Zimbabwe power adapters - what plugs are used in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe power outlet

What adapter do I need for Zimbabwe?

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

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Zimbabwe all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to charge in a Zimbabwe power outlet. If you're not sure which voltage your device can use then please read the section on 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 Zimbabwe, it is advised to bring a portable power bank 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 Zimbabwe from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Zimbabwe power outlet. As the voltage is different in Zimbabwe you also need to pack a power converter for Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet then you can use it in Zimbabwe without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 220 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Zimbabwe power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Zimbabwe such a Type G power adapter. Be aware that a plug adapter for Zimbabwe (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Zimbabwe, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G power adapter.
  • If you simply want to power one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones 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 G power adapter otherwise you'll also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Zimbabwe[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 Zimbabwe please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Zimbabwe power adapters

Power adapters for Zimbabwe

If you are planning to travel it can be helpful to know if you can power all your essential electronics when you arrive at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Zimbabwe you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Differing standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Zimbabwe. This page contains links to simple instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Zimbabwe by using the Type G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Zimbabweans normally use the Type G sockets in their wall outlets. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters list for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Zimbabwe?

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

What is the best power adapter for Zimbabwe?

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 Zimbabwe power outlet.

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

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 Zimbabwe simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Zimbabwe?

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

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Zimbabwe?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Zimbabwe

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Zimbabwe

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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Zimbabwe

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Zimbabwe

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Electrical adapters for Zimbabwe

Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small.
  • Some universal travel adapters will include USB charging ports.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some universal travel adapters that include a built in surge protector, this will protect any device from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items in your luggage.
  • When you return home it could still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles or hair dryers.
  • The moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel power adapters making them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Universal adapters only charge one plug.
  • Might not be completely universal; models might not work in certain countries with less common outlets.
  • Missing a power converter will mean it isn't suitable for appliances which don't support 220 volts. [6] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • 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.
  • Adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Zimbabwe power outlet and doesn't change the voltage, so if your appliance doesn't support 220 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need to pack a voltage converter.
  • Only 1 power adapter for each appliance - for each separate device you wish to use you will also need to use a separate plug adapter.
  • Some hotel rooms might only have a single power outlet, so you will only be capable of charging a single device at a time.
  • You'll also still need to bring a separate domestic USB charger if you need to power any USB device. [3] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers.
  • Supplied with interchangeable adapter heads which make them versatile in a large number of different locations. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually lightweight and small making them easy to pack.
  • Offers a surge protector.
  • It can still be of use domestically.
  • Swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you will be unable to power appliances, just USB powered ones. [7] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electrical appliances at once via a single plug socket.
  • You will find certain models are able to convert voltage for low wattage electronics. Even if your electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still be used with a Zimbabwe power outlet when using a travel power strip. This can make them a cheaper and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most power strips will include a number of USB charge ports.
  • Voltage from power outlets in some countries might be unstable, a surge in power might damage your electrical items. There are some travel power strips which have a surge protector built in which will protect any electronics from being overloaded.
  • The power strip will still be of some use domestically as a USB charger and power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Zimbabwe.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't support high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be excessive if you only have a small number of devices and appliances to charge. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

Plug adapter sets

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • A set will typically work out more cost-effective than buying multiple plug adapters.
  • By bringing every type of plug adapter ensures that you are covered for every country.
  • Perfect if you are travelling to different locations.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so should be compatible with a Zimbabwe power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Involves planning; prior to any trip you'll have to decide which plug 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.
  • The remaining power adapters will be useless using up space.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (especially rarer adapters), so check that your set includes an adapter which works with a Zimbabwe power outlet.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug but doesn't change the 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 Zimbabwe and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Zimbabwe power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Zimbabwe.
  • 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 Zimbabwe.
  • 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.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Zimbabwe

Type G 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 Zimbabwe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G 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) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Zimbabwe power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Zimbabwe power outlet 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 Zimbabwe 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)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Zimbabwe power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Zimbabwe?

Type D and G power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Zimbabwe?

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

  • Plug Type D - The plug outlet (also called a type D power outlet) looks like 3 circular holes forming a triangular configuration.
  • Plug Type G - This power socket (technically known as a type G power outlet) can be identified by the three holes containing shutters forming a triangular configuration. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Zimbabwe?

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

What frequency is used in Zimbabwe?

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

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

Does Zimbabwe have many power outages?

There are potentially weekly power cuts in Zimbabwe.

Are power outlets available in Zimbabwe?

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

Do I need a portable charger for Zimbabwe?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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 rechargeable cordless flat iron are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Zimbabwe.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Do I need a portable charger for Zimbabwe?
How well do solar powered chargers work in Zimbabwe?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot weather

How well do solar powered chargers work in Zimbabwe?

The sunshine in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Zimbabwe, 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 Zimbabwe 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)

Zimbabwe 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.

What USB charger do I need for Zimbabwe?

When you are travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Zimbabwe to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are two standards of power outlets that Zimbabweans use (G and D) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G.

As these chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by changing the supplied plugs. If your model of device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from much quicker charging times by using one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Zimbabwe trip or occupying additional wall sockets. Only needing to bring a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the overall weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage while travelling as well as being on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on a plane. Due to their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used when you return home so when you�re not on holiday they can sit overnight charging multiple tablets and smartphones and using only a single wall outlet.

If you travel to Zimbabwe we recommend buying an adaptable travel adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated here is the universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been tested successfully for powering multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for Zimbabwe?

Why use a travel USB charger for Zimbabwe?

  • 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 Zimbabwe.
  • 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 Zimbabwe.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 220 volt power outlets in Zimbabwe along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Zimbabwe 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. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Zimbabwe?

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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe.
  • 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 Zimbabwe. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Zimbabwe

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

Power converters for Zimbabwe allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 220 volt Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe. [10] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Zimbabwe?

If you are travelling to Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [19] [AD]

What converter do I need for Zimbabwe?

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

What voltage is used in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe before plugging that into a Zimbabwe 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 Zimbabwe 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?

Single voltage hair straighteners

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.

What type of adapter do you need for Zimbabwe?

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

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

How many electrical devices are you taking to Zimbabwe?

Family need to power electronics too

How many electrical devices are you taking to Zimbabwe?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Zimbabwe (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?
What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

Make a list of items you need

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 Zimbabwe 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.

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

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

Are multiple outlets available

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

  • 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. [8] [AD]
Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • A basic power adapter which charges one single device from a Zimbabwe power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 220 volts), but paying a small amount more will allow 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 Zimbabwe the only place you'll be visiting?

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

Arriving at an airport

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

  • 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 power bank for recharging on the go. After landing in Zimbabwe 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]

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

  • Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in Zimbabwe which might potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Zimbabwe 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 power bank will prepare you for a power cut and limited electrical access.  [4] [4] [17] [AD]
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What can I connect to a Zimbabwe power outlet

Travel appliances which can plug into a Zimbabwe power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Zimbabwe power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Zimbabwe power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Zimbabwe power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Zimbabwe power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Zimbabwe power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Zimbabwe power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Zimbabwe, 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. While WikiConnections strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, we make no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaim liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. 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. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Zimbabwe.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G power adapter - An earthed BS 1363 certified UK power adapter, featuring a fuse to protect against overload and consequent fire risks. Ideal for use in over 50 countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, and also in international cities like Dubai and Hong Kong..
  4. Portable power bank - Portable power banks are invaluable batteries for travel, especially in unfamiliar locations. Advanced charging technologies offer fast and efficient power delivery to mobile phones, tablets and headphones via USB ports..
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. Universal travel power adapter - The universal travel power adapter is a versatile single solution for power on the go, compatible in over 150+ countries worldwide. A single unit compact design makes it a travel essential which easily fits into any travel bag..
  7. Universal multi-device USB wall charger - A universal multi-device USB wall charger features USB PD and standard ports for fast charging simultaneous. These includes interchangeable international plug adapters making it ideal for travel and certified for safety to protect against current and heat.
  8. Travel power strip - Combining surge protection, AC outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters, the travel power strip is a comprehensive power solution for global travellers..
  9. Power adapter set - A plug adapter set is a future-proof travel essential, containing various adapters to fit diverse power outlets around the world to ensure compatibility in a wide range of countries..
  10. Step down power converter - Step-down power converters are engineered to safely convert higher voltages of 220V / 240V to 110V / 120V, allowing the use of appliances designed for lower voltage systems to be used in countries with higher voltage power outlets..
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - A portable charging device with a 10,000mAh capacity, commonly used for extending the battery life of mobile phones and other small electronics..
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable hair dryers ideal for travel are lightweight and cordless for mobility, have low-heat settings for hair health, and a fast-charging battery for time efficiency. Additional LED indicators can help monitor battery life..
  14. Rechargeable cordless flat iron - Modern rechargeable cordless flat irons use advanced battery technology for consistent temperature control. Suitable for airline safe travel with universal voltage and USB charging capabilities..
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - A high-capacity charging device featuring 20,000mAh energy storage, capable of multiple charge cycles for mobile phones and some tablets. Suitable for extended periods away from power sources..
  16. USB-C PD power bank - A USB-C PD power bank utilises Power Delivery technology to facilitate high-speed charging, particularly for laptops requiring substantial power. A high wattage power bank ensures fast and efficient energy transfer, supporting USB-C enabled devices..
  17. Solar backpack - Incorporating large solar panel with USB outputs, solar backpacks are ideal as a reliable secondary source of energy for device charging in remote travel locations where electrical outlets are unavailable or unreliable..
  18. Solar power bank - Solar power banks integrate photovoltaic cells to offer a self-sustaining charging option, ideal when a backup power source is required for locations where electrical outlets are unreliable, scarce or unknown..
  19. Heavy duty power converter - Heavy-duty power converters robust voltage transformation capabilities for designed for high-wattage devices, making them best suited for appliances like kettles and hair dryers that consume a significant amounts of power..
  20. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -