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Electrical Voltage Frequency & Sockets Types in Gambia
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Power Current:
The mains voltage in Gambia is 220-240 Volts AC (frequency 50 Hz G ).

Travel Adapters:
In hotels in Gambia you will often find variable electrical sockets such as type "C" or type "F".  If your appliance's plug doesn't match the shape of these sockets, you will need a travel plug adapter in order to plug in. They do not convert electricity. They simply allow a dual-voltage appliance, a transformer or a converter from one country to be plugged into the wall outlet of another country. Travel plug adapters simply change the shape of your appliance's plug to match whatever type of socket you need to plug into.

Socket Types:
Electrical sockets (outlets) in The Gambia are mostly the  type "G" British BS-1363, which accept the 3 pin rectangular blade plug which is composed of 2 parallel flat pins with ground pin. The next most common type is the European-style 2 pin.

If your laptop, digital camera and camcorder chargers, or other equipment is multi-voltage it can be plugged into most outlets in the country with just a wall outlet plug adapter, grounded (3 pin) or ungrounded (2 pin).

Stabilisers / Surge Protection:
The reliability of the electricity supply is relatively steady & stable in your hotel though the efficiency of air conditioners may be affected due to occasional fluctuations at periods of high demand. However, you should be warned that outside your accommodation domestic appliances, such as DVDs and laptop computers, may be put as risk of damage if no power stabilizer / regulator is used. This particular device which uses a continuously variable autotransformer to maintain an AC output that is as close to the standard local voltage (or expected/desired voltage) as possible, where the actual voltage supplied by the electrical infrastructure is unstable. You should also consider using a surge protector.

If you are going to make a journey further inland, take into account that there might be no electricity system at all in many rural areas.

Note: Please note that the information on this page should not be relied upon to make any decisions. Always seek the advice of an electrical professional or your tour operator or travel agent before making any decisions.

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