Adapters for China - What power adapter do I need for China?

Power adapters for China

If you are planning a holiday to China it can be helpful to know if you can charge your common electrical devices like mobile phones and laptops when you arrive at your hotel. However, by not knowing which power socket is used you are more likely to bring the wrong charger, therefore leaving you needing to borrow a suitable power adaptor when you need it. Various combinations of standards and sockets can often be daunting when planning on staying in a foreign country especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used in the world this guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in China. This page contains links to step-by-step instructions showing how to charge your devices when you're visiting China using the standard I, A or C type 220 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type I power outlets will be typically used by most Chinese. You'll discover that power sockets will vary depending on which area you are in therefore we suggest reading the power adapters list for a full list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for China?

The best power adapter for China will be a Type I power adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for China?

What is a power adapter for a Chinese power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug on an appliance from a foreign region to correctly fit into a Chinese power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter for China allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in China by altering the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a plug adapter in China?

This depends on the type of plug you are attempting to use in China.

Will I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting China from the US?

A US Type A or Type B outlet might not commonly be found in China so it is recommended to use a suitable plug adapter for China, however as the voltage is 220 volts you will definitely need to bring a power converter for China if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from a Chinese power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Chinese power outlet and is unable to convert to a higher voltage. Should you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need a more expensive step down power converter.

Where can I buy a power adapter for China?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for China?

Power adapters are typically available in most major airports prior to departure, however the range of adapters might be limited to popular destinations. It is recommended to research the exact type of adapter required prior to shopping at the airport. Look in the travel accessories section of airport newsagents, electronic stores and pharmacists but expect to pay 50% more than regular prices. Airports will be your last chance to buy a power adapter before departure, always check the returns policy to ensure you can easily exchange or refund a faulty or unsuitable product in an airside shop.

On arrival power adapters can be found in local electrical high street shops and drug stores, but always check the build quality first as safety standards might be different in a foreign country as this is important when dealing with electrical goods. Keep in mind that a shopping trip searching for power adapters in an unknown location might be impractical, especially as this needs to happen quickly before batteries run out.

Hotel receptions could have a power adapter for sale, hire or as a complimentary extra for guests; however, availability is normally limited and a hotel might not have the exact type required for your country. If in doubt, call ahead to the hotel first and request a reservation as it is unlikely that an adapter will be found in your room on arrival.

It will more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street stores normally sell popular types of travel adapters to popular locations and for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China - wikipedia.org entry about China.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type I power outlets without converting voltage, estimated cost between $10 to $15.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor