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

Malagasy power outlet

What adapter do I need for Madagascar?

Use a Type D plug adapter for Madagascar if the plug you intend on using doesn't fit in a Malagasy power outlet.

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

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Madagascar, 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 are from the US and travelling to Madagascar then you will need to use a power adapter for Madagascar to fit a US plug in a Malagasy power outlet and also check that your charger or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage and your plug fits in a Malagasy power outlet then it can work in Madagascar.
  • If your device is 127 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Malagasy power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Madagascar such a Type D plug adapter. Please Note that a plug adapter for Madagascar (or power adapter) will change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Madagascar, but but is unable to change the voltage from 127 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't use 127 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Madagascar to convert the voltage from 127 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Madagascar if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type D plug adapter.
  • If you need to bring your USB devices such as a tablet or cell phone then a USB travel power adapter will be ideal and it should be dual voltage, however ensure that you bring one which includes a Type D plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Madagascar[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 127 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 Madagascar please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Madagascar power adapters

Power adapters for Madagascar

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your gadgets when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Madagascar you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need it that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Madagascar. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Madagascar by using their types D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type D plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Malagasy. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Madagascar?

The best power adapter for Madagascar is a Type D plug adapter which allows you to use any 127 volt appliance or device. [3]

What is the best power adapter for Madagascar?

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 Malagasy power outlet.

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

Do I need a power adapter in Madagascar?

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

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Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Madagascar?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a step up power converter for Madagascar.

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Do I need a power adapter for Madagascar if I'm visiting from America?

American plugs won't physically fit in a Malagasy power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Madagascar.

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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 Madagascar simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter in Madagascar

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Madagascar

On arrival power adapters could be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

Where to buy a power adapter for Madagascar in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Madagascar in the US

Madagascar 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 Madagascar

Power Plug Adapters

A small and simple type D plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Compact and light.
  • Cheap, prices under $10.
  • Straightforward design makes the power adapter easy to operate.
  • Using a Type D plug adapter will be ideal for Madagascar.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one adapter for each plug - for each individual device or appliance you want to use you'll also need to pack a separate adapter.
  • An adapter only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type D Malagasy power outlet but not the voltage used in Madagascar - if your device doesn't work with a 127 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage you will also need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Some hotel rooms in Madagascar might only have one power outlet, so you will only be able to power a single appliance at a time.
  • If you intend to travel to more than one country then you may need to pack multiple plug adapter types for other countries.
  • You will also need to pack a separate USB charger if you wish to power a USB device. [3]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included adapters

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 Madagascar 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 Madagascar.

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

A universal travel power adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Easy to use.
  • An all in one design which is both lightweight and small for under $20.
  • Some models will include 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.
  • Some universal travel adapters will include USB charging ports.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Because universal travel adapters only work with fit A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets they won't operate in Madagascar. Therefore you need to pack a separate power adapter for a Malagasy power outlet if you want to use universal travel adapter to benefit from surge protection and powering multiple devices from a single outlet.
  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered appliance such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, microwaves, kettles or curling irons.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter means it won't be suitable for non-127 volt devices.
  • Not completely universal, some adapters might not cover some countries with less popular power outlet types.
  • The shutters, pins and moving parts might be fragile on some models which might make them prone to failure.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance. [7]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable heads

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only have to charge devices which use USB.
  • You only have to bring a single unit instead of packing multiple domestic USB power chargers which costs on average between $15 to $20.
  • USB wall chargers are typically supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of countries. The interchangeable adapter heads supplied with USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to store in hand luggage.
  • Most models will include a built in surge protector.
  • When you get back to America it will still be of use.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • The interchangeable heads don't include one which is compatible with a Malagasy power outlet - therefore you'll still need to bring a separate power adapter for Madagascar.
  • They only have USB ports so you won't be able to power appliances, just USB powered ones. [8]
Plug Adapter Sets

A set of plug adapters

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 Malagasy 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 Madagascar.

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 Madagascar.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Malagasy power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter with surge protection

Voltage Converters

US citizens shouldn't need to bring a voltage converter as the voltage in Madagascar is 127 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It only changes the 127 volts in Madagascar and not the actual shape of the plug to slot in a Malagasy power outlet, you will still be required to pack the right type of plug adapter.
  • Expensive, between $110 to $120.
  • The size of most models makes them impractical for carrying in hand luggage.
  • A power converter is redundant after your trip to Madagascar.
  • It's often better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter just to power your existing single voltage appliance in Madagascar.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Madagascar

Type D 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 Madagascar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included D 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) 35+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type D Malagasy power outlet Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type D plug adapter required to fit in a Malagasy power outlet Yes Yes 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 127 volt AC appliance in Madagascar 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 $15 to $20 between $35 to $40 between $15 to $20 almost $100
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Madagascar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Madagascar?

There are five different types of power outlets used in Madagascar, types D, C, E, J and K with the primary power supply being type D:

  • Plug Type C - This ungrounded power socket can be recognised by the two round holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - You can recognise this wall socket by the 3 round holes forming a triangle shape.
  • Plug Type E - The recessed round wall socket, technically called a CEE 7/7 plug or type E power outlet, can be recognised by two 4.8mm holes 19mm adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins and a long metal earth pin protruding from the top forming a triangular shape.
  • Plug Type J - This squashed hexagon shaped power outlet, technically known as a type J power outlet, looks like three holes forming a flattened triangle shape.
  • Plug Type K - The plug outlet (technically called a type K power outlet) looks like 3 holes forming a triangle configuration for the live, neutral and earth. [3]
What plug sockets are used in Madagascar?

Do US plugs work in Madagascar?

No; a US plug won't work in Madagascar because it won't fit into a Malagasy power outlet without the use of a plug adapter. Also check that your device or appliance can work with a 50hz power outlet.

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How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Madagascar?

A step up power converter will allow you to use a 220 volt appliance in a Malagasy power outlet.

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

Americans use 120 volts whereas the voltage which comes from a Malagasy power outlet is 127 volts. Even though these are similar please check the voltage on your American appliance or charger supports a voltage range between 100 to 127 volts or that it can support dual voltage.

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

US plugs won't fit in a Malagasy power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for Madagascar. The voltage is within the 100-128 volt range used in America however the frequency is different so check that your device works with a 50hz supply.

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What frequency is used in Madagascar?

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

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

Does Madagascar have power outages?

Several times every month in parts of Madagascar power blackouts are reported so with this high level of unreliability travellers are advised to prepare accordingly.

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What is access to electrical power in Madagascar like?

In Madagascar less than a quarter of the population of the country has access to electricity.

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Do I need a portable charger for Madagascar?

Portable charger

Do I need a portable charger for Madagascar?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Madagascar 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 Madagascar 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 Madagascar 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 Madagascar.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
How well do solar powered chargers work in Madagascar?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar powered chargers work in Madagascar?

The sunshine in Madagascar 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 Madagascar.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Madagascar, 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 Madagascar 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]

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)

Madagascar 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 Madagascar?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for Madagascar is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Malagasy use five different standards of wall outlets (types D, C, E, J and K) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type C.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel chargers and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably. [8]

What USB charger do I need for Madagascar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Madagascar?

  • 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 Madagascar.
  • 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 Madagascar.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 127 volt power outlets in Madagascar along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Madagascar 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 perfect.
  • 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 Madagascar 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 Malagasy power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Malagasy 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 Madagascar?

A 4 port USB travel charger 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 Madagascar 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 Madagascar.
  • 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 Madagascar. [8]

Power converters for Madagascar

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

A power converter for Madagascar will allow travellers to use their 220, 230 or 240 volt electric device with a 127 volt Malagasy 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 127 volt Malagasy power outlet to work with a non-127 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 Madagascar. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Madagascar?

When you are travelling to Madagascar from another country check the device will accept a 127 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are visiting Madagascar from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance isn't compatible with 127 volts. Read our list of world power outlets page to find out which voltage is used in your country.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage appliance that works with 127 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which originate from another country which use a higher voltage (such as 230 volts) and then used in a 127 volt power outlet sometimes take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when you are travelling to Madagascar from another country please check that it can be used with a 127 volt power outlet or you will need a step up power converter.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to power a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but you should always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When supplying power to appliances which draw more power or generate heat (such as hair dryers or curling irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter which allows it to be used with a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet.
  • Buying a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance should be more practical and cost effective than trying to carry a heavier high wattage power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, blow dryers and flat irons in Malagasy power outlets , along with guides for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

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

You won't need to use a power converter because the voltage from a Malagasy power outlet is in the same 100-120 volt range as America. [10]

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What converter do I need for Madagascar?

In order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet you will need to buy a step up power converter[10]

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 127 volt Malagasy 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 Madagascar before plugging that into a Malagasy 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 from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet. [10]
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.

What voltage is used in Madagascar?

Madagascar uses 127 volts in their normal power outlets. [2]

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

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Madagascar?

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

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

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

A USB powered phone

What different types of electrical devices do you want to use?

  • There are 3 types of electrical devices:
    • Low wattage electrical items that can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances that can be plugged into a power outlet - for example hair dryers and curling irons.
    • USB devices which can be plugged into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only need to bring along just USB powered devices to Madagascar you'll find that a simple travel USB charger is ideal because you will only need to bring one lightweight charger along with appropriate existing charging cables and leave your domestic chargers at home.
  • Travel power strips are made for powering and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices (such as laptops), however won't work with high wattage appliances which need voltage conversion.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Madagascar?

How many devices are you packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Madagascar?

  • List all the items you want to bring to Madagascar (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?

Do your devices and appliances work with 127 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?

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

Are multiple wall outlets available

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

  • 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]

How much can you afford to pay?

  • Cheap power adapters start from under $10 which charges only one device from a Malagasy power outlet (providing that it is dual voltage or works with 127 volts), but investing in roughly between $15 to $20 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Is Madagascar the only place you'll be visiting?

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

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

Are you flying long haul

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

  • 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 Madagascar 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]
Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

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

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

  • Voltage might occasionally fluctuate in Madagascar which might potentially cause damage to your devices, so use a power adapter which offers surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Because Madagascar 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]

What can I connect to a Malagasy power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Malagasy power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Malagasy power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Malagasy power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Malagasy power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Malagasy power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Malagasy power outlet

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

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Madagascar, 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 Madagascar.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, under $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, between $45 to $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, costs under $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, around $15.
  8. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, estimated price around $15.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced between $15 to $20.
  10. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, estimated cost 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, between $30 to $35.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costs between $180 to $190.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, costs 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, costs under $50.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, estimated cost between $120 to $130.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, between $90 to $100.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, between $20 to $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, priced 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, costing between $160 to $170.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -