Which plug adapter will you need for using a clothes iron in Tanzania?

Tanzanian power outlet

Summary

Check that your clothes iron can work in Tanzania:

  • If your clothes iron can run on 230 volts or can support dual voltage (how you can check) then you will only need to bring a suitable power adapter listed below if the plug on your clothes iron will not fit.

If not then either:

  • Use a dual voltage travel iron [2] - you might still need the right power adapter for Tanzania but these cheap lightweight accessories are designed specifically for travel.
  • Use a power converter [7] (or voltage transformer) - you can then use your existing clothes iron and other applicances with a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet, however this is significantly bulkier and more expensive than a dedicated travel clothes iron. A voltage transformer will change the voltage but not the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit in the types of power outlet used in Tanzania, therefore please check that your voltage transformer comes with a suitable power adapter for Tanzania otherwise you will need to bring a seperate power adapter. Be aware that your existing clothes iron might not be suitable for travel and you risk potential damage in your luggage.

Warning: If your clothes iron won't handle the 230 volts used in Tanzania you run a risk of damage to your clothes iron, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your clothes iron in Tanzania read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Using a clothes iron in Tanzania

How can I use my American clothes iron in Tanzania?

The guides on this page assume that you are a reader from the US visiting Tanzania and provide advice on using your US clothes iron with a Tanzanian power outlet.

Will my clothes iron work in Tanzania?

This will depend on if your clothes iron is designed to operate using the 230 volts used in Tanzania. If you're using either a dual voltage clothes iron or your clothes iron can handle 230 volts and you have the appropriate plug adapter then you can use it in Tanzania. If not then then you will need to consider using either a power converter [7] or a dual voltage travel iron [2]. Read our guide on will a voltage converter work with your domestic clothes iron in Tanzania for help deciding which option is more suitable.

Tanzania power outlets and plug sockets

What frequency is used in Tanzania?

The frequency of the current in a Tanzanian power outlet is 50Hz.

What is the voltage in Tanzania?

Power outlets in Tanzania are 230 volts.

Which power adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Tanzania?

Type D and G power outlets

Which power adapter do you need to bring for using a clothes iron in Tanzania?

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

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this power socket by three circular holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - This wall socket (also known as a type G power outlet) looks like 3 rectangular slots with shutters in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.

A Type G plug adapter [6] is suitable for powering a 230 volt clothes iron in Tanzania; read the step by step instructions below for full details of using a clothes iron in Tanzania using a power adapter. Please be aware that unless you that have a dual voltage clothes iron you might also need to use a power converter.

Dual voltage travel irons

How can I tell if my clothes iron is dual voltage?

An easy way how to tell if your clothes iron supports dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the plug, base or handle. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your clothes iron, it should also state in the instruction manual or on the box. Some dual voltage models will change automatically, however other models will feature a button or switch which allows you to toggle between different regions depending on which country you are in.

  • Single voltage could say a specific number - such as 110V. If this number matches the 230 volts used in Tanzania then you should be able to use your clothes iron with a Tanzanian power outlet.
  • Single voltage could also have a small voltage range with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V. If the 230 volts used in a Tanzanian power outlet falls within the range shown on your clothes iron then you can use it in Tanzania.
  • Dual voltage will say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 100/240V. Your clothes iron will be capable of being used in Tanzania or any other country if these numbers are shown.

Travelling to Tanzania with a clothes iron

Can I take a clothes iron in my carry on to Tanzania?

According to the TSA guidelines for clothes irons [10] there are no restrictions when bringing a mains powered clothes iron in your hand luggage through airport security in the United States. The TSA also suggests that you should verify that the airline which is taking you to Tanzania will allow a clothes iron onboard and that it will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. The TSA also advices wrapping wires tightly around clothes irons. If you do intend to bring a fragile or expensive clothes iron in your hand held luggage then it is recommended to bring hard carry on luggage [11] as this provides the most protection against knocks and bumps during your journey.

Power converters for Tanzania

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 cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your clothes iron to fit into a power outlet found in Tanzania, whereas a heavy and bulkier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Tanzanian power outlet to work with a non-230 volt clothes iron.

Do I need a power converter to use a clothes iron in Tanzania?

A suitable voltage transformer [7] (or power converter) allows your clothes iron using a different voltage to work using a 230 volt power outlet used in Tanzania. A power converter is suitable for travellers who want to bring along their own domestic clothes iron, but it could be more costly to purchase a power converter than it is to buy a dedicated dual voltage travel iron [2]. Also, a power converter is considerably bulkier and heavier than a travel clothes iron making a power converter less suitable when packing in luggage compared to a travel clothes iron.

How to use a clothes iron in Tanzania using a type D power adapter

Simple instructions showing how to use your clothes iron in Tanzania with a three pronged Type D travel charger.

  1. Please check that the iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or can work with a 230 volt power supply but if it doesn't then don't proceed as you could damage your iron, blow a fuse or create an electrical fire hazard. Travel irons typically have a switch to toggle between voltages, before using the iron ensure you have set it to accept 230 volts for use in Tanzania - refer to the owners manual for more details on where the switch is located.
  2. You will need to bring a Type D plug adapter [4] if the shape of plug on your clothes iron isn't the same type of power outlet used in Tanzania. The power adapter is designed to adapt plugs on appliances from other countries into an electrical outlet used in Tanzania simply by changing the shape of the plug, but the adapter doesn't change the voltage of the clothes iron to work with a 230 volt supply.
  3. Plug in the Type D plug adapter into the Tanzanian power outlet. You can recognise this wall outlet by the three round holes in a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type D plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  6. The clothes iron can now be turned on.
How to use a clothes iron in Tanzania using a type D power adapter

How to use a clothes iron in Tanzania using a type G power adapter

Learn how to use your clothes iron in Tanzania by using a Type G travel charger.

  1. Ensure that your iron is either a dual voltage travel iron [2] or is compatible with a 230 volt power supply; but if not then don't continue because you may create an electrical fire hazard, damage your iron or blow a fuse. Before using a dual voltage travel iron which can toggle between different voltages make sure you have set it to the 230 volt setting; consult the instructions to find out how to do this.
  2. If the plug on your clothes iron isn't the same shape as the outlet which is used in Tanzania you'll need to bring a Type G plug adapter [6]. This Type G plug adapter helps convert different plugs from other countries into a power outlet found in Tanzania by changing the shape of the plug, however the adapter doesn't change the frequency or voltage of your clothes iron to work with a 230 volt outlet.
  3. Firstly plug the Type G plug adapter in the power outlet. This plug outlet, sometimes known as the Type G power outlet [5], can be identified by the three rectangular holes with shutters in a triangle pattern.
  4. Plug in your clothes iron into the Type G plug adapter.
  5. Turn on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  6. Your clothes iron should now be ready for use in Tanzania.
How to use a clothes iron in Tanzania using a type G power adapter

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzanian country Wiki page
  2. https://www.amazon.com/Small-Mini-Iron-Non-Stick-Extra-Long/dp/B01AK9ZUGO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1483620272&sr=8-4&keywords=dual+voltage+travel+iron&refinements=p_72:2661618011&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=2f036aaac07e425cbd203ec0166146cb - dual voltage travel iron
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeD.htm - Type D power outlet
  4. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage
  5. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/typeG.htm - Type G power outlet
  6. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  9. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/list_bylocation.htm - IEC World Plugs by location
  10. https://apps.tsa.dhs.gov/mytsa/cib_results.aspx?search=clothes%20iron - TSA guidelines for clothes irons
  11. Hard carry on luggage - Example of hard cases, suitcases and luggage suitable for airline carry on.