How to charge the mobile phone when staying in Malaysia

Using USB Micro Type B connector with a Type G power charger to power your mobile phone from a Malaysian power outlet.

Malaysian power outlet

If you are organizing a holiday to Malaysia it's helpful to know if you'll be able to use all your common devices when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is being used in Malaysia you may bring the wrong charger, thereby leaving you having to buy a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to visit a different country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards used in the world this guide shows exactly what to buy in advance to charge your mobile phone in Malaysia. These instructions were written to prevent you worrying if you'll be able to charge the mobile phone when going abroad.If you're travelling to Malaysia the following instructions show charging your mobile phone using their 240 volt 50Hz G Type power outlet, the Malaysians will use 13 amp plugs for power outlets. If visiting Malaysia from another region please ensure the mobile phone can be charged using a 240 volt supply. If the mobile phone originated in a country which uses a lower voltage such as 110 volts ensure that the mobile phone is dual voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) otherwise you may need to use an additional voltage converter to avoid the device from over-heating whilst powering it up. If you intend on visiting tourist destinations such as Kuala Lumpur or Malacca refer to the page about Malaysia [1] for further information on visiting the area.

This how-to guide is for a generic mobile phone and assume the phone has a standard micro USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a headphone socket. For all the latest phones please visit the Mobile phones page for a full list of makes and models.

Charging any mobile phone in Malaysia

Can the mobile phone be used in Malaysia?

You can use any mobile phone in Malaysia.

What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Malaysia?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for Malaysia to buy is a multiple USB port adapter which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger.

As these types of chargers come with interchangeable plugs and can handle from 100 volts to 240 volts will mean that you can travel to over 100 countries in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa just by changing the included plugs. If your mobile phone is compatible with Fast Charge then you'll benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers and support for more power hungry devices like tablets.

Unlike other travel adapters this will also allow you to recharge more than one device at the same time without needing to bring individual travel adapters. Because you are only bringing a single travel charger will help keep the weight down, making it perfect to store in hand baggage and convenient for recharging your mobile phone at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you’re not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple tablets, phones and speakers with only a single plug socket.

We suggest buying this type of flexible power charger online, the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated below is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully for recharging multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world on a daily basis.

Alternative travel adapter for Malaysia

The 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to recharge devices via USB, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power strips offer surge protection which is crucial for travellers to regions with unstable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering Continental Europe, North America, Australia, United Kingdom, Japan, China and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK international travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the most popular compact option for travellers originating from North America going to Malaysia using 3 pinned type B US plug sockets.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Similarly having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the Orico travel adapter is also aimed at travellers originating from North America using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for 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 most travellers from around the world visiting Malaysia. [5] [AD]
What is the best power charger for any mobile phone in Malaysia?

Powering any mobile phone with a Malaysian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

Instructions showing how to recharge any mobile phone with a Malaysian power outlet by using USB Micro Type B cable with a Type G power charger.

  1. In order to charge the mobile phone from the Malaysian power outlet you'll need to buy a Type G USB power plug adapter [3] and a USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable [4].
  2. Begin by inserting the Type G USB power plug adapter in the wall outlet. This power outlet, technically known as the Type G power outlet [2], can be recognised by the three vertical rectangular holes containing shutters in a triangle configuration.
  3. Plug in the USB end of the USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable into the bottom of the mains USB adapter and the other end into the USB charging port on any mobile phone. These instructions assume your phone uses a Micro USB type B port. Please refer to the instructions supplied with your mobile to check this is correct and visit the Mobile phones page to see if your model is listed (please note that you can usually connect the cable which came with your mobile phone to charge with any USB charger).
  4. The USB charging port is typically located either on the bottom or side of the mobile phone.
  5. Turn on the Malaysian power outlet.
  6. The battery indicator on your mobile phone should indicate that the phone is charging, refer to your phone`s instruction manual to find out how long it will typically take. [AD]
Powering any mobile phone with a Malaysian power outlet by using a 3 pinned Type G USB adapter

See also

  1. Wikipedia - page about Malaysia
  2. - Type G power outlet
  3. Type G USB power plug adapter - Suitable for use in England, Ireland, and Scotland, a grounded three pin Type G adapter turns UK electrical power outlets into USB ports for reliable charging..
  4. USB 2.0 A Male to Micro B cable - Used to connect USB devices which have a USB Mini-B port to computers, power supplies and other devices.
  5. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A 4-port USB wall charger is an electrical device that provides simultaneous charging for up to four USB-compatible devices. It often includes interchangeable international plug adapters for global use..