Tanzania power adapters - what plugs are used in Tanzania?

Tanzanian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Tanzania?

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 you are visiting Tanzania from the US then you will need to use a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug into a Tanzanian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Tanzania you will also need to bring a power converter for Tanzania if your device isn't dual voltage and ensure that your it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • 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 [3]. 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

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

The best power adapter for Tanzania is a Type G power adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Tanzania is a small and lightweight plastic adapter that allows a power plug from a foreign country to correctly fit into a power outlet in Tanzania.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

What does a power adapter for Tanzania do?

A power adapter allows visitors from another location to use their electrical appliances in Tanzania by altering the shape of the plug from one type to another.

Do I need a plug adapter for Tanzania?

It will depend on where you are travelling from and the type of plug you are attempting to use.

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

American plugs won't fit into a Tanzanian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Tanzania, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Tanzania if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Tanzanian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Tanzania along with the correct adapter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tanzania?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Tanzania?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Tanzania power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Tanzania?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Tanzania?

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

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the power outlet by three round holes forming a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise the plug socket by 3 holes with plastic shutters forming a triangle configuration for live, neutral and ground.

What is the voltage from a Tanzanian power outlet?

The typical voltage from a Tanzanian power outlet is 230 volts.

Do US plugs work in Tanzania?

No; an American plug won't work in Tanzania because it won't fit into a Tanzanian power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is different therefore you will need to use a power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

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.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Tanzania?

To use either a 110V or 120V appliance in a Tanzanian power outlet you need a step down power converter.

Tanzania 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.

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 [6]. 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 [6] 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 a power converter for a Tanzanian power outlet?

Power converters enable you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Tanzanian 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 power adapter for Tanzania?

A lightweight, cheap and small power adapter [7] (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 [8] transforms a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Tanzania?

When you are visiting Tanzania from a different region please ensure that the device can be charged using a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [9] is needed if you are travelling to Tanzania from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device won't support 230 volts. Read our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to discover which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you are already using either a single voltage device that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [10].
  • Buying a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance could be more practical and cost effective than carrying a much heavier power converter just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on using curling wands, clothes irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers in Tanzania , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Tanzania if I'm from the US?

The voltage from a power outlet in Tanzania is different to an American outlet, therefore please bring a step down power converter [9] if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Tanzania?

You need a step down power converter [9] to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Tanzania.

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a transformer and a converter?

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.

What voltage is used in Tanzania?

Tanzania uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [9] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Tanzanian 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 Tanzania before plugging that into a Tanzanian 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 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet.
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.

What can I connect to a Tanzanian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Tanzanian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Tanzanian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Tanzanian power outlet

Mobile phones which work with the Tanzanian power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Tanzanian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to a Tanzanian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Tanzania, 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 [11].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzania country Wiki page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G 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. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets