Charging your mobile phone from a power outlet in Tanzania

Using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Tanzanian power outlet and charging any mobile phone using a Type D USB charger.

Tanzanian power outlet

If packing for a holiday to Tanzania it can be helpful to know in advance if you can power any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you get there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your mobile phone. Complicated combinations of voltages and region codes can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need to pick up in advance to charge the mobile phone . These instructions have been specifically written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when you are abroad.This page contains a simple guide telling you exactly what you'll need to power your mobile phone when visiting Tanzania using the types G or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Tanzanians. When travelling to Tanzania from a different country please double check the mobile phone can accept a 240v supply. If it originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 120v make sure that the device is dual voltage (indicated by 100-240 volts) otherwise you may need to use an additional converter to avoid the device from being damaged when charging it. If you plan on staying in a tourist destination like Dar es Salaam or Dodoma please refer to the Tanzanian country page on Wikipedia [1] for more indepth information.

These instructions are 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 visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Tanzania

Can the mobile phone be used in Tanzania?

Yes, you can connect any mobile phone to a Tanzanian power outlet.

What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Tanzania?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than your mobile phone the best international travel adapter for Tanzania is a multiple USB port charger which includes swappable plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Tanzania (G and D) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for type G. As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa simply by changing the heads over. If your type of mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from much quicker recharging times with one of these USB power adapters along with support for more power demanding devices like tablets. Unlike other travel adapters having a four port adapter will allow you to power more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy multiple power adapters. Only needing a single USB travel charger will help keep the overall weight and size down, making it perfect to store in hand luggage and on hand for recharging your mobile phone at an airport or on the 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 sit under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets with just a single wall outlet.

We recommend searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

Alternative travel adapter for Tanzania

The 4 port USB travel charger [7] 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 Tanzania 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 adapter for travellers originating from North America visiting Tanzania using type B American plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also 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. This is a much more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with just one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a more flexible 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 Tanzania.
What is the best power adapter for recharging any mobile phone in Tanzania?

How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using USB Type B connector and a 3 pin Type G power adapter to recharge your mobile phone with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using the Tanzanian 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. First you'll need to plug the Type G USB power adapter in the Tanzanian power outlet. This plug supply, sometimes known as a Type G power outlet [2], looks like 3 vertical holes with plastic shutters in a triangular shape.
  3. Then connect the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the mains USB 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 which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port can normally be found either on the bottom or side of the mobile.
  5. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to the phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take.
How to use a Type G power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Tanzanian power outlet

How to use a Type D power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Tanzanian power outlet

Using type B Micro USB cable and a 3 pin Type D USB charger to charge your mobile phone with a Tanzanian power outlet.

  1. In order to supply power to the mobile phone using the Tanzanian power outlet you'll need a Type D USB power adapter [6] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. First you'll need to plug the Type D USB power adapter in the Tanzanian power outlet. This power outlet, sometimes known as a Type D power outlet [5], looks like 3 round holes in a triangle pattern.
  3. Connect one end of the USB Type B connector into the bottom of the USB mains 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 you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone for charging with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is normally located either on the bottom or along one side of the mobile phone.
  5. Switch on the Tanzanian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone will indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will take.
How to use a Type D power charger for charging your mobile phone from a Tanzanian power outlet

See also

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzanian country page on Wikipedia
  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. 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. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters