Zambia power adapters - What adapter do I need for Zambia?

Power adapters for Zambia

If you are packing for a trip to Zambia it is useful to know if you can use any essential gadgets like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you could end up either weighing your bags down with too many adaptors or bring the wrong power charger, leaving you having to borrow a suitable power adaptor on arrival that might be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to stay in another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Zambia. This page has links to step-by-step instructions showing you how to supply power to your devices when staying in Zambia using the standard G, C or D type Zambian 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, most Zambians typically use Type G plugs in their plug outlets. Power sockets will vary depending on which country you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Zambia?

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

What is the best power adapter for Zambia?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Zambia.

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

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Zambian power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Zambian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Zambia.

Do I need a power adapter for Zambia?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Zambia and the location you are travelling from.

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

A US plug won't fit in a Zambian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Zambia, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Zambia if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

What does a power adapter for a Zambian power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Zambia by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where to buy a power adapter in Zambia

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Zambia

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 Zambia in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Zambia in the US

Zambia 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/Zambia - Zambia Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, under $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor