Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Djibouti
Djibouti is a country part of the Horn of Africa, which is a peninsula located in the south of Africa. For people who wants to visit Djibouti, there are some information about the country that they should know like what is the standard voltage used by the electronic gadgets and appliances, as well as the primary types of electrical outlet and plugs.
This information would help people visiting Djibouti to make the most of the use of the electronic gadgets and appliances there and at the same time helps them avoid more problems and delays. In Djibouti, the standard voltage is 220-240 volts with a frequency of 50Hz. For the primary types of electrical outlet and plug in Djibouti, the commonly used are the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug and Type E European CEE 7/4. There are also adapters and voltage converters that would be greatly handy in the trip to Djibouti. Adapters are for instances that the electrical outlet in Djibouti is not compatible with the plug of the appliances or electronic gadgets and the voltage converters are for appliances or electronic gadgets that use 110-120 volts.
Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug Electrical Outlet and Adapter
The Type C Europlug is also known as the CEE 7/16 (Europlug 2.5 A/250 V unearthed), which is a bit similar, only slightly smaller, to the CEE 7/17 and it is one of the most commonly used electrical outlet and plug in Djibouti. The Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug alters the shape of the appliance’s plug so that it could be used into a “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Class II non-grounded Europlug socket or a Soviet-era Russian GOST 7396 Class II non-grounded socket used in Djibouti. Also, the receptacle end of the adapter in Djibouti is usually compatible with any standard electronic household plug in Djibouti and from any country, aside from the “Type M” South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug.
The pins of the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug are 4.0mm in diameter, 19mm long and are spaced 19mm apart. In using appliances and gadgets in Djibouti, the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug could also be safely used with the Type C, Type E, Type F, and some Type L electrical outlets. In addition, the Type C CEE 7/16 Europlug is also the most widely used electrical outlet all over continental Europe like Djibouti and in the former Soviet Republics. This plug is also non-polarized and non-grounded.
Aside from Djibouti, there are also countries in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Pacific Rim region, Central and South America, and Caribbean that use this kind of adapter.
Type E European CEE 7/4 Electrical Adapter Plug and Electrical Outlet
The Type E electrical outlet could also be used with Type C CEE 7/16 plugs while the Type E European CEE 7/4 plugs will work along with Type F Schuko outlets in Djibouti. The Type E electrical outlet and plug is the standard in France, Denmark, Poland, Belgium, and other European countries as well as those located in the Pacific and Caribbean other area like Djibouti. For the electrical outlet and plug of the Type E European CEE 7/4, the male pin is installed upwards in the electrical outlet, with the live connection in the left and neutral connection in the right. The specifications of this Type E European CEE 7/4 plugs used in Djibouti are two round pins spaced 19mm apart with a hole for the male grounding pin of the electrical outlet. However, the Type E European CEE 7/4 is not compatible with the Type F of Germany, the Netherlands, and other continental countries of Europe because of the round male pin in the socket.
Voltage Converters and Universal Adapters
If a tourist wants to use his or her gadget in Djibouti, the best way is by using voltage converters such as resistor-network converters, transformers, and in some cases the combination of both. The resistor-network converters to be used in Djibouti are usually advertised to support as much as 50-1600 Watts and are just ideal to use for short periods of time. The resistor-network converter is also not recommended for digital devices like laptop computers however it is great for lightweight electronics like hair dryers and irons.
If a tourist would want to use a laptop computer or charge batteries for camera, mp3 players, camcorders, and radios in Djibouti, the ideal voltage converter is a transformer which lowers maximum watt rating. It could be used for long periods of time but is a little bit heavy because of the large iron rods and copper wires. The last kind of voltage converter in order to use electronics in Djibouti that are not compatible with the electrical outlet present in Djibouti is the combination of resistor-network converters and transformer. Most appliances and electronic gadgets made in the United States of America (USA) have a voltage of 110-120 and using it directly on a 220-240 electrical outlet in Djibouti would cause damage to the appliance or electronic gadget, to the extent that it might be totally fried out or might even cause a fire.