Myanmar power adapters - what plugs are used in Myanmar?

Myanmar power outlet

What adapter do I need for Myanmar?

Bring a Type G plug adapter [3] to Myanmar if the plug you would like to use won't fit in a Myanmar power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Myanmar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Myanmar power outlet. If you're unsure of what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Some areas in Myanmar do not have access to electricity and suffer from power cuts, it is advised to pack a power bank [4] if you wish to recharge your cellphone whilst in an area without access to power or during a power outage.
  • If you are visiting Myanmar from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Myanmar power outlet. As the voltage is different in Myanmar use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Myanmar power outlet then you can use it in Myanmar without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Myanmar power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Myanmar such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Note that a plug adapter for Myanmar (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Myanmar, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Myanmar to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Myanmar if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Myanmar.

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

Myanmar power adapters

Power adapters for Myanmar

Complicated standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on visiting a new country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Myanmar. This page has links to step by step instructions showing you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you are in Myanmar using their standard Type G, C, D or F 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets. Most power sockets will change depending on which area you are travelling to therefore please read the power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Myanmar?

The best power adapter for Myanmar will be a Type G plug adapter [3] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Myanmar?

What is a power adapter for a Myanmar power outlet?

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

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

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Myanmar?

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

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

Myanmar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Myanmar?

There are four different types of power supply used in Myanmar, types G, C, D and F with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - The wall outlet, technically known as a type C socket or Europlug, is identified by 2 round holes adjacent to each other where the two pins go.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle configuration.
  • Plug Type F - You can identify this power socket by two 4.8mm circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins and a pair of two grounding clips above and below.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this power socket by the 3 vertical slots containing plastic shutters in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
What plug sockets are used in Myanmar?

Do US plugs work in Myanmar?

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

Is the voltage in Myanmar the same as the US?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Myanmar?

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

Are Myanmar power outlets the same as the US?

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

What is the frequency used with a Myanmar power outlet?

The frequency from a Myanmar power outlet is 50Hz.

Are there power outages in Myanmar?

Myanmar suffers power outages several times every month and with this high level of unpredictability it is recommended to pack accordingly.

Are electrical outlets available in Myanmar?

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

Should I pack a power bank for Myanmar?

Portable charger

Should I pack a power bank for Myanmar?

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

  • During a trip to Myanmar increased use of mobile phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. As well as the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation. By packing a portable charger [4] lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger [4] which will store enough electricity to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Myanmar.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are designed for travelling to areas with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Myanmar.
Does a solar powered charger work in Myanmar?

A solar bag recharging

Does a solar powered charger work in Myanmar?

The sunshine in Myanmar could be suitable conditions for a solar power bank [12] but may take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time.
  • A phone which has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Myanmar, but this could be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that needs unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so will be powering up a power bank [4] during the day.
  • A bag that is suitable for Myanmar needs to 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 stronger.
  • Solar bags are available in messenger, backpack and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel use. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending.

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)

Myanmar 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 Myanmar?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Myanmar to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. There are four types of power outlets in Myanmar (types G, C, D and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Myanmar trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Myanmar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Myanmar?

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

What is the best USB charger for Myanmar?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Myanmar 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 Myanmar.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Myanmar.

Power converters for Myanmar

What does a power converter for Myanmar do?

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

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

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [14] will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Myanmar power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Myanmar.

Do I need a power converter for Myanmar?

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

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling to Myanmar from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage is used in your country.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Normally electrical devices designed to use a lower voltage such as 110 volts and then used in a 230 volt outlet run the risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device.
  • You won't need a power converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone or laptop as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example hair straighteners and clothes irons) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16].
  • It will be more cost effective to bring a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than trying to bring a heavier high wattage power converter to Myanmar just to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Myanmar power outlets , along with guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Myanmar?

You need to buy a step down power converter [15] in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Myanmar.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Myanmar 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 Myanmar before plugging that into a Myanmar power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Myanmar power outlet.
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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

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

What voltage does Myanmar use?

Myanmar uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

The way to see if a device is either single voltage or dual voltage is to look for a sticker on the supplied power plug, or on the appliance itself, typically on the rear of the unit or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

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

What can I connect to a Myanmar power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Myanmar power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Myanmar power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Myanmar power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Myanmar power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Myanmar power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Myanmar power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Myanmar, 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 [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myanmar - wikipedia.org entry about Myanmar.
  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. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets