How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Madagascar

Instructions showing how to recharge any mobile phone with a Malagasy power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger, recharging any mobile phone using a Type D USB charger and how to recharge any mobile phone using a Type E power plug

Malagasy power outlet

If packing for a vacation it can often be useful to know if you'll be able to power your important devices that you'll be bringing with you. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you may bring the wrong charger, leaving you needing to purchase a potentially overpriced adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all be daunting when planning on travelling to another country especially if you've never visited before. If you are going to travel to Madagascar these useful instructions show how to supply power to your mobile phone using their D, C, E, J or K type 127 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Malagasy use Type D sockets in their plug outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll find that most power sockets will vary from region to region so we recommend that you read our Wikiconnections travel power sockets guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different regions. If your mobile phone charges slowly or does not power up when travelling to Madagascar from another country then check that it is compatible with a 110 volt power supply. Typically devices which originated from a country which use a higher voltage such as 220 volts may take longer to charge or won't power up, so check that the device is dual voltage (you'll find these are usually marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to ensure proper use. If you plan on visiting a city such as Antananarivo or Toamasina refer to the Malagasy Wikipedia page [1] for further information on visiting the area.

This how-to guide is for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For all the latest phones please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Madagascar

Can the mobile phone be used in Madagascar?

You can use any mobile phone in Madagascar.

What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Madagascar?

If travelling with more than just your mobile phone or visiting multiple countries then the best international travel power adapter for Madagascar to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Malagasy use five different types of wall outlets (D, C, E, J and K) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type C. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa just by changing the included heads over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge (please note that not all USB devices do) then you'll benefit from much faster recharging times by using one of these types of USB travel adapters, and support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger means you can charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to Madagascar or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand baggage. Due to their flexibility these types of adapters can be used when back at home so when you're not on holiday they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel on a regular basis we recommend searching for a multipurpose power charger similar to this at an electronics retailer. The power charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Madagascar

The 4 port USB travel charger [13] is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices such as the mobile phone, however for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power adapters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which can be necessary when visiting counties with unreliable or unstable power supplies to prevent damage to any connected appliances from voltage spikes. These power converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Madagascar and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Madagascar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This offers almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with just 1 less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more 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 ideal for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Madagascar.
What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Madagascar?

Charging any mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge any mobile phone with a Malagasy power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a 3 pinned Europlug Type C power charger.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type C USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type C USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Europlug or Type C power outlet [2]) is recognised by the two circular adjacent holes next to each other where the twin plug outlet pins slide into.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord into the power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Europlug Type C USB adapter

Powering any mobile phone with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Using type B USB cord and a Type D power charger to power your mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type D USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type D USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply, sometimes called a Type D power outlet [5], can be recognised by the three round holes forming a triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type D USB adapter

Powering any mobile phone with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

Using USB Micro Type B connector with a Type E power charger to recharge your mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. In order to charge your mobile phone from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to buy a Type E USB power adapter [8] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type E USB power adapter in the Malagasy power outlet. You can identify this power supply by two adjacent holes where the pins slide into with a long metal grounding pin protruding from the top to form a triangular pattern.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B Micro USB connector into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on along one side or on the bottom of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on the mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Powering any mobile phone with a Malagasy power outlet by using a 2 pinned Type E USB adapter

How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet

Using USB Micro Type B connector and a Type J power charger to power your mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. If you want to power your mobile phone from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to buy a Type J USB power adapter [10] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Plug in the Type J USB power adapter into the wall outlet. This hexagon shaped wall supply (called a Type J power outlet [9]) looks like three large round holes forming a flattened triangular pattern for live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the Type B micro USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note you can usually connect the cable supplied with your mobile phone for charging with any USB adapter).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type J power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet

Charging any mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

Using type B USB cord and a Type K power charger to power your mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet.

  1. If you want to charge the mobile phone from the Malagasy power outlet you'll need to use a Type K USB power adapter [12] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type K USB power adapter in the wall outlet. This wall supply (called a Type K power outlet [11]) can be identified by three large holes forming a triangular pattern for the live, neutral and earth pins.
  3. Connect the USB end of the type B USB cord into the USB power charger and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Malagasy power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
Charging any mobile phone from a Malagasy power outlet by using a two pinned Type K USB adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - Malagasy Wikipedia page
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeC.htm - Type C power outlet
  3. Type C USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type C mains power outlet
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  6. Type D USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type D mains power outlet
  7. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeE.htm - Type E power outlet
  8. Type E USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type E mains power outlet
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeJ.htm - Type J power outlet
  10. Type J USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type J mains power outlet
  11. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeK.htm - Type K power outlet
  12. Type K USB power adapter - Provides USB power from a type K mains power outlet
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters