Cape Verde adapters - What adapter do I need for Cape Verde?

Power adapters for Cape Verde

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

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

The best power adapter for Cape Verde will be a Type F power adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance. [2] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Cape Verde?

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

A power adapter for Cape Verde is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from another country to fit into a Cape Verdean power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[3]

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Cape Verde?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Cape Verdean power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Cape Verde along with the right power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter in Cape Verde?

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

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

A power adapter for Cape Verde allows a visitor from a different location to use electrical appliances in Cape Verde by changing the shape of the plug to fit the power socket.

Where to buy a power adapter in Cape Verde

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Cape Verde

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Cape Verde in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Cape Verde in the UK

Cape Verde to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists such as WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

  1. Wikipedia - Cape Verdean Wikipedia page.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Schuko Type F plug adapters are earthed using two clips at the top and bottom with two rounded 4.8mm pins set 19mm apart.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor