Malaysia power adapters - what plugs are used in Malaysia?

Malaysian power outlet

Summary

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

  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Malaysian power outlet then you can use it in Malaysia.
  • If your device can run on 240 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Malaysian power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Malaysia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Malaysia, but can't change the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Malaysia to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as cell phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts used in Malaysia you run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Malaysia read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power your devices when you get there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Malaysia. This page contains links to useful instructions telling you how to supply power to your devices when you are in Malaysia by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Malaysian plug outlet, with the Malaysians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You'll find power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so we suggest reading the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations. We recommend reading the Malaysia Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information prior to visiting the location.

Malaysia power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Malaysia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

The best power adapter for Malaysia will be a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 240 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

Malaysia power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Malaysia?

The type of power socket used in Malaysia is type G. You can recognise this plug supply by the 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.

What kind of outlets are in Malaysia?

What voltage is used in Malaysia?

The common residential voltage in Malaysia is 240 volts.

What is the electrical frequency used in Malaysia?

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

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

The voltage in Malaysia is 240 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 Malaysian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

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

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

Malaysia 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 Malaysia?

When travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Malaysia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Malaysia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Malaysia?

  • 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 Malaysia.
  • 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 Malaysia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volts used in Malaysia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Malaysia 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 Malaysia 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 Malaysian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Malaysian 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 Malaysia?

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 Malaysia 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 Malaysia.
  • 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 Malaysia.

Power converters for Malaysia

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Malaysian power outlet to work with a non-240 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 Malaysia.

Do I need a power converter for Malaysia?

When travelling to Malaysia from a different country please double check the device can accept a 240v supply.

  • If charging a USB device which originated in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110v) ensure that your device is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to stop the device from being damaged when powering up.
  • When powering larger appliances if you are traveling to Malaysia from a lower 110 volt country you will need to use a larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 240 volts.

See the WikiConnections list of 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 Malaysian 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 Malaysian power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Malaysian power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Malaysian power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Malaysian 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 Malaysian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Malaysian 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 Malaysian 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/Malaysia - Malaysia 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.