Hong Kong power adapters - What adapter do I need for Hong Kong?

Power adapters for Hong Kong

If you are packing for a trip to Hong Kong it can often be useful to know if you can use any common electrical devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Hong Kong. This page has links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in Hong Kong using the 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong power outlet, with the Hongkongers using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power adapters will vary from country to country so we suggest reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations.

What is the best power adapter for Hong Kong?

The best power adapter for Hong Kong is a Type G plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 220 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Hong Kong?

What is a power adapter?

A power adapter is a small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different type of power plug from a different region to easily slot into an electrical outlet in Hong Kong.

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

Can a power adapter convert the voltage from a Hong Kong power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt Hong Kong power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 100-120 volt appliance then you will also need to bring a step down power converter for Hong Kong.

Do I need a power adapter for Hong Kong?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Hong Kong and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting Hong Kong from Canada?

A Canadian plug won't physically fit into a Hong Kong power outlet therefore you will need to use a plug adapter for Hong Kong, and as the voltage is much higher you will also need to use a power converter for Hong Kong if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage which prevents overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter for a Hong Kong power outlet do?

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Hong Kong by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Where to buy a power adapter for Hong Kong in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Hong Kong in Canada

Hong Kong to Canadian power adapters will most likely be available in most major Canadian 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 Relay, The Source or 6&Sundry, 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. Best Buy, Costco, Home Depot and other high street electrical stores normally sell a limited range of travel adapters to popular locations however for widest choice it is recommended to buy a power adapter online.

Where to buy a power adapter in Hong Kong

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Hong Kong

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.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage, under C$35.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor