Equatorial Guinea power converters

What does a power converter for Equatorial Guinea do?

A power converter for Equatorial Guinea 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 [3] 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.

Do I need a power converter for Equatorial Guinea?

If you are visiting Equatorial Guinea from another country ensure that your device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [4] is needed if you are visiting Equatorial Guinea from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already use either a 220 volt appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used in a 220 volt power outlet run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [4] is used.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally support dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair dryers or clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] to allow it to be used with a 220 volt Equatorial Guinean power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance in Equatorial Guinea.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers with an Equatorial Guinean power outlet which includes guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a wall outlet in Equatorial Guinea is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore bring a step down power converter if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Equatorial Guinea?

If you wish to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Equatorial Guinea you need to use a step down power converter [4].

What voltage does Equatorial Guinea use?

Equatorial Guinea uses 220 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 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.
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

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of my device

A simple method to tell if a device is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and should also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equatorial_Guinea - Wikipedia entry about Equatorial Guinea.
  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.