Namibia power adapters - what plugs are used in Namibia?

Namibian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Namibia?

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 you're planning on visiting Namibia from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Namibian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Namibia you also need to pack a power converter for Namibia if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Namibia?

The best power adapter for Namibia is a Type D power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Namibia?

What is a power adapter?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Namibia?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Namibian 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 Namibia.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a power adapter in Namibia?

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

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

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

Namibia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Namibia?

Type D and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used 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 forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type M - The plug outlet (technically called a type M power outlet) looks like 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.

What voltage is used in a Namibian power outlet?

The typical residential voltage used from a Namibian power outlet is 220 volts.

Do US plugs work in Namibia?

No - an American plug won't work in Namibia because it doesn't fit in a Namibian power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 220 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Namibia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Namibia?

To use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Namibia you need a step down power converter.

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 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.

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 does a power converter for a Namibian power outlet do?

Power converters for Namibia allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Namibian 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] converts a 220 volt Namibian power outlet to work with a non-220 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 Namibia.

Do I need a power converter for Namibia?

When travelling to Namibia from another region check that the device will accept a 220 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 220 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 220 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 220 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 220 volt Namibian power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Namibia 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 Namibian power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

The voltage from a wall outlet in Namibia 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 Namibia?

You need to use a step down power converter [8] which will allow you to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Namibia.

What voltage is used in Namibia?

Namibia uses 220 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 220 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 220 volt Namibian 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 Namibia before plugging that into a Namibian 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 220 volt Namibian 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?

Dual 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 Namibian power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Namibian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Namibian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Namibian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Namibian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Namibian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Namibian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Namibia, 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/Namibia - wikipedia.org entry about Namibia.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D 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. 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 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