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

Power adapters for Zambia

If packing for a holiday to Zambia it can be helpful to know in advance if you'll be able to power any common electronics such as mobiles and cameras when you arrive. But by not knowing which power supply is used you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, thereby leaving you having to purchase a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Differing standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially to the first time traveller. This isn't as complicated as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used throughout the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Zambia. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in Zambia using the types G, C or D 230 volt 50Hz plug outlets, Type G plug outlets will be used by a majority of Zambians. You will discover that power adapters will vary depending on which area you're in so please read the Wikiconnections world power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list showing destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Zambia?

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

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?

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

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 UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Zambia in the UK

Zambia 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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Zambia 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, estimated price £30-£35
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor