Cameroon power adapters - what plugs are used in Cameroon?

Cameroonian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Cameroon?

You will need to pack a Type E plug adapter [3] for Cameroon if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Cameroonian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Cameroon all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use in a Cameroonian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • Some areas of Cameroon do not have access to power and suffer from power blackouts, it is advised to pack a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your cellphone charged whilst in a region without access to electricity or during a blackout.
  • If you're from America and visiting Cameroon then you will need to use a power adapter to fit a US plug in a Cameroonian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Cameroon you also need to pack a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that it is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Cameroonian power outlet then you can use it in Cameroon without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Cameroonian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Cameroon such a Type E plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Cameroon (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Cameroon, but won't convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Cameroon to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Cameroon if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which includes a Type E plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Cameroon.

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

Cameroon power adapters

Power adapters for Cameroon

Varying different combinations of voltages and plug types can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country for the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Cameroon. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to power your devices in Cameroon using their standard types E or C 220 volt 50Hz power outlets. Most power adapters differ depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the World power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Cameroon?

The best power adapter for Cameroon will be a Type E plug adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Cameroon?

What is a power adapter for a Cameroonian power outlet?

Power adapters are compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters which allow an electrical socket in Cameroon to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Do I need a plug adapter in Cameroon?

If the power outlet in your home country isn't the same as the shape of the plug outlet in Cameroon then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for a Cameroonian power outlet enables visitors from a different location to use their electrical devices in Cameroon by changing the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Cameroon if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Cameroonian power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Cameroon, and because the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Cameroon if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Cameroonian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Cameroonian power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Cameroon power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Cameroon?

Type C and E power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Cameroon?

There are two types of power outlets used in Cameroon, types E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify this plug socket by two circular adjacent holes.
  • Plug Type E - You can identify this plug socket by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes plus one metal grounding pin protruding in the top forming a triangular shape.

Do US plugs work in Cameroon?

No; an American plug won't work in Cameroon because it won't fit into a Cameroonian power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. The voltage is 220 volts therefore please use a power converter for Cameroon if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Cameroonian power outlet?

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

Is a Cameroonian power outlet the same as the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Cameroonian power outlet therefore use a plug adapter for Cameroon. 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 Cameroon and ensure that it works with a 50hz outlet.

Is the voltage in Cameroon the same as the US?

The voltage in Cameroon is 220 volts, however Americans use 120 volts. If your American charger or appliance won't handle dual voltage then you will need use a suitable power converter for a Cameroonian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Cameroon?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Cameroon you will need to bring a step down power converter.

What is access to electrical power like in Cameroon?

More than 25% of the population of Cameroon doesn't have access to electrical power.

Are there power outages in Cameroon?

Several times every month in parts of Cameroon power blackouts are reported so with this high level of unreliability you should prepare accordingly.

Should I use a portable charger in Cameroon?

A portable charger

Should I use a portable charger in Cameroon?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Cameroon combined with the lack of a stable power grid, visitors are advised to pack alternative charging solutions if they want to continue using devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Cameroon increased reliance on smart phones for storing calendars, taking pictures, social networks, sat nav and streaming videos can syphon off power excessively. A flat mobile phone battery can possibly leave you in an unknown location without enough power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to hotel. Packing a portable charger [4] for Cameroon alleviates those concerns as it means you can recharge your mobile phone without needing a wall charger, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will supply enough electricity to cover around three full charges and a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week depending on the model of phone and usage.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge the laptop.
  • Please note that some airlines won't let you bring power banks on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be kept in the hold so please check ahead with the carrier first.
  • Consumer power banks aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling to areas with power cuts and a lack of access to electricity like Cameroon.
Does a solar battery charger work in Cameroon?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

Does a solar battery charger work in Cameroon?

The climate in Cameroon will be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight to produce suitable energy for a single charge. This could prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] will give the backpack the ability to generate more power within a shorter period of time, meaning they should perform well in Cameroon.
  • Phones which are directly plugged into the USB charging port of a backpack should gradually recharge the battery during sunny periods in Cameroon, however this might be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be needed frequently. A solar powered bag is more often exposed to light therefore will be powering up a regular power bank throughout the day, unlike a handheld solar power bank which needs unpacking and facing the sunlight.
  • Although the climate in Cameroon is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal solid solar panels. They come in messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them perfect for domestic, work and travel 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)

Cameroon 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 Cameroon?

When travelling to more than one country then the best international travel charger for Cameroon is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are two standards of power outlets that Cameroonians use (types E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by switching the plugs over. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these USB travel chargers and additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel chargers this means you can power multiple devices at the same time without needing to bring seperate power adapters. Because you are only packing a single travel charger will also keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when back at home not just abroad so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones, tablets and speakers using just a single plug socket.

We suggest searching for an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Cameroon?

Why use a travel USB charger for Cameroon?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will include swappable plug heads for different countries. This is suitable when travelling across different countries which will probably use different power outlets to Cameroon.
  • Good USB chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace or repair in Cameroon.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Cameroon along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that some hotel rooms or accommodation in Cameroon might only have one power outlet, by using 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.
  • Due to their versatile nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers during departure can be high, so a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Cameroon could prove to be inconvenient and expensive.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers will also incorporate power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information please refer to the guide on using travel appliances in Cameroon for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a high powered devices in a Cameroonian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones and tablets could require more than the standard 500 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 require extra power.
  • Travel USB power chargers can still be useful back at home by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Cameroon?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is necessary when visiting regions with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 countries around the world:

  • 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 compact power converter for travellers originating from North America going to Cameroon using type B plug sockets.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more generous 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 Cameroon.

Power converters for Cameroon

What is a power converter for a Cameroonian power outlet?

Power converters for Cameroon enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Cameroonian 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?

An expensive and heavy power converter [14] transforms the voltage of 220 volts from a Cameroonian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, however a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Cameroon.

Do I need a power converter for Cameroon?

If travelling to Cameroon from a different region check that the device will accept a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [15] is needed if you are visiting Cameroon from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage such as 120 volts and used with 220 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] which allows it to be used with a 220 volt Cameroonian power outlet.
  • Buying a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance could be more cost effective and practical than investing in a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling irons, hairdryers and flat irons with Cameroonian power outlets , along with advice for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Cameroon from America?

The voltage from a electric outlet in Cameroon is different to a US supply so bring a step down power converter [15] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Cameroon?

You need a step down power converter [15] which will allow you to use any 100-120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Cameroonian power outlet.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a 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 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Cameroonian 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 Cameroon before plugging that into a Cameroonian 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 Cameroonian power outlet.

What voltage does Cameroon use?

Cameroon uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The easiest method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied power plug or on the appliance itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your device and could also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have 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 100/240V.

What can I connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

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Mobile phones that can be connected to the Cameroonian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can connect to a Cameroonian power outlet

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A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Cameroonian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Cameroon, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon - wikipedia web page about Cameroon.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets