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

Power adapters for Malaysia

When organizing a trip it's useful to know if you can power your devices when you get there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used you may pack the wrong power charger, thereby leaving you needing to buy or borrow a suitable power adaptor when you're there which might not be compatible and cause problems with your device. Varying complicated standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on staying in another country if you've never been there before. With only a handful of different types of sockets being used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Malaysia. This page contains links to useful instructions telling you how to supply power to your devices when you are in Malaysia by using their standard 240 volt 50Hz G Type Malaysian plug outlet, with the Malaysians using a 13 amp plug for wall outlets. You'll find power adapters will vary depending on which country you're in so we suggest reading the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

The best power adapter for Malaysia will be a Type G plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 240 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

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 Malaysia.

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 a Malaysian power outlet do?

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

Do I need a power adapter for Malaysia?

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

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

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 240 volt Malaysian 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 Malaysia.

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

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

Where to buy a power adapter for Malaysia in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Malaysia in the US

Malaysia 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 Malaysia

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Malaysia

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/Malaysia - Malaysia Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced between $5 to $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor