Taiwan power adapters - what plugs are used in Taiwan?

Taiwanese power outlet

What adapter do I need for Taiwan?

Use a Type B plug adapter [3] for Taiwan if the plug you intend to use doesn't fit into a Taiwanese power outlet.

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Taiwan all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Taiwanese power outlet. If you're not sure what voltage your device can use then read the section below on how can you tell if you have a dual voltage or single voltage device before going any further.

  • If you intend on visiting Taiwan from America all US appliances and devices should charge without an adapter or a power converter. One suggestion however is to use a USB travel power adapter as it will allow you to charge multiple devices using only one power charger.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Taiwanese power outlet then it will work in Taiwan.
  • If your device is 110 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Taiwanese power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan such a Type B plug adapter [3]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Taiwan (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Taiwan, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 110 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 110 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Taiwan to convert the voltage from 110 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you only need to bring one or more USB devices such as a tablet or a cellphone then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it will work with any voltage, but ensure that you choose one which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Taiwan.
  • An increase in use of a cellphone during a trip to Taiwan will put an extra drain on the battery therefore you should bring a power bank [4] if you want to keep your cellphone charged throughout the day whilst travelling to an unfamiliar location.

Warning: If your device won't handle 110 volts used in Taiwan you run a risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before using your device in Taiwan check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Taiwan power adapters

Power adapters for Taiwan

When packing for a trip it's useful to know if you can power your vital devices when you get there. By not knowing which power socket is used you may end up either weighing yourself down with too many adaptors or pack the wrong power charger, meaning having to buy a suitable power adaptor when you're there that might be incompatible and cause problems with your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all be daunting when planning on visiting another country if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used in the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Taiwan. This page has links to useful instructions demonstrating how to supply power to your devices when going to Taiwan using their standard B or A type Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz power outlets, you'll discover a majority of Taiwanese typically use Type B power outlets. Power sockets are different depending on which country you are visiting therefore please read the World power adapters page for a complete list of regions and countries.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

The best power adapter for Taiwan will be a Type B power adapter [3] which allows you to use any 110 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

What is a power adapter?

Power adapters are small, cheap and lightweight plastic adapters that permit a different shaped power plug from a different region to correctly slot into a wall socket in Taiwan.

Also known as: an electrical adapter, plug adapter, travel adapter, electrical adaptor, mains travel adapter or power adaptor [5].

Does a power adapter convert the voltage from a Taiwanese power outlet?

No, a power adapter only adapts the shape of a plug to fit into a 110 volt Taiwanese power outlet and doesn't convert to a higher voltage. If you need to safely use a 220-240 volt device you will also need to bring a more expensive step up power converter for Taiwan along with the right power adapter.

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

A power adapter enables visitors travelling from a different location to use their own electrical appliances and devices in Taiwan by changing the shape of the plug from one shape to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Taiwan?

It will depend on the shape of plug you are attempting to use in Taiwan and the location you are travelling from.

Will I need a power adapter for Taiwan if I'm from America?

A US plug won't require a plug adapter as it can fit in a Taiwanese power outlet.

Where can I buy a power adapter for Taiwan?

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where can I buy a power adapter for Taiwan?

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.

Electrical adapters for Taiwan

Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Small and lightweight.
  • Affordable, with prices around $7 USD.
  • Simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter [3] will be ideal for Taiwan.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only 1 power adapter per device - for each individual device or appliance you'll also need to pack a separate power adapter.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B Taiwanese power outlet but not the actual voltage, so if your device doesn't work with a 110 volt power outlet and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need to bring a separate voltage converter.
  • Your hotel room may only have one power outlet, therefore you will only be able to charge a single device at once.
  • You will also still need to bring a separate USB charger if you wish to charge any USB device.
  • Should you plan on visiting more than just Taiwan then you may need to bring along multiple power adapter types for other countries.
Universal Travel Power Adapters

Universal adapters work in multiple countries

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Most models are designed to function in over 150 different countries.
  • All in one design - small and lightweight, around $15 USD.
  • There are some models that have USB charging ports.
  • Relatively straightforward operation.
  • Some universal travel adapters include a surge protector built in to prevent your device from being overloaded by unstable power grids in some countries.
  • The pins retract so won't get caught against other items when packed in baggage.
  • When you return home the power strip should still be functional as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so should work with a Taiwanese power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Cannot be used with any high power electrical appliances such as clothes irons, hair straighteners, kettles, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers or curling irons.
  • The shutters and internal moving parts could be fragile on some universal travel adapters which could make them likely to possibily fail whilst abroad.
  • Universal power adapters only provide power to a single appliance.
  • Might not work in some countries, some models might not work in certain countries with less common power outlet types.
  • Missing a voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for appliances which aren't 110 volts.
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A USB charger with swappable plugs

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Perfect when you only need to power devices which use USB.
  • You will only have to pack one unit instead of packing lots of domestic power chargers costing around $18 USD.
  • Chargers are usually supplied with swappable heads meaning they can be used in a large number of different countries. Interchangeable adapter heads which are supplied with USB wall chargers are typically lightweight and small which makes them easy to fit into hand luggage.
  • Offers a built in surge protector.
  • When you return to Canada the charger should still be useful.
  • Interchangeable plugs will fit in Types A/B, E/F, G and I outlets so will work in Taiwan.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you can't to power electrical appliances, just USB devices.
Travel Power Strips

Travel power strips including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to power more than one electronic appliance or device at once using just one power outlet, costing on average $30 USD.
  • Certain travel power strips offer voltage conversation for low wattage devices. So therefore if the appliance isn't dual voltage it will still be used with a Taiwanese power outlet by using only a travel power strip. This makes them a lightweight and cheap substitute for a dedicated voltage converter.
  • Normal modern power strips also include multiple USB charging ports.
  • Voltage from power grids in certain countries could be unstable, a power surge can damage your electrical items. There are some power strips which have a surge protector, this will protect any electronics from being overpowered.
  • The power strip should potentially be of use domestically as a power strip and USB charger.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in Taiwan. (Note: UK power strips include type B, F, G and I plug adapters so you will need to use it with an additional plug adapter.)

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike dedicated power converters, the voltage converter on a travel power strip doesn't support high wattage appliances such as hair dryers or curling irons.
  • Because of the weight of a travel power strip it might be unsuitable for packing in hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips could be excessive if you only bring a small number of appliances which need charging.
Plug Adapter Sets

A comprehensive plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • As prices are between $15-$20 USD an adapter set will typically work out more economical purchasing than purchasing multiple $7 power plug adapters.
  • Covers all power outlet types.
  • The most flexible option if you are visiting different locations.
  • Set includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N plugs so will be suitable with a Taiwanese power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible - prior to any trip you'll have to decide which power adapters to pack in advance, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to bring each adapter in the set.
  • Lots individual adapters to pack.
  • All remaining power adapters will be redundant.
  • Not every plug adapter types are typically included (and especially rarer adapters) - so ensure that your plug adapter set includes an adapter that is compatible in Taiwan.
  • Only changes the shape of the plug but don't modify the voltage.
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 110 volts from a Taiwanese power outlet and won't change the shape of the plug to slot in a Taiwanese power outlet, therefore you'll still be required to bring the right type of power adapter for Taiwan.
  • Costly - on average $128 USD.
  • The size and weight of voltage converters makes them unsuitable for carrying in hand baggage.
  • An expensive voltage converter isn't of any use when returning from Taiwan.
  • It is often less expensive and more practical to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to buy an expensive power converter just in order to bring your existing single voltage appliance abroad.

Comparison of electrical adapters for Taiwan

Type B Power Plug Adapter
Power Plug Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Universal Travel Power Adapter
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel USB Wall Charger
Travel Power Strip
Travel Power Strip
Plug Adapter Set
Plug Adapter Set
Voltage Converter
Voltage Converter
Can be used in Taiwan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Types of plug included B A/B, E/F, G and I A/B, E/F, G and I A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N B
Compatible number of countries (A) 45+ 150+ 150+ 200+ 230+ 230+
Fits in a Type B Taiwanese power outlet Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Useful when you return to Canada Yes Yes Yes
Typical combined number of USB ports and AC outlets 1 3 4 7 1 2
Powers USB devices Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of USB ports 0 2 4 4 0 0
Powers a 110 volt AC appliance in Taiwan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical number of AC outlets 1 1 0 3 (B) 2
Converts voltage (?) Yes (C) Yes
Surge protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Typical dimensions 2.6 x 1.9 x 1.4 inches 3 x 2.1 x 2.1 inches 4.3 x 3.4 x 1.3 inches 6.6 x 3.6 x 1.5 inches 7.1 x 3.9 x 2.8 inches 11.7 x 8.1 x 6.7 inches
Typical weight 4.5 ounces 4 ounces 4.5 ounces 1.6 pounds 13 ounces 20 pounds
Typical number of items to carry (D) 1 1 5 8 12 2
Suitable for hand luggage Yes Yes Yes • (E) • (F)
Typical price $7 USD $15 USD $18 USD $30 USD $19 USD $128 USD
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Taiwan power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in Taiwan?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in Taiwan?

There are two different types of power outlets used in Taiwan, these are type B and A with the primary power outlets being type B:

  • Plug Type A - The wall socket, also known as a type A power outlet, can be recognised by 2 thin slots adjacent to each other where the live and neutral pins sit.
  • Plug Type B - You can identify this power outlet by the two slots next to each other for live and neutral blades with a hole below for the slightly long ground pin.

Do US plugs work in Taiwan?

Yes, a US plug will work in Taiwan so does not require a plug adapter or a power converter.

Is the voltage in Taiwan the same as in the US?

120 volts is used in the US whereas the voltage which comes from a Taiwanese power outlet is 110 volts. Although these are very similar check the voltage on your American appliance or charger can handle a voltage range between 100-127 volts or that it can handle dual voltage.

What is the electrical frequency used in a Taiwanese power outlet?

The frequency from a Taiwanese power outlet is 60Hz.

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in Taiwan?

To use a 220V appliance in Taiwan you need to use a step up power converter.

Are plug sockets in Taiwan the same as US?

A US plug will fit into a Taiwanese power outlet, both the voltage range and frequency are the identical to America.

Should I pack a portable charger for Taiwan?

USB power bank for charging mobile phones

Should I pack a portable charger for Taiwan?

It is always advisable to pack a power bank to recharge mobile phones whilst travelling.

  • During a trip to Taiwan increased use of cell phones for taking photographs, storing calendars, social network sharing, GPS and web browsing will syphon off power before the end of the day. As well as just missing photo opportunities this can potentially leave you stranded without enough power to make an emergency call or being able to use satellite navigation to return back to your accommodation or hotel. By packing a power bank [4] for Taiwan lowers the risk as it means you can keep your mobile phone fully powered without using a phone charger.
  • Bring at least a 10,000mAh power bank [4] which can supply enough electricity to cover over 3 full charge cycles while a 20,000mAh portable charger [14] should keep a typical cell phone powered for roughly 7 days depending on the model of phone and usage. A mAh value shows the capacity of the battery and gives an indication of the number of charges the portable charger can do.
  • If your laptop supports USB-C charging then bringing a portable charger for a laptop [15] marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies at least 20Wh can be used to recharge the laptop in Taiwan. Before travelling please note that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft that supply 100Wh of power or more and must be kept in hand luggage only.
  • Consumer power banks won't work with high wattage items that generate heat, although a rechargeable hair dryer [12] or gas hair straighteners [13] are available for travelling.
How well do solar chargers work in Taiwan?

Solar backpacks are ideal for hot climates

How well do solar chargers work in Taiwan?

The daylight in Taiwan should be suitable enough to charge solar power bank [17] dependably, but will need to be exposed to strong daylight in order to produce suitable power for a single charge cycle. It might prove inconvenient to constantly unpack a solar power bank and wait whilst it recharges in sunny spells.

  • Instead, the larger solar panels used on a solar backpack [16] give the backpack the ability to create more power within a shorter period of time and might still generate power when overcast, meaning they should perform well in Taiwan.
  • Phones that have been directly plugged into a USB charging port of a backpack will trickle charge the power during sunny periods in Taiwan, but could be inconvenient to have it constantly connected to the bag during the day if it is to be needed frequently. A regular power bank [4] plugged into a solar backpack can be continuously recharged inside the bag during the day, afterwards the phone can be recharged from the power bank without needing the bag.
  • Even though the climate in Taiwan is suitable for solar, a bag should have a solar cell efficiency of 22% or greater, be able to generate a minimum of 6 watts of energy and includes a compatible power bank of 10,000mAH or greater. Unlike normal firm solar cells, the flexible and durable cells used in solar powered bags are made to survive bending and scratching. They are available in laptop messenger, rucksack and backpack styles which makes them ideal for work, travel and domestic use.

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Taiwan chargers

What is a USB travel power charger?

A USB travel charger is a dual voltage charger with interchangeable plugs and multiple USB ports, suitable for charging multiple USB powered devices when travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Taiwan?

If you are travelling to multiple countries and bringing along more than one device then the best international travel adapter for Taiwan is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs such as a 4 port USB travel charger [7]. There are two standards of plug sockets in Taiwan (B and A) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for type A.

As these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world simply by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from quicker recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers along with compatibility with certain power hungry devices. This means you can charge more than one device at once without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Taiwanese trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will keep the overall weight down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage whilst travelling. Because of their versatility these types of travel adapters can be used at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used overnight charging multiple smartphones, tablets and speakers without using up an additional wall outlet.

For those travelling to Taiwan we suggest searching for this type of flexible power adapter online; the travel adapter illustrated is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger [7] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries around the world on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Taiwan?

Why use a travel USB charger for Taiwan?

  • Normal travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, this means that you only need to bring a single charger to charge multiple devices. Rather than bring 4 separate power chargers it's now only necessary to pack a single 4 port USB wall charger to power up to 4 individual devices which cuts down on the size and weight of your luggage.
  • Most travel USB power chargers should include interchangeable plug heads for various regions. This is perfect when visiting multiple countries which are likely to use different outlets to Taiwan.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Taiwan.
  • USB chargers can accept the 110 volts used in Taiwan power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Taiwan might only have one wall outlet, by bringing a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share the single wall outlet with family or other traveler instead of having to wait to recharge one device at a time.
  • Because of their versatile nature a travel USB charger takes the worry out of visiting an unknown country as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere on the planet.
  • Power outlets found in airports are often scant and the demand for charging multiple devices from other passengers before a flight can be high, therefore a USB charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is ideal.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a quality travel charger allows for unexpected spikes and prevents damage to any devices attached to it. Trying to repair an overloaded cell phone in Taiwan could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers should also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please read the section on using travel appliances with a Taiwanese power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Taiwanese power outlet.
  • Some tablets and cellphones could pull more than the normal 500 mA (milliamps) supplied by a standard 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB travel chargers will support fast charging should some of your devices draw extra power.
  • On returning home travel USB power chargers can also be used by recharging multiple cellphones and tablets on an overnight basis using a single power outlet.

What is the best USB charger for Taiwan?

The is the most compact option for travellers from any country wanting to charge devices using USB, however for visitors also wishing to use their domestic plugs the following power strips provide larger but more versatile solutions. All 3 power strips offer surge protection which can be useful for visitors of counties with unstable power supplies. These travel adapters are supplied with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both Taiwan and over 150 destinations:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel converter has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling compact power converter for travellers originating from North America visiting Taiwan.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Likewise having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers originating from America using type B plugs and gives almost the same functionality as the BESTEK with only one less AC outlet at almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has 2 AC outlets but offers a generous 5 USB charging ports. This versatile power strip is compatible with both American plugs and popular plug types A, D,E/F, G, H, I, L and N making it perfect for most travellers from around the world visiting Taiwan.

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 [18] 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 [10] 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 [10].
  • 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 [19] 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 [10].

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 [10] 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.

Substantiations

How we compared products

Typical figures based on top 5 popular electrical adapters for each form-factor from different manufacturers with prices as of October 2018.

  • Power Plug Adapters - Ceptics Grounded Universal Plug Adapter, TESSAN Grounded Universal Travel Power Plug Adapter, Tmvel Universal International Power Adapter Plug, EnriQ Plug Adapter, Ckitze Travel Power Plug Adapter.
  • Universal Travel Power Adapters - BESTEK Universal Travel Adapter, NEWVANGA International Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, Bluegogo Universal All in One Worldwide Travel Adapter, HAOZI All-in-one International Power Adapter, UROPHYLLA Universal European Adapter Dual Fuses.
  • Trvel USB Wall Chargers - iKits 4-Port USB Wall/International Charger, LENCENT 4 Port USB Travel Adapter, PISEN USB Wall Charger, Anker 27W 4-Port USB Wall Charger PowerPort 4 Lite, USB Plug Travel Charger Adaptor, Turata 4 Port Universal World Wall Charger.
  • Travel Power Strips - BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip, TESSAN 3 Outlet Surge Protector travel Power Strip, Portable Travel Adapter Power Strip Charging Station, GR-8 Power Compact & Slim Travel Charging Station, NTONPOWER Portable Charging Station.
  • Plug Adapter Sets - Ceptics GP-12PK International Travel Worldwide Grounded Universal Plug Adapter Set, Ceptics World Travel Adapter Set - 11 Pack, BESTEK Grounded Universal Plug Set, OREI 7 World Travel Adapter Plug Set, Ceptics Adapter Plug Set for World Wide International Travel Use.
  • Voltage Converters - Power Bright VC2000W Voltage Transformer Step Up/Down converter, LiteFuze LT-3000 3000 Watt Voltage Converter Transformer - Step Up/Down, SEYAS 1000W Auto Step Up & Step Down Voltage Transformer Converter, Rockstone Power 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Step Up/Down Voltage Transformer Converter, KRIEGER 1700 Watt Voltage Transformer Step up/down 120V / 230V AC outlet American European Converter.

Weight, dimensions, number of AC outlets, number of USB powers and prices were all based by calculating and rounding an average figure for each attribute where known.

Key to electrical adapter comparison

  1. Compatible number of countries based on data from the International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs page (cited November 2018).
  2. Assuming only a single plug adapter from the plug adapter set will be used at any one time in a compatible location.
  3. Depending on if the power strip supports voltage conversion for low wattage items. All travel power strips tested do not convert voltage for high wattage appliances.
  4. Including the device itself, any supplied plug heads and power cords.
  5. Some travel power strips featuring less AC outlets may be small and lightweight enough to be suitable for hand luggage.
  6. Number of items if bringing an entire set of plug adapters for use in multiple locations to cover all eventualities (unless bringing only the necessary single plug adapter).

What type of adapter do you need for Taiwan?

Which type of electrical adapter to bring to Taiwan

The type of power converter or plug adapter that is best to use in Taiwan will depend on various requirements. Before choosing which adapter to use we suggest using this checklist:

What are the types of electrical items do you want to use with a Taiwanese power outlet?

A USB powered phone

What are the types of electrical items do you want to use with a Taiwanese power outlet?

  • There are three different types of electrical devices or appliances:
    • Low wattage electrical items which plug into a power outlet - for example a laptop.
    • High wattage appliances which plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons or hair dryers.
    • USB powered devices which charge with a USB port - for example mobile phones and iPads.
  • When you only want to take just USB powered devices to Taiwan then a simple travel USB charger is perfect as you will only need to bring one charger with appropriate charging cables rather than packing multiple domestic chargers.
  • Travel power strips are perfect for providing power and voltage conversion for several low wattage devices of any voltage, but won't work with high wattage appliances (such as hair irons) which require voltage conversion, potentially overloading the power strip.
How many devices will you be taking to Taiwan?

How many electrical devices are you bringing

How many devices will you be taking to Taiwan?

  • Try adding up how many items you intended on bringing with you to Taiwan (such as tablets, laptops, cell phones, eReaders, hair dryers or clothes irons).
    • Remember to allow for more electrical devices at a later date. Do you intend on purchasing a new laptop computer soon?
    • There is an increasing amount of rechargeable electronics such as electric shavers that utilise a USB port as a power source. The if you buy a new device it might need a USB adapter so remember to ensure your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these too.
  • Are you bringing family to Taiwan that will need to charge their iPads?

Do your devices only work with 110 volt power outlets?

How many Taiwanese power outlets are available?

Are multiple outlets available

How many Taiwanese power outlets are available?

  • Accommodation might only offer a single wall outlet. This will be a problem if charging batteries of multiple devices such as tablets, phones or laptops overnight as you can only recharge a single device at a time then need to keep swapping after each device has charged.
  • If you wish to charge more than one device simultaneously then look to packing a travel power strip or travel USB wall charger that can power multiple USB ports and power outlets.
Are you only charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Are you only charging USB devices?

How much can you afford?

  • A cheap power adapter starts at $7 which will charge one device from a Taiwanese power outlet (providing that works with 110 volts or it is dual voltage), but investing in around $20 means you can charge multiple devices at once and be able to use them in various different countries.

Are you planning on visiting anywhere abroad in the future?

Is Taiwan the only country you intend on visiting?

How long will it take to fly to Taiwan?

How long will it take to travel

How long will it take to fly to Taiwan?

  • For long journeys think about bringing an appropriate charger which is ideal for airports that can be used with different power outlet types, one which is small enough to pack in carry-on luggage and can be used to top up tablets and phones.
  • As not all flights actually have power outlets for customers please consider bringing a battery portable charger [4] which will recharge on the go. After arriving you may need to use a phone to make a call, sending emails , using sat nav or viewing your itinerary; ensure that your phone has enough charge remaining.
Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Are you only using hand luggage

Are you only bringing hand luggage?

Do you still need use your charger when returning to Canada?

What can I connect to a Taiwanese power outlet

Travel appliances that can connect to a Taiwanese power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Taiwanese power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Taiwanese power outlet

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Taiwanese power outlet

Apple iPhones that work with a Taiwanese power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Taiwanese power outlet

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Taiwanese power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with a Taiwanese power outlet

Corrections

We endeavor to ensure all details on this page are correct and relevant to travelers visiting Taiwan, if you wish to contribute any useful information or feedback please email travel@wikiconnections.org. For more comprehensive technical details visit the Wikipedia page on AC power plugs and sockets [21].

Disclaimer

WikiConnections is not responsible for any injury or damage caused due to using any type of suggested product with any other electrical device or appliance in any location, full details are available on the disclaimer page. All functions and capabilities should be checked prior to purchasing or using any power adapter. Assumptions on if any power adapter, charger, converter or power strip works in any location is based on data from publicly available sources and if it fits the primary power outlet used in that country. WikiConnections has not taken into consideration other less common power outlets which might be found as these might only be used in certain areas or in the process of being phased out.

Where possible, WikiConnections only recommends the type of product as being suitable along with alternatives and does not make any endorsement for any specific brand or product. Always check with the manufacturer to ensure full compatibility prior to attempting to use any device. Always check the reputation of the manufacturer and product to ensure the quality and safety of any electrical device being used.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taiwan - Taiwan Wikipedia page.
  2. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  3. Type B plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type B power outlets without converting voltage.
  4. Portable charger - A power bank is a portable charger which can recharge USB powered devices such as mobile phones and tablets on the go.
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adapter - power adaptor
  6. Universal travel power adapter - A typical universal travel power adapter can be used in over 150 different countries for use with appliances and USB devices.
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  8. Travel power strip - A travel power strip includes surge protectors, AC power outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters for use in multiple countries.
  9. Plug adapter set - Plug adapter set containing a number of different power plug adapters for use in different countries.
  10. 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.
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable battery powered blow dryer suitable for travelling.
  13. Gas hair straighteners - Cordless ceramic hair straighteners powered by gas cartridges.
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - High capacity 20000mAh high-speed portable USB charger suitable for charging mobile phones and some tablets for several days.
  15. USB-C PD power bank - Power Delivery charger suitable for charging laptops with USB-C support.
  16. Solar backpack - A solar backpack will charge USB devices or an internal power bank when left in sunlight.
  17. Solar power bank - Portable power bank with solar cells which can recharge when placed in sunlight and power any USB powered device.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Step down power converter - A step down power converter allows a 100-120 volt appliance to be used in a 220-240 volt power outlet.
  21. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AC_power_plugs_and_sockets - AC power plugs and sockets