Power adapter for Tanzania - What plug adapter do I need for Tanzania?

Power adapters for Tanzania

If organizing to travel to Tanzania it can often be useful to know in advance if you can power your common devices such as mobile phones or laptop computers that you are bringing along. Without knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a suitable charger when you arrive that could be incompatible. Different combinations of standards and plugs can often be daunting when planning on staying in another country especially if you've never visited before. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Tanzania. This page contains links to step by step instructions demonstrating which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Tanzania using the standard types G or D Tanzanian 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Tanzanians will typically use the Type G plug outlets. You'll discover power adapters will vary from region to region so please read our Wikiconnections world power adapters list where you'll find a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

The best power adapter for Tanzania will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter for Tanzania is a small and cheap plastic adapter which permits a Tanzanian power outlet to accept a different type of power plug from an appliance from another region.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

What does a power adapter for Tanzania do?

A power adapter allows a visitor travelling from another location to use their own electronic and electrical devices in Tanzania by adapting the shape of the power plug to fit the power outlet.

Do I need a plug adapter for Tanzania?

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

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

US plugs won't fit into a Tanzanian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Tanzania, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Tanzania if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage which prevents damage or overheating.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from a Tanzanian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Tanzanian power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance you will also need a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Where to buy a power adapter for Tanzania in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tanzania in the US

Tanzania 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Tanzania

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Tanzania

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanzania - Tanzania country Wiki page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, estimated price under $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor