Namibia power adapters - what plugs are used in Namibia?

Namibian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Namibia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Namibian power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on 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 your plug will fit in a Namibian power outlet then you can use it in Namibia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Namibian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Namibia such a Type D plug adapter [2]. Be aware that a plug adapter for Namibia (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Namibia, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Namibia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Namibia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Namibia.

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

Background

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to stay in 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 shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Namibia. This page contains links to step by step instructions which shows how to power your devices when you're visiting Namibia using the standard D or M type Namibian 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which region you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters list for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the Namibia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the location.

Namibia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Namibia?

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 Namibia as American plugs won't physically fit in a Namibian power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Namibia to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Namibia?

The best power adapter for Namibia is a Type D power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Namibia?

Namibia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Namibia?

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

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes in a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type M - The plug supply (also called a type M power outlet) looks like 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
What kind of outlets are in Namibia?

What is the voltage in Namibia?

The voltage used in Namibia is 220 volts.

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

The voltage which comes from a Namibian power outlet is 220 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 Namibian power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

What frequency is used in Namibia?

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

Are outlets in Namibia the same as US?

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

Namibia 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.

Why use a travel USB charger for Namibia?

  • 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 Namibia.
  • 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 Namibia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Namibia along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Namibia 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 Namibia 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 Namibian power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Namibian 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 Namibia?

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 Namibia 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 Namibia.
  • 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 Namibia.

Power converters for Namibia

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 [6] converts a 220 volt Namibian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and cheaper power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Namibia.

Do I need a voltage converter for Namibia?

When visiting Namibia from another country check the device can be charged using a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts make sure your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to avoid the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • For powering larger appliances if you are visiting Namibia from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

Read the 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 Namibian 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 Namibian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Namibian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Namibian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Namibian 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 Namibian 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/Namibia - wikipedia.org entry about Namibia.
  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. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.