South Korea adapters - What power adapter do I need for South Korea?

Power adapters for South Korea

When packing for a holiday it can be useful to know in advance if you can charge your indispensable gadgets when you arrive. However without knowing which power socket is used in South Korea you are likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, meaning needing to purchase a potentially overpriced power adaptor when you're there. Varying different combinations of voltages and standards can often be confusing when planning to travel to a different country to the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of plug sockets being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in South Korea. This page has links to instructions showing which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices in South Korea by using the standard types F or C South Korean 220 volt 60Hz wall outlets, most South Koreans use Type F sockets in their power outlets. Most power adapters will change from country to country so please read the WikiConnections travel power adapters guide where you'll find a complete list of powering devices in different countries.

What is the best power adapter for South Korea?

The best power adapter for South Korea will be a Type F plug adapter [2] which will allow you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for South Korea?

What is a power adapter for a South Korean power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact, cheap and lightweight plastic adapter which permits a South Korean power outlet to accept a different shaped power plug from an appliance from another region.

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

Will a power adapter convert the voltage in South Korea?

A power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 220 volt South Korean power outlet and can't convert the power to a higher voltage. Should you need to safely use any 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter along with the right type of power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter for South Korea?

If the power plug that you want to use is different to the type of South Korean power outlet then you will need a power adapter.

Will I need a power adapter if I'm visiting South Korea from Canada?

If you are visiting from Canada then you will need to bring a power adapter for South Korea as Canadian plugs won't fit into a South Korean power outlet, and as the voltage is 220 volts you will also need to use a power converter for South Korea if your charger or appliance isn't dual voltage to prevent overheating or damage.

What does a power adapter for South Korea do?

A power adapter allows visitors from a different country to use electrical appliances in South Korea simply by adapting the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Where to buy a power adapter for South Korea in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for South Korea in Canada

South Korea 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 South Korea

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in South Korea

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. http://www.visitkorea.com.my/ - Korea Tourism Organization site.
  2. Type F plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type F power outlets without converting voltage, priced at C$15-C$20.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor