Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to Malaysia?

Yes, you need a travel adapter (plug adapter) for a trip from Canada to Malaysia. In Malaysia, people are using different plugs and electrical outlets that are not compatible with plugs from Canada!

Malaysia und Canada compared
Flag: Canada
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: Malaysia
GOutlets of type GOutlets
240 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of power outlets are used in Malaysia?

Malaysia uses power outlets of type G. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in Canada, are not in use in Malaysia.

Country information

About Malaysia

Flag: About Malaysia

Malaysia is a country in Asia (South-Eastern Asia) with about 30.5 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 330 000 km². The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur (1.5 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi and Thai.

The neighbors of Malaysia are Brunei, Indonesia and Thailand.

TLD: .myCurrency: MYRCountry calling code: +60Country Code : MY
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in Malaysia?

The voltage in Malaysia is 240 volts.

The voltage, therefore, is higher than the 120 volts in Canada. This difference means that you have to be cautious when using electrical devices purchased in Canada:

You should read the instruction manual of your device and check at which voltage it is safe to use.

If the voltage stated in the user's manual or on the device's power supply differs from the mains voltage in Malaysia, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in Malaysia?

The utility frequency in Malaysia is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in Canada. This difference may not be a problem for most of your devices, but you still have to be cautious:

Devices that either measure time, or are equipped with moving and rotating parts, are particularly dangerous! So, if you plan to use shavers, heaters, kitchen appliances or alarm clocks in Malaysia, read the instruction manuals to see if these devices are safe to use on the local utility frequency.

If the mains frequency specified in the manual or on the power supply is different from the rate used in Malaysia, you should not use the device!