Mali power adapters - what plugs are used in Mali?

Malian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Mali will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Malian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Malian power outlet then you can use it in Mali without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Malian power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Mali such a Type E plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Mali (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Mali, but doesn'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 Mali 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 Mali if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type E plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you bring one which has a Type E plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Mali.

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

Background

Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Mali. This page contains links to instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're visiting Mali by using their standard Type E or C 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. Power adapters will change regionally therefore we suggest reading our Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations. We suggest reading the Mali Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Mali power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Mali?

If the type of plug outlet in Mali isn't the same as the power plug that you are using then you will need a power adapter. If you are travelling from America then bring a power adapter for Mali because an American plug won't fit in a Malian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Mali if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Mali?

The best power adapter for Mali will be a Type E power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Mali?

Mali power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Mali?

There are two different types of power supply used in Mali, types E and C with the primary power supply being type E:

  • Plug Type C - The power supply is recognised by 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type E - This recessed round plug supply can be recognised by two 4.8mm round holes 19mm adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins slide into plus one long metal earth pin protruding in the top forming a triangle pattern.
What type of power outlets are in Mali?

What voltage is used in Mali?

The standard voltage in Mali is 220 volts.

What electrical frequency is used in a Malian power outlet?

The frequency in a Malian power outlet is 50Hz.

Are plug sockets in Mali the same as US?

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

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

The voltage from a Malian power outlet is 220 volts, but 120 volts is used in the US. If your US power charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Malian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work in a 220-240 volt outlet.

Mali 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 Mali?

When travelling to more than one country or bringing more than one device then the best travel power adapter for Mali is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Mali (E and C) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type C. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times by using one of these USB power chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy seperate travel chargers on your Malian trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand luggage while travelling. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones with just a single wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a flexible travel charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer - the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Mali?

Why use a travel USB charger for Mali?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you should only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers include swappable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which will probably use different outlets to Mali.
  • A good USB power charger is lightweight, compact and rugged - perfect for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair or replace in Mali.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Mali along with different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that accommodation or hotel rooms in Mali only have a single power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with all your devices rather than waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature they take the uncertainty out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere around the world.
  • Power outlets in airports are often sparse and 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 charge quickly 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 Mali might prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also feature a power outlet strip to use multiple low powered domestic appliances such as laptops, but note these are unsuitable for high powered appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our guide on using travel appliances in Mali for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a Malian power outlet for high wattage devices.
  • Certain cellphones and tablets could pull more than the usual 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Quality USB chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices need additional power.
  • On returning home travel USB chargers can also be used by recharging multiple mobile phones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Mali?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be crucial when visiting regions with unreliable or unstable power grids. These power converters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China 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 Mali using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a much cheaper alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Mali.

Power converters for Mali

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

Voltage converter

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

A small, cheap and lightweight power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Mali, however a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] will convert a 220 volt Malian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device.

Do I need a voltage converter for Mali?

When you are travelling to Mali from another country ensure that your device can accept a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts check the device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to prevent the device from overheating whilst powering it up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Mali from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage device?

The easiest way to see if your device is single voltage or dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the power adapter, or on the device itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might vary depending on the make and model of your unit and should also state on the box or in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could 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 larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Malian 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 Malian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Malian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Malian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can connect to the Malian 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 can connect to a Malian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Malian 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 Malian 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/Mali - Mali Wikipedia page.
  2. Type E plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type E 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.