UK to Myanmar power adapters - what kind of travel adapter is needed for Myanmar?

Myanmar power outlet

What adapter do I need for Myanmar?

Bring a Type G plug adapter to Myanmar if the plug you would like to use won't fit in a Myanmar power outlet.

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need when visiting Myanmar all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to use with a Myanmar power outlet. If you're unsure of 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.

  • Some areas in Myanmar do not have access to electricity and suffer from power cuts, it is advised to pack a power bank if you wish to recharge your cellphone whilst in an area without access to power or during a power outage.
  • If you are visiting Myanmar from the US then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter to fit a US plug into a Myanmar power outlet. As the voltage is different in Myanmar use a power converter if your device or appliance isn't dual voltage and ensure that it can work with a 50hz power outlet.
  • If your device can run on 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Myanmar power outlet then you can use it in Myanmar without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug doesn't fit in a Myanmar power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Myanmar such a Type G plug adapter. Note that a plug adapter for Myanmar (or power adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Myanmar, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device can't use 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you will also need a power converter for Myanmar to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Myanmar if your power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you need to power your USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should work with any voltage, but make sure that you choose to bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type G plug adapter otherwise you will also need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Myanmar[3]

Warning: If your device won't handle 230 volts you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or blowing a fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Myanmar read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Myanmar power adapters

Power adapters for Myanmar

Varying different standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning to travel to another country to the first time traveller. This isn't as complex as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of common standards used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Myanmar. This page has links to simple instructions telling you exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when staying in Myanmar using their standard types G, C, D or F 230 volt 50Hz power outlets. You will discover power sockets will vary depending on which country you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Myanmar?

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

What is the best power adapter for Myanmar?

What is a power adapter for a Myanmar power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters which permit a Myanmar power outlet to accept a power plug from a different country. [5]

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Myanmar power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Myanmar power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you need to safely use a 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need a step down power converter for Myanmar.

Do I need a plug adapter in Myanmar?

If the shape of the Myanmar power outlet isn't the same as the type of plug outlet in Myanmar then you will need a power adapter.

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What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their electrical devices in Myanmar simply by changing the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Myanmar in the UK

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Myanmar in the UK

Myanmar 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.

Electrical adapters for Myanmar

Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB travel wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal when you only have to power USB devices, for example cell phones, iPads or eReaders.
  • Instead of bringing multiple domestic USB power chargers travellers only need to pack one charger which costs roughly under £15.
  • Chargers come with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads supplied with travel USB wall chargers are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Offers surge protection.
  • The charger can still be functional domestically.
  • The swappable plugs will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work with a Myanmar power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • They only have USB outputs so you will be unable to power any appliances, only USB powered devices. [6]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters are ideal in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical universal travel adapters will work in over 150 different countries.
  • An all-in-one design - lightweight and small for under £20.
  • Some models will have USB charging ports built in.
  • Straightforward operation.
  • Some models will have a surge protector built in to protect your electronics from being overpowered by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The retractable pins don't catch against other items when packed in luggage.
  • The universal travel power adapter should still be of use domestically as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Myanmar power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • A universal travel power adapter will overload when used with a high powered electrical appliance such as clothes irons, microwaves, kettles, vacuum cleaners or hair dryers.
  • The pins and other internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters making them likely to possibily break.
  • Only provide power to a single appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not be totally universal, adapters might not work in some countries with less common power outlets.
  • Lacking a built in voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for electrical appliances which aren't 230 volts. [7]
Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip with included adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • A travel power strip is capable of powering several electronic appliances at once via a single plug socket, costing £35-£40.
  • Some models have voltage conversation for low wattage devices such as laptops. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it can still work with a Myanmar power outlet by using a travel power strip. This will make a travel power strip a cheap and lightweight substitute for a power converter.
  • Most power strips should include a number of USB charging ports.
  • The voltage from power outlets in certain countries could be unstable, a sudden surge in power will damage your delicate devices. There are some models that include a built in surge protector which will prevent your device from being overpowered by an unstable power grid.
  • When you get back home it will still be of use as a power strip and USB charger.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • The conversion on travel power strips won't work with high wattage appliances such as curling irons or hair dryers.
  • Due to the size of a travel power strip it might be too bulky for packing in hand luggage.
  • A travel power strip might be excessive if you only have a small number of appliances and devices to charge. [8]
  • Power strip models for sale in the UK only include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you may need to use it along with an additional plug adapter to work in some countries.
Power Plug Adapters

A small and lightweight type G plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Travellers from England will not need a plug adapter for Myanmar because a UK plug will fit into a Myanmar power outlet.

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Bringing a Type G plug adapter will be ideal for Myanmar.
  • Straightforward design makes this power adapter simple to use.
  • Cheap, prices £15-£20.
  • Compact and light.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Should you plan to visit more than just one country you may need to pack more than one type of plug adapter for other countries.
  • Only changes the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Type G Myanmar power outlet and doesn't modify the actual voltage. If your appliance doesn't work with a 230 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage then you will still need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • A single adapter per device - for every device you'll also need to bring a separate power adapter.
  • Accomodation in Myanmar may only have one wall outlet available, therefore you'll only be capable of powering one device at once.
  • You'll also need to bring a separate domestic USB charger if you need to power any USB device. [3]
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are roughly £25-£30 a power adapter set typically works out more economical than purchasing multiple individual power plug adapter types costing almost £10 each.
  • Covers all eventualities and not just a Myanmar power outlet.
  • If you are visiting different countries a plug adapter set is perfect.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so should work in Myanmar.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Will involve some planning; before any trip you will need to decide which power adapters they'll need, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter type along.
  • Lots individual items to bring with you.
  • All remaining plug adapters will be useless.
  • Not every power adapter types are typically included in each set (especially rarer ones), so ensure that your plug adapter set includes one which is compatible in Myanmar.
  • Each adapter only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Myanmar power outlet but not the actual voltage. [9]
Voltage Converters

Voltage converters offer surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those travelling from England shouldn't need a voltage converter as the voltage from a Myanmar power outlet is 230 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • A voltage converter only converts the 230 volts in Myanmar and won't change the actual shape of the plug to fit in a Myanmar power outlet, therefore you will still need to bring the correct type of power adapter.
  • The typical size of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carry-on baggage.
  • Useless when you return from Myanmar.
  • It's usually better value and more practical to buy a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase an expensive power converter just to power your existing single voltage appliance in Myanmar.
  • Expensive; £80-£90.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Myanmar

Type G Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Myanmar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included G A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 50+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type G Myanmar power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Additional Type G plug adapter required to fit in a Myanmar power outlet Yes
Useful when you return to the UK Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 230 volt AC appliance in Myanmar Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Estimated price under £20 £15-£20 £10-£15 £35-£40 £25-£30 almost £110
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

Myanmar power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Myanmar?

There are four different types of power outlets used in Myanmar, types G, C, D and F with the primary power supply being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can recognise this power socket by the 2 circular adjacent holes next to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type D - You can identify this plug socket by three round holes in a triangle pattern.
  • Plug Type F - The sunken round power socket (also called a type F power outlet or Schuko socket) can be recognised by two large round adjacent holes next to each other, plus a pair of metal grounding clips at the top and bottom.
  • Plug Type G - This plug socket (technically known as a type G power outlet) can be identified by the three holes forming a triangular shape for live, neutral and ground pins. [3]
What plug sockets are used in Myanmar?

How do I use a 110 volt appliance in Myanmar?

Use a step down power converter if you wish to use either a 110 volt or 120 volt appliance in Myanmar.

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What is the frequency used with a Myanmar power outlet?

The frequency of the current found in a Myanmar power outlet is 50Hz. [11]

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country

Are there power outages in Myanmar?

Myanmar suffers power outages several times every month and with this high level of unpredictability it is recommended to pack accordingly.

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Are electrical outlets available in Myanmar?

In Myanmar more than 25% of the population of the country doesn't have access to electrical power.

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Should I pack a power bank for Myanmar?

A power bank for charging cell phones

Should I pack a power bank for Myanmar?

Because electrical power isn't available in all areas of Myanmar along with potential power cuts, visitors should bring alternate charging solutions if they want to continue using devices such as cellphones or eReaders.

  • During a trip to Myanmar increased use of mobile phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, GPS, social network sharing and streaming videos will syphon off power excessively. As well as the inconvenience of missing photo opportunities a flat smart phone battery could potentially leave you in an unknown location without sufficient power to make emergency calls or being able to use a satellite navigation app to return to your hotel or accommodation. By packing a 10,000mAh portable charger lowers that risk as it allows you to power up your cell phone on the move, especially when visiting a country with a lack of access to power and power cuts in some areas.
  • We recommend using at least a 10,000mAh portable charger which will store enough electricity to power over 3 full days of mobile phone use while a 20,000mAh power bank should keep an average cell phone powered for almost a week.
  • Providing that your laptop uses a USB-C charging port then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) that supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge that laptop when travelling to Myanmar.
  • However be aware that some airlines prohibit portable chargers on an aircraft with more than 100Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so we recommended checking ahead with the carrier.
  • Consumer portable chargers aren't designed for use with high wattage items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or gas hair straighteners are designed for travelling to areas with both power cuts and a lack of access to electricity such as Myanmar.    [12] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
Does a solar powered charger work in Myanmar?

Backpack with integrated solar panel

Does a solar powered charger work in Myanmar?

The sunshine in Myanmar could be suitable conditions for a solar power bank but may take time to recharge. The compact surface area of the cells means a solar power bank will need to be kept in strong daylight for a long period of time in order to produce enough energy for a single charge, which might prove inconvenient to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank then wait whilst it recharges in a sunny area.

  • The bigger durable panels used on a solar backpack will give the bag the ability to generate more electricity within a shorter period of time.
  • A phone which has been directly plugged into a USB port of a solar backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny spells in Myanmar, but this could be inconvenient to have a phone continually connected in the bag during the day if it is to be used constantly. Unlike a handheld solar power bank that needs unpacking facing sunlight, a solar powered backpack is continually exposed to sunlight so will be powering up a power bank during the day.
  • A bag that is suitable for Myanmar needs to 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 stronger.
  • Solar bags are available in messenger, backpack and rucksack styles making them perfect for domestic, work and travel use. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable solar panels used in solar powered bags are built to endure scratches and bending.  [4] [17] [18]

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)

Myanmar 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 Myanmar?

When travelling with more than one device then the best travel adapter for Myanmar to buy is a multiple USB charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger. There are four types of power outlets in Myanmar (types G, C, D and F) and bringing this will ensure that you are covered for both types C and G. Because these types of chargers come with interchangeable pins and handle from 100 volts - 240 volts will mean that you can travel to multiple countries in Asia, North America, Europe and Africa just by switching the heads over. If your device supports Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times by using one of these travel adapters plus additional compatibility with certain power demanding devices like tablets.

This will allow you to charge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring individual power adapters on your Myanmar trip or occupying additional wall sockets. By only packing a single international travel charger will help keep the overall size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up and store in hand luggage. Because of their space saving flexibility these types of travel chargers can be used back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used overnight charging multiple tablets, smartphones and e-readers without using up an additional power outlet.

For those travelling regularly we suggest buying an adaptable travel adapter similar to this online. The multipurpose travel charger illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries around the world with perfect reliably. [6]

What USB charger do I need for Myanmar?

Why use a travel USB charger for Myanmar?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you should only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. Instead of bringing 4 separate power chargers you only need to pack one 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 devices, thereby reducing the size and weight 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 a different standard to Myanmar.
  • Good USB travel chargers are rugged, lightweight and compact; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking bringing along a domestic charger which might be impossible to repair or replace in Myanmar.
  • USB chargers will accept both the 230 volts used in Myanmar power outlets plus different voltage standards in other countries.
  • There is a chance that some hotel bedrooms or accommodation in Myanmar might only have one power outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of waiting to charge each device one by one.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of travelling to any unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets in airports are often 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 perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded smartphone in Myanmar could prove to be problematic and expensive.
  • Premium USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to allow you to power low wattage devices such as laptops, however these are unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. See the section on using travel appliances in Myanmar for useful guidelines and advice on the best power adapter for a high wattage devices with a Myanmar power outlet.
  • Certain cell phones could pull more than the normal 500 milliamps produced from a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. More expensive 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 every night using only one power outlet. [6]

What is the best USB charger for Myanmar?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from around the world who only have USB devices, but for those also wishing to use their domestic plugs these power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power adapters offer surge protection which is crucial for visitors of counties with unreliable power grids. These travel adapters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Myanmar 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 Myanmar.
  • 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 from North America using type B plugs and gives almost the same set of features as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half the price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 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 ideal for a majority of travellers from around the world visiting Myanmar. [6]

Power converters for Myanmar

What does a power converter for Myanmar do?

A power converter enables travellers to use a 100-120 volt electrical appliance with a 230 volt Myanmar power outlet.

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

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

A heavy and expensive power converter will transform the voltage of 230 volts from a Myanmar power outlet to work with a non-230 volt appliance, however a smaller and more lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet found in Myanmar. [19]

Do I need a power converter for Myanmar?

If you are visiting Myanmar from a different region please make sure your device can accept a 230 volt power supply.

  • A step down power converter is needed if you are travelling from a country that uses 100-120 volts and your appliance is incompatible with 230 volts. See our world power outlets page to see which voltage your country uses.
  • You don't need a power converter if you are already using either a 230 volt device or one that is dual voltage.
  • Devices which are designed for a lower voltage such as 120 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 typically dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When powering appliances which draw more power or generate heat (for example clothes irons and hair straighteners) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter.
  • It should be more cost effective to purchase a smaller robust dual voltage travel appliance than paying for a much heavier high wattage power converter simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • Read our comprehensive travel guides on travelling with clothes irons, curling wands, flat irons and hair dryers with a Myanmar power outlet , along with recommendations for affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20]

What kind of converter do I need for Myanmar?

You need to use a step down power converter in order to use any 100, 110 or 120 volt appliance in Myanmar. [10]

How to convert 230 volts to 110 volts

  1. Use a step down power converter to allow you to use a 110 or 120 volt appliance with a 230 volt Myanmar 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 Myanmar before plugging that into a Myanmar 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 Myanmar power outlet. [10]
What is the difference between a power transformer and a power converter?

Voltage converter

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

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.

What voltage does Myanmar use?

Myanmar uses 230 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]

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https://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/
Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

Single voltage hair dryer

Is my device single voltage or dual voltage?

A simple method to tell if your appliance is dual voltage is to check for either a sticker or numbers printed on the existing charger, or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. This location might vary depending on the make or model of your device, it could also state in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices could say a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will normally say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

Substantiations

See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters (October 2018).

What type of adapter do you need for Myanmar?

Which type of power adapter do you need to bring to Myanmar?

The type of power converter that is suitable for Myanmar is dependant on various requirements, so before choosing which one to bring we suggest reading this checklist:

What types of electrical devices do you need to use with a Myanmar power outlet?

Make a list of items to bring

What types of electrical devices do you need to use with a Myanmar power outlet?

  • There are 3 different types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic devices which plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops or cameras.
    • High wattage appliances which can be plugged into an electrical outlet - for example hair dryers or curling irons.
    • USB devices which plug into a USB port - for example phones and tablets.
  • When you only intend to bring along just USB powered devices to Myanmar then a simple travel USB wall charger is ideal as you will only have to bring that single lightweight charger rather than packing numerous domestic chargers.
  • A travel power strip is designed for providing power and voltage conversion for many low wattage devices (such as a laptop), however unsuitable for high wattage appliances (such as hairdryers) that require voltage conversion and could potentially overload the power strip.
How many electrical devices are you taking to Myanmar?

How many electrical devices will you be packing

How many electrical devices are you taking to Myanmar?

  • List all the items you'll need to bring to Myanmar (such as tablets, laptops, phones, eReaders, curling irons or hair dryers).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about buying a new laptop computer soon?
    • There are a growing number of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers which use a USB port as their power charging source, the next time you buy a new device it could use a USB adapter so please ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these additional items also.
  • Are you bringing a partner to Myanmar who will need to charge their devices too?

Will your devices and appliances only work with 230 volt power outlets?

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

A USB cable

Are you only planning on charging USB devices?

  • Should you only plan on packing USB electronics such as phones and tablets then it is recommended to just pack a travel USB wall charger.
  • If you only use a simple power plug adapter then you will still need to pack the USB power charger that came with your device too. [6]
How many power outlets will be available when you get to Myanmar?

Are multiple outlets available

How many power outlets will be available when you get to Myanmar?

  • A hotel may have only one power outlet on the wall. This will present an issue if recharging the batteries of multiple electronic devices such as cell phones, tablet computers and laptops overnight as you'll only be able to charge one device at a time.
  • If you wish to charge multiple devices at the same time then we recommend using a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger which can power multiple USB ports or outlets. [8]

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts from around under £10 which powers only one device in Myanmar (providing that it is dual voltage or is compatible with 230 volts) but investing in roughly £15-£20 allows you to power multiple devices at once and bring them to various countries.

Is Myanmar the only location you plan on visiting?

Do you intend on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Are you flying long haul to get to Myanmar?

Making a call after a long haul flight

Are you flying long haul to get to Myanmar?

  • If you are embarking on an extended flight to get to Myanmar think about a convenient airport-suitable charger that works in different power outlet types, one which can be carried in hand luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets available we recommend using a travel portable charger which will recharge on the go. When you land in Myanmar you may need to use a cellphone for making a call, using mapping or reading itineraries; so please make sure that your phone has enough battery power remaining. [4]
Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you intend on only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to the UK?

Will you always have reliable access to electrical power?

  • The electricity in Myanmar might sporadically fluctuate and this can cause damage to your devices, you will need to look for an adapter which offers built in surge protection such as a travel power strip.
  • Due to Myanmar suffering from power outages or having limited access to power in some areas you might find that whichever power charger you bring doesn't work anyway. Prepare for power cuts and areas of limited electricity by bringing a solar backpack or portable charger.  [4] [4] [17]

What can I connect to a Myanmar power outlet

Travel appliances which can connect to a Myanmar power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Myanmar power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Myanmar power outlet

Mobile phones that can connect to the Myanmar power outlet

Apple iPhones which can be connected to a Myanmar power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Myanmar power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Myanmar power outlet

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

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travellers visiting Myanmar, 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[21]

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Myanmar.
  2. iec.ch - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. 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, priced £15-£20.
  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, priced £30-£35.
  5. Wikipedia - power adaptor
  6. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters, £10-£15.
  7. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices, costs £15-£20.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries, priced under £40.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries, priced around £25.
  10. 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, under £90.
  11. Wikipedia - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country -
  12. 10,000mAh portable charger - Lightweight 10000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for mobile phone charging, priced £20-£25.
  13. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered cordless blow dryer suitable for travelling, costs around £140.
  14. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges, priced under £25.
  15. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days, priced at £35-£40.
  16. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support, £100-£110.
  17. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight, priced at under £120.
  18. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device, £25-£30.
  19. 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, under £110.
  20. 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, £100-£110.
  21. Wikipedia - AC power plugs and sockets -