Power adapters for Sri Lanka - What adapter do I need for Sri Lanka?

Power adapters for Sri Lanka

When packing for a trip it is helpful to know in advance if you can use all your electrical devices when you get there. By not knowing which power supply is being used in Sri Lanka you are more likely to bring the wrong power charger, therefore having to purchase a suitable adaptor when you need to recharge. Various standards and sockets can often lead to confusion when planning on staying in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. However this isn't as complex as it appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Sri Lanka. This page contains links to instructions showing you exactly which power adapters you'll need to supply power to your devices when going to Sri Lanka by using their types G, D or M Sri Lankan 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, a majority of Sri Lankans will typically use Type G wall outlets. You will find power adapters will change regionally therefore please read our WikiConnections travel power adapters list where you'll find a complete list showing charging devices in different destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

The best power adapter for Sri Lanka will be a Type G power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Sri Lanka?

What is a power adapter?

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

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [3].

What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter enables a visitor from a different location to use their own electronic and electrical appliances in Sri Lanka simply by adapting the shape of the plug.

Do I need a power adapter in Sri Lanka?

This will depend on where you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are using.

Can a power adapter change the voltage in Sri Lanka?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Sri Lankan power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use any 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Sri Lanka along with the correct power adapter.

Will I need a plug adapter for Sri Lanka if I'm from the US?

US plugs won't physically fit in a Sri Lankan power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for Sri Lanka, and as the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to bring a power converter for Sri Lanka to prevent overheating or damage to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Where to buy a power adapter in Sri Lanka

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Sri Lanka

On arrival power adapters could 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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Sri Lanka in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Sri Lanka in the US

Sri Lanka to US power adapters will most likely be available in most major US International 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 such as Hudson News or Brookstone, but expect to pay 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.

It will be more convenient and cheaper to buy the correct power adapter in advance of your trip. High street electrical stores such as Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Home Depot or Fry's normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations but for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sri_Lanka - wikipedia.org entry about Sri Lanka.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, priced between $5 to $10.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor