Lesotho power adapters - what plugs are used in Lesotho?

Basotho power outlet

What adapter do I need for Lesotho?

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 you're from America travelling to Lesotho then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Basotho power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Lesotho use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Lesotho?

The best power adapter for Lesotho will be a Type M plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Lesotho?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Lesotho.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

Do I need a power adapter for Lesotho?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Lesotho and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Lesotho from the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Basotho power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Lesotho, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Lesotho if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter for a Basotho power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Lesotho by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Basotho power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Basotho power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a more expensive step down power converter for Lesotho along with the right type of adapter.

Lesotho power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Lesotho?

Type M power outlet

What plug sockets are used in Lesotho?

Type M power sockets are used in Lesotho. You can identify the wall socket by the three round holes in a triangular shape.

What voltage is used in a Basotho power outlet?

The standard voltage used from a Basotho power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Lesotho?

No - a US plug won't work in Lesotho because it won't fit in a Basotho power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts therefore use a power converter for Lesotho if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Lesotho?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Lesotho.

Lesotho 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when 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 does a power converter for Lesotho do?

A power converter for Lesotho will allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] 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 [6] (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 power converter for Lesotho?

If visiting Lesotho from a different country please check the device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [8] is needed if you are visiting Lesotho from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used with 220 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [8] is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] which allows the appliance to be used with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter to Lesotho simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Basotho power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Lesotho if I'm visiting from America?

The 220 volts from a power outlet in Lesotho is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you need to use a step down power converter [8] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Lesotho?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [8].

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Lesotho before plugging that into a Basotho power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Basotho power outlet.

What voltage does Lesotho use?

Lesotho uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets.

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.

What can I connect to a Basotho power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Basotho power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Basotho power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Basotho power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Basotho power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Basotho power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Basotho power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Lesotho, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesotho - Lesotho Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. 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
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  9. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets