US to Botswana power adapters - what adapter is needed for a Botswana power outlet?

Botswana power outlet

What adapter do I need for Botswana?

Bring a Type G plug adapter to Botswana if your plug won't fit into a Botswana power outlet.

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

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Botswana, it is advised to bring a portable charger if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're planning on visiting Botswana from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Botswana power outlet. As the voltage is different in Botswana you also need to pack a power converter for Botswana if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug can fit in a Botswana power outlet then you can use it in Botswana without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in a Botswana power outlet you'll need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Botswana such a Type G plug adapter. A plug adapter for Botswana (or power adapter) is designed to change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Botswana, but doesn'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 Botswana 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 Botswana if the power converter doesn't include the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only need to charge USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended 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 Botswana[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Botswana please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Botswana power adapters

Power adapters for Botswana

Various combinations of standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to a different country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Botswana. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Botswana by using their types G, D or M Botswana 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters will change from region to region therefore we recommend reading the WikiConnections global power adapters page where you'll find a full list showing powering devices in different regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Botswana?

The best power adapter for Botswana will be a Type G power adapter which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Botswana?
Botswana

What is a power adapter?

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

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

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Botswana simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Botswana?

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

Botswana

Will I need a plug adapter for Botswana if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a power adapter for Botswana as an American plug won't physically fit into a Botswana power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Botswana if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Botswana

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Botswana?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Botswana power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Botswana along with the correct power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Botswana in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Botswana in the US

Botswana to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International 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 such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay 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 electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Electrical adapters for Botswana

Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Using a Type G plug adapter will work in Botswana.
  • Simple to use.
  • Affordable, prices under $10.
  • Light and compact.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • If you intend on travelling to more than just Botswana then you might need to bring multiple power adapter types for other countries.
  • Only modifies the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Botswana power outlet but not the actual voltage used in Botswana. So if your device doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • 1 adapter per device - for every device you'll also need to bring a separate adapter.
  • Accomodation in Botswana may only have one wall outlet available, therefore you'll only be able to charge one appliance at once.
  • If you need to charge any USB device then you also still need to bring your domestic USB charger as well. [3]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip kit

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Capable of powering several electrical appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing under $40.
  • Some types of travel power strips have voltage conversation for lower wattage devices (for example laptops). Even if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still function in Botswana by using just a travel power strip, making them a lightweight and cheap alternative to a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal models will also include multiple USB charge ports.
  • Offers surge protection. The voltage from power grids in certain areas can be tempremental, a sudden power surge can damage your delicate electrical items. Some power strips will include a surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you return to America it should still work.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Botswana.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike normal voltage converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't convert higher wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of their size travel power strips might be unsuitable for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be considered excessive for travellers with only a small number of items that need powering. [6]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Retractable pins avoid catching in luggage

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Perfect when travelling to multiple countries. Most models function in around 150 countries.
  • All in one compact design. Both lightweight and small, around $15.
  • There are some universal travel power adapters which have multiple USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector to prevent your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retracting pins don't catch against other items in baggage.
  • When you return to America the power strip will still be useful as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will fit into a Botswana power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with any high powered appliances - for example hair straighteners, vacuum cleaners, kettles, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and internal moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • They don't have a voltage converter meaning they're not suitable for non-230 volt appliances in Botswana. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect if you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing lots of domestic USB power chargers which costs roughly between $10 to $15.
  • Travel USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models should also include a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to your home country it should still work.
  • The interchangeable heads fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in Botswana.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB ports so you will be unable to charge any electrical appliances, only USB devices. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • With prices roughly between $15 to $20 a power adapter set works out cheaper than purchasing multiple power plug adapter types costing almost $10 each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Botswana power outlet.
  • If you are travelling to different locations a plug adapter set is the most flexible option.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will work in Botswana.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve planning - you will need to choose which plug adapters to pack in advance, or alternatively pack every power adapter in the set.
  • Means lots of individual plug adapters to bring.
  • Having only one working power adapter the remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in the set (and especially less common ones) - so ensure that your plug adapter set has one which is compatible in Botswana.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Botswana power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 230 volts in Botswana and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit into a Botswana power outlet, therefore you'll still need to use a suitable power adapter for Botswana.
  • The normal weight of most models of voltage converters makes them way too bulky for packing in carry-on luggage.
  • Redundant after your visit to Botswana.
  • Usually much cheaper to purchase a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy a much more expensive voltage converter simply to bring your existing single voltage domestic appliance in an incompatible location.
  • Expensive, between $110 to $120.
  • If you are travelling from America and visiting Botswana you will require one as the voltage is 230 volts.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Botswana

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 Botswana 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 Botswana power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Botswana power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to America 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 230 volt AC appliance in Botswana 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)
Estimated price under $10 between $15 to $20 between $10 to $15 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Botswana power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Botswana?

Type D, G and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Botswana?

There are three types of power supply used in Botswana, these are type G, D and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This plug socket (technically called a type D power outlet) looks like three holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this power socket by three vertical slots forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins.
  • Plug Type M - You can identify this plug socket by three large holes in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins. [3]
Botswana

Do US plugs work in Botswana?

No - a US plug won't work in Botswana because it doesn't fit into a Botswana power outlet without using a plug adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so please use a power converter for Botswana if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage and check that your appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

Botswana

What frequency is used in Botswana?

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

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

Are outlets in Botswana the same as US?

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

Botswana

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Botswana?

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

Botswana

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

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

Botswana

What proportion of Botswana has access to electrical power?

More than a quarter of the population has access to electrical power in Botswana.

Botswana

Does Botswana have many power outages?

There are potentially weekly power cuts in Botswana.

Botswana
Do I need a portable charger for Botswana?

USB power bank for charging cell phones

Do I need a portable charger for Botswana?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Botswana combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Botswana increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a 10,000mAh portable charger alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Botswana and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Botswana.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Botswana
How well do solar powered chargers work in Botswana?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar powered chargers work in Botswana?

The sunshine in Botswana should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Botswana.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Botswana, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Botswana is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.  [4] [17] [18]
Botswana

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)

Botswana 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 Botswana?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than just one device the best international travel charger for Botswana is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. There are three different standards of plug sockets in Botswana (G, D and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type G. As these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 to 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa simply by switching the supplied plugs. If your model of device supports Fast Charge then you will benefit from much faster charging times with one of these types of power adapters, plus compatibility with more power demanding devices.

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

If you travel to Botswana we recommend buying an adaptable power adapter like this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably. [8]

What USB charger do I need for Botswana?
Botswana

Why use a travel USB charger for Botswana?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Africa which are likely to use different outlets to Botswana.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Botswana.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Botswana along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Botswana might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Botswana could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Botswana power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Botswana power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet. [8]

What is the best USB charger for Botswana?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Botswana 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 Botswana.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Botswana.

Power converters for Botswana

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

Power converters for Botswana allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Botswana power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and bulky power converter will transform a 230 volt Botswana power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Botswana. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Botswana?

If you are travelling to Botswana from a different country please ensure your device can be used with a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. Read our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already use either a single voltage appliance that works with 230 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, electrical devices which are designed to work with a lower voltage (such as 110 volts) and used with 230 volts run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse unless you use a step down power converter.
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to recharge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or mobile phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • If powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a more expensive higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Botswana which includes guides on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]
Botswana

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Botswana from America?

The 230 volts found in a plug outlet in Botswana is different to an American supply, therefore bring a step down power converter if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage. [10]

Botswana

What converter do I need for Botswana?

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

Botswana

What voltage is used in Botswana?

Botswana uses 230 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

Botswana
http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

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

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

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

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Botswana 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 Botswana before plugging that into a Botswana 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 Botswana power outlet. [10]
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

The best way to tell if a appliance is either dual or single voltage is to look for numbers printed on the supplied power adapter or on the appliance itself, normally on the rear or near to where the power cord sits. The location might depend on the make or model of your unit, it should also state on the box.

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

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Travel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets and number of USB powers were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Botswana?

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

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

How many electrical devices are you taking to Botswana?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Botswana?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Botswana (such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, eReaders, hair dryers and curling irons).
    • Allow for more electrical items at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new tablet computer next year?
    • There is an increasing number of smaller rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise USB charging for a power source. Therefore if you have to replace a device it might need a USB power adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to power these too.
  • Will you also be travelling with a partner who will need to recharge their phones as well?
What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Botswana power outlet?

A travel shaver

What are the types of devices do you need to use with a Botswana power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair straighteners.
    • USB electrical devices which charge using a USB port - for example phones.
  • If you only want to bring along just USB powered devices then you'll find that a travel USB charger is perfect because you'll only need to pack one charger plus some appropriate USB charging cables.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for powering and converting voltage for multiple low wattage devices of any voltage, but unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially damaging it.
How many power outlets will be available when you get to Botswana?

Are multiple wall outlets available

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

  • Your hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall, this will be an issue when recharging more than one device overnight because you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to swap every few hours.
  • To charge more than one device at the same time we suggest packing either a USB wall charger or a travel power strip which are capable of charging multiple USB ports or power outlets. [6]

Do your devices and appliances work with 230 volt power outlets?

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Are you only charging USB items

Will you only be planning on charging USB devices?

Are you planning to visit anywhere else abroad in the future?

Is Botswana the only place you'll be visiting?

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 which charges only one device from a Botswana power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 230 volts), but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

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

  • Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in Botswana which might potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Botswana has power outages and having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power adapter you use doesn't function anyway. Using a solar backpack and portable charger will prepare you for a power cut and limited electrical access.  [4] [4] [17]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to America?

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

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

How long will it take to travel

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

  • For much longer journeys it's worth considering packing an appropriate airport-suitable power charger that can be used with different outlet types, one which can be packed in carry-on luggage and can be used to quickly charge tablets and phones just prior to a lengthy trip.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend bringing a travel portable charger for recharging on the go. After landing in Botswana you could need to rely on a phone for making telephone calls, receiving text messages, using sat nav to find accomodation or reading an itinerary; make sure that your phone will have ample charge remaining. [4]

What can I connect to a Botswana power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Botswana power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Botswana power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Botswana power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Botswana power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Botswana power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Botswana power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Botswana power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Botswana, 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Botswana.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  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, under $50.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor -
  6. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, between $35 to $40.
  7. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, estimated cost between $15 to $20.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, between $10 to $15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, estimated price between $15 to $20.
  10. 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, priced at between $110 to $120.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, estimated price between $30 to $35.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling, between $150 to $160.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, between $20 to $25.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced at between $45 to $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, between $120 to $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, costs under $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, estimated price under $25.
  19. 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, costing under $100.
  20. 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, estimated cost between $160 to $170.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -