Power adapters for Madagascar - What adapter do I need for Madagascar?

Power adapters for Madagascar

If you are packing for a holiday to Madagascar it's useful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices such as mobiles and tablets when you get there. However by not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy a potentially expensive power adaptor when you arrive which might be incompatible and damage your device. Different combinations of standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to travel to another country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Madagascar. This page has links to simple instructions telling you which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when travelling to Madagascar using their standard Type D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type D power outlets are typically used by most Malagasy. When travelling anywhere you'll discover most power adapters 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 Madagascar?

The best power adapter for Madagascar is a Type D plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 127 volt appliance or device.

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 [3].

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.

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 doesn'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 to bring a step up power converter for Madagascar.

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

If you are travelling from the US then use a plug adapter for Madagascar because American plugs won't physically fit in a Malagasy power outlet.

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - wikipedia.org entry about Madagascar.
  2. Type D plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type D power outlets without converting voltage, between $5 to $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor