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SOLVING THE RIDDLE OF
INTERNATIONAL ELECTRICITY
VOLTAGE AND ADAPTER INDEX BY COUNTRY

Some Basics

With a few exceptions, everyone in the world uses either 110 or 220 Volt (V) electricity. (By 110 we mean 110-120 Volts and 220, 220-240 Volts.) 110 is prevalent in North, Central and some parts of South America, the Caribbean, and parts of the Pacific. 220 is used about everywhere else. Several countries actually use both 110 and 220.

The other difference between electricity is the cycles per second, or Hertz (Hz.) Countries either use 60 Hertz (such as in North America) or 50 Hertz (such as in Europe.) There is a fairly close correlation between 110 V/60 Hz. and 220 V/50 Hz but there are exceptions. Most electronic devices will not be affected by the cycle change. Other appliances, including analog clocks and motorized appliances, will run slower or faster. For more information, see The most often asked questions about international electricity.

What adapter is needed where is often a lesson in past colonialism. Many countries have a multitude of electrical outlet configurations. Usually they are island nations, or countries which saw a rapid influx of wealth as their infrastructure was developing, i.e. many Middle Eastern countries. It's possible we've erred on the side of caution: if someone told us a plug was found in a country but we could not confirm it, we've included it. We figure it's better to have an extra plug than not be able to plug in. If you find any errors or omissions, please let us know. Thanks to those who have contributed information to make this index as complete as possible.


Non-Grounded Adapter Plugs

Remember: Adapter plugs do not convert electricity. Female (back) side accepts North America or Europe plugs. Country not listed? Visit our Worldwide Electrical Index. It is a good idea to check the index in any case, as some countries require more than one style of adapter. You can also click on the pictures of the adapters to see what countries they are found in.

# 300

United Kingdom #300 UK non-grounded adapter
$4.00

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# 350
#5G India adapter

India
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# 380

Britain Shaver #380 UK shaver adapter
$4.00

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# 400

Europe #400 Europe non-grounded adapter
$4.00

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# 600

Australia / China #600 Australia / China non-grounded adapter
$4.00

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# 700

North America #700 North America non-grounded adapter
$4.00

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# 801

South Africa #801 South Africa non-grounded adapter
$5.00

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#880N Non-Grounded Adapter Set
$15.00

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Grounded Adapter Plugs

Our grounded adapters are cream of the crop, approved by governmental regulatory agencies worldwide. They accept plugs from any country in the world except South Africa. Country not listed? Visit our Worldwide Electrical Index. It is a good idea to check the index in any case, as some countries require more than one style of adapter. You can also click on the pictures of the adapters to see what countries they are found in.

# 3G

United Kingdom #3G UK Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 4G

Europe #4G European Grounded Adapter Schuko
$7.00

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# 5G

India #5G India Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 6G

Australia / China #6G Australia / China Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 7G

North America #7G North America Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 8G

South Africa #8G South Africa Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 9G

Switzerland #9G Switzerland Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 10G

Italy #10G Italy Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 12G

Denmark #12G Denmark Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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# 13G

Israel #13G Israel Grounded Adapter
$7.00

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#88G
All Ten Grounded Adapters
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#88G Grounded Adapter Set



Be Prepared for Every Electric Outlet on Earth.

If you have traveled much, you know there is no such thing as an "All in One Adapter." There are some mighty strange outlets lurking out there. Our Complete Adapter Set prepares you for every electrical outlet found on the planet Earth. Includes all ten grounded adapters, plus three additional non-grounded ones to fit the remaining outlets. Set includes: UK Shaver, Japan (accepts two and three prong plugs), Europe ungrounded (accepts two or three prong plugs), and the grounded adapters: UK, Europe, India, Australia / China, North America, South Africa, Switzerland, Italy, Israel, and Denmark. Includes carry pouch.

#777 The Complete Adapter Set $59.95 $50.95

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WORLDWIDE ELECTRICITY INDEX

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Z

Click on the first letter of the country you are interested in.

COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
ABU DHABI 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 5G
AFGHANISTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 5G
ALBANIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
ALGERIA 127/22050 # 400 , 4G , 5G
ANDORRA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
ANGOLA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
ANGUILLA 110 60 # 700 , 7G
ANTIGUA AND
BARBUDA
110/220 50 # 300 , 700 , 3G , 7G
ARGENTINA 220 50 # 400 , 600
ARMENIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
ARUBA 127/22060 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
AUSTRALIA 240 50 # 600 , 6G
AUSTRIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
AZERBAIJAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
AZORES 110/220 50 # 400 , 4G , 12G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
BAHAMAS120 60# 700 , 7G
BAHRAIN22050 # 300 , 3G , 5G
BALEARIC ISLANDS220 50# 400 , 4G
BANGLADESH220 50# 300 , 400 , 700 , 3G , 4G , 5G , 12G
BARBADOS115 50# 700 , 7G
BELGIUM220 50# 400 , 4G
BELIZE110/220 60# 300, 700 , 3G, 7G
BELARUS220 50# 400 , 4G
BENIN220 50# 400 , 4G , 5G
BERMUDA120 60# 300 , 700 , 3G , 7G
BHUTAN220 50# 400 , 4G , 5G
BOLIVIA115/23050# 400 , 700 , 7G
BONAIRE127/220 50# 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
BOSNIA-
HERZEGOVINA
22050 # 400 , 4G
BOTSWANA220 50# 300 , 3G , 5G
BRAZIL110/220 60# 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
BRUNEI240 50# 300 , 3G
BULGARIA220 50# 400 , 4G
BURKINA FASO 220 50# 400 , 4G
BURMA220 50# 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
BURUNDI 220 50# 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
CAMBODIA 22050# 400 , 4G
CAMEROON22050 # 400 , 4G , 12G
CANADA12060# 700 , 7G
CANARY
ISLANDS
22050# 400 , 4G , 10G
CAPE VERDE
ISLANDS
22050# 400 , 4G
CAYMAN ISLANDS120 60# 700 , 7G
CENTRAL
AFRICAN REPUBLIC
22050# 400 , 4G
CHAD22050# 400 , 4G , 5G
CHANNEL
ISLANDS (UK)
23050# 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G
CHILE22050# 400 , 4G , 10G
CHINA22050# 300 , 600, 700, 3G , 6G
COLOMBIA11060# 700 , 7G
COMOROS22050# 400 , 4G
CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF22050# 400 , 4G
CONGO, REPUBLIC OF22050# 400 , 4G
COOK ISLANDS22050# 600 , 6G
COSTA RICA12060# 700 , 7G
COTE D'IVOIRE22050# 400 , 4G
CROATIA23050# 400 , 4G
CUBA110/22060# 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
CURACAO 127/22050# 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
CYPRUS22050# 300 , 3G
CZECH
REPUBLIC
220 50# 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
DENMARK 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 12G
DJIBOUTI 220 50 # 400 , 4G
DOMINICA 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC
110 60 # 700 , 7G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
ECUADOR12060# 700 , 7G
EGYPT22050# 400 , 4G , 13G
EL SALVADOR11560# 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
EQUATORIAL
GUINEA
22050# 400 , 4G
ERITREA22050# 400 , 4G
ESTONIA22050# 400 , 4G
ETHIOPIA22050# 400 , 5G , 9G , 10G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
FIJI24050# 600 , 6G
FAROE ISLANDS22050# 400 , 4G , 12G
FALKLAND
ISLANDS
22050# 300 , 700 , 3G , 7G
FINLAND23050# 400 , 4G
FRANCE22050# 400 , 4G
FRENCH
GUIANA
22050# 400 , 4G
FRENCH
POLYNESIA
22050# 400 , 600, 4G , 6G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
GABON 220 50# 400 , 4G
GAMBIA 220 50# 300 , 3G
GEORGIA 220 50# 400 , 4G
GERMANY 220 50# 400 , 4G
GHANA 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
GIBRALTAR220 50# 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G
GILBERT
ISLANDS
220 50 # 600 , 700, 6G , 7G
GREAT
BRITAIN
230 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G , 5G
GREECE 220 50 # 400 , 4G
GREENLAND 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 12G
GRENADA 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
GRENADINES 220 50# 400 , 4G
GUADELOUPE 220 50 # 400 , 4G
GUAM 110 60# 700 , 7G
GUATEMALA 120 60# 700 , 7G
GUINEA 220 50# 400 , 4G , 12G
GUINEA-BISSAU 220 50# 400 , 4G
GUYANA 120/24060 # 300 , 700 , 3G , 5G , 7G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
HAITI 110 60 # 700 , 7G
HOLLAND 22050 # 400 , 4G
HONDURAS 110 60 # 700 , 7G
HONG KONG 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
HUNGARY 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
ICELAND 220 50 # 400 , 4G
INDIA23050 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
INDONESIA110/22050# 400 , 600, 4G , 6G
IRAN22050 # 400 , 4G
IRAQ 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
IRELAND 220 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G
ISLE OF MAN220 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G , 5G
ISLE OF WIGHT230 50 # 300 , , 3G , 5G
ISRAEL 23050# 400 , 4G, 13G
ITALY 220 50# 400 , 4G , 10G
IVORY COAST 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
JAMAICA 110 50# 700 , 7G
JAPAN 10050/60# 700 , 7G
JORDAN 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
KAZAKHSTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
KENYA 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
KIRIBATI 220 50 # 600 , 700 , 6G , 7G
KOREA, NORTH 110/220 50/60 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
KOREA, SOUTH 110/220 50/60 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
KUWAIT 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
KYRGYZTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
LAOS 220 50 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
LATVIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
LEBANON 220 50 #400, 700, 4G , 7G
LESOTHO 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 801 , 8G
LIBERIA 120 60 # 700 , 7G
LIBYA 127/220 50# 400 , 4G , 5G
LIECHTENSTEIN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
LITHUANIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
LUXEMBOURG 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
MACAO 220 50# 300 , 3G , 5G
MACEDONIA 220 50# 400 , 4G
MADAGASCAR 127/220 50 # 400 , 4G , 5G , 12G
MADEIRA 220 50# 400 , 4G
MALAWI 220 50 # 300 , 3G
MALAYSIA 230 50 # 300 , 3G
MALDIVES 220 50# 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
MALI 220 50 # 400 , 4G
MALTA 220 50 # 300 , 3G
MARTINIQUE220 50 # 400 , 4G
MAURITANIA220 50 # 400 , 4G
MAURITIUS 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
MEXICO 120 60# 700 , 7G
MICRONESIA 120 60 # 700 , 7G
MOLDOVIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
MONACO 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 5G
MONGOLIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
MONTSERRAT 230 60 # 700 , 7G
MONTENEGRO 220 50 # 400 , 4G
MOROCCO 127/220 50# 400 , 4G , 5G
MOZAMBIQUE 220 50 # 400 , 801 , 4G , 8G
MYANMAR 220 50# 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
NAMIBIA 240 50 # 400 , 801 , 4G , 8G
NAURU 220 50# 600 , 6G
NEPAL 220 50# 400 , 4G , 5G
NETHERLANDS 220 50# 400 , 4G
NETHERLAND
ANTILLES
127/220 50 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
NEW CALEDONIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
NEW HEBRIDES 22050# 300 , 400 , 600, 3G , 4G , 6G
NEW ZEALAND 230 50# 600 , 6G
NICARAGUA 120 60# 700 , 7G
NIGER 220 50 # 400 , 4G
NIGERIA 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
NORFOLK ISLAND 220 50 # 600, 6G
NORTHERN
IRELAND
230 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G , 5G
NORTH KOREA 110/220 50/60 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
NORWAY 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
OKINAWA 100 60# 600 , 700 , 6G , 7G
OMAN 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 5G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
PAKISTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G, 5G
PANAMA 110 60# 600 , 700 , 6G , 7G
PAPUA
NEW GUINEA
240 50# 600 , 6G
PARAGUAY 220 50 # 400 , 4G
PERU 110/220 50# 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
PHILIPPINES 220 60 # 400 , 700 , 7G
POLAND 220 50 # 400 , 4G
POLYNESIA 220 50# 400 , 600 , 4G , 6G
PORTUGAL 220 50 # 400 , 4G
PUERTO RICO 120 60# 700 , 7G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
QATAR 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
REUNION ISLAND 220 50 # 400 , 4G
ROMANIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
RUSSIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
RWANDA 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
ST. KITTS & NEVIS23060 # 300 , 3G , 5G
ST. LUCIA 240 50 # 300 , 3G
ST. MAARTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
ST. PIERRE & MIQULON 220 50 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
ST. VINCENT 240 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 12G
SAMOA AMERICAN 110/220 50 # 400 , 600 , 700 , 4G , 6G , 7G
SAMOA WESTERN 220 50 # 400 , 600, 700 , 4G , 6G , 7G
SAN MARINO 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 10G
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 10G
SAUDI ARABIA 110/220 60 # 300 , 400 , 700 , 3G , 4G , 7G
SCOTLAND 230 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G , 5G
SENEGAL 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 5G , 12G
SERBIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
SEYCHELLES 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
SIERRA LEONE220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
SINGAPORE 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
SLOVAKIA 22050 # 400 , 4G
SLOVENIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
SOLOMON ISLANDS 220 50 # 600 , 6G
SOMALIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
SOUTH AFRICA220 50 # 801 , 8G
SOUTH KOREA 110/220 50/60 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
SPAIN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
SRI LANKA 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 5G
SUDAN 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G
SURINAM 120 60 # 400 , 4G
SWAZILAND 230 50 # 400 , 4G , 801 , 8G
SWEDEN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
SWITZERLAND 230 50 # 400 , 4G , 9G
SYRIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G , 10G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
TAJIKISTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
TAHITI 220 50 # 400 , 600 , 4G , 6G
TAIWAN 110 60 # 700 , 7G
TANZANIA 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G
TASMANIA 220 50 # 600 , 6G
THAILAND 220 50 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
TIBET 220 50 # 400 , 600 , 4G , 6G
TOBAGO115/230 60 # 300 , 700 , 3G , 5G , 7G
TOGO 220 50 # 400 , 4G
TONGA 220 50# 400 , 600, 4G , 5G , 6G
TRINIDAD 115/230 60 # 300 , 700 , 3G , 5G , 7G
TUNISIA 220 50 # 400 , 4G
TURKEY 220 50 # 400 , 4G
TURKMENISTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G
TURKS &
CAICOS ISLANDS
120 60# 700 , 7G
TUVALU 220 50 # 600 , 6G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
UGANDA 22050 # 300 , 3G , 5G
UKRAINE 22050 # 400 , 4G
UNITED
ARAB EMIRATES
220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G , 4G , 5G
UNITED
KINGDOM
230 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G , 5G
URUGUAY 220 50 # 400 , 600, 4G , 10G
USA 120 60# 700 , 7G
UZBEKISTAN 220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
VANUATU 22050# 300 , 400 , 600, 3G , 4G , 6G
VATICAN CITY 220 50# 400 , 4G , 10G
VENEZUELA 120 60# 700 , 7G
VIETNAM 110/220 50 # 400 , 700 , 4G , 7G
VIRGIN ISLANDS
UK
110 60# 700 , 7G
VIRGIN ISLANDS
USA
110 60# 700 , 7G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
WALES 220 50 # 300 , 380 , 3G , 5G
WALLIS /
FUTUNA ISLANDS
220 50 # 400 , 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
YEMEN 220 50 # 300 , 700 , 3G , 5G , 7G
YUGOSLAVIA 220 50 # 400, 4G

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COUNTRYVoltage (V)Cycles (Hz)Adapter Plug(s)
ZAMBIA 220 50 # 300 , 400 , 3G
ZIMBABWE 220 50 # 300 , 3G , 5G

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Remember: adapter, then converter/transformer, then appliance.


The most commonly asked international electricity questions.

Remember, if this is all too confusing, just ask Dr. Electricity.

Is there a difference between an adapter and a converter or a transformer?

Yes. An adapter allows a dual voltage appliance, converter, or transformer to be plugged into a wall outlet that is different from the pin configuration on the appliance, converter, or transformer. Adapters do not convert electricity. Converters and transformers convert electricity. If your appliance(s) use 110V electricity and you are traveling to one with 220V electricity, you need a "step down" converter or transformer which converts 220V to 110V. If your appliance(s) are 220V and you are traveling to a country with 110V electricity, you need a "step-up" converters or transformer. Walkabout Travel Gear LLC carries step-down converter and transformers, as well as step-up transformers.

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

There is a difference. The explanation can get technical, but here is a summary: use converters only with electric appliances such as hair dryers, etc. Use a transformer with anything electronic, such as computers. Also, if your electronics are grounded be sure to use a transformer which is grounded. Walkabout Travel Gear LLC only carries grounded transformers. (With the exception of the 50 watt model.)

Now the technical explanation. Most commercial power generators supply electricity that varies in strength and direction. This is called alternating current and the electricity moves in the shape of a sine wave. The variations in the current are not detected because the changes occur 50 or 60 times a second, depending upon the country. A step down converter turns 220V current into 110V current by cutting these sine waves in half. A step down transformer alters the length of sine waves to create 110V current. Electronic appliances require a full wave and should therefore ONLY be used with a transformer. Electric appliances can operate with either a half wave or an altered wave and can be used with a converter OR a transformer. Transformers are for long term use while converters are not. A converter should not be used longer than is necessary to use the appliance and certainly not longer than 2 hours. Transformers are usually much heavier than converters. While transformers are designed for long-term use, you still should unplug them when not being used.

What are electric appliances?

Electric appliances are simple heating devices and products with mechanical motors. They are generally higher wattage items than electronic appliances. Some electric appliances are hot pots, hair dryers, steam irons, immersion heaters, heating pads, electric blankets, toasters, mixers, blenders, fans, electric knives, coffee grinders and coffee makers. Items with timers such as some coffee makers and electric blankets cannot be used with a converter.

What are electronic appliances?

Electronic appliances are those with electronic motors, circuits or chips. They are generally lower wattage products than electrical appliances. Some electronic appliances are computers, computer printers, fax machines, radios, stereos, shavers, bread makers, DVDs, clocks, answering machines and televisions.

Is the 50/60 cycle difference important?

It can be, depending upon the appliances you are taking. In North, Central and parts South America, as well as scattered other countries, the current alternates 60 times per second. In most the rest of the world, it does so 50 times a second. Converters and transformers do not convert cycles. Many electronic appliances convert the incoming power to DC so the cycle difference is irrelevant. Some electronic appliances, such as analog clocks, turntables, and others with motors will run faster or slower. Televisions built only for 60 Hz may or may not work; try to get a 50/60 Hz model if possible. We cannot be responsible for the effects of the cycle difference, and suggest you check with the manufacturer if in doubt.

Do I need a converter or transformer?

Ask two questions: Is the appliance electric or electronic? What is the wattage of the appliance? A general rule of thumb that can be used to decide whether an appliance is electric or electronic is that straight heating appliances are usually electric and any item with a circuit or a chip is electronic. An electric product can be used with either a converter or a transformer. An electronic appliance MUST be used with a transformer. Microchips are finding there way into even the most basic products so we would recommend a transformer if you are not sure.

Most products will have the Watts (W) printed somewhere on the items themselves. The wattage of an appliance is important in order to determine the size of converter or transformer that is required. Some appliances list only the amps. If so, there's a simple formula for determine the wattage:

Volts times Amps = Watts. (V x A = W)

So: if you do not know the watts, but know the amps and that it is a 110 volt appliance, then multiple the amps times the volts. A product that indicates 2 amps will be approximately 220 watts. (2 amps x 110 volts = 220 watts.) It is best to use 125 volts for 110 appliance to give yourself a safety margin.

If an item is marked 110V/220V or 110V/240V, it means that it is dual voltage and a converter or a transformer is NOT required. However, an adapter plug may be needed. Refer to the Walkabout Travel Gear Worldwide Electricity Index for a complete list of adapters for use around the world. If you get completely confused, ask Dr. Electricity.

Can I take lamps overseas or bring them from overseas to North America?

North American lamps can used in Europe with a transformer -- the 100 watt model is recommended for lamps 100 watts or less. Also, be sure to bring extra 120 volt bulbs as they are very difficult to find internationally. The other option is to rewire the lamps with a 220 volt lamp kit and then use local 220 volt bulbs. If bringing lamps from overseas to North America, you need an adaptor and you also need to change the bulb to a 120 volt rated bulb.

What about sleep apnea (breathing) machines?

Most sleep apnea machines are built to handle the voltage worldwide. You can confirm this by checking the power supply on the machine -- it will indicate 100-240V. If it says 100-240V, you only need adapter for the countries you are visiting. (Or, if you prefer, a surge protector.) If the sleep apnea machine does not say 100-240V or you do not know, you will need a transformer. Be sure to get a true transformer like our 100 watt model and not a converter.

Can I use a power strip to plug in multiple appliances?

Yes, but only with a transformer. Only use a power strip, not a 110V power strip/surge protector. If you need a surge protector, get a 220V model and put it in front of the transformer. Also, you have to make sure the combined wattage of the appliances does not exceed the capability of the transformer. And if the power strip is made for 110V, be sure to plug it into the transformer, not the wall. (Appliance then power strip then transformer then adapter ((if necessary)) then wall.) Our 300 and 500 watt transformers come equipped to handle two appliances at once.

I'm coming to North America, not from it.

No problem. We stock step-up (reverse) transformers which convert 110/120 power into 220/240.

I don't know the wattage of the product(s) I am taking. Which transformer do I need?

Here's a general guide, but remember it's up to you to make sure of the wattage of your appliance(s). It is always better to error on the big side; there is no such thing as too large of a transformer, only too small of one. (Wattage-wise, that is. There is of course weight and price to also consider.) Be aware that motorized appliances (tools, coolers, etc.) tend surge at times to higher wattages than their ratings. Thus you may want to consider a higher wattage transformer for those items than their wattage rating. Also remember transformers do not convert cycles, and televisions will not receive broadcasts in most foreign countries but can be used with VCRs to play tapes recorded in country of origin.

300 watt transformer
(Some of the products listed for the 300 watt transformer can be under 100 watts -- so the 100 Watt transformers can be used. However, to be safe we recommend the 300 watt transformer if you are not sure. (But be sure, please!)

Answering Machines Coffee Grinders Computer Monitors Small Printers Fans Small Fax Machines Hand Blenders Hand Mixers
Juicers Keyboards Pasta Makers Small Stereo Systems Televisions DVDs Video Games Word Processors

500 watt transformer

Blenders Food Processors Computer Systems Small Copiers Large Fax Machines
Meat Slicers Mixers (Stand Type) Sewing Machines Large Stereo Systems Small Hand Drills

800 watt transformer

Bread Machines Large Copiers Large Food Processors Irons
Laser Printers Plain Paper Fax Popcorn Poppers Power Tools


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Disclaimer

We do our best to suggest the correct solution for your "current" needs, but Walkabout Travel Gear LLC cannot be held responsible for any damage or injury incurred from the use of electrical products. You are responsible for reading the manufacturer's instructions and using the equipment in a safe and proper manner.

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