Cape Verde power adapters - what plugs are used in Cape Verde?

Cape Verdean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

You need to use a Type F plug adapter [3] 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 [4] 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 [3]. 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.

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

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

The best power adapter for Cape Verde is a Type F power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

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

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to easily 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?

No - a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a step down power converter for Cape Verde along with the right adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Cape Verde?

This will depend on the type of plug you want to use and the location you are travelling from.

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

If you are travelling from the US you will need to bring a power adapter for Cape Verde because US plugs won't fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Cape Verde to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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

A power adapter enables a visitor from another country to use their own electronic devices in Cape Verde simply by adapting the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Cape Verde?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Cape Verde?

Power adapters are typically available in most major 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 but expect to pay 50% 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.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Cape Verde

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A travel USB wall charger

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 costing on average $18 USD.
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them versatile in a large number of countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack.
  • Travel USB wall chargers should include a surge protector.
  • It can still be useful domestically.
  • The interchangeable plugs will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Cape Verde.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB ports so you won't be able to charge any electrical appliances, only USB powered devices.
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip

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 on average $30 USD.
  • 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. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

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.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

All in one universal power 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 $15 USD.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that have multiple USB charging ports.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • There are some models that have a surge protector built in to protect your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • A universal travel power adapter can still be of some use domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should fit in a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with a high power electrical appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, kettles, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The pins and other internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which could make them likely to break when travelling.
  • Only provide power to one appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries, adapters might not cover certain countries with less popular outlets.
  • Lacking a voltage converter means it won't be suitable for non-220 volts devices in Cape Verde.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type F plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Cheap, prices starting at around $7 USD.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Using a Type F plug adapter [3] 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.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are around $15-$20 USD an adapter set will typically work out more economical buying than buying individual $7 power plug adapter types.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter will ensure you are covered for all countries.
  • The most flexible option for travellers visiting different locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should be suitable with a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Involves planning; before any trip you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter in the set with you.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring along.
  • All remaining power adapters will be useless.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included in the set (especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes an adapter which works with a Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug but don't modify the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 220 volts from a Cape Verdean power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to slot in a Cape Verdean power outlet, you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cape Verde.
  • The size and weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • A power converter isn't useful when get back from Cape Verde.
  • Usually less expensive to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter simply in order to bring your existing single voltage appliance in Cape Verde.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • If you are travelling from America and go to Cape Verde then you will need a voltage converter as the voltage is 220 volts.

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)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
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, these are type F and C with the primary power supply being type F:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power outlet by the 2 circular holes next to each other where the twin pins go.
  • Plug Type F - The circular wall outlet (known as a Schuko plug) can be identified by the two circular adjacent holes, plus two thin grounding clips at the top and bottom.

Do US plugs work in Cape Verde?

No; an American plug won't work in Cape Verde because it doesn't fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet without using a plug adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter for Cape Verde if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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

The voltage which comes from a Cape Verdean power outlet is 220 volts, but Americans use 120 volts. If your American appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you will need use a power converter for a Cape Verdean power outlet which allows a 120 volt US appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Is a Cape Verdean power outlet the same as in the US?

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

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

A step down power converter will allow you to use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Cape Verdean power outlet.

What electrical frequency is used in Cape Verde?

The frequency of the alternating current in a Cape Verdean power outlet is 50Hz.

Does Cape Verde have many power outages?

Every week in Cape Verde power cuts are reported.

Are electrical outlets common in Cape Verde?

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

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 portable charger [4] 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 [4] which can supply enough power to cover over three full days of mobile phone use and a 20,000mAh power bank [14] 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 [15] 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 [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Cape Verde.
Do I need a power bank for Cape Verde?
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 [17] 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 [16] 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 [4] 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.

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 [6]. 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 [6] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world with perfect reliably.

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 perect.
  • 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.

What is the best USB charger for Cape Verde?

The 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.

Power converters for Cape Verde

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

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

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

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Cape Verde, however a heavier and more expensive power converter [18] converts a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance.

Do I need a power converter for Cape Verde?

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

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 220 volts. Read the WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 220 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a converter if you wish to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet.
  • Investing a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than carrying a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with curling wands, clothes irons, blow dryers and flat irons in Cape Verdean power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Cape Verde?

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

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

Voltage converter

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

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Cape Verde before plugging that into a Cape Verdean power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet.

What voltage does Cape Verde use?

Cape Verde uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to tell the voltage of your device

Single voltage hair straighteners

How to tell the voltage of your device

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

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also say a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets, number of USB powers and prices were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Cape Verde?

Which type of adapter you need for Cape Verde

The plug adapter which is suitable for Cape Verde depends on various requirements, so before deciding which adapter to use we suggest reading through this checklist:

How many devices will you be bringing to Cape Verde?

Are you bringing more than one device

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 different types of electrical devices do you want to use with a Cape Verdean power outlet?

Will you need to power appliances

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use with a Cape Verdean power outlet?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into a power outlet - for example clothes irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB powered devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only have to take just USB powered devices to Cape Verde then a simple travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger whilst leaving your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are ideal for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices (such as cameras), however won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) that require voltage conversion and could potentially damage it.

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

Are you only charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB devices

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, a travel USB wall charger or universal travel adapter is perfect for going to multiple countries becuase of interchangeable heads.
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.

What is your budget?

  • A basic power adapter starts at $7 which will charge only a single device in Cape Verde (providing that works with 220 volts or is dual voltage), but investing in roughly $20 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 travel

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 [4] 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.

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 [4] or a solar backpack [16] will prepare you for areas of limited electricity or any power cuts in Cape Verde.

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 travelers 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 [20].

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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape_Verde - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage.
  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.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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.
  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.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets