How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Malawi

How to connect a Malawian power outlet to any mobile phone

Malawian power outlet

Varying different combinations of region codes and plugs can often be confusing when planning to stay in another country, especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to pick up in advance to charge your mobile phone in Malawi. These instructions were written to prevent you having to worry if you'll be able to charge your mobile phone abroad.This page has useful instructions which shows exactly how to power the mobile phone in Malawi by using a 230 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Malawians will use 13 amp plugs for wall outlets. When you are visiting Malawi from a different country check your mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If the mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with 100-240 volts) else you may need to use an additional converter to stop the device from overheating when charging it. If you plan on staying at a Malawian destination like Lilongwe we suggest referring to the Malawi country entry on wikipedia.org [1] for more indepth details prior to travelling to 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 Malawi

Can the mobile phone be used in Malawi?

You can connect any mobile phone to a Malawian power outlet by using a power convertor.

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

When you are travelling to multiple countries the best travel charger for Malawi is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [5].

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world just by changing the supplied heads over. If your model of mobile phone can support Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these USB travel adapters, along with additional compatibility with more power hungry devices. Unlike other chargers having a four port charger will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to buy individual power chargers or using up additional wall outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage as well as being convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on the plane. Because of 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 tablets and smartphones with only a single plug socket.

For those travelling often we recommend searching for a versatile travel charger like this at an electronics retailer. The power adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with good reliably.

Alternative travel adapter for Malawi

The 4 port USB travel charger [5] is the most compact option for travellers from around the world wanting to charge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting 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 power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs which cover Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact power converter for travellers originating from America visiting Malawi.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs. This is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 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 suitable for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Malawi.
What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Malawi?

How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Malawian power outlet

Using USB type B cable with a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter to recharge your mobile phone from a Malawian power outlet.

  1. To supply power to any mobile phone using a Malawian power outlet you will need to buy a Type G USB power adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Start the process by taking the Type G USB power adapter and plugging it into the Malawian power outlet. The plug outlet (called a Type G power outlet [2]) can be identified by three vertical slots in a triangle shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  3. Then connect one end of the type B USB cord into the bottom of the mains USB adapter 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 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 Malawian 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.
How to use a Type G power charger for recharging your mobile phone from a Malawian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malawi - Malawi country entry on wikipedia.org
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power adapter - Provides power from a type G mains power supply
  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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters