Swaziland power adapters - what plugs are used in Swaziland?

Swazi power outlet

What adapter do I need for Swaziland?

You will need to pack a Type M plug adapter [3] for Swaziland if your plug doesn't fit into a Swazi power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Swaziland all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Swazi power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device uses then please read the section on how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • Some areas in Swaziland do not have access to electricity and suffer from power cuts, it is advised to pack a power bank [4] if you wish to recharge your cellphone whilst in an area without access to power or during a power outage.
  • If you are visiting Swaziland from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Swazi power outlet. As the voltage is different in Swaziland use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Swazi power outlet then it should work in Swaziland.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Swazi power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Swaziland such a Type M plug adapter [3]. A plug adapter for Swaziland (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Swaziland, but won't change the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for Swaziland to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Swaziland if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type M plug adapter.
  • If you only want to bring USB devices such as a cellphone or 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 M plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Swaziland.

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

Swaziland power adapters

Power adapters for Swaziland

Varying different combinations of standards and voltages can often be daunting when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Swaziland. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Swaziland by using their 230 volt 50Hz Type M Swazi power outlet. You'll find power sockets will vary depending on which country you are visiting therefore we suggest reading the travel power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Swaziland?

The best power adapter for Swaziland is a Type M plug adapter [3] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Swaziland?

What is a power adapter for a Swazi power outlet?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Swaziland?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in Swaziland.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Swaziland allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Swaziland by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting Swaziland from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into a Swazi power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Swaziland, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for Swaziland if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Swazi power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Swazi power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Electrical adapters for Swaziland

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type M plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and light.
  • Straightforward design makes this plug adapter simple to use.
  • Using a Type M plug adapter [3] will work in Swaziland.
  • Affordable, with prices under $10 USD (under £10 GBP / under C$20).

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only alters the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type M Swazi power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage. So if your appliance doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Should you plan to visit more than just one country you may need to pack more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • Only 1 plug adapter for each plug - for each individual device or appliance you wish to use you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • If you wish to power a USB device then you also need to pack a USB charger.
  • Your accomodation may only have a single wall outlet, therefore you will only be capable of powering a single device at a time.
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Some models have voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Swazi power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheap and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • A travel power strip is capable of charging many electronic appliances and devices at the same time via one Swazi power outlet, costing under $40 USD (under £40 GBP / under C$45).
  • Typical power strips will include a number of USB charge ports.
  • Voltage from power outlets in some countries could be unstable, a surge in power could damage your devices. There are some power strips that include a built in surge protector, this will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return home it should still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Not supplied with the correct plug adapter for Swaziland therefore you need to also pack a separate power plug adapter for a Swazi power outlet too.
  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to their size and weight power strips might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip could be excessive if you only bring a small number of devices that need powering.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge devices which use USB, for example tablet computers, cell phones or MP3 players.
  • Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers you will only need to pack one charger which costs roughly under $15 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$20).
  • Chargers come with interchangeable adapter heads which make them versatile in a large number of different locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to pack.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • The charger could still be functional when you return home.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Swazi power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for a Swazi power outlet.
  • Because they only have USB outputs you can't to power any appliances, only USB powered devices.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in over 150 countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Fairly easy to use.
  • All in one compact design. Both small and lightweight, under $20 USD (under £20 GBP / under C$30).
  • There are some universal travel adapters that include a built in surge protector, this will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items in your baggage.
  • When you return home it will still be of use as a USB charger.
  • Some universal travel adapters will include USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Although most universal travel adapters are designed to operate in over 150 different countries the pins don't change shape to fit in a Swazi power outlet. So you will need to bring a separate power plug adapter if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from one outlet.
  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, curling irons or hair dryers.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt appliances.
  • Not fully universal - some adapters might not cover certain countries with less popular outlet types.
  • The internal moving parts such as pins and shutters might be fragile on some models which could make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge one plug.
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) a power adapter set typically works out more economical than purchasing multiple individual power plug adapter types costing over $15 USD (over £5 GBP / almost C$10) each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Swazi power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Swaziland.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; before any trip you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Lots individual items to bring with you.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which is compatible in Swaziland.
  • Adapters only change the shape of the plug and doesn't change the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • Only changes the 230 volts in Swaziland and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Swazi power outlet, you will still be required to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • The normal size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them impractical for packing in hand luggage.
  • A power converter is redundant after your trip to Swaziland.
  • Often less expensive to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $110 to $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  • If you are travelling to Swaziland from the US you will need a voltage converter as the voltage is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Swaziland

Type M 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 Swaziland Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included M 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) 15+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type M Swazi power outlet Yes Yes
Additional Type M plug adapter required to fit in a Swazi power outlet Yes 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 230 volt AC appliance in Swaziland 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$20) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) between $10 to $15 USD (£10-£15 GBP / C$15-C$20) between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45) between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$20-C$25) almost $100 USD (almost £110 GBP / over C$60)
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Swaziland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Swaziland?

Type M plug outlets are used in Swaziland. The power outlet (also called a type M power outlet) looks like three circular holes forming a triangle configuration.

What plug sockets are used in Swaziland?

Do US plugs work in Swaziland?

No; an American plug won't work in Swaziland because it won't fit in a Swazi power outlet without the use of a power adapter. The voltage is different therefore use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance is compatible with a 50hz power outlet.

What is the frequency used with a Swazi power outlet?

The frequency from a Swazi power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Swazi power outlets the same as the US?

American plugs won't fit in a Swazi power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Swaziland. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Swaziland and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Is the voltage in Swaziland the same as the US?

The voltage which comes from a Swazi power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger can't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for Swaziland which allows a 120 volt American appliance to work with a 220-240 volt outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Swaziland?

To use a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in a Swazi power outlet you need to bring a step down power converter.

Are electrical outlets available in Swaziland?

In Swaziland more than 25% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

Are there power outages in Swaziland?

Every week in parts of Swaziland power failures are reported.

Should I pack a power bank for Swaziland?

USB power bank

Should I pack a power bank for Swaziland?

Because electrical power isn't available in all areas of Swaziland along with potential power cuts, visitors should bring alternate charging solutions if they want to continue using devices such as cellphones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to Swaziland increased use of mobile phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. As well as the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough electricity to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [14] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Swaziland.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are designed for travelling to areas with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Swaziland.
Does a solar powered charger work in Swaziland?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Does a solar powered charger work in Swaziland?

The sunlight in Swaziland will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [17] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce enough energy for a single charge cycle. This might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the larger cells used on a solar backpack [16] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Swaziland.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Swaziland, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be used frequently. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is constantly exposed to light so will be topping up a power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the climate in Swaziland is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending. They are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.

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)

Swaziland 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 Swaziland?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the size and weight 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 a different standard to Swaziland.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Swaziland.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Swaziland power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Swaziland might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often 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 perect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Swaziland could prove to be problematic and expensive.
  • Premium USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Swaziland for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Swazi power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive 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 every night using only one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Swaziland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Swaziland 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 Swaziland.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a 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 majority of travellers from around the world visiting Swaziland.

Power converters for Swaziland

What does a power converter for Swaziland do?

A power converter allows travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Swazi power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [18] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Swazi power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Swaziland.

Do I need a power converter for Swaziland?

If travelling to Swaziland from a different country ensure the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [10] if you are travelling to Swaziland from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [19].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Swaziland just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Swazi power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter if I'm visiting Swaziland from the US?

The 230 volts used in a electric outlet in Swaziland is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore you will need to use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What kind of converter do I need for Swaziland?

You need to buy a step down power converter [10] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Swaziland.

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

Voltage converter

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

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 to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [10] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Swazi 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 Swaziland before plugging that into a Swazi 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 230 volt Swazi power outlet.

What voltage does Swaziland use?

Swaziland uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit 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 have a specific number - such as 110V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a larger range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Swaziland?

Which type of power adapter do you need to bring to Swaziland?

The type of power converter that is suitable for Swaziland is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing which one to bring we suggest reading this checklist:

How many electrical devices are you taking to Swaziland?

How much are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Swaziland?

  • List all the items you'll need to bring to Swaziland (such as tablets, laptops, phones, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which use a USB port as their power charging source, the next time you buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional items also.
  • Are you bringing a partner to Swaziland who will need to charge their devices too?
What types of electrical items do you need to charge in Swaziland?

Will you need to power appliances

What types of electrical items do you need to charge in Swaziland?

  • There are three types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical devices that plug into a power outlet - for example cameras and laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only want to bring along just USB powered devices you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one compact charger and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are built for powering and voltage conversion for multiple low wattage devices (such as cameras), however won't work with high wattage appliances that need voltage conversion.
Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on packing USB electronics such as phones and tablets then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you will still need to pack the USB power charger that came with your device too.

Will your devices and appliances only work with 230 volt power outlets?

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

Are multiple wall outlets available

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

  • A hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue if recharging the batteries of multiple electronic devices such as cell phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • If you wish to charge multiple devices at the same time then we recommend using a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger which can power multiple USB ports or outlets.

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Swaziland the only location you plan on visiting?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under $10 USD (under £15 GBP / under C$45) which powers only one device in Swaziland (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts) but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30) allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Will you always have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The electricity in Swaziland might sporadically fluctuate and this can cause damage to your devices, you will need to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Swaziland suffering from power outages or having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power charger you bring doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and areas of limited electricity by bringing a solar backpack [16] or portable charger [4].

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to Swaziland?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to Swaziland?

  • If you are embarking on an extended flight to get to Swaziland think about a convenient airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend using a travel portable charger [4] which will recharge on the go. When you land in Swaziland you may need to use a cellphone for making a call, using mapping or reading itineraries; so please make sure that your phone has enough battery power remaining.

What can I connect to a Swazi power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Swazi power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Swazi power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Swazi power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Swazi power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Swazi power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Swazi power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Swazi power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Swaziland, 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 [20].

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.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - wikipedia.org entry about Swaziland.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price around $5 USD (£5-£10 GBP / C$15-C$20).
  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, costing between $30 to $35 USD (around £20 GBP / under C$40).
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - 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, estimated cost under $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, costing between $10 to $15 USD (around £10 GBP / under C$20).
  8. 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, under $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / C$25-C$30).
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price between $15 to $20 USD (£15-£20 GBP / under 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, under $120 USD (£80-£90 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160 USD (around £140 GBP / under C$470).
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, under $25 USD (£30-£35 GBP / C$40-C$45).
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, estimated cost between $35 to $40 USD (£35-£40 GBP / under C$50).
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130 USD (around £100 GBP / under C$150).
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs between $80 to $90 USD (under £80 GBP / under C$280).
  17. 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 (£15-£20 GBP / under C$60).
  18. 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, costing under $100 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$60-C$70).
  19. 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, costs around $140 USD (£100-£110 GBP / C$120-C$130).
  20. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets