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Plugs on Penang: what plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

Plugs on Penang: what plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

Be prepared for you Penang trip by making sure you know the correct Malaysia plug type and have your travel adaptors and/or extensions packed.

Even the most minimalist traveller to Penang will be packing an electrical device, and on the other end of the scale, worldschooling families are likely to be travelling with a myriad of devices.

In this digital age it’s very rare to find a traveller who doesn’t rely on electronic devices to some extent. I mean, where would we be without Google Maps? And you’ll need a charged phone for using Grab in Penang, as this e-hailing taxi service is the easiest way to get around the island.

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And is it just us, but one of the first things you need to when you arrive at your accommodation is charge your phone?

However, the last thing you want to do when you arrive is venture out to find a shop that sells the correct adaptor.

Avoid any power charging meltdowns by ensuring you have the right plugs and adaptor for your visit to Penang.

What type of plug sockets are used in Malaysia?

In Malaysia (including Penang) the plug type G is used. This has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Malaysia operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.

Handily for us Brits, this is the same plug that we use!

Travel adaptors

If your devices or chargers don’t use plug type G, you will need an adaptor.

Also, it should be mentioned, that very occasionally a different plug type may be installed at your accommodation. Sometimes the EU plug (plug type C).

A travel adaptor is also handy to charge multiple devices from the one plug via USB chargers.

This travel adaptor adapts to all plug types and comes with 4 USB slots.

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Extension leads

If you a a group or family with multiple devices to charge overnight, rather than loading up the one plug from a travel adaptor, it is safer to use an extension lead.

For travellers who use plug type G (British and Malaysia) this power 4-socket extension lead with USB slots is brilliant.

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Power banks

And for those times when you arrive at a café to work and there are no spare sockets, or you’ve been out all day exploring but your phone battery has died and you need to book a Grab taxi, always have a power bank handy for charging on the go. We always have one in our daypack and it’s been a lifesaver on multiple occasions.

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