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

Power adapters for Zimbabwe

If you are planning to travel it can be helpful to know if you can power all your essential electronics when you arrive at your destination. Without knowing which wall socket is used in Zimbabwe you could end up either weighing yourself down with unnecessary spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, thereby leaving you having to borrow a suitable charger on arrival. Differing standards and plugs can all be confusing when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Zimbabwe. This page contains links to simple instructions showing exactly how to supply power to your devices when you're visiting Zimbabwe by using the Type G or D Zimbabwe 220 volt 50Hz plug outlets, most Zimbabweans normally use the Type G sockets in their wall 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 countries.

What is the best power adapter for Zimbabwe?

The best power adapter for Zimbabwe will be a Type G plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 220 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Zimbabwe?

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 Zimbabwe power outlet.

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

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 Zimbabwe simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Zimbabwe?

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 change the voltage in Zimbabwe?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Zimbabwe power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Zimbabwe along with the correct power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Zimbabwe if I'm from Canada?

If you are travelling from Canada you will need to bring a power adapter for Zimbabwe as A Canadian plug won't physically fit into a Zimbabwe power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Zimbabwe if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

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Where to buy a power adapter in Zimbabwe

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Where to buy a power adapter in Zimbabwe

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 Zimbabwe in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Zimbabwe in Canada

Zimbabwe 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.

  1. Wikipedia - wikipedia.org entry about Zimbabwe.
  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, costing C$4-C$5.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor