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

Power adapters for India

If you are planning a vacation it can be helpful to know if you can charge all your important electronics like cell phones and laptop computers that you'll be bringing along. However, by not knowing which plug socket to expect you may end up either bringing unnecessary adaptors or pack the wrong adaptor, meaning needing to buy a potentially expensive power adaptor when you get there which could be incompatible and damage your device. Various combinations of standards and plug types can often lead to confusion when planning on visiting a different 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 India. This page contains links to simple instructions showing exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to India by using the D, C or M type Indian 230 volt 50Hz wall outlets, Type D power outlets will be typically used by most Indians. You will find power sockets vary depending on which region you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the World power adapters page for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for India?

The best power adapter for India is a Type D power adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for India?

What is a power adapter for an Indian 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 an Indian power outlet.

What does a power adapter do?

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

Do I need a plug adapter in India?

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

Do I need a plug adapter if I'm visiting India from America?

A US plug won't physically fit into an Indian power outlet so you will need to bring a plug adapter for India, and because the voltage is 230 volts you will also need to use a power converter for India if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage to prevent damage or overheating.

Will a power adapter change the voltage from an Indian power outlet?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Indian 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 India?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for India?

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