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 power adapter 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.

  • Power outages do occur in Malaysia, it is advised to pack a power bank if you wish to keep your cellphone and other devices fully charged whilst abroad during a blackout.
  • 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 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 power adapter. 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 power 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 power adapter otherwise you will still need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Malaysia[3] [AD]

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 first to ensure safe operation.

Malaysia power adapters

Power adapters for Malaysia

If packing for a trip to Malaysia it can be helpful to know if you can use any common electrical devices such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Malaysia. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when staying in Malaysia using the 240 volt 50Hz Type G Malaysian power outlet, with the Malaysians using 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters are different regionally therefore we suggest reading our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Malaysia.

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

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

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Malaysia by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Malaysia?

If the shape of the Malaysian power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Malaysia.

Where to buy a power adapter for Malaysia

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Malaysia

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 Malaysia

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Malaysia

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 Malaysia

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G power adapter will be ideal for Malaysia.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable.
  • Light and small.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you plan on travelling to more than one country you may need to bring along more than one type of power adapter.
  • This adapter only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Malaysian power outlet and not the voltage used in Malaysia. So if your appliance doesn't support a 240 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will still need to pack a voltage converter.
  • 1 plug adapter per device - for each separate appliance you'll also need to use a separate power plug adapter.
  • Your accomodation in Malaysia may only have one power outlet, therefore you'll only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • You'll also still need to bring a separate USB charger as well if you need to power any USB device. [3] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight.
  • Some universal travel adapters also include multiple charging ports for USB devices built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector, this will protect your electronics from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • The retractable pins won't catch against other items in your luggage.
  • It could potentially be of use domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with a Malaysian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Universal power adapters will overload when used with a high powered appliance; for example hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The internal moving parts might be fragile on some models making them prone to breaking on your trip.
  • Only provide power to one plug.
  • Not fully universal; adapters might not cover certain countries with less popular outlets.
  • Lacking an in-built power converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical devices which don't support 240 volts in Malaysia. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers.
  • Supplied with swappable adapter heads making them useful in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads are usually small and lightweight which makes them easy to store.
  • Most models have a surge protector.
  • It should still be of use domestically.
  • The swappable heads fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Malaysian power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • As they only have USB outputs you won't be able to charge any appliances, just USB powered ones. [7] [AD]
Travel Power Strips

A power strip with multiple USB ports

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet.
  • Some models of travel power strips offer voltage conversation for lower wattage electronics. So therefore if the device isn't dual voltage it should still be used with a Malaysian power outlet by using just a travel power strip. This can make them a cheap lightweight substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Most power strips also include a number of USB charge ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries might be tempremental, a power surge can damage your electronics. Some models will include a surge protector, this will protect your device from being overpowered.
  • It could potentially be of use domestically.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Malaysia.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the conversion on travel power strips doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or clothes irons.
  • Because of the size of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances and devices which need charging. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • An adapter set works out more cost-effective than purchasing multiple individual plug adapters for multiple trips.
  • Ensures you are covered for every eventuality and not just a Malaysian power outlet.
  • Suitable if you are travelling to multiple countries.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will operate in Malaysia.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - prior to any trip you will need to choose which adapters to bring in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring every power adapter type with you.
  • Lots individual adapters to bring.
  • With just a single compatible power adapter working in Malaysia the remaining power adapters will be redundant and using up space.
  • Not all power adapter types are typically included with the set (especially the less common adapters) - so ensure that your set has one that is compatible in Malaysia.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Malaysian power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A power converter only converts the 240 volts from a Malaysian power outlet and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Malaysian power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Malaysia.
  • The size and weight of most models of voltage converters makes them too heavy for carrying in hand baggage.
  • Redundant when get back from Malaysia.
  • Often better value and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a more expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in Malaysia.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Malaysia

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 Malaysia 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 Malaysian power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Malaysian 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 240 volt AC appliance in Malaysia 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

Malaysia power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

Type G power outlet

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. [3] [AD]

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Malaysia?

A step down power converter will allow you to use a 110V or 120V appliance in a Malaysian power outlet.

What is the electrical frequency used in Malaysia?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Malaysian power outlet is 50 Hz. [11]

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

Is there good access to power outlets in Malaysia?

The population of Malaysia has excellent access to electrical power throughout the country.

Does Malaysia have power outages?

Typically Malaysia reports power blackouts around once a month.

Should I use a portable charger in Malaysia?

Because of potential electrical blackouts in Malaysia visitors are advised to use alternate charging solutions if they wish to continue using devices such as phones or tablets.

  • During a trip increased use of cell phones for storing itineraries, taking photos, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to return to your accommodation or hotel. By packing a power bank for Malaysia eases those concerns as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered without using a phone charger, especially when travelling to a country with regular power outages.
  • Use at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which can supply enough energy to power around 3 full charge cycles whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average smart phone powered for roughly 7 days. The mAh rating (or milli ampere-hours) shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of how many cycles the portable charger can achieve, so a higher number is better for travellers.
  • Providing that your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies 20Wh or more can be used to extend the battery life of that laptop in Malaysia.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks aren't strong enough for use with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer or rechargeable cordless flat iron can be used for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts such as Malaysia.    [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [AD]
Should I use a portable charger in Malaysia?
How well do solar chargers work in Malaysia?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar chargers work in Malaysia?

The daylight in Malaysia should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank dependably, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight in order to produce suitable power for a single charge cycle. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels used on a solar backpack give the backpack the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Malaysia.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Malaysia, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A regular power bank plugged into a solar backpack can be continuously recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged from the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Even though the climate in Malaysia is suitable for solar, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal 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)

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.

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 universal multi-device USB wall charger which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries. [7] [AD]

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. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for Malaysia?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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. [7] [AD]

Power converters for Malaysia

What does a power converter for Malaysia do?

Power converters allow travellers to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device 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 converts the voltage of 240 volts from a Malaysian power outlet to work with a non-240 volt device. [10] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for Malaysia?

When travelling to Malaysia from a different country please double check the device will accept a 240 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are visiting Malaysia from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance isn't compatible with 240 volts. See our list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 240 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices designed for a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) and then used with 240 volts run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device unless a step down power converter is used.
  • You don't need a 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 support dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow it 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 trying to bring a much heavier power converter to Malaysia simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Malaysian power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [19] [AD]

What converter do I need for Malaysia?

You need to use a step down power converter to use any 100-120 volt appliance in a 240 volt Malaysian power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage does Malaysia use?

Malaysia uses 240 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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

How to convert 240 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter 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. [10] [AD]
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?

Single voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

The best way to see if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the existing power adapter, or on the unit itself, normally on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord plugs into. This location will depend on the make or model of your appliance and could also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might say a specific number - such as 240V.
  • 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 typically say a large 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 Malaysia?

Which type of adapter will you need to bring to Malaysia?

The type of power converter which is suitable for Malaysia is dependant on your requirements. Before deciding the right one to bring we recommend using the following checklist:

How many devices will you be taking to Malaysia?

How many devices are you taking

How many devices will you be taking to Malaysia?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Malaysia (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to Malaysia that will need to charge their iPads?
What different types of devices do you need to charge?

Make a list of items to bring

What different types of devices do you need to charge?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example cameras or laptops.
    • High wattage electrical appliances that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example curling irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices that can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones.
  • Should you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices then a travel USB wall charger is ideal because you'll only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than having to pack numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is made for powering and converting voltage for many low wattage devices (such as cameras), but unsuitable for high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion and could potentially overload it.

Do your devices only work with 240 volt power outlets?

How many Malaysian power outlets are available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many Malaysian power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets. [8] [AD]
Are you only charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only charging USB devices?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter which charges only one device in Malaysia (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 240 volts) however investing in a little more will allow you to power more than one device at once and you can use them in various countries.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Malaysia the only country you intend on visiting?

How long will it take to fly to Malaysia?

Using a phone in the airport

How long will it take to fly to Malaysia?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable power bank which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining. [4] [AD]
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning home?

What can I connect to a Malaysian power outlet

Travel appliances that can plug into a Malaysian power outlet

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  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..
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  12. 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..
  13. 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..
  14. 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..
  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 -