Malawi power adapters - what plugs are used in Malawi?

Malawian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Malawi?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for Malawi if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Malawian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Malawi all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power in a Malawian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If you're planning on visiting Malawi from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Malawian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Malawi you also need to pack a power converter for Malawi if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Malawian power outlet then it can work in Malawi without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Malawian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Malawi such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Malawi (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Malawi, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Malawi to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Malawi if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter will be more suited and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Malawi.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts used in Malawi you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Malawi please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Malawi power adapters

Power adapters for Malawi

Varying different voltages and standards can all be confusing when planning on travelling to a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of standards being used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Malawi. This page contains links to step by step instructions which shows how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Malawi using the standard 230 volt 50Hz G Type Malawian wall outlet, the Malawians will use 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters differ regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Malawi?

The best power adapter for Malawi will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Malawi?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Malawi to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Malawi?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Malawian power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Malawi.

Do I need a power adapter in Malawi?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Malawi then you will need a power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Malawi allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Malawi by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Will I need a plug adapter for Malawi if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Malawi as an American plug won't physically fit into a Malawian power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Malawi if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Malawi power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Malawi?

The type of plug outlet used in Malawi is type G. You can identify this plug socket by three holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.

What plug sockets are used in Malawi?

Do US plugs work in Malawi?

No - an American plug won't work in Malawi because it doesn't fit into a Malawian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so please use a power converter for Malawi if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Malawi?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Malawi you will need a step down power converter.

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

The voltage which comes from a Malawian 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 Malawian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Malawi the same as US?

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

What frequency is used in Malawi?

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

Malawi 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.

What USB charger do I need for Malawi?

When travelling with more than one device the best travel power adapter for Malawi is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge (note that not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

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

If you travel to different continents we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Malawi?

Why use a travel USB charger for Malawi?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different outlets to Malawi.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Malawi.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Malawi along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Malawi might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge 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 almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Malawi could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Malawian power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Malawian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Malawi?

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 Malawi 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 Malawi.
  • 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 Malawi.

Power converters for Malawi

What does a power converter for a Malawian power outlet do?

Power converters for Malawi allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Malawian power outlet.

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

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

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

Do I need a power converter for Malawi?

When travelling to Malawi from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [8] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Malawian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Malawi in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Malawian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Malawi from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Malawi is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Malawi?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Malawi you will need to buy a step down power converter [8].

What voltage is used in Malawi?

Malawi uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 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 230 volt Malawian 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 Malawi before plugging that into a Malawian 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 230 volt Malawian power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a 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 can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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 difference) 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.

What can I connect to a Malawian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Malawian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Malawian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Malawian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Malawian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Malawian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Malawian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Malawian power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Malawi, 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/Malawi - wikipedia.org entry about Malawi.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  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