Namibia power adapters - what plugs are used in Namibia?

Namibian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Namibia?

You will need to pack a Type D plug adapter for Namibia if your plug doesn't fit into a Namibian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Namibia all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Namibian 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.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Namibia, it is advised to bring a portable charger if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're planning on visiting Namibia from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Namibian power outlet. As the voltage is different in Namibia you also need to pack a power converter for Namibia if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Namibian power outlet then you can use it in Namibia without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Namibian power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Namibia such a Type D plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Namibia (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Namibia, but can't convert the voltage from 220 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Namibia to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Namibia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type D 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 D plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Namibia[3] [AD]

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Namibia please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Namibia power adapters

Power adapters for Namibia

Varying complicated combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Namibia. This page has links to step-by-step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to power your devices in Namibia using the standard Type D or M 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Power adapters are different regionally therefore please read the power adapters for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Namibia?

The best power adapter for Namibia will be a Type D plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Namibia?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Namibian power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[5]

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Namibia?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Namibian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Namibia along with the correct power adapter.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Namibia simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Namibia?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Where to buy a power adapter for Namibia

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Namibia

Power adapters are most likely be available in major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Namibia

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and light.
  • Cheap, prices under $10 USD (around £5 GBP / under C$10).
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to operate.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter will be ideal for Namibia.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one adapter for each plug - for each individual device or appliance you want to use you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • An adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Namibian power outlet but not the voltage used in Namibia - if your device doesn't work with a 220 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Namibia might only have one power outlet, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time.
  • If you intend to travel to more than one country then you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • You will also need to pack a separate USB charger if you wish to power a USB device. [3] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electrical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / around C$25).
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Namibia by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Namibia.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering. [6] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • An all in one design which is both lightweight and small for under $15 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • Some models will include a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel adapters will include USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't operate in Namibia. Therefore you need to pack a separate power adapter for a Namibian power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from a single outlet.
  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles or curling irons.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter means it won't be suitable for non-220 volt devices.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance. [7] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing multiple domestic USB power chargers which costs on average between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most models will include a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back home it will still be of use.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Namibian power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for Namibia.
  • They only have USB ports so you won't be able to power appliances, just USB powered ones. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

Cost effective plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost $10 USD (almost £10 GBP / over C$45) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Namibian power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Namibia.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Namibia.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Namibian power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters have surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 220 volts in Namibia and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Namibian power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Namibia.
  • The normal weight of most models of voltage converters makes them way too bulky for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Namibia.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $120 to $130 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).

Comparison of electrical adapters for Namibia

Type D Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Namibia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D Namibian power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Namibian power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return home Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 220 volt AC appliance in Namibia Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $15 to $20 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / almost C$90)
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Namibia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Namibia?

Type D and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Namibia?

There are two different types of power supply used in Namibia, types D and M with the primary power outlets being type D:

  • Plug Type D - You can recognise the wall outlet by the 3 circular holes forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type M - This plug socket (technically called a type M power outlet) looks like three circular holes forming a triangle configuration. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Namibia?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Namibia.

What frequency is used in Namibia?

The frequency found in a Namibian power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Are there power outages in Namibia?

Namibia reports power cuts once a month.

Are power outlets available in Namibia?

In Namibia less than 50% of the population of the country has access to electrical power.

Do I need a portable charger for Namibia?

A USB power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a portable charger for Namibia?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Namibia combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Namibia increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a 10,000mAh portable charger alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Namibia and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Namibia.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
How well do solar powered chargers work in Namibia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

How well do solar powered chargers work in Namibia?

The sunshine in Namibia should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Namibia.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Namibia, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Namibia is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.  [4] [17] [18] [AD]

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Namibia 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 charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

Why use a travel USB charger for Namibia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different outlets to Namibia.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Namibia.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Namibia along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Namibia might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge 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 almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perfect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Namibia could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Namibian power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Namibian power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [8] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Namibia?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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 Namibia 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 Namibia.
  • 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 Namibia. [8] [AD]

Power converters for Namibia

What does a power converter for a Namibian power outlet do?

Power converters for Namibia allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Namibian power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform a 220 volt Namibian power outlet to work with a non-220 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Namibia. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Namibia?

If you are travelling to Namibia from a different country please ensure your device can be used with a 220 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 220 volts. Read our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 220 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used with 220 volts run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Namibia which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

What converter do I need for Namibia?

In order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Namibia you will need a step down power converter[10] [AD]

What voltage is used in Namibia?

Namibia uses 220 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/

How to convert 220 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 220 volt Namibian power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Namibia before plugging that into a Namibian power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 220 volt Namibian power outlet. [10] [AD]
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
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?

The best way to tell if a appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Namibia?

Which type of adapter do I need to bring to Namibia?

The plug adapter which is best to use in Namibia depends on your requirements, prior to deciding the right adapter to use we recommend using the following checklist:

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

Make a list of items to bring

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB devices which can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only need to bring along just USB powered devices to Namibia you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one lightweight charger along with appropriate existing charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices (such as laptops), however won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Namibia?

Family need to power electronics too

How many electrical devices are you taking to Namibia?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Namibia (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?

Do your devices and appliances work with 220 volt power outlets?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only bringing USB devices

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Namibia?

Are multiple wall outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Namibia?

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [6] [AD]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$10) which charges only one device from a Namibian power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts), but investing in roughly between $10 to $15 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Is Namibia the only place you'll be visiting?

Will it take you a long time to get to Namibia?

Making a call after a long haul flight

Will it take you a long time to get to Namibia?

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in Namibia you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining. [4] [AD]
Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Does the area of Namibia you are visiting have good access to electricity?

  • Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in Namibia which might potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Namibia has power outages and having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power adapter you use doesn't function anyway. Using a solar backpack and portable charger will prepare you for a power cut and limited electrical access.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]

Would you like to use your charger when returning home?

What can I connect to a Namibian power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Namibian power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Namibian power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Namibian power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Namibian power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Namibian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Namibian power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Namibian power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Namibian power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Namibia, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

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  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Namibia.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, priced at under $10 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$5-C$10)
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go, between $45 to $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / around C$40).
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / around C$25)
  7. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, between $10 to $15 USD (around £15 GBP / under C$30)
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, priced at between $15 to $20 USD (£10-£15 GBP / under C$20)
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, costing around $15 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$20-C$25)
  10. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet, priced between $120 to $130 USD (under £90 GBP / under C$130)
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, costs between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$30)
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, around $100 USD (£70-£80 GBP / C$200-C$210).
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $25 to $30 USD (£30-£35 GBP / around C$50).
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, costing between $45 to $50 USD (£30-£35 GBP / around C$40).
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost under $130 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$140-C$150).
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs between $90 to $100 USD (under £120 GBP / under C$120)
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $25 USD (around £25 GBP / under C$60).
  19. 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, priced under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$80-C$90)
  20. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, around $160 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$270-C$280).
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -