Madagascar power adapters - what plugs are used in Madagascar?

Malagasy power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting Madagascar will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Malagasy power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section below on how to find out the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Malagasy power outlet then it should work in Madagascar.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Malagasy power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Madagascar such a Type D plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Madagascar (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Madagascar, but isn't designed to change the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 127 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Madagascar to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Madagascar if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to recharge your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, but ensure that you bring one which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Madagascar.

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Madagascar please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a holiday to Madagascar it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices such as mobiles and tablets when you get there. However by not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive which might be incompatible and damage your device. Different combinations of standards and voltages 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 Madagascar. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when travelling to Madagascar using their standard Type D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type D power outlets are typically used by most Malagasy. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries. We suggest reading the Madagascar Wikipedia page [1] for more details.

Madagascar power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter for Madagascar?

It will depend on the shape of plug you wish to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US you will need to bring a power adapter for Madagascar as a US plug won't physically fit into a Malagasy power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for Madagascar?

The best power adapter for Madagascar will be a Type D power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 127 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Madagascar?

Madagascar power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Madagascar?

There are five types of power outlets used in Madagascar, these are type D, C, E, J and K with the primary power supply being type D:

  • Plug Type C - This plug socket is recognised by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this power socket by three round holes in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type E - The sunken round power socket, also called the CEE 7/7 plug, can be identified by two round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the two plug socket pins go with a single metal grounding pin protruding in the top to form a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type J - This flattened hexagon shaped wall supply, technically called a type J power outlet, can be identified by 3 circular holes forming a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type K - The power supply, technically known as a type K power outlet, looks like 3 large holes forming an upside-down triangle pattern for the live, neutral and ground.
What kind of outlets are in Madagascar?

What is the voltage in Madagascar?

The voltage used in Madagascar is 127 volts.

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

Americans use 120 volts however the voltage from a Malagasy power outlet is 127 volts. Although these are similar it is recommended to check the voltage on your American appliance or charger handles a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

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

US plugs won't fit in a Malagasy power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for Madagascar. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so check that your device works with a 50hz supply.

What frequency is used in Madagascar?

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

Madagascar 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 Madagascar?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for Madagascar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Malagasy use five different standards of wall outlets (types D, C, E, J and K) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Madagascar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Madagascar?

  • 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 Madagascar.
  • 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 Madagascar.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 127 volt power outlets in Madagascar along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Madagascar 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 Madagascar 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 Malagasy power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Malagasy 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 Madagascar?

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 Madagascar 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 Madagascar.
  • 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 Madagascar.

Power converters for Madagascar

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 127 volt Malagasy power outlet to work with a non-127 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 Madagascar.

Do I need a power converter for Madagascar?

When travelling to Madagascar from another region make sure that the device can accept a 127v supply.

  • If your device charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Madagascar from a different country check that it is compatible with a 127 volt power supply. Typically devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) may take longer to charge or won't power up, check that the device is dual-voltage (usually marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to ensure safe and proper use when powering devices.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Madagascar from a higher 230 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Up Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 230 volts to 127 volts.

See the list of 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 Malagasy 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 Malagasy power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Malagasy power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Malagasy power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Malagasy 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 Malagasy 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/Madagascar - wikipedia.org entry about Madagascar.
  2. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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/gp/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451325551&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=HWUDRS5BKFQ75ACA - Step Up 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.