Do I need a power converter 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 [3] 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.

Do I need a power converter for Madagascar?

If you are visiting Madagascar from a different country please ensure your device can accept a 127 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step up power converter [4] if you are travelling to Madagascar from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your appliance or device isn't compatible with 127 volts. See our WikiConnections world power outlets guide to see the voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 127 volt single voltage device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which originate from a country which use a higher voltage such as 240 volts and used with 127 volts either take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device charges slowly or does not power up when you are travelling to Madagascar from a different country then check that it will work with a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter [4].
  • You won't need a converter if you are attempting to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet or cell phone as these are typically designed for international use and dual voltage, however always always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • For powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example curling irons and hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5].
  • Purchasing a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance will be more cost effective and practical than bringing a much heavier power converter in order to use your existing domestic appliance in Madagascar.
  • Read these comprehensive guides on travelling with curling irons, clothes irons, hair dryers and hair straighteners in Madagascar which includes advice on some affordable dual voltage alternatives.

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.

What converter do I need for Madagascar?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance in Madagascar you will need a step up power converter [4].

How to convert 127 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [4] 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.
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.

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar - wikipedia.org entry about Madagascar.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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, under $100.
  4. 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, priced at between $120 to $130.
  5. 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, under $150.