US to Equatorial Guinea power adapters - what kind of plug adapter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

Equatorial Guinean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

Use a Type E plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea if your plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Equatorial Guinea all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Parts of Equatorial Guinea do not have access to electricity, it is advised to pack a power bank if you want to keep your phone battery charged whilst in an area that doesn't have electricity.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Equatorial Guinea from the US you will need to use a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea to fit a US plug into an Equatorial Guinean power outlet. As the voltage is different in Equatorial Guinea you also need to bring a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet then it will work in Equatorial Guinea without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea such a Type E plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Equatorial Guinea, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts used in Equatorial Guinea you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in Equatorial Guinea check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Equatorial Guinea power adapters

Power adapters for Equatorial Guinea

Differing standards and sockets can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Equatorial Guinea. This page has links to simple instructions showing you how to charge your devices when visiting Equatorial Guinea using the types E or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. When travelling you'll discover that power adapters will vary from country to country therefore please read our Wiki Connections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

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

What is the best power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small and cheap plastic adapters that allow an Equatorial Guinean power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country. [5]

What does a power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet do?

A power adapter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet allows a visitor from another country to use their own electrical appliances in Equatorial Guinea by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need to bring a step down power converter along with the correct type of adapter.

Do I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea?

This will depend on the shape of plug you are using in Equatorial Guinea and the location you are travelling from.

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Will I need a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea if I'm visiting from America?

If you are travelling from the US you will need to use a plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea as a US plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Equatorial Guinea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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Where to buy a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Equatorial Guinea in the US

Equatorial Guinea 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 Equatorial Guinea

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Useful for travelling to multiple countries. Typical universal travel adapters function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design. Both lightweight and small for between $10 to $15.
  • Some models will include multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • There are some models that have a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in your baggage.
  • When you return to America it could still be functional as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with any high power electrical appliances such as hair straighteners, clothes irons, vacuum cleaners, kettles or hair dryers.
  • Pins, shutters and internal moving parts could be fragile on some models making them likely to fail when travelling.
  • Can only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal; adapters might not cover certain countries with less common power outlet types.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for electrical devices which don't support 220 volts. [6]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge USB devices, for example iPads, cell phones and Kindles.
  • Instead of bringing lots of domestic power chargers travellers only need to bring a single charger which costs roughly around $15.
  • Supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to America it should still be useful.
  • The interchangeable heads fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Equatorial Guinea.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you won't be able to charge any appliances, just USB devices. [7]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of charging more than one appliance at once using just a single Equatorial Guinean power outlet, costs under $40.
  • Certain models will convert voltage for low wattage devices. So therefore if the device isn't dual voltage it can still function in Equatorial Guinea when using a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Most models should feature multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries might fluctuate, a sudden surge in power could damage delicate electrical items. There are some models that have a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • A power strip will potentially be of use domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Equatorial Guinea.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The power converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair straighteners.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might not be suitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices and appliances to power. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type E plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Straightforward design makes it easy to use.
  • Affordable, with prices between $5 to $10.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Bringing a Type E plug adapter will be ideal for Equatorial Guinea.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Your accomodation in Equatorial Guinea might only have a single power outlet, therefore you'll only be capable of charging one appliance at a time.
  • Should you plan on travelling to more than one country you might need to pack multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • Only one plug adapter per plug - for each individual device you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type E Equatorial Guinean power outlet and not the actual voltage, so if your device doesn't work with 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • If you wish to charge any USB device then you also need to bring a USB charger as well. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 a set will typically work out more economical than buying individual power plug adapters costing almost $10 each.
  • Ensures you are covered for all eventualities and not just an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • Perfect for anyone travelling to multiple countries.
  • Each set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be suitable with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - prior to any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to bring in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every power adapter type along.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • Having only a single compatible power adapter working in Equatorial Guinea the remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your set has one which works with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • Each adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to allow it to fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 220 volts in Equatorial Guinea and won't change the shape of the plug to slot in a Equatorial Guinean power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to pack a suitable plug adapter.
  • The typical weight of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • A power converter won't be of any use after your trip to Equatorial Guinea.
  • Usually better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive voltage converter simply to use your existing appliance abroad.
  • Expensive - almost $30.
  • If you are travelling from the US visiting Equatorial Guinea then you will need one as the voltage in Equatorial Guinea is 220 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Equatorial Guinea

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 Equatorial Guinea 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 Equatorial Guinean power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type E plug adapter required to fit in an Equatorial Guinean 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 Equatorial Guinea 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 $10 to $15 between $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Equatorial Guinea power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Equatorial Guinea?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Equatorial Guinea?

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

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power outlet by the two round adjacent holes for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - The circular wall socket (technically called the CEE 7/7 socket or type E power outlet) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes where the plug socket pins sit along with a long metal grounding pin protruding the top to form a triangle pattern. [3]

Do US plugs work in Equatorial Guinea?

No; an American plug won't work in Equatorial Guinea because it can't fit into an Equatorial Guinean power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea?

Use a step down power converter should you need to use a 110V appliance in Equatorial Guinea.

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What is the electrical frequency used in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

The frequency in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

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

Is the voltage in Equatorial Guinea the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from an Equatorial Guinean power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger can't handle dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for an Equatorial Guinean power outlet which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220 volt outlet.

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Is an Equatorial Guinean power outlet the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in an Equatorial Guinean power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Equatorial Guinea. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Equatorial Guinea and ensure that it works with a 50hz power supply.

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How reliable is electrical power in Equatorial Guinea?

Whilst consistent electrical power can't be guaranteed, electricity in Equatorial Guinea is reliable and there is no history of frequent power blackouts in comparison to other countries.

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What is access to electricity in Equatorial Guinea like?

More than a quarter of the population has access to electricity in Equatorial Guinea.

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Should I pack a portable charger for Equatorial Guinea?

Power bank

Should I pack a portable charger for Equatorial Guinea?

As not everyone in Equatorial Guinea has access to the power grid visitors are advised to check ahead that their accomodation can assure a dependable power supply, or bring a backup charging solution if they wish to charge devices such as mobile phones or cameras reliably.

  • Whilst travelling to Equatorial Guinea increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking pictures, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos can syphon off power more excessively than normal. As well as just missed photo opportunities this could possibly leave you without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a GPS app to get directions to your hotel or accommodation. Bringing along a power bank to Equatorial Guinea lowers that risk as it means you can recharge your smart phone without using a phone charger, especially when travelling to a country with a lack of access to electricity in some areas.
  • A 10,000mAh portable charger will store enough power to cover over 3 full charges while a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone powered for around a week.
  • Should you want to charge your laptop in Equatorial Guinea and your laptop it supports USB-C charging then pack a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh. Before travelling please note that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the airline.
  • Normal consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to areas with a lack of access to electricity such as Equatorial Guinea.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Does a solar powered charger work in Equatorial Guinea?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

Does a solar powered charger work in Equatorial Guinea?

The sunlight in Equatorial Guinea should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank dependably, but will need to be left in strong sunlight to provide enough energy for a single charge. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the much larger durable cells found on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a faster period of time and should generate some charge during overcast weather, meaning they should perform well in Equatorial Guinea.
  • A device that is plugged directly into the USB port of a solar backpack should trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Equatorial Guinea, but this might be inconvenient to have it continually connected in the bag should it be used constantly. A regular power bank plugged into a solar backpack can be constantly powered up during sunlight, afterwards the phone can be powered up from the power bank without daylight.
  • Even though the climate in Equatorial Guinea is suitable for solar, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. The durable and flexible solar panels used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure bending and scratching, unlike normal rigid solar panels. Solar bags are found in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, domestic and travel 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)

Equatorial Guinea 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 Equatorial Guinea?

When travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best travel charger for Equatorial Guinea to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of wall outlets that Equatorial Guineans use (E and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by switching the included plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, plus additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. This means you can charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power adapters for your Equatorial Guinean trip or using up additional power sockets. Because you are only needing a single USB travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage while travelling as well as being suitable for charging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single power outlet.

For those travelling to Equatorial Guinea we suggest searching for this type of flexible travel charger online; the travel charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries. [7]

What USB charger do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

Why use a travel USB charger for Equatorial Guinea?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. It helps reduce the size of your luggage by only needing to bring a single USB wall charger instead of bringing several individual USB chargers along.
  • All travel USB chargers will include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is suitable if travelling to other countries across Africa which will probably use different outlets to Equatorial Guinea.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged; ideal for the rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Equatorial Guinea.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Equatorial Guinea power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • It is possible that hotel bedrooms in Equatorial Guinea only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share out the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Equatorial Guinea could prove difficult and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers will also feature a power outlet strip to use low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our guide on using travel appliances in Equatorial Guinea for helpful advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets might require more than the standard 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging incase any of your devices require extra power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by recharging multiple cellphones every day using only one power outlet. [7]

What is the best USB charger for Equatorial Guinea?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected appliances. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact option for travellers originating from America going to Equatorial Guinea using 3 pin type B plug sockets.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and is a cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Equatorial Guinea. [7]

Power converters for Equatorial Guinea

What does a power converter for Equatorial Guinea do?

A power converter enables you to use a 100-120 volt electrical device with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean 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 power adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter will convert a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, whereas a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Equatorial Guinea. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea?

When travelling to Equatorial Guinea from a different country please double check the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • You need a step down power converter if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 220 volts run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you need to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • If powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair straighteners and curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair dryers and flat irons with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

Will I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Equatorial Guinea from the US?

The 220 volts from a plug outlet in Equatorial Guinea is different to an 110 volt American supply so you will need to bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage. [10]

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What converter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea you need to buy a step down power converter[10]

What voltage does Equatorial Guinea use?

Equatorial Guinea 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 an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean 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 Equatorial Guinea before plugging that into an Equatorial Guinean 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 an 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet. [10]
What is the difference between a power transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power 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 tell the voltage of my device

Dual voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

The easiest way to see if your appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance but should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 larger voltage 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 Equatorial Guinea?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Equatorial Guinea?

The power converter or plug adapter that is suitable for Equatorial Guinea depends on your requirements, so prior choosing which adapter to use we suggest using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be packing for Equatorial Guinea?

Are you bringing more than one device

How many devices will you be packing for Equatorial Guinea?

  • List how many devices and applicances you intended on bringing to Equatorial Guinea (such as laptops, cell phones, tablets, eReaders, curling irons and hair straighteners).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer next year?
    • There are a growing number of smaller rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that utilise USB for their power charging source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so please check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these additional items as well.
  • Are you also bringing a partner to Equatorial Guinea that might need to recharge their devices as well?
What types of electrical devices do you want to use with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

Make a list of items you need

What types of electrical devices do you want to use with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet?

  • There are three types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which plug into a power outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that plug into a USB port - for example cellphones or Kindles.
  • When you only want to take just USB powered devices to Equatorial Guinea you'll find that a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only have to bring one charger rather than packing multiple domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is made for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Do your devices only work with 220 volt power outlets?

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Equatorial Guinea?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets are available when you get to Equatorial Guinea?

  • A hotel in Equatorial Guinea might only offer a single power outlet. This could be a problem if recharging multiple electronic items such as tablets, cell phones or cameras overnight as you can only recharge one device at a time after each device has finished recharging.
  • Should you need to recharge multiple devices at the same time then look to packing a travel USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of powering multiple USB ports and power outlets. [8]
Are you only charging USB devices in Equatorial Guinea?

Will you only need USB items

Are you only charging USB devices in Equatorial Guinea?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start at under $10 which will charge one device in only a single location (provided that is compatible with 220 volts or it is dual voltage), but paying roughly between $10 to $15 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various countries.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Equatorial Guinea the only place you'll be visiting?

  • Simple plug adapters will only typically operate in the one country which they are designed for, therefore if you plan on visiting more than just one country you may need to pack additional plug adapters which can add to the number of adapters you have to carry.
  • Alternatively, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are made for travelling to multiple countries becuase of their interchangeable heads.
Are you flying long haul to get to Equatorial Guinea?

Are you flying long haul

Are you flying long haul to get to Equatorial Guinea?

  • If you are taking a long journey to get to Equatorial Guinea it's worth considering a convenient charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one that can be packed in hand luggage and can quickly top up tablets and phones right prior to an extensive journey.
  • Because not all airports and planes have power outlets available for travellers please consider bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the move. When arriving you could need to rely on your cell phone for making a telephone call, using sat nav to find your accomodation or recalling itineraries - therefore please ensure that your phone has enough power remaining. [4]
Are you planning to travel with hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Are you planning to travel with hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to America?

What can I connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Equatorial Guinea, 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 - Wikipedia entry about Equatorial Guinea.
  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, 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, under $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, costs between $10 to $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, between $35 to $40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price 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, costs under $30.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, priced at between $90 to $100.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25.
  14. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, between $30 to $35.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, between $45 to $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, under $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, estimated price 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, priced between $140 to $150.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -