Zimbabwe power adapters - what plugs are used in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Zimbabwe all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Zimbabwe 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 can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Zimbabwe power outlet then you can use it in Zimbabwe without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Zimbabwe power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Zimbabwe such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Note that a plug adapter for Zimbabwe (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Zimbabwe, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Zimbabwe to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Zimbabwe if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to power one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a mobile phone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Zimbabwe.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts used in Zimbabwe you run the risk of blowing a fuse, damage to your device or even an electrical fire hazard. Before using your device in Zimbabwe please read the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

When packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can use all your electrical devices when you get there. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Zimbabwe you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Various standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Zimbabwe. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Zimbabwe by using their types G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Zimbabweans will typically use Type G wall outlets. You will find power sockets are different depending on which area you are travelling to therefore we recommend reading the power adapters page for a full list of countries. We also suggest referring to the Zimbabwe Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to the area.

Zimbabwe power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Zimbabwe?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use. If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Zimbabwe as American plugs won't physically fit in a Zimbabwe power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Zimbabwe to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Zimbabwe?

The best power adapter for Zimbabwe is a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe power outlets

What plugs do they use in Zimbabwe?

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

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type G - This plug supply (technically called a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
What plugs do they use in Zimbabwe?

What is the voltage in Zimbabwe?

The voltage used in Zimbabwe is 220 volts.

What frequency is used in Zimbabwe?

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

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

The voltage which comes from a Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 220 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Zimbabwe the same as US?

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

Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. There are two standards of power outlets that Zimbabweans use (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Zimbabwe trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you're not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Zimbabwe we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Zimbabwe?

Why use a travel USB charger for Zimbabwe?

  • 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 Zimbabwe.
  • 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 Zimbabwe.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Zimbabwe along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe?

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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.
  • 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 Zimbabwe.

Power converters for Zimbabwe

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and bulky power converter [7] converts a 220 volt Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.

Do I need a voltage converter for Zimbabwe?

When you are visiting Zimbabwe from another country please check your device can be charged using a 220v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) ensure that 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 whilst powering it up.
  • For supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Zimbabwe 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 220 volts.

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

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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 diffence) 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.

Travel appliances which can connect to a Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Zimbabwe power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Zimbabwe power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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/Zimbabwe - wikipedia.org entry about Zimbabwe.
  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.