Tanzania power adapters - what plugs are used in Tanzania?

Tanzanian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Tanzania all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with a Tanzanian power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device uses then read the section below about how to tell the voltage of your device before going any further.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Tanzanian power outlet then it can work in Tanzania.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Tanzanian power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Tanzania such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Tanzania (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Tanzania, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Tanzania to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Tanzania if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring one or more USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring one which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Tanzania.

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

Background

If organizing to travel to Tanzania it can often be useful to know in advance if you can power your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers that you are bringing along. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive that could be incompatible. Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Tanzania. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Tanzania using the standard types G or D Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Tanzanians will typically use the Type G plug outlets. You'll discover power adapters will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries. We also recommend reading the Tanzania Wikipedia page [1] for further details prior to the location.

Tanzania power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Tanzania?

If the outlet in your home country is different to the shape of the plug outlet in Tanzania then you will need a power adapter. American plugs won't fit into a Tanzanian power outlet therefore you will need to bring a plug adapter for Tanzania, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Tanzania if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

The best power adapter for Tanzania is a Type G power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

Tanzania power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Tanzania?

There are two different types of power supply used in Tanzania, these are type G and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This wall supply, also known as a type D power outlet, looks like three circular holes in a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - The power supply, also called a type G power outlet, can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
What plug sockets are used in Tanzania?

What is the voltage in Tanzania?

The normal voltage in Tanzania is 230 volts.

What is the frequency used in Tanzania?

The frequency from a Tanzanian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is an electrical outlet in Tanzania the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Tanzania the same as the US?

The voltage in Tanzania is 230 volts, but 120 volts is used in America. If your US charger or appliance can't handle dual voltage then you need a suitable power converter for Tanzania which allows a 120 volt US device to work in a 230 volt outlet.

Tanzania 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 Tanzania?

When you are travelling with more than one device the best travel charger for Tanzania to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two types of plug sockets that Tanzanians use (types G and D) and using a power charger like this ensures that you are covered for type G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the plugs. If your type of device can support Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel chargers plus support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other chargers having a four port charger means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy multiple travel adapters or using up additional power outlets. By only bringing a single travel charger will keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers without needing an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this online, the power charger illustrated is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Tanzania?

Why use a travel USB charger for Tanzania?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers it's now only necessary to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 separate devices which cuts down on the weight and size of your luggage.
  • Travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different regions. This is perfect when visiting other countries which are likely to use different power outlets to Tanzania.
  • A good charger is rugged, lightweight and compact; perfect for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be impossible to repair or replace in Tanzania.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Tanzania plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • It is possible that some hotels in Tanzania only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with all your devices instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of visiting any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often in short supply and demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to charge quickly is ideal.
  • Some countries power grids are unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges to prevent damage to any devices connected to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone in Tanzania might prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB chargers also feature power outlet strips to use multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, but please these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See our section on using travel appliances in Tanzania for advice on the most suitable power adapter for a high wattage appliances in a Tanzanian power outlet.
  • Some mobile phones could pull more than the standard 500 mA supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Ensure that the USB power adapter can support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When returning home travel USB power chargers can also be useful by charging multiple cellphones and tablets every night using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Tanzania?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of regions with unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These power adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Europe, America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular portable power converter for travellers originating from America going to Tanzania using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise 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. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with only 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Tanzania.

Power converters for Tanzania

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

Voltage converter

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

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet found in Tanzania, but a more expensive and heavier power converter [7] transforms a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Tanzania?

If travelling to Tanzania from another country please make sure that your device can be used with a 230v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure the device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from overheating whilst powering it up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are visiting Tanzania from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a bulkier Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

What voltage is my appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The best way to tell if your device is dual voltage is to look for either a sticker or numbers printed on the supplied charger or on the unit itself, typically on the rear or near to where the power cord goes. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your unit but could also be written on the box or in the instruction manual.

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

Travel appliances that can connect to a Tanzanian 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 Tanzanian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tanzanian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which work with the Tanzanian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

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

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Tanzanian 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 Tanzanian 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/Tanzania - Tanzania country Wiki page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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.