Swaziland power adapters - what plugs are used in Swaziland?

Swazi power outlet

What adapter do I need for Swaziland?

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

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

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

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

Swaziland power adapters

Power adapters for Swaziland

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

What is the best power adapter for Swaziland?

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

What is the best power adapter for Swaziland?

What is a power adapter for a Swazi power outlet?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in Swaziland?

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

What does a power adapter do?

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

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

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

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

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

Swaziland power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Swaziland?

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

What plug sockets are used in Swaziland?

Do US plugs work in Swaziland?

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

What is the frequency used with a Swazi power outlet?

The frequency from a Swazi power outlet is 50Hz.

Are Swazi power outlets the same as the US?

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

Is the voltage in Swaziland the same as the US?

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

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Swaziland?

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

Are electrical outlets available in Swaziland?

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

Are there power outages in Swaziland?

Every week in parts of Swaziland power failures are reported.

Should I pack a power bank for Swaziland?

USB power bank

Should I pack a power bank for Swaziland?

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

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

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

Does a solar powered charger work in Swaziland?

The sunlight in Swaziland will be adequate enough to charge solar power bank [12] dependably, however it needs to be left in strong sunlight in order to produce enough energy for a single charge cycle. This might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank then wait for it to recharge in a sunny area.

  • Instead, the larger cells used on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, meaning they should perform well in Swaziland.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Swaziland, but this could be inconvenient to have the phone constantly connected to the bag during the day should it be used frequently. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that requires unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is constantly exposed to light so will be topping up a power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the climate in Swaziland is suitable, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, can generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or stronger.
  • Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending. They are found in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them ideal for domestic, travel and work use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Swaziland chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

Why use a travel USB charger for Swaziland?

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

What is the best USB charger for Swaziland?

The is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Swaziland and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Swaziland.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Swaziland.

Power converters for Swaziland

What does a power converter for Swaziland do?

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

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

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

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

Do I need a power converter for Swaziland?

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

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

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

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

What kind of converter do I need for Swaziland?

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

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

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Swazi power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Swaziland before plugging that into a Swazi power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Swazi power outlet.

What voltage does Swaziland use?

Swaziland uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair straighteners

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

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

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

What can I connect to a Swazi power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Swazi power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Swazi power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Swazi power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Swazi power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Swazi power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Swazi power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Swaziland, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swaziland - wikipedia.org entry about Swaziland.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage.
  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