Power converters for Cape Verde - Do I need a converter for Cape Verde?

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

A power converter for Cape Verde allows you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Cape Verde?

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Cape Verde, however a heavier and more expensive power converter [3] converts a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Cape Verde?

If you are visiting Cape Verde from a different region please check the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [4] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than carrying a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons in Cape Verdean power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Cape Verde if I'm from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Cape Verde is different to an American supply so you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Cape Verde?

You need to buy a step down power converter [4] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Cape Verde.

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a power 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 [4] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verde before plugging that into a Cape Verdean 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 Cape Verdean power outlet.

What voltage does Cape Verde use?

Cape Verde uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

One method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the power adapter or on the appliance itself, typically near to where the power cord goes. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance, it could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) 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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.