Power adapters for Madagascar - What adapter do I need for Madagascar?

Power adapters for Madagascar

When packing for a trip it's helpful to know in advance if you can use your gadgets when you're there. By not knowing which plug socket is being used in Madagascar you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore needing to purchase a suitable power adaptor when you need it that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on travelling to another country, especially to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Madagascar. This page has links to instructions demonstrating exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when travelling to Madagascar by using their types D, C, E, J or K 127 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type D plug outlets are normally used by a majority of Malagasy. When travelling you'll find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different regions.

What is the best power adapter for Madagascar?

The best power adapter for Madagascar is a Type D plug adapter which allows you to use any 127 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Madagascar?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a compact and cheap plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Malagasy power outlet.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor[3]

Do I need a power adapter in Madagascar?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

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Can a power adapter convert the voltage in Madagascar?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 127 volt Malagasy power outlet and can't convert the power to a different voltage. If you need to safely use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance then you will also need a step up power converter for Madagascar.

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Do I need a power adapter for Madagascar if I'm visiting from Canada?

A Canadian plug won't fit into a Malagasy power outlet therefore you will need to bring a power adapter for Madagascar.

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What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Madagascar simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Madagascar in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Madagascar in Canada

Madagascar to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian International 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 such as Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, but expect to pay 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.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Where to buy a power adapter in Madagascar

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Where to buy a power adapter in Madagascar

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.

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Madagascar.
  2. Type D plug adapter - The three pinned earthed Type D plug adapter has large rounded pins placed in a triangular shape, costs C$4-C$5.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor