Lesotho power adapters - what plugs are used in Lesotho?

Basotho power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Lesotho all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Basotho power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to find out the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Basotho power outlet then it will work in Lesotho without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Basotho power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Lesotho such a Type M plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Lesotho (or power adapter) will only change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Lesotho, but won't change the voltage from 220 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Lesotho to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Lesotho if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type M plug adapter.
  • If you simply need to power USB devices such as tablets or cellphones then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose a USB travel adapter which includes a Type M plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Lesotho.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Prior to using your device in Lesotho please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Complicated combinations of frequencies and standards can often be confusing when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never been there before. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Lesotho. This page contains links to instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when you're visiting Lesotho by using their standard 220 volt 50Hz M Type wall outlet. You'll find power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so we suggest reading the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list showing destinations. We recommend reading the Lesotho Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information prior to visiting the location.

Lesotho power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Lesotho?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Lesotho and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Lesotho as an American plug won't fit in a Basotho power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Lesotho to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Lesotho?

The best power adapter for Lesotho will be a Type M plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Lesotho?

Lesotho power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Lesotho?

The type of power socket used in Lesotho is type M. You can recognise this plug supply by the three large holes forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground pins.

What kind of outlets are in Lesotho?

What voltage is used in Lesotho?

The common residential voltage in Lesotho is 220 volts.

Is a plug socket in Lesotho the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Basotho power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Lesotho. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Lesotho and check that it works with 50hz.

What is the electrical frequency used in Lesotho?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Basotho power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Lesotho the same as in the US?

The voltage in Lesotho is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Basotho power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Lesotho USB chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for travelling abroad.

Why use a travel USB charger for Lesotho?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Lesotho.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Lesotho.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Lesotho power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Lesotho might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Lesotho could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Basotho power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Basotho power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Lesotho?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Lesotho and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Lesotho.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Lesotho.

Power converters for Lesotho

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Lesotho?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Lesotho?

A heavy and expensive power converter [6] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Basotho power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Lesotho.

Do I need a voltage converter for Lesotho?

When you are travelling to Lesotho from another country ensure that your device can be charged using a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120 volts check the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to prevent the device from overheating during charging.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Lesotho from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read the list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Basotho power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Basotho power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Basotho power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Basotho power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Basotho power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Basotho power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Basotho power outlet

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Basotho power outlet

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesotho - Lesotho Wikipedia page.
  2. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  6. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  7. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  8. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.