Adapter needed

Do I need a travel adapter for a trip to South Africa?

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

South Africa und United States compared
Flag: United States
United States
AOutlets of type ABOutlets of type BOutlets
120 VoltVoltage
60 HertzFrequency
Flag: South Africa
South Africa
COutlets of type CDOutlets of type DMOutlets of type MNOutlets of type NOutlets
230 VoltVoltage
50 HertzFrequency
Power sockets

Which types of electrical outlets are used in South Africa?

South Africa uses electrical outlets of type C, D, M and N. Electrical outlets of type A and B, which are common in the United States, are not in use in South Africa.

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Country information

About South Africa

Flag: About South Africa

South Africa is a country in Africa (Southern Africa) with about 53.7 Millionen inhabitants on an area of almost 1.2 Millionen km². The capital of South Africa is Pretoria (1.6 Millionen inhabitants).

People in the country are mainly speaking Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English, Tswana, Sotho, Tsonga, Swati, Venda and South Ndebele.

The neighbors of South Africa are Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

TLD: .zaCurrency: ZARCountry calling code: +27Country Code : ZA
Mains voltage

What is the Electricity Voltage in South Africa?

The voltage in South Africa is 230 volts.

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

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 South Africa, you should either not use your device there, or buy a voltage converter before departing.

Utility frequency

What is the utility frequency in South Africa?

The utility frequency in South Africa is 50 Hertz.

The frequency, therefore, is lower than the 60 Hertz in use in the United States. 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 South Africa, 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 South Africa, you should not use the device!