Canada to Cape Verde power adapters - what plug adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

Cape Verdean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter for Cape Verde if your plug doesn't fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Cape Verde will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Cape Verdean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then please read the section on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • Expect frequent power blackouts and limited access to electricity in certain areas of Cape Verde, we suggest packing a power bank if you want to recharge your phone battery whilst in an area without access to electricity or during a power outage.
  • If you're planning on visiting Cape Verde from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Cape Verdean power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Cape Verde use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Cape Verdean power outlet then you can use it in Cape Verde without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde such a Type F plug adapter. Note that a plug adapter for Cape Verde (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cape Verde, but can'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'll also need a power converter for Cape Verde to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type F plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type F plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Cape Verde check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Cape Verde power adapters

Power adapters for Cape Verde

If packing for a trip it's useful to know if you'll be able to charge all your indispensable electronics such as mobiles or tablets when you get there. However, by not knowing which wall socket is being used you could end up either over packing with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, therefore needing to buy a potentially expensive charger on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying complicated combinations of voltages and plugs can often be daunting when planning to travel to a new country for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Cape Verde. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices in Cape Verde by using their standard Type F or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, please note Type F wall outlets are typically used by most Cape Verdeans. Most power adapters change depending on which region you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

The best power adapter for Cape Verde will be a Type F power adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance. [3]

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[5]

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?

If the type of Cape Verdean power outlet is different to the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

Canadian plugs won't physically fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Cape Verde, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Cape Verde if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

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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 for Cape Verde in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cape Verde in Canada

Cape Verde to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian 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 Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, 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. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

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.

Electrical adapters for Cape Verde

Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only want to power USB devices, for example cell phones, tablet computers or eReaders.
  • You only have to bring a single charger rather than pack multiple domestic USB power chargers which costs on average C$15-C$20.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Has a surge protector.
  • The charger should still be functional back home.
  • The swappable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you can't power any appliances, just USB powered ones. [6]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power several electronic devices and appliances at the same time from just a single plug socket, costing around C$25.
  • You will find some models will convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used in Cape Verde when using a travel power strip, making them a cheaper lightweight substitute for a dedicated power converter.
  • Some models should feature a number of USB ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge will damage delicate devices. Some power strips include a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • It can still be of some use domestically as a USB charger and power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Cape Verde.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a dedicated voltage converter, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't support high wattage appliances such as clothes irons or hair straighteners.
  • Due to their size power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive for some travellers with only a small number of items to charge. [7]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models will work in over 150 different countries.
  • All-in-one compact design which is lightweight and small for around C$25.
  • Some universal travel adapters have charging ports for USB electronics.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • Some universal travel adapters also have a surge protector which will prevent any device from being overloaded by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins won't get caught against other items in your luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter will potentially still be functional back at home as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high power appliances; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts might be fragile on some models making them prone to failure when travelling.
  • Will only provide power to one plug.
  • Not completely universal - some models might not work in certain countries with less common power outlet types.
  • They lack a built in power converter meaning they're not suitable for appliances which don't support 220 volts. [8]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheap, prices under C$20.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Using a Type F plug adapter will be ideal for Cape Verde.
  • Small and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 plug adapter for each appliance - for every individual appliance you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type F Cape Verdean power outlet and not the actual voltage used in Cape Verde. So if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Should you plan on travelling to more than just Cape Verde then you may need to pack multiple power adapter types.
  • You'll also need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you wish to charge any USB device.
  • Your accomodation in Cape Verde might only have a single power outlet, therefore you will only be able to charge one appliance at a time. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly C$20-C$25 a set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapters for multiple locations costing almost C$10 each.
  • Covers every eventuality and not just a Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different locations this is ideal.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you'll have to choose which adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every plug adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual items to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (especially the less common ones) - so ensure that your set includes an adapter that is compatible with a Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • Each adapter only alters the shape of the plug but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only changes the 220 volts from a Cape Verdean power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Cape Verdean power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use the right type of plug adapter.
  • The typical size of most models of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in hand baggage.
  • An expensive converter will be useless when you return to Canada.
  • Often better value and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a much more expensive voltage converter simply to power your existing single voltage appliance abroad.
  • Costly, C$110-C$120.
  • Canadian travellers going to Cape Verde will require one as the voltage in Cape Verde is 220 volts. [10]

Comparison of electrical adapters for Cape Verde

Type F 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 Cape Verde Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included F 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) 70+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type F Cape Verdean power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type F plug adapter required to fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to Canada 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 Cape Verde 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 C$20 C$25-C$30 C$15-C$20 C$25-C$30 C$20-C$25 almost C$80
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Cape Verde power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Cape Verde?

Type C and F power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Cape Verde?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Cape Verde, types F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - The plug outlet, technically called a Europlug, is identified by the 2 circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type F - The circular power outlet, technically called a Schuko plug, can be identified by the two round adjacent holes where the live and neutral pins go, plus thin grounding clips above and below. [3]

Do Canadian plugs work in Cape Verde?

No; a Canadian plug won't work in Cape Verde because it won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so please use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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Is the voltage in Cape Verde the same as in Canada?

The voltage in Cape Verde is 220 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in Canada. If your Canadian appliance or power charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Cape Verdean power outlet which can lower the voltage from 220 volts to 120 volts.

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How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Cape Verde?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Cape Verdean power outlet you will need to bring a step down power converter.

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What electrical frequency is used in Cape Verde?

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

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

Are plug sockets in Cape Verde the same as Canada?

Canadian plugs won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for Cape Verde. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage you need to use a power converter for Cape Verde and check that it works with a 50hz outlet.

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Does Cape Verde have many power outages?

Every week in Cape Verde power cuts are reported.

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Are electrical outlets common in Cape Verde?

Almost 10% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

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Do I need a power bank for Cape Verde?

A power bank

Do I need a power bank for Cape Verde?

Because electric isn't available in all areas of Cape Verde alongside problems with the stability of electrical power, travellers should pack alternative charging solutions if they need to continue charging devices such as mobile phones or tablets.

  • During a trip to Cape Verde increased use of cell phones for taking photos, storing itineraries, social networks, sat nav and staying entertained could syphon off power more excessively than normal. Beyond the simple missing photograph opportunities a flat cell phone battery could possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return back to your hotel or accommodation. Using a 10,000mAh portable charger eases those concerns as it allows you to recharge your cell phone on the go, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to electricity and power outages in some areas.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can supply enough power to cover over three full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average mobile phone charged for around 7 days. A mAh value shows the capacity of a battery giving an indication of the number of recharges the power bank is capable of, and a higher rating is better for travellers.
  • If you need to charge your laptop in Cape Verde and your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then use a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20 Wh or more. Please note that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Normal consumer portable chargers aren't powerful enough for use with high powered items, although a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Cape Verde.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Do solar battery chargers work in Cape Verde?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Do solar battery chargers work in Cape Verde?

The climate in Cape Verde will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank dependably, but needs to be exposed to strong sunshine in order to provide enough energy for a single charge. This may prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels found on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Cape Verde.
  • Phones that are directly plugged into the USB port of a solar backpack will gradually top up the battery during sunny periods in Cape Verde, but this could be inconvenient to have it continuously tethered to the bag during the day should it be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank which requires unpacking facing the sunlight, a solar bag is more often exposed to light so can be recharging a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Cape Verde is strong, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags have been designed to endure scratching and bending. Solar bags are found in rucksack, backpack and messenger styles which makes them ideal for travel, work and domestic 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)

Cape Verde 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 Cape Verde?

If you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel charger for Cape Verde is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. Cape Verdeans use two different standards of wall outlets (types F and C) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the included heads. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets. Having a four port adapter means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring individual power adapters or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only bringing a single international USB travel charger will help keep the overall size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers with just a single wall outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter at your preferred electronics retailer. 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 around the world with perfect reliably. [6]

What USB charger do I need for Cape Verde?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cape Verde?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. It helps reduce the size and weight of your baggage by only packing one USB wall charger rather than needing to bring numerous individual USB chargers along.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions thereby making them ideal when travelling to other countries across Africa which are likely to use different standards to Cape Verde.
  • A good USB charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing along a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair in Cape Verde.
  • USB travel chargers will accept the 220 volts used in Cape Verde power outlets plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a possibility that hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Cape Verde only have a single wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Due to their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scarce and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a good quality travel charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Cape Verde might prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Premium USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to allow you to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Cape Verdean power outlet for advice on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Cape Verdean power outlet for high powered appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a normal 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • Travel USB chargers can still be useful when returning home by charging multiple cell phones every night using a single power outlet. [6]

What is the best USB charger for Cape Verde?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to recharge devices via USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power converters offer surge protection which is necessary for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Cape Verde and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable option for travellers originating from America going to Cape Verde.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs. This gives practically the same set of features as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Cape Verde. [6]

Power converters for Cape Verde

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

Power converters for Cape Verde allow travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical device 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 converts a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Cape Verde?

When you are travelling to Cape Verde from another country make sure the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting Cape Verde from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance doesn't support 220 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used in a 220 volt power outlet 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 converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a laptop as these are normally designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and curling irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It might be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter to Cape Verde just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Cape Verdean power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

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

The 220 volts from a wall outlet in Cape Verde is different to an Canadian supply so please bring a if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

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What kind of converter do I need for Cape Verde?

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

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 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. [10]

What voltage does Cape Verde use?

Cape Verde uses 220 volts in their power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

The easiest way to tell if a device is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter, or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make or model of your device but should also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 typically 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 Cape Verde?

Which type of plug adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

The plug adapter or power converter that is suitable for Cape Verde is dependant on your requirements, prior to deciding the right one to pack we suggest using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be bringing to Cape Verde?

Family may need to charge devices too

How many devices will you be bringing to Cape Verde?

  • Try adding up how many electrical items you intend to bring to Cape Verde (for example laptops, phones, tablets, eReaders, clothes irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical items in the future. Are you thinking about purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which use USB charging for a power source, the if you buy a new device it might use a USB power adapter so ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports for these additional items too.
  • Are you bringing children along who might need to charge their iPads?
What types of electrical items do you want to charge?

A USB powered phone

What types of electrical items do you want to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB electrical devices that charge using a USB port - for example mobile phones and tablet computers.
  • When you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you will only need to pack that single compact charger with appropriate existing charging cables rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is built for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but won't work with high wattage appliances which require voltage conversion.

Will your devices and appliances work with a 220 volt power outlet?

Are you only charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only charging USB devices?

Is Cape Verde the only location you intend on visiting?

  • A single plug adapter only operates in the one country which it is made for, so if you plan on visiting multiple countries then you may need to pack additional plug adapters which in turn adds to the weight you'll have to bring.
  • However, universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are designed for visiting multiple countries due to their interchangeable head system.
How many Cape Verdean power outlets are available?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many Cape Verdean power outlets are available?

  • A hotel may only have a single power outlet on the wall. This will be an inconvenience when charging up the batteries of multiple electronic items such as tablets, mobile phones or laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge a single device at a time.
  • Should you want to charge more than one device simultaneously then we suggest using either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which can charge multiple USB ports and power outlets. [7]

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at under C$10 which will charge only a single device in Cape Verde (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage), but investing in roughly C$25-C$30 means you can power more than one device at once and use them in various countries.

Do you plan to visit elsewhere in the future?

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Cape Verde?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend to bring hand luggage to Cape Verde?

Will it take you a long time to get to Cape Verde?

How long will it take to fly

Will it take you a long time to get to Cape Verde?

  • For much longer journeys consider a convenient airport-friendly charger that can be used with different power outlet types, one that is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones.
  • Not all airlines and airports actually have power outlets so consider using a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. After arriving you could have to use a cell phone for making calls, using sat nav to locate your hotel or recalling itineraries; therefore it is recommended that your phone will have ample charge left. [4]

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

Will the area of Cape Verde you are visiting have good access to electricity?

  • The power will sometimes fluctuate in Cape Verde and this could potentially cause damage to your devices, it is advisable to look for an adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Cape Verde having power cuts and having partial coverage of power in some areas you might discover that whatever power charger you use doesn't function anyway. Using a portable charger or a solar backpack will prepare you for areas of limited electricity or any power cuts in Cape Verde.  [4] [4] [17]

What can I connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Cape Verdean power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Cape Verdean power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to the Cape Verdean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Cape Verdean power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Cape Verde, 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.

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  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart, priced under C$20.
  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, costing under C$50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, under C$20.
  7. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, around C$25.
  8. 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 C$25.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, under C$25.
  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, costing under C$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, priced under C$40.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, C$200-C$210.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced under C$60.
  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 price under C$50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost C$120-C$130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, under C$130.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, priced under C$60.
  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, under C$80.
  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, under C$280.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -