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

Power adapters for Malaysia

If packing for a trip to Malaysia it can be helpful to know if you can use any common electrical devices such as mobile phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another country for the first time traveller. 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 Malaysia. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when staying in Malaysia using the 240 volt 50Hz Type G Malaysian power outlet, with the Malaysians using 13 amp plugs for charging. Power adapters are different regionally therefore we suggest reading our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a full list of charging devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for Malaysia?

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

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?

If the shape of the Malaysian power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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 to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Malaysia Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - A Type G power adapter has three thick rectangular blades in a triangular shape with the longer top blade acting as the earthing pin, costs under $10
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor