South Africa power adapters - What adapter do I need for South Africa?

Power adapters for South Africa

If planning a vacation it's useful to know if you can power your indispensable gadgets like cell phones or tablets that you'll be bringing along with you. By not knowing which power supply is being used you are more likely to bring the wrong adaptor, therefore leaving you needing to buy a potentially overpriced adaptor when you need it which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different voltages and standards can often be daunting when planning to stay in a foreign country, especially if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in South Africa. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to power your devices when you're travelling to South Africa by using their standard M, C, F or N type South African 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most South Africans typically use Type M plugs in their wall outlets. Power adapters will change depending on which area you're in so we suggest reading our Wiki Connections travel power adapters page for a complete list showing destinations.

What is the best power adapter for South Africa?

The best power adapter for South Africa will be a Type M power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for South Africa?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for South Africa is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter which allows a South African power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

Do I need a power adapter for South Africa?

If the type of South African power outlet is different to the power plug you want to use then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting South Africa from the US?

American plugs won't physically fit into a South African power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for South Africa, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for South Africa to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a South African power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt South African power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you also need a more expensive step down power converter for South Africa.

What does a power adapter for a South African power outlet do?

A power adapter for a South African power outlet allows a visitor from another location to use their own electrical devices in South Africa simply by altering the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where can I buy a power adapter for South Africa?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for South Africa?

Power adapters are typically available in most major 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 but expect to pay 50% 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.

On arrival power adapters can 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.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Africa - South Africa Wikipedia page.
  2. Type M plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type M power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor