Sri Lanka power adapters - what plugs are used in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lankan power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Sri Lanka all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Sri Lankan power outlet. If you're unclear about which voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet then you can use it in Sri Lanka without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Sri Lanka such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Sri Lanka (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Sri Lanka, but can't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Sri Lanka to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Sri Lanka if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power USB devices such as a cellphone or a tablet then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Sri Lanka.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Sri Lanka you run the risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before using your device in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Sri Lanka by using their types G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Sri Lankans will typically use Type G wall outlets. You will find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations. We also suggest referring to the Sri Lanka Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to the area.

Sri Lanka power adapters

Do I need a power adapter in Sri Lanka?

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 Sri Lanka as American plugs won't physically fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to bring a power converter for Sri Lanka to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

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

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka power outlets

What plugs do they use in Sri Lanka?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Sri Lanka, types G, D and M 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 - The plug supply (technically called a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular holes with shutters forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type M - The plug supply (technically called a type M power outlet) looks like 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
What plugs do they use in Sri Lanka?

What is the voltage in Sri Lanka?

The voltage used in Sri Lanka is 230 volts.

What frequency is used in Sri Lanka?

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

Is the voltage in Sri Lanka the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Sri Lankan power outlet is 230 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 Sri Lankan power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Sri Lanka the same as US?

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

Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Sri Lankans use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, D and M) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Sri Lanka?

Why use a travel USB charger for Sri Lanka?

  • 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 Asia which will probably use different power outlets to Sri Lanka.
  • 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 Sri Lanka.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Sri Lanka along with different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that hotel rooms in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lankan power outlet for guidelines on the most suitable power adapter to use with a Sri Lankan 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 Sri Lanka?

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 Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka.
  • 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 Sri Lanka.

Power converters for Sri Lanka

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 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Sri Lanka.

Do I need a voltage converter for Sri Lanka?

When you are travelling to Sri Lanka from another country please check your device can be charged using a 230v 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 powering larger appliances if you are visiting Sri Lanka 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.

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 Sri Lankan 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 Sri Lankan power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sri Lankan power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones that can connect to the Sri Lankan power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Sri Lankan 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 Sri Lankan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Sri Lankan 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 Sri Lankan 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/Sri_Lanka - wikipedia.org entry about Sri Lanka.
  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.