Sri Lanka: power plug adapter type

When you packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can use all your electrical devices when you get there. The various standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you have never visited before. And it is important to make sure that your appliances will be safe during your holiday in Sri Lanka as there may be voltage differences between Sri Lanka and your country, for the most part. So, in this post, we explain everything you need to know about safely using your electric appliances in Sri Lanka.

The Electricity in Sri Lanka  :

  • Sri Lanka  voltage is: 230 V
  • Standard frequency: 50 HZ
  • Sri Lanka power Plug Types : D, G, and M

 The power plugs and sockets in Sri Lanka

The power plugs and sockets in Sri Lanka  are of types D , G and M . Check out the following pictures :

Sri Lanka power plug socket
  • Type D : This plug type mainly used in India Sri Lanka ,some African countries and Nepal.And this plug socket only works with plug D .
  • PlugType G : This plug type is of British origin , is only works with plug type G .
  • Type M : Is looks like plug D , but with a larger pins , and this socket only works with plug M .

The voltage and frequency in Sri Lanka

The all sockets in Sri Lanka provide a standard voltage of 230V with a frequency of 50Hz.

      You can use all your equipment in Sri Lanka if the standard voltage in your own country is between 220V – 240V . And this is mostly the case in, Australia, Europe, United Kingdom and most countries in Africa and Asia.

       And if the standard voltage in your country is in the range of 100V -127V as in the United State, Canada and countries in South America, you will need a voltage converter in Sri Lanka. But without a converter you will damage you electronic equipment.

       In  Sri Lanka the standard frequency is 50Hz , if this frequency is different than the frequency in your home country we do not recommend to use your electronic equipment in Sri Lanka. Otherwise , if the voltage is the same (230V) it is possible to use your equipment for a short time at own risk .

Voltage converters the travel adapter and transformers in Sri Lanka

Travel adapter

     If your appliances can harmonize the voltage in Sri Lanka (230v) all you need is a travel adaptor. The device permit dual-voltage rated appliances from one country to be plugged into the wall outlet of another country.


       The Converters are ideal when using single voltage rated appliances where the appliances need a higher or lower voltage to operate when compared it to the voltage in Sri Lanka. Converters are good to use with simple appliances or heating devices with mechanical motors such as hair dryers, irons that only use for a short period of time (maximum one or two hours).


       The Transformers are a type of voltage converter. And The main difference of a transformer in comparison to a voltage  converter is that you can use a transformer with devices that you have to use for a longer period of time.

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