to your destination. However by not knowing which power supply is used you could pack the wrong power adaptor, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Different combinations of voltages and plugs can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Cape Verde. This page has links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating how to charge your devices when you are travelling to Cape Verde by using their standard types F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type F wall outlets are normally used by a majority of Cape Verdeans. You'll find power sockets will change depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

The best power adapter for Cape Verde is a Type F power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

What is a power adapter for a Cape Verdean power outlet?

A power adapter for Cape Verde is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from another country to fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Cape Verde?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Cape Verde along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Cape Verde?

This will depend on which location you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use in Cape Verde.

Do I need a plug adapter for Cape Verde if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from America then you will need to use a plug adapter for Cape Verde as American plugs won't physically fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Cape Verde if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter for a Cape Verdean power outlet do?

A power adapter for Cape Verde allows a visitor from a different location to use electrical appliances in Cape Verde by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter in Cape Verde

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Cape Verde

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Cape Verde in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cape Verde in the US

Cape Verde 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor