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Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to the Central African Republic?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to the Central African Republic. In the Central African Republic, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Central African Republic und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Central African Republic
Central African Republic
COutlets of type CEOutlets of type EOutlets
220 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Country information

About the Central African Republic

Flag: About the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic is a country in Africa (Middle Africa) with about 5.4 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 623 000 km². The capital of the Central African Republic is Bangui (542 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking French, Sango, Lingala and Kongo.

The neighbors of the Central African Republic are Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and Sudan.

TLD: .cfCurrency: XAFCountry calling code: +236Country Code : CF
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in the Central African Republic?

The Central African Republic uses power outlets of type C and E. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in the Central African Republic.

Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in the Central African Republic?

The voltage in the Central African Republic is 220 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in the Central African Republic, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in the Central African Republic?

The utility frequency in the Central African Republic is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in the Central African Republic, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in the Central African Republic, you should not use the device!

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