Botswana power adapters - what plugs are used in Botswana?

Botswana power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Botswana all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Botswana power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Botswana power outlet then you can use it in Botswana without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Botswana power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Botswana such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Botswana (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Botswana, but doesn't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Botswana to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Botswana if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Botswana.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Botswana you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Botswana read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

Differing combinations of voltages and standards can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Botswana. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Botswana using their standard types G, D or M 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power adapters vary depending on which region you travelling to therefore we recommend reading the Wiki Connections world power adapters list where you'll find a full list of regions and countries. We suggest reading the Botswana Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Botswana power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Botswana?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Botswana as American plugs won't physically fit in a Botswana power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Botswana to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Botswana?

The best power adapter for Botswana is a Type G plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Botswana?

Botswana power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Botswana?

There are three different types of power supply used in Botswana, types G, D and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - The plug supply (also called a type D power outlet) looks like 3 holes forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - This power socket (technically known as a type G power outlet) can be identified by the three holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type M - This power socket (technically known as a type M power outlet) can be identified by the three holes forming a triangular configuration.
What type of power outlets are in Botswana?

What is the voltage in Botswana?

The voltage used in Botswana is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in Botswana?

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

Are outlets in Botswana the same as US?

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

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

The voltage which comes from a Botswana power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Botswana power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Botswana 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.

What USB charger do I need for Botswana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Botswana is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different standards of plug sockets in Botswana (G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

This will allow you to recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Botswana trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing a single lightweight travel charger will keep the overall size down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling and on hand for charging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home as well as abroad so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple phones and tablets using just a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Botswana we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Botswana?

Why use a travel USB charger for Botswana?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices, thereby reducing the weight of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for different regions thereby making them perfect if visiting different countries across Africa which will probably use different power outlets to Botswana.
  • A good power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for the rigors of travel rather than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Botswana.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Botswana along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Botswana might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler rather than waiting to charge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected fluctuations and will prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded mobile phone or tablet in Botswana might prove inconvenient and costly.
  • More expensive USB chargers will also include power outlet strips to plug in multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. For further information read our guide on using travel appliances with a Botswana power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Botswana power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could pull more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should some of your devices require extra power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be useful by recharging multiple mobile phones on a daily basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Botswana?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Botswana and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Botswana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Botswana.

Power converters for Botswana

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 230 volt Botswana power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Botswana.

Do I need a voltage converter for Botswana?

If you are visiting Botswana from a different region please make sure that your device can accept a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overloading during charging.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Botswana from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

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

Travel appliances which can connect to a Botswana 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 Botswana power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Botswana power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Botswana power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Botswana 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 Botswana power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Botswana 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 Botswana 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/Botswana - wikipedia.org entry about Botswana.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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 transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. 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
  9. 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.