Sri Lanka power adapters - what plugs are used in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lankan power outlet

What adapter do I need for Sri Lanka?

You need to use a Type G plug adapter [3] for Sri Lanka if your plug won't fit into a Sri Lankan power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, converter or charger that you'll need to bring when visiting Sri Lanka all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use in a Sri Lankan power outlet. If you're unclear about what voltage your device can use then read the section about how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device first.

  • Be prepared for regular blackouts and limited access to power in some areas of Sri Lanka, it is advised to bring a portable charger [4] if you need to keep your mobile phone charged whilst staying in an area without power or during a power cut.
  • If you're planning on visiting Sri Lanka from America you will need to bring a suitable power adapter to fit a US plug in a Sri Lankan power outlet. As the voltage is different in Sri Lanka you also need to pack a power converter for Sri Lanka if your device isn't dual voltage and check that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet then you can use it in Sri Lanka without needing anything else.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet then you'll need a suitable plug adapter for Sri Lanka such a Type G plug adapter [3]. Please be aware that a plug adapter for Sri Lanka (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Sri Lanka, but won't convert the voltage from 230 volts to another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Sri Lanka to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to bring along a suitable plug adapter for Sri Lanka if the power converter doesn't use the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you only want to power USB devices such as mobile phones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is recommended and it will work with any voltage, however make sure that you choose a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to use a suitable plug adapter for Sri Lanka.

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Sri Lanka please check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Sri Lanka power adapters

Power adapters for Sri Lanka

When packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can use all your electrical devices when you get there. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Sri Lanka you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Various standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Sri Lanka. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Sri Lanka by using their types G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Sri Lankans will typically use Type G wall outlets. You will find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

The best power adapter for Sri Lanka will be a Type G power adapter [3] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a wall outlet in Sri Lanka to accept a power plug from an appliance from a different region.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for Sri Lanka allows visitors travelling from another country to use electronic appliances in Sri Lanka by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter in Sri Lanka?

If the power plug that you are using isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Sri Lanka then you will need a power adapter.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Sri Lanka?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet and doesn't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance then you will also need a step down power converter for Sri Lanka.

Will I need a plug adapter for Sri Lanka if I'm from the US?

If you are visiting from the US bring a plug adapter for Sri Lanka as an American plug won't physically fit into a Sri Lankan power outlet, and because the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Sri Lanka if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Sri Lanka?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Sri Lanka?

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.

Sri Lanka power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Sri Lanka?

Type D, G and M power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Sri Lanka?

There are three types of power outlets used in Sri Lanka, these are type G, D and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type D - This power socket (technically known as a type D power outlet) can be identified by the three holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type G - You can recognise this power socket by the three vertical slots in a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground.
  • Plug Type M - You can recognise this power socket by three large circular holes in a triangular pattern for live, neutral and ground.

Do US plugs work in Sri Lanka?

No - an American plug won't work in Sri Lanka because it doesn't fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet without using a power adapter. Also, the voltage is 230 volts so you will need to use a power converter for Sri Lanka if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage and check that your device or appliance will work with a 50hz power outlet.

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Sri Lanka?

To use a 110 volt appliance in Sri Lanka you will need a step down power converter.

What frequency is used in Sri Lanka?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Sri Lankan power outlet is 50 Hz.

Is the voltage in Sri Lanka the same as in the US?

The voltage which comes from a Sri Lankan power outlet is 230 volts, whereas 120 volts is used in America. If your US appliance or charger isn't dual voltage then you should use a suitable power converter for a Sri Lankan power outlet which allows a 120 volt American device to work with a 230 volt outlet.

Are outlets in Sri Lanka the same as US?

US plugs won't fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Sri Lanka. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage please use a power converter for Sri Lanka and check that it works with a 50hz supply.

Are power outlets common in Sri Lanka?

In Sri Lanka almost 10% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electricity.

Does Sri Lanka have many power outages?

There are potentially weekly power cuts in Sri Lanka.

Do I need a portable charger for Sri Lanka?

A USB power bank

Do I need a portable charger for Sri Lanka?

As electricity isn't available to 100% of the population of Sri Lanka combined with problems with the reliability of power, travellers should use alternate charging options if they want to continue charging devices such as cellphones or cameras.

  • Whilst travelling to Sri Lanka increased use of mobile phones for taking photos, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. Beyond the inconvenience of missed photo opportunities a flat mobile phone battery could potentially leave you stranded without adequate power to make emergency calls or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation. Bringing along a portable charger [4] alleviates those concerns as it means you can keep your cell phone powered on the go, especially when travelling to a country with limited access to power and power outages in some areas.
  • A typical 10,000mAh power bank [4] will store enough energy to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use whilst a 20,000mAh power bank [9] should keep a typical cell phone charged for almost a week.
  • Should you need to charge your laptop in Sri Lanka and it it supports USB-C charging then look for a portable charger for a laptop [10] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20 Wh.
  • Please note that some airlines don't let you take batteries on an aircraft that supply 100 Wh of power or more and must not be left in checked-in luggage.
  • Average consumer portable chargers won't work with high wattage items, but a rechargeable hair dryer [7] or gas hair straighteners [8] are available for travelling to areas with frequent power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Sri Lanka.
How well do solar powered chargers work in Sri Lanka?

Solar backpacks are ideal in hot countries

How well do solar powered chargers work in Sri Lanka?

The sunshine in Sri Lanka should be suitable enough to recharge solar power bank [12] reliability, but will need to be exposed to strong sunshine to provide adequate power for a single charge cycle. It could prove inconvenient to continually unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack [11] give the bag the ability to create more electricity within a faster period of time, making them ideal for the weather in Sri Lanka.
  • A phone that has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack can trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Sri Lanka, but this might be inconvenient to have a phone continuously connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a small solar power bank which needs to be unpacked and facing the sunlight, a solar bag is usually exposed to sunlight therefore will be topping up a regular power bank [4] during the day.
  • Even though the sunlight in Sri Lanka is strong, a bag should ideally have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or more, be able to generate at least 6 watts of power and be used with a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater.
  • The durable and flexible solar cells used in solar powered bags are designed to endure bending and scratches, unlike normal firm solar cells. Solar bags come in backpack, laptop messenger and rucksack styles which makes them perfect for work, travel and domestic use.

Sources

  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited August 2014)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2014)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990)

Sri Lanka chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Sri Lanka?

If travelling to multiple countries or bringing more than one device the best international travel charger for Sri Lanka is a multiple USB port adapter which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [13]. Sri Lankans use three different standards of wall outlets (types G, D and M) and using a power charger like this will ensure that you are covered for type G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable plugs and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean you can travel to over 100 countries around the world just by changing the plugs over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices do) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters and additional support for certain power hungry devices like tablets. Unlike other adapters having a 4 port charger means you can power more than one device at the same time without needing to pack individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single lightweight USB travel charger will keep the weight and size down, making it ideal to store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of chargers can be used at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

We suggest searching for this type of versatile power charger at your preferred electronics retailer - the power adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [13] which has been successfully tested for charging multiple USB devices in numerous countries with good reliably.

What USB charger do I need for Sri Lanka?

Why use a travel USB charger for Sri Lanka?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include 4 or more USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring a single charger to charge all your devices. Rather than bring 4 individual power chargers you only need to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger and power up to 4 separate devices, thereby reducing the weight and size of your baggage.
  • Travel USB chargers should include swappable plug heads for various countries thereby making them suitable if visiting other countries across Asia which are likely to use different outlets to Sri Lanka.
  • A good power charger is rugged, lightweight and compact - ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing a domestic charger which could be hard to repair in Sri Lanka.
  • USB travel chargers can accept the 230 volt power outlets in Sri Lanka along with other voltage standards across the world.
  • It's possible that hotels in Sri Lanka might only have a single power outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single wall outlet with all your devices rather than having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their flexible nature a travel USB charger takes the uncertainty out of travelling to an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets in airports can be in short supply and the demand for charging multiple cell phones before a flight can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the ability to charge quickly is perect.
  • The power grid in some countries can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected spikes to prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded smartphone or tablet in Sri Lanka could prove problematic and costly.
  • Larger USB chargers should also include power outlet strips to use multiple low powered devices such as laptops, but please note these are unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Refer to our guide on using travel appliances with a Sri Lankan power outlet for advice and guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for a Sri Lankan power outlet for high wattage appliances.
  • Certain tablets and cellphones could require more than the standard 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Premium USB chargers will support fast charging should any of your devices require additional power.
  • When back at home travel USB chargers can still be used by charging multiple cell phones on an overnight basis using one power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Sri Lanka?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, however for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs the following power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which can be useful for travellers to counties with unreliable or unstable power grids to prevent damage to any connected devices from voltage spikes. These travel converters come supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Sri Lanka and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable option for travellers originating from America visiting Sri Lanka.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from the US using type B plugs and offers almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with 1 less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for a wide range of travellers from around the world visiting Sri Lanka.

Power converters for Sri Lanka

What does a power converter for a Sri Lankan power outlet do?

Power converters for Sri Lanka allow you to use a 100, 110 or 120 volt electric device with a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power converter and a plug adapter?

A heavy and bulky power converter [14] will transform a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet to work with a non-230 volt device, but a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Sri Lanka.

Do I need a power converter for Sri Lanka?

When travelling to Sri Lanka from another region check that the device will accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • You will need a step down power converter [15] if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your device or appliance won't support 230 volts. See the WikiConnections list of world power outlets guide to find out the voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already use either a 230 volt single voltage device or one that supports dual voltage.
  • Devices designed for a lower voltage such as 110 volts and used with 230 volts run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you need to charge a smaller electrical device such as a mobile phone as these are normally dual voltage and designed for international use, but please always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • For supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair straighteners or clothes irons) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [16] which allows it to be used with a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet.
  • It should be more cost effective to use a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a heavier power converter to Sri Lanka in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hairdryers with Sri Lankan power outlets , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter if I'm travelling to Sri Lanka from America?

The voltage from a wall outlet in Sri Lanka is different to an 110 volt American outlet, therefore please use a step down power converter if your appliance or charger doesn't support dual voltage.

What converter do I need for Sri Lanka?

In order to use any 100-120 volt appliance in Sri Lanka you will need to buy a step down power converter [15].

What voltage is used in Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka uses 230 volts in their power outlets.

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter [15] to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Sri Lanka before plugging that into a Sri Lankan power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage to the 110-120 volt range.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 110-120 volt appliance can now be used with a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet.
What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a power converter and a transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

Single voltage hair dryer

How can I tell if I have a dual voltage or single voltage appliance?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for a sticker on the charger or on the unit itself, normally near to where the power cord goes. This location will vary depending on the make and model of your appliance but could also be written on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 240V.
  • Single voltage devices might also say a small voltage range (20 volts difference) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a large range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

What can I connect to a Sri Lankan power outlet?

Travel appliances which can connect to a Sri Lankan power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Sri Lankan power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Sri Lankan power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Sri Lankan power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to the Sri Lankan power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Sri Lankan power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to a Sri Lankan power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Sri Lankan power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Sri Lanka, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [17].

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka - wikipedia.org entry about Sri Lanka.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  7. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  8. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  9. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  10. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  11. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  12. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  13. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  14. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  15. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  16. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors.
  17. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets