Swaziland power adapters - what plugs are used in Swaziland?

Swazi power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Swaziland all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Swazi power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Swazi power outlet then it can work in Swaziland.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Swazi power outlet you will need a suitable plug adapter for Swaziland such a Type M plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Swaziland (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Swaziland, but can't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Swaziland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Swaziland if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type M plug adapter.
  • If you only need to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type M plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Swaziland.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Swaziland you run the risk of a blown fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in Swaziland please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Swaziland. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Swaziland by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type M Swazi power outlet. You'll find power sockets will vary depending on which country you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also recommend referring to the Swaziland Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information on the location.

Swaziland power adapters

Do I need a plug adapter in Swaziland?

It depends on the shape of plug you are attempting to use and the country you are travelling from. If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Swaziland as American plugs won't physically fit in a Swazi power outlet, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Swaziland to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Swaziland?

The best power adapter for Swaziland will be a Type M power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Swaziland?

Swaziland power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Swaziland?

The type of plug outlet used in Swaziland is type M. You can recognise this power socket by the three large circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.

What kind of outlets are in Swaziland?

What voltage is used in Swaziland?

The residential voltage used in Swaziland is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used with a Swazi power outlet?

The frequency from a Swazi power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Swazi power outlets the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Swaziland the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Swazi power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Swaziland which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

Swaziland 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 Swaziland?

  • Most travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you now only need to bring one charger to charge all your devices. Instead of bringing 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 devices, thereby cutting down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB chargers will 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 Swaziland.
  • 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 impossible to repair in Swaziland.
  • USB chargers can accept both the 230 volt power outlets in Swaziland plus other voltage standards in other countries.
  • It's possible that some accommodation or hotel rooms in Swaziland only have one wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports allows you to share the single power supply with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting any unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airport departure lounges are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets during departure can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the ability to fast charge is perect.
  • Some countries power grids are 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 smartphone or tablet in Swaziland could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include a power outlet strip to use multiple low wattage devices such as laptops, howeverthese are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read our section on using travel appliances with a Swazi power outlet for helpful guidelines on the best power adapter for a high powered devices in a Swazi power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones might pull more than the usual 500 mA (milliamps) produced from a normal 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 draw 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 Swaziland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Swaziland 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 Swaziland.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only 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 generous 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 Swaziland.

Power converters for Swaziland

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [6] will transform a 230 volt Swazi power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, but a cheaper and smaller power adapter [5] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to fit into a power outlet found in Swaziland.

Do I need a power converter for Swaziland?

If visiting Swaziland from a different country ensure that the device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v check the device is dual-voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [8] to prevent the device from overloading when charging it.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Swaziland from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [7] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts diffence) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Swazi 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 Swazi power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Swazi power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Swazi power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Swazi 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 Swazi power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Swazi 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 Swazi 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/Swaziland - wikipedia.org entry about Swaziland.
  2. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M 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.