Adapter for Samoa - What plug adapter do I need for Samoa?

Power adapters for Samoa

If you are packing for a trip to Samoa it is useful to know if you can use your vital devices when you arrive. However, without knowing which wall socket is being used in Samoa you may pack the wrong adaptor, therefore needing to borrow a potentially expensive charger when you're there. Differing voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to a new country especially for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Samoa. This page has links to simple instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices in Samoa by using their standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type Samoan plug outlet. Power sockets will vary depending on which area you are travelling to so we recommend reading the power adapters list for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Samoa?

The best power adapter for Samoa is a Type I plug adapter which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance. [2] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Samoa?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are compact and lightweight plastic adapters which allow a Samoan power outlet to accept a power plug from an appliance from a foreign country.

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

What does a power adapter for a Samoan power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors from another country to use their electronic and electrical appliances in Samoa simply by altering the shape of the power plug to fit the power socket.

Do I need a power adapter for Samoa?

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

Do I need a plug adapter for Samoa if I'm from America?

An American plug won't fit in a Samoan power outlet so you will need to bring a power adapter for Samoa, and as the voltage is different you will also need to bring a power converter for Samoa to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

Does a power adapter change the voltage in Samoa?

Power adapters can only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Samoan power outlet and can't convert to a different voltage. Should you wish to safely use any 100, 110 or 120 volt device then you also need to bring a more expensive step down power converter for Samoa.

Where to buy a power adapter for Samoa in the US

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Samoa in the US

Samoa 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.

Where to buy a power adapter in Samoa

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Samoa

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.

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  1. Wikipedia - Samoa Wikipedia page.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, estimated price under $15
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor