Taiwan power adapters - What adapter do I need for Taiwan?

Power adapters for Taiwan

If packing for a trip to Taiwan it can be helpful to know in advance if you can use any common electronics such as mobile phones or tablets when you get there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong adaptor, meaning having to purchase a potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible. Varying complicated 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 guide tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to power your electronics in Taiwan. This page has links to step by step instructions showing exactly which power adapters you'll need to charge your devices when travelling to Taiwan using the Type B or A Taiwanese 110 volt 60Hz plug outlets, please be aware that Type B power outlets will be used by a majority of Taiwanese. You'll discover that power sockets are different depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power adapters for a full list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

The best power adapter for Taiwan will be a Type B power adapter which will allow you to use any 110 volt device or appliance. [2] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for Taiwan?

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 Taiwan.

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

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 country to use their electronic and electrical appliances and devices in Taiwan by adapting the shape of the power plug from one type to another.

Do I need a power adapter for Taiwan?

If the shape of the Taiwanese power outlet isn't the same as the power outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

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

A Canadian plug does not need a power adapter as it can fit into a Taiwanese power outlet.

Where to buy a power adapter in Taiwan

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Taiwan

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.

Where to buy a power adapter for Taiwan in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Taiwan in Canada

Taiwan 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.

  1. Wikipedia - Taiwan Wikipedia page.
  2. Type B plug adapter - US and Japanese 3 pinned Type B plug adapters have a single unearthed round pin along with 2 shorter parallel rectangular flat blades containing holes in each blade.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor