Ethiopia adapters - What power adapter do I need for Ethiopia?

Power adapters for Ethiopia

Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first 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 Ethiopia. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Ethiopia by using the standard types E, C, F or L Ethiopian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Most power sockets will vary regionally so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Ethiopia?

The best power adapter for Ethiopia is a Type E power adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device. [2] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Ethiopia?

What is a power adapter for an Ethiopian power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits an Ethiopian power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Ethiopia?

If the type of Ethiopian power outlet isn't the same as the type of Ethiopian power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in Ethiopia?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Ethiopian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

What does a power adapter for Ethiopia do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in Ethiopia simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where to buy a power adapter for Ethiopia in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Ethiopia in the UK

Ethiopia 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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Ethiopia country page on wikipedia.org.
  2. Type E plug adapter - There are two 4.8mm pins on the Type E plug adapter which are placed 19mm apart and includes a hole in the top for an earthing pin, estimated cost around £5
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor