Taking MacBook to South Africa- adapter options

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by sorayolei, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. sorayolei macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2009
    Hi, I'm going to be travelling to South Africa soon and I would like to bring my MacBook 13" along with me, however, charging may be an issue I've read that the Apple World Traveler Adapter Kit does not have a compatible plug for South Africa. However, I searched the South African Apple store and it said that the European plug is compatible with South African plugs. Is this true? I'm in Canada and use the US version plugs. What would be my best option for going to South Africa? Thanks!!
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Find somewhere to buy a local figure of 8 cable in SA. There is no need the expensive Apple kit...
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    most power supplies these days will work anywhere in the world, you just need to get the correct adapter so the plugs will fit. look on your power plug for something that says "90-240V 50/60Hz" or "100-240V 50/60Hz". The macbook adapter is ok (but check to make sure)

    The adapter should also work with your phone charger, ipod adapters, or any thing with a "wall wart". and can be bought for under $20 (us)

    for one example check out.

    Apple's travel kit is just a specialized version of this.

    will let you plug any plug into any plug, so if you buy electronics on your trip, you can plug them in back at home. As long as they say one of those things i mentioned above.

    you should be able to go to a "travel store" at the mall or radio shack or something similar if you don't have those in Canada.

    Check out the following link to see what kind of plugs they use where you're going
  4. momo.786 macrumors member

    Jan 31, 2009
    South Africa

    Don't know if I'm a bit late to reply...just saw your post. I live in South Africa:D

    To answer your question, all power outlets are 240 volts. The standard plug used here is the 3-pin plug, with the round pins.

    Not sure what charger you have...the one for my MacBook says "Input 100-240V", dunno if thats standard Mac chargers or just for us here in South Africa. But either way, the Mac chargers here only have the 2-pin plug, so we all just use any 2-pin adapter. They are available all over, so wouldnt be an issue if you dont bring one. You can always pick up one at the airport as soon as you get here:p

    By the way, where in S.A are you going? It's truly an awesome country. Not perfect, but getting there:D And no, there are no wild animals roaming the streets as some ppl mite believe! We are civilised:) And our airport in Johannesburg rocks!
  5. Signal-11 macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    2nd Star to the Right

    Single best resource for travelling. Page 2 has the standard plug listed by country.

    The only thing to watch out for are the much less developed countries on the African continent as well as part of SE Asia. These places aren't really standardized so the listings aren't competely accurate.

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