Power converters for Taiwan

What is a power converter?

Power converters for Taiwan enable travellers to use a 220, 230 or 240 volt electric appliance with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Taiwan?

A cheap, small and lightweight power adapter (or plug adapter) will change the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a power outlet in Taiwan, but an expensive and bulkier power converter [3] converts the voltage of 110 volts from a Taiwanese power outlet to work with a non-110 volt device.

Do I need a power converter for Taiwan?

If you are visiting Taiwan from another region please double check the device can be used with a 110 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter [4] if you are travelling from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device doesn't support 110 volts. See our list of world power outlets page to discover the voltage your country uses.
  • You shouldn't need a power converter if you already own either a 110 volt single voltage appliance or one that is dual voltage.
  • Typically, devices which come from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 220 volts) and then used in a 110 volt outlet either take longer to charge or won't power up. If your device slowly recharges or doesn't turn on when travelling to Taiwan from a different region please check that it will work with a 110 volt power supply or you will need to use a step up power converter [4].
  • You don't need a converter if you are attempting to power a smaller electrical device such as a cell phone or tablet as these are typically designed for international use and support dual voltage, however please always check the device for dual voltage support prior to your journey.
  • When supplying power to high wattage appliances or generate heat (for example clothes irons or hair dryers) then you will need to use a bulkier higher wattage heavy duty power converter [5] to allow it to be used with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.
  • It will be more cost effective to purchase a robust lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than carrying a much heavier power converter to Taiwan simply to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read our comprehensive guides on how to use clothes irons, curling wands, hairdryers and hair straighteners in Taiwanese power outlets , along with recommendations on affordable dual voltage alternatives.

Do I need a power converter for Taiwan if I'm travelling from America?

An American plug does not require a power converter as the voltage in Taiwan is in the same 100-120V range as America.

What converter do I need for Taiwan?

In order to use any 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet you need to use a step up power converter [4].

What voltage does Taiwan use?

Taiwan uses 110 volts in their normal power outlets.

How to convert 110 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter [4] to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.
  2. If the power converter doesn't include the correct shaped plug then it will also be necessary to plug in the power cord from the power converter into a power adapter for Taiwan before plugging that into a Taiwanese power outlet.
  3. Some power converters include the ability to perform both step up and step down voltage conversions, therefore it may be necessary to manually switch the converter to output the voltage from 220-240v.
  4. Plug your appliance into the converter and turn the power on, your 220-240 volt appliance can now be used with a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet.
What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a power transformer?

Converters and transformers are both used to change one voltage to another, but this ambiguity can cause confusion as their purposes are different:

  • Power converters are designed for simple electrical appliances which typically generate heat or use motors such as clothes irons, shavers or hair dryers. Transformers are designed for more complex electronic items such as televisions or games consoles.
  • Buying a power converter is cheaper than buying a power transformer.
  • Power transformers are larger and heavier making them more suited for permanent residential use; for example an expat wishing to use an imported television would need to use a transformer for this purpose.
  • Power converters are more suitable for travellers wishing to bring domestic appliances abroad such as hair dryers or flat irons. However, it is more practical and cost effective to purchase a dual voltage appliance designed for travel rather than a heavier power converter.
  • Power converters are suitable for 2 pin ungrounded appliances, it could be harder to find a converter if you want to use a grounded 3 pin appliance.
  • Transformers can be used constantly however it is recommended that converters are used for no longer than a couple of hours at a time.
  • Shops may sell transformers under the name of converters, for the purposes this guide we will be referring to both converters and transformers as converters.
What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair straighteners

What voltage is my device?

One method to see if your appliance is either single or dual voltage is to check for numbers printed on the supplied charger, or on the device itself, normally near to where the power cord sits. This location will depend on the make or model of your device but should also be written in the instruction manual or on the box.

  • Single voltage devices might have a specific number - such as 120V.
  • Single voltage devices might also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 220-240V.
  • Dual voltage devices will say a larger voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Power converter - A step up step down power converter converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts, costing between $90 to $100.
  4. Step up power converter - A step up power converter allows a 220-240 volt appliance to be used in a 100-120 volt power outlet, between $110 to $120.
  5. Heavy duty power converter - A 5000 watt heavy duty step up and step down power converter used to convert voltages for domestic appliances, power tools, televisions, heating appliances and motors, around $140.