Your bags are packed. Flight tickets and hotel accommodations have been booked. You’re all set to go to Malaysia! But wait… are you sure you’ve got everything you need? Passport, mobile phone, money, ID, documents… and travel adapter?!
Remember that each country uses a standard type of electric plugs and sockets, and the ones used in your home country may not be the same as in Malaysia. If you’re a first-time visitor here, take time to read this guide about plug types, travel adapters, and voltage converters.
- What is the Electrical Outlet Power Socket in Malaysia
- What is the Plug Adapter Type in Malaysia?
- Travel Adapter vs. Voltage Converter
- Should I Bring a Travel Adapter to Malaysia?
- Should I Bring a Voltage Converter to Malaysia?
- What About Devices with Dual Voltage?
- Where Can I Buy Electrical Supplies in Malaysia?
- Video: Electric Plugs and Sockets in Malaysia
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- 1. What type of power sockets are used in Malaysia?
- 2. What type of adapter do I need?
- 3. Any tips when buying a travel adapter?
- 4. Will I need a voltage converter?
- 5. Is the Kuwait plug the same as in the US?
- 6. Is the Malaysia plug the same as in the UK?
- 7. What other countries use Type G plugs?
- 8. Where can I buy electrical supplies?
- 9. Will my hotel room have a USB socket?
- 10. Do I need to bring a power strip?
What is the Electrical Outlet Power Socket in Malaysia
In Malaysia, the most common type of plug and socket is Type G, a plug with three rectangular pins, arranged in a triangular pattern. How did this type of plug came about? A brief historical background is in order!
In the late 19th century, Malaysia was known as “Malaya,” and it was still a colony of Britain. Naturally, it adopted several British practices… like the use of plugs, i.e. Type G. In fact, up to this day, this plug is often called the British or “UK plug.”
Today, the Type G plug is widely used, especially in places that had experienced British rule, like Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Type G plugs are compatible with Type G outlets only. Here’s what the Type G plug and socket look like:
In some of the older hotels and establishments in Malaysia, you might encounter a Type M plug, which features three round pins, also arranged in a triangular formation. This type of plug is typically used in India, South Africa, and other countries. However, in Malaysia, it is not as common as the Type G plug.
As for voltage and frequency, please note that electric outlets in Malaysia usually operate on a standard voltage of 240V, with a standard frequency of 30 Hz.
What is the Plug Adapter Type in Malaysia?
The standard type of electrical outlet in Malaysia is Type G. If your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, and other devices does not have a Type G plug, then be sure to bring a Type G plug adapter so you can charge your gadgets.
Here’s what a Type G plug adapter looks like, for your reference:
Travel Adapter vs. Voltage Converter
So far, we’ve talked about travel adapters. But have you also heard about voltage converters? It’s time to point out the difference between these too devices.
A travel adapter is a device that allows you to charge or plug your gadgets into an electrical outlet with a different plug type. It does not convert electric voltage.
On the other hand, a voltage converter is a device that can change or modify electricity from one level to another. For instance, if your laptop has a voltage of 100V to 120, but the standard voltage of electrical outlets in Malaysia is 240V, you will need a voltage converter to be able to charge your laptop.
Should I Bring a Travel Adapter to Malaysia?
This depends on the type of plugs and outlets that are typically used in your home country. If your country has the same type of plug as those in Malaysia (i.e. Type G), then you don’t necessarily have to bring a travel adapter. However, if a different type of plug is used in your country, then a Type G travel adapter would be necessary.
Should I Bring a Voltage Converter to Malaysia?
Each country has its own standards when it comes to electrical voltage and frequency. Most countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Australia, for example, have a a standard voltage ranging from 220V to 240V. In contrast, most countries in North and South America have a standard voltage of 100V to 120V only.
The standard voltage in Malaysia is 240V. If your home country has the same standard, then it’s not necessary for you to bring a voltage converter. However, if your home country has a different standard voltage, then it would be a good idea to bring a voltage converter to Malaysia.
Meanwhile, the standard frequency in Malaysia is 50Hz. If this figure is the same as in your home country, then there’s no need to bring a converter, either. On the other hand, if the standard frequency in your country is different, then do consider bringing a converter.
What About Devices with Dual Voltage?
If you look closely at your mobile phone, laptop, and other appliances, you might see a label with the fine print “INPUT: 100-240V” and “50/60Hz.” These figures indicate that your device is “dual voltage.”
So what if a device is dual voltage? Well, this means that you can charge or plug this device into electrical outlets of any voltage or frequency. In other words, you can charge it anywhere you go, around the world!
Still, even if your device is dual voltage, it might have a different type of plug. And when you go to Malaysia, you might need to bring a Type G travel adapter if your device does not go into a Type G electrical outlet.
Where Can I Buy Electrical Supplies in Malaysia?
In Malaysia, you can buy electrical supplies such as travel adapters, power strips, and more in most convenience stores, supermarkets, and shopping malls. You could also buy them once you arrive at the airport, although the prices there are usually more expensive than in other stores.
Video: Electric Plugs and Sockets in Malaysia
Check out this short video, which features the type of electric socket used in Malaysia. This video is shared via “Ku Tube” YouTube channel, which is published by a Korean national currently staying in Malaysia:
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about electrical outlets, plugs, and travel adapters in Malaysia:
1. What type of power sockets are used in Malaysia?
The standard type of electric plugs and sockets in Malaysia is Type G, which features three rectangular pins, arranged in a triangular pattern.
2. What type of adapter do I need?
Since the standard type of electrical outlet in Malaysia is Type G, it only follows that you need to have a Type G travel adapter, especially if your gadgets do not use this type of plug.
3. Any tips when buying a travel adapter?
Before purchasing a travel adapter, make a list of the features you are looking for. You might be searching for an adapter that has multiples USB ports, or one that has fast charging capabilities. It helps to have an idea of the specific features you want, before you decide which travel adapter to buy.
4. Will I need a voltage converter?
If the standard voltage in your home country is 240V, it is the same as in Malaysia, so you don’t need to bring a voltage converter. But if the standard voltage in your country is different, then a voltage converter would be necessary.
5. Is the Kuwait plug the same as in the US?
No, the Malaysia plug is not the same as in the US. The standard type of plug in Malaysia is Type G, whereas the types of plugs and sockets that are typically used in the United States are Type A and Type B.
6. Is the Malaysia plug the same as in the UK?
Yes, the Malaysia plug, Type G, is basically the same as in the UK. It is actually also known as the British or “UK plug” because that’s where it came from!
7. What other countries use Type G plugs?
Other than Malaysia and the United Kingdom, there are plenty of other places that use Type G plugs and sockets. Among these are Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, China, Cyprus, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iraq, Ireland, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen, and Zimbabwe.
8. Where can I buy electrical supplies?
There are many places where you can buy travel adapters, voltage converters, and other electrical supplies in Malaysia. You can buy these in most convenience stores, supermarkets, and shopping malls around the country. You could also buy electrical supplies at the airport upon your arrival, but remember that prices there tend to higher than in other stores.
9. Will my hotel room have a USB socket?
Some of the older hotels and establishments might not have a USB socket, so it’s always a good idea to bring a Type G travel adapter with USB sockets. Nonetheless, most hotels should have different types of electrical outlet, including UBS ones. In any case, simply ask the hotel where you’ll be staying so you can be prepared!
10. Do I need to bring a power strip?
If you are traveling on your own, or just with your spouse, there’s no need to bring a power strip when your travel to Malaysia. The power outlets in your hotel room should be enough.
On the other hand, if you are traveling with the whole family, or as part of a big group, then having a power strip is a good idea. In particular, consider bringing a Type G power strip so you you can charge multiple devices simultaneously.
The standard plug and socket used in Malaysia is Type G, with a standard voltage of 240V and frequency of 50Hz. If your home country uses a different type of plug, or has a different standard voltage and frequency, you might need to bring a travel adapter and voltage converter. In any case, be sure to check with your travel agent and ask if you need to bring any of these things before your date of departure.
While in Malaysia, have you ever thought about trying out public transportation? It’s the perfect way to explore and truly “immerse” yourself in the country!