Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Mauritania?

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

Mauritania und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Mauritania
COutlets of type COutlets
220 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Mauritania?

Mauritania uses power outlets of type C. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Mauritania.

Country information

About Mauritania

Flag: About Mauritania

Mauritania is a country in Africa (Western Africa) with about 3.6 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 1 Millionen km². The capital of Mauritania is Nouakchott (661 000 inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Arabic, Shona, French and Wolof.

The neighbors of Mauritania are Algeria, Mali and Senegal.

TLD: .mrCurrency: MROCountry calling code: +222Country Code : MR
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Mauritania?

The voltage in Mauritania 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 Mauritania, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Mauritania?

The utility frequency in Mauritania 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 Mauritania, 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 Mauritania, you should not use the device!