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

Power adapters for Tanzania

If you are packing for a holiday it can be useful to know if you'll be able to use all your essential electronics when you're there. Without knowing which power supply is used in Tanzania you may end up either over packing with too many spare adaptors or pack the wrong charger, meaning having to buy or borrow a suitable adaptor on arrival. Varying different combinations of frequencies and standards can all cause confusion when planning on travelling to a foreign country to the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in Tanzania. This page has links to useful instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Tanzania by using the standard G or D type 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please note that Type G wall outlets will be normally used by most Tanzanians. Most power adapters will change regionally so we suggest that you read our Wiki Connections travel power adapters guide for a full list showing regions.

What is the best power adapter for Tanzania?

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

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?

This depends on the location you are travelling from and the shape of plug you want to use in Tanzania.

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 UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Tanzania in the UK

Tanzania to UK power adapters will most likely be available to buy in the UK from airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Luton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Birmingham 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 WH Smith, Dixons or Boots but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. UK high street electrical shops, newsagents and chemists such as Currys PC World, WH Smith or Boots normally typically only sell popular types of travel adapters covering a limited number of countries however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online. In January 2019 we checked 2 high street branches of WH Smiths without seeing any power adapters available to purchase and 1 branch of Boots only had a pack of European adapters available.

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Tanzania country Wiki 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, around £10
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor