Ghana power adapters - what plugs are used in Ghana?

Ghanaian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Ghana?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for Ghana if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Ghanaian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Ghana all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Ghanaian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Ghana, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're planning on visiting Ghana from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Ghanaian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Ghana you also need to pack a power converter for Ghana if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Ghanaian power outlet then it can work in Ghana.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Ghanaian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Ghana such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Ghana (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Ghana, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Ghana to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ghana if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Ghana.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Ghana please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Ghana power adapters

Power adapters for Ghana

Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Ghana. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Ghana by using their types G or D 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Ghana?

The best power adapter for Ghana will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Ghana?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Ghana to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Do I need a power adapter in Ghana?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Ghana then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Ghana if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Ghana as an American plug won't physically fit into a Ghanaian power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Ghana if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Ghana allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Ghana by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Ghana?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Ghana.

Electrical adapters for Ghana

Travel Power Strips

Power strips feature multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing on average $30 USD.
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Ghana by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return to Canada it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Ghana. (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 normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type G plug adapter [3] will work in Ghana.
  • Easy to operate.
  • Cheapest option, with prices around $7 USD.
  • Light and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you intend to visit more than one country then you may need to pack more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Ghanaian power outlet and doesn't alter the actual voltage; if your appliance doesn't support 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll still need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Only 1 plug adapter for each plug - for each individual device or appliance you wish to use you'll also need to use a separate power adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Ghana might only have one power outlet, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time.
  • If you need to power any USB device then you also need to pack a USB charger.
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 have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers costing around $18 USD.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads making them versatile in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are usually small and lightweight making them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers surge protector built in.
  • When you get back to Canada the charger will still be useful.
  • The swappable heads will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in a Ghanaian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Because it only has USB outputs you won't be able to charge electrical appliances, just USB ones.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

An all in one universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small, around $15 USD.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that include multiple charging ports for USB electronics built in.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have a surge protector built in which will protect any electronics from being overloaded by unstable power grids.
  • The pins retract so don't get caught against other items when packed in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter should still be of use domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit in a Ghanaian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel adapter will overload when used with high powered electrical appliances; for example clothes irons, hair straighteners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters might be fragile on some models which could make them prone to failure on your trip.
  • Can only charge a single plug.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be fully universal - adapters might not work in some countries with less common power outlets.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter means it won't be suitable for non-230 volts devices.
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices between $15-$20 USD an adapter set typically works out more cost-effective purchasing than buying multiple $7 plug adapters.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for all countries.
  • For travellers visiting multiple countries this is ideal.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be compatible with a Ghanaian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; prior to any trip you will need to decide which plug adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Lots individual adapters to pack.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless using up packing space.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially rarer adapters), so check that your set has an adapter that works with a Ghanaian power outlet.
  • Each plug adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug and don't modify the actual voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 230 volts in Ghana and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Ghanaian power outlet, you will still be required to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them impractical for hand baggage.
  • Useless when you return from Ghana.
  • Often less expensive and more practical to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive voltage converter just in order to power your existing appliance abroad.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • When you travel to Ghana from the US then you will need a power converter as the voltage from a Ghanaian power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Ghana

Type G 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 Ghana Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Ghanaian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Ghanaian 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 230 volt AC appliance in Ghana 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

Ghana power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Ghana?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Ghana?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Ghana, types G and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type G - The plug outlet (also called a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle shape.

Do US plugs work in Ghana?

No - an American plug won't work in Ghana because it doesn't fit in a Ghanaian power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Ghana if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

What frequency is used in Ghana?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Ghanaian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Are outlets in Ghana the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Ghanaian power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Ghana. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Ghana and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Is the voltage in Ghana the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Ghanaian power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Ghanaian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Ghana?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Ghana you will need a step down power converter.

What proportion of Ghana has access to electricity?

Almost 25% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Does Ghana have power outages?

Several times every month in parts of Ghana power blackouts are reported so with this high level of unreliability travellers are advised to prepare accordingly.

Do I need a portable charger for Ghana?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Ghana combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Ghana increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Ghana and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Ghana.
Do I need a portable charger for Ghana?
How well do solar powered chargers work in Ghana?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar powered chargers work in Ghana?

The sunshine in Ghana should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [17] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Ghana.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Ghana, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Ghana is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel 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)

Ghana 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 Ghana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Ghana is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. Ghanaians use two different standards of wall outlets (types G and D) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters this means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Ghana?

Why use a travel USB charger for Ghana?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different outlets to Ghana.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Ghana.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Ghana along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Ghana might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Ghana could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Ghanaian power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Ghanaian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Ghana?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Ghana and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Ghana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly 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 and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 Ghana.

Power converters for Ghana

What does a power converter for a Ghanaian power outlet do?

Power converters for Ghana allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [18] will transform a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Ghana.

Do I need a power converter for Ghana?

When travelling to Ghana from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [10] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Ghana in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Ghanaian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Ghana from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Ghana is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Ghana?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Ghana you will need to buy a step down power converter [10].

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

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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 230 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 230 volt Ghanaian 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 Ghana before plugging that into a Ghanaian 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 230 volt Ghanaian power outlet.

What voltage is used in Ghana?

Ghana uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) 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 Ghana?

Which type of adapter you need for Ghana

The type of power converter that is suitable for Ghana is dependant on your requirements, so before deciding which adapter to bring we recommend using this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Ghana?

Children might need to chargers too

How many electrical devices are you taking to Ghana?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Ghana (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?

What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Ghanaian power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only need to pack one charger plus some appropriate USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially damaging it.
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on using USB powered electronics such as phones and tablets then we suggest just bringing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter in Ghana then you'll still need to pack the USB power charger that was supplied with your device as well.

Do your devices and appliances work with 230 volt power outlets?

Is Ghana the only place you'll be visiting?

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Ghana?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Ghana?

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from $7 which charges only one device from a Ghanaian power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts), but investing in roughly $20 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Does the area of Ghana you are visiting have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in Ghana which might potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Ghana has power outages and having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power adapter you use doesn't function anyway. Using a solar backpack [16] and portable charger [4] will prepare you for a power cut and limited electrical access.

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Will it take you a long time to get to Ghana?

Making a call after a long haul flight

Will it take you a long time to get to Ghana?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. After landing in Ghana you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining.

What can I connect to a Ghanaian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Ghanaian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Ghanaian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Ghanaian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Ghanaian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Ghanaian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Ghanaian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Ghana, 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/Ghana - wikipedia.org entry about Ghana.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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