Zambia power adapters - what plugs are used in Zambia?

Zambian power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Zambia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Zambian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Zambian power outlet then you can use it in Zambia.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Zambian power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Zambia such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Zambia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Zambia, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Zambia to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Zambia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Zambia.

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

Background

If you are packing for a trip to Zambia it is useful to know if you can use any essential gadgets like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Zambia. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when staying in Zambia using the standard G, C or D type Zambian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Zambians typically use Type G plugs in their plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Zambia Wikipedia page [1] for further details.

Zambia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Zambia?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Zambia and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Zambia as an American plug won't fit in a Zambian power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Zambia to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Zambia?

The best power adapter for Zambia is a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Zambia?

Zambia power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Zambia?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Zambia, these are type G, C and D with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the power socket by the two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this plug supply by the 3 round holes in a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - The wall socket, also known as a type G power outlet, looks like 3 vertical rectangular slots with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
What type of power outlets are in Zambia?

What voltage is used in Zambia?

The common residential voltage in Zambia is 230 volts.

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

The voltage in Zambia is 230 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Zambian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is a plug socket in Zambia the same as in the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in Zambia?

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

Zambia 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 Zambia?

If travelling with more than just one device the best international travel charger for Zambia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are three different types of power outlets that Zambians use (types G, C and D) and using a travel adapter like this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa simply by changing the included plugs over. If your type of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these USB power adapters and additional support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage while travelling and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on the plane. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of power adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not travelling they can sit overnight charging multiple phones, tablets and e-readers with just a single power outlet.

We recommend buying this type of versatile power charger at an electronics retailer. The multipurpose power adapter illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for powering multiple USB devices in numerous countries around the world.

What USB charger do I need for Zambia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Zambia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Zambia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Zambia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Zambia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Zambia might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple cell phones and tablets from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Zambia could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Zambian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Zambian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Zambia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Zambia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Zambia.
  • 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 originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Zambia.

Power converters for Zambia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Zambian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Zambia.

Do I need a power converter for Zambia?

If you are travelling to Zambia from a different region please check the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased from a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110v ensure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Zambia from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 230 volts.

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

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Zambian 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 Zambian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Zambian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Zambian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Zambian 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 Zambian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Zambian 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 Zambian 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/Zambia - Zambia Wikipedia 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.