Malaysia power adapters - what plugs are used in Malaysia?

Malaysian power outlet

What adapter do I need for Malaysia?

You'll need to pack a Type G plug adapter [3] for Malaysia if the plug you intend to use won't fit in a Malaysian power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Malaysia will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Malaysian power outlet. If you don't know which voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device before going any further.

  • If you're from America travelling to Malaysia then you will need to bring a plug adapter to fit a US plug in a Malaysian power outlet. Because the voltage is different in Malaysia use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your it will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage and your plug can fit in a Malaysian power outlet then you can use it in Malaysia.
  • If your device is 240 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Malaysian power outlet then you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Malaysia (or power adapter) is designed to change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Malaysia, but isn't designed to convert the voltage from 240 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device is unable to run on 240 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Malaysia to convert the voltage from 240 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to power your USB devices such as a cell phone or tablet then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it will work with any voltage, but make sure that you bring one which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia.

Warning: If your device won't handle 240 volts used in Malaysia you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Malaysia check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Malaysia power adapters

Power adapters for Malaysia

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power your devices when you get there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Malaysia. This page contains links to useful instructions telling you how to supply power to your devices when you are in Malaysia by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Malaysian plug outlet, with the Malaysians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You'll find power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so we suggest reading the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

The best power adapter for Malaysia will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Malaysia.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [4].

What does a power adapter for a Malaysian power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Malaysia by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Malaysia?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Malaysia and the location you are travelling from.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Malaysian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet and can't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device you will also need a more expensive step down power converter for Malaysia along with the right type of adapter.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Malaysia from the US?

US plugs won't fit in a Malaysian power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Malaysia, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Malaysia if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Malaysia?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Malaysia?

Power adapters are typically available in most 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.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will 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 and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Malaysia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

Type G power sockets are used in Malaysia. You can identify the power outlet by the three rectangular slots forming a triangle pattern for live, neutral and ground.

What plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

Do US plugs work in Malaysia?

No - an American plug won't work in Malaysia because it doesn't fit into a Malaysian power outlet without the use of a power adapter. Also, the voltage is different so please use a power converter if your device isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Malaysia?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V appliance in Malaysia.

What is the electrical frequency used in Malaysia?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Malaysian power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Malaysia the same as in the US?

The voltage in Malaysia is 240 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Malaysian power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is a plug socket in Malaysia the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Malaysian power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Malaysia. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Malaysia and check that it works with 50hz.

Malaysia 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 Malaysia?

When travelling with more than just one device the best travel charger for Malaysia to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [6].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these USB travel chargers, plus additional support for more power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this will allow you to charge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack multiple power chargers or occupying additional wall sockets. Because you are only needing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your devices at an airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We recommend searching for a versatile power adapter like this at your preferred electronics retailer. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [6] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries.

What USB charger do I need for Malaysia?

Why use a travel USB charger for Malaysia?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Malaysia.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Malaysia.
  • USB chargers can accept the 240 volts used in Malaysia power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Malaysia might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Malaysia could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Malaysian power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Malaysian power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Malaysia?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Malaysia and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Malaysia.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 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 perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Malaysia.

Power converters for Malaysia

What does a power converter for Malaysia do?

A power converter for Malaysia will allow travellers to use their 100, 110 or 120 volt electric appliance with a 240 volt Malaysian 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 for Malaysia?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Malaysia, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [7] converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Malaysian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Malaysia?

If visiting Malaysia from a different country please check the device can be used with a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter [8] is needed if you are visiting Malaysia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 240 volts. Read our list of world power outlets guide to see which voltage is used in your country.
  • You don't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 240 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices designed for a lower voltage (such as 120 volts) and then used with 240 volts run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter [8] is used.
  • You won't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are normally designed for international use and support dual voltage, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter [9] which allows the appliance to be used with a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier high wattage power converter to Malaysia simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on how to use curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Malaysian power outlets , along with recommendations on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Will I need a power converter for Malaysia if I'm visiting from America?

The 240 volts from a power outlet in Malaysia is different to a 110 volt US outlet, therefore you need to use a step down power converter [8] if your charger or appliance doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Malaysia?

To use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet you will need to buy a step down power converter [8].

What voltage does Malaysia use?

Malaysia uses 240 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [8] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 240 volt Malaysian 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 Malaysia before plugging that into a Malaysian 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 240 volt Malaysian power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power 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.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Malaysian power outlet?

Travel appliances that can connect to a Malaysian power outlet

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Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Malaysian power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Malaysian power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Malaysian power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Malaysian power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Malaysia, 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 [10].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malaysia - Malaysia Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  6. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets