Eritrea power adapters - what plugs are used in Eritrea?

Eritrean power outlet

What adapter do I need for Eritrea?

Bring a Type L plug adapter [3] to Eritrea if your plug doesn't fit in an Eritrean power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Eritrea all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in an Eritrean power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device uses then read the section on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • Certain areas in Eritrea do not have access to power and suffer from regular blackouts, we suggest bringing a power bank [4] if you wish to keep your cellphone battery charged whilst in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you are visiting Eritrea from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into an Eritrean power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Eritrea you will also need to bring a power converter for Eritrea if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in an Eritrean power outlet then you can use it in Eritrea without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an Eritrean power outlet you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Eritrea such a Type L plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Eritrea (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Eritrea, but but is unable to change the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Eritrea to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Eritrea if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type L plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type L plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Eritrea.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in Eritrea please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Eritrea power adapters

Power adapters for Eritrea

Various voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Eritrea. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions telling you exactly how to charge your devices when you're visiting Eritrea using their types L or C Eritrean 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore please read the power adapters for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Eritrea?

The best power adapter for Eritrea is a Type L power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Eritrea?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Eritrea is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Eritrea.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

What does a power adapter for Eritrea do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Eritrea by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Eritrea?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

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

American plugs won't fit into an Eritrean power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Eritrea, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Eritrea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an Eritrean power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Eritrean power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Eritrea along with the correct adapter.

Electrical adapters for Eritrea

Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of charging multiple appliances and devices concurrently using only one Eritrean power outlet, costing around $30 USD.
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for lower wattage electronics. Even if your appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Eritrean power outlet when using just a travel power strip. This makes a travel power strip a cheaper lightweight substitute for a voltage converter.
  • Some travel power strips should also include multiple USB ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be tempremental, a surge in power can damage delicate electronics. There are some models which include a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • The power strip can be functional domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Eritrea. (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 power converter, the voltage converter on a travel power strip won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be too heavy for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive for some travellers only bringing a small number of appliances which need powering.
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type L plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Simple to use.
  • Cheapest option, prices around $7 USD.
  • Small and lightweight.
  • Using a Type L plug adapter [3] will work in Eritrea.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 adapter per plug - for every separate device or appliance you will also need to use a separate power adapter.
  • Should you intend on travelling to more than just one country you may need to bring more than one type of power adapter for other countries.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type L Eritrean power outlet and doesn't alter the actual voltage used in Eritrea, if your device doesn't support a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to pack a separate voltage converter.
  • Your hotel room might only have one wall outlet available, therefore you will only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • You will also still need to pack a separate domestic USB charger as well if you need to charge a USB device.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

An all in one universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • An all-in-one design which is small and lightweight for around $15 USD.
  • There are some models which have a built in surge protector to protect any device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter can potentially still be useful domestically as a USB charger.
  • Some models have multiple charging ports for USB electronics.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although typical universal travel adapters are designed to work in around 150 different countries the pins don't change shape to fit in an Eritrean power outlet. You need to pack a separate power plug adapter for Eritrea if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from a single outlet.
  • Can't be used with high power appliances; for example clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical devices which aren't 230 volts in Eritrea.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries - models might not cover some countries with less popular power outlets.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters could be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily fail.
  • Universal adapters only provide power to a single plug.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

USB chargers are useful when returning home

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only want to charge USB devices.
  • Rather than carry lots of domestic USB power chargers you will only need to pack a single unit costing on average $18 USD.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads making them useful in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models should have a surge protector built in.
  • The charger can still be of use in your home country.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with an Eritrean power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power plug adapter for Eritrea.
  • Because they only have USB ports you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, only USB ones.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices around $15-$20 USD an adapter set works out more inexpensive buying than buying multiple individual $7 power plug adapters for multiple trips.
  • Covers all eventualities.
  • For anyone travelling to different countries this is the most flexible option.
  • A power adapter set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be compatible with an Eritrean power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Involves planning - before any trip you will need to decide which adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively bring each plug adapter type.
  • Means lots of individual items to bring with you.
  • Having just one compatible plug adapter the remaining power adapters will be useless.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included with each set (and especially the less common adapters), so ensure that your plug adapter set has an adapter which works in Eritrea.
  • Adapters only alter the shape of the plug and not the voltage.
Voltage Converters

Larger voltage converters

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter will only change the 230 volts in Eritrea and not the shape of the plug to slot into a Eritrean power outlet, therefore you will still need to pack a suitable power adapter for Eritrea.
  • The typical size and weight of most models makes them way too heavy and bulky for hand baggage.
  • A voltage converter will be redundant after your visit to Eritrea.
  • Usually less expensive and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter just to use your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Eritrea.
  • Costly; around $128 USD.
  • If you plan to travel to Eritrea from the US you will need one as the voltage from a Eritrean power outlet is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Eritrea

Type L 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 Eritrea Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included L 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) 5+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type L Eritrean power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type L plug adapter required to fit in an Eritrean power outlet Yes Yes 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 Eritrea 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
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Eritrea power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Eritrea?

Type C and L power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Eritrea?

There are two different types of power supply used in Eritrea, these are type L and C with the primary power supply being type L:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise the power outlet by 2 round holes adjacent to each other.
  • Plug Type L - You can identify the flattened hexagon shaped plug socket by 3 circular adjecent holes forming a line. There are two variations of Type L power socket rated at 10 amps and 16 amps. A 10 amp version has 4mm thick round pins spaced 5.5mm apart and a 16 amp version has larger 5mm thick round pins that are spaced 8mm apart.

Do US plugs work in Eritrea?

No; an American plug won't work in Eritrea because it won't fit into an Eritrean power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used in Eritrea?

The frequency from an Eritrean power outlet is 50 Hz.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Eritrea?

Use a step down power converter should you wish to use a 110 volt appliance in an Eritrean power outlet.

Is an electrical outlet in Eritrea the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in an Eritrean power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Eritrea. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage you will need to use a power converter for Eritrea and ensure that it works with 50hz.

Is the voltage in Eritrea the same as the US?

The voltage in Eritrea is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Eritrea which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

What is access to electrical power in Eritrea like?

Less than 50% of the population has access to electrical power in Eritrea.

Does Eritrea have power outages?

It is reported that there are potentially monthly power cuts in parts of Eritrea.

Should I use a portable charger in Eritrea?

A USB power bank for charging phones

Should I use a portable charger in Eritrea?

As power isn't available in all areas of Eritrea alongside the lack of a stable power grid, visitors should bring alternative charging options if they need to continue using devices such as mobile phones or eReaders.

  • Whilst travelling increased reliance on cell phones for storing calendars, taking photographs, getting directions, social network sharing and staying entertained will syphon off power more excessively than normal. A flat mobile phone battery could possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use a sat nav app to get directions to your accommodation. By packing a power bank [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone charged on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to electricity and power cuts in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh portable charger [4] can store enough energy to cover over three full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep a typical mobile phone powered for around seven days depending on the model of phone and usage. The mAh rating describes the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charge cycles the portable charger can achieve, therefore a higher number will be better for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to extend the battery life of the laptop. Please note that some airlines don't allow you bring power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must be kept in carry-on luggage only.
  • Consumer portable chargers won't work with high powered items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to areas with power cuts and limited access to electricity like Eritrea.
How well do solar battery chargers work in Eritrea?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar battery chargers work in Eritrea?

The sunshine in Eritrea should be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce enough power for a single charge cycle. It may prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger solar cells used on a solar backpack [16] will give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the climate in Eritrea.
  • A device that has been directly plugged into the USB port of a backpack should gradually top up the power during sunny spells in Eritrea, however might be inconvenient to have it constantly tethered in the bag during the day if it is to be used frequently. A regular power bank [4] plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously powered up inside the bag during sunlight, afterwards you can power up the phone from the power bank at any time without being attached to the bag.
  • Although the climate in Eritrea is suitable for solar power, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger. The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are designed to survive scratches and bending, unlike normal solid solar panels. They are found in backpack, messenger and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel.

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)

Eritrea 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 Eritrea?

If travelling to multiple countries the best travel power adapter for Eritrea to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [8]. There are two types of wall outlets in Eritrea (L and C) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the plugs over. If your model of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of power chargers and additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Having a 4 port adapter means you can charge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring multiple travel chargers for your Eritrean trip or occupying additional power outlets. Only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage while travelling. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using just a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for this type of versatile power charger online. The power charger illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [8] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Eritrea?

Why use a travel USB charger for Eritrea?

  • Most travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • All travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types. This is ideal if visiting other countries which will probably use a different standard to Eritrea.
  • Good chargers are lightweight, compact and rugged; perfect for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Eritrea.
  • USB travel chargers can accept both the 230 volts used in Eritrea power outlets and different voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotels in Eritrea only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Due to their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be scant and demand for charging multiple devices before a flight can be high, so a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded mobile phone in Eritrea might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to power low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances in Eritrea for advice and guidelines on the best power adapter for using a high powered appliances in an Eritrean power outlet.
  • Certain mobile phones could require more than the normal 500 mA produced from a standard 5 volt USB power adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices need extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can still be used by charging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using only a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Eritrea?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Eritrea using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Eritrea.

Power converters for Eritrea

What is a power converter for an Eritrean power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Eritrean power outlet.

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

What is the difference between a power converter and a power adapter for Eritrea?

An expensive and heavy power converter [18] converts a 230 volt Eritrean power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, whereas a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Eritrea.

Do I need a power converter for Eritrea?

When you are visiting Eritrea from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [10] is needed if you are travelling to Eritrea from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Eritrea , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Eritrea if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Eritrea is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [10] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Eritrea?

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

What voltage is used in Eritrea?

Eritrea uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

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 an 230 volt Eritrean 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 Eritrea before plugging that into an Eritrean power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with an 230 volt Eritrean power outlet.
What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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

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

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

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 Eritrea?

Deciding which type of power adapter to bring to Eritrea

The power converter which is suitable for Eritrea will depend on your requirements, so prior deciding which one to buy we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be taking to Eritrea?

How many electrical devices will you be packing

How many electrical items will you be taking to Eritrea?

  • List how many items you want to bring to Eritrea (including phones, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or clothes irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices in the future. Do you intend on buying a new tablet computer next year for example?
    • There is a growing number of rechargeable devices such as electric shavers that use a USB port for their power source. Therefore next time you buy a new device it could need a USB power adapter so remember to check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their iPads too?
What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Eritrean power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What are the different types of electrical items do you need to charge with an Eritrean power outlet?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electrical devices which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair straighteners and clothes irons.
    • USB powered electrical devices which connect to a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices to Eritrea then a travel USB charger is ideal because you will only have to pack one compact charger along with your USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are designed for powering and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices of any voltage, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) which need voltage conversion and could potentially damage it.
How many wall outlets are available in Eritrea?

Are multiple outlets available

How many wall outlets are available in Eritrea?

  • The accommodation in Eritrea may have only a single power outlet, this will present an inconvenience if charging up multiple electronic devices such as phones, tablet computers and cameras overnight as you will only be able to recharge a single device at a time every few hours.
  • Should you wish to recharge multiple devices simultaneously then we recommend packing either a travel power strip or USB wall charger which are capable of charging multiple USB ports and outlets.

Will your devices and appliances only work with a 230 volt power outlet?

Will you only be charging USB devices in Eritrea?

Will you only bring USB items

Will you only be charging USB devices in Eritrea?

  • Should you only plan on packing devices such as phones or tablets to use in Eritrea then we suggest just packing a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter you will still need to bring the USB power charger that was supplied with your device too.

Are you planning to visit anywhere abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • Basic power adapters start from $7 to power only one single device in Eritrea (providing that works with 230 volts or it is dual voltage) but paying roughly $20 means you can power multiple devices at once and use them in multiple countries.

Does your trip include visits to countries other than Eritrea?

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • Power in Eritrea can occasionally fluctuate which could possibly cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Eritrea suffering from power cuts or having limited coverage of power in certain regions you might find that whichever power adapter you bring to the country doesn't work anyway. You can prepare for limited electricity access or power cuts by bringing a portable charger [4] and a solar backpack [16].

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

Will it take you a long time to fly to Eritrea?

Making a call arriving at an airport

Will it take you a long time to fly to Eritrea?

  • If you're taking an extended flight to get to Eritrea think about an appropriate airport-friendly power charger that works in different outlet types, one that can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to quickly top up phones and tablets prior to a long haul journey.
  • As not all planes and airports have power outlets please think about bringing a battery portable charger [4] for recharging on the go. When you land you could have to rely on a mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using mapping or recalling an itinerary; therefore it is recommended that your phone has ample power left.
Do you bringing just hand luggage to Eritrea?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage to Eritrea?

What can I connect to an Eritrean power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to an Eritrean power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an Eritrean power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an Eritrean power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Eritrean power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to an Eritrean power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an Eritrean power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an Eritrean power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Eritrea, 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/Eritrea - Eritrea country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type L plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type L 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. 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.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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