Canada to America power adapters - do you need to bring an adapter to America?

American power outlet

What adapter do I need for America?

You'll need to bring a Type B plug adapter to America if the plug you intend on using won't fit into an American power outlet.

The type of power adapter, power converter or charger that's needed when visiting America all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to power with an American power outlet. If you do not know what voltage your device can use then please read the section below about how can you tell if you have a single voltage or dual voltage device first.

  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage and the plug will fit in an American power outlet then it can work in America without needing anything else.
  • If your device is 120 volts or is dual voltage but the plug won't fit in an American power outlet then you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for America such a Type B plug adapter. Please be aware that a plug adapter for America (or power adapter) will only change the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in America, but won't convert the voltage from 120 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device is unable to use 120 volts and isn't dual voltage then you'll also need a power converter for America to convert the voltage from 120 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for America if your power converter doesn't include the correct Type B plug adapter.
  • If you simply want to recharge one or more USB devices such as tablets or mobile phones then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, but make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which has a Type B plug adapter otherwise you'll still need to use a suitable plug adapter for America[3] [AD]
  • Increased use of a mobile phone during a trip will leave you with a flat battery quickly therefore you should pack a portable charger if you wish to recharge your mobile phone battery or other USB powered devices whilst visiting an unfamiliar country.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 120 volts used in America you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, a blown fuse or damage to your device. Before attempting to use your device in America please check the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

America power adapters

Power adapters for America

If you are organizing to travel to America it is helpful to know if you'll be able to power your important gadgets when you reach your destination. By not knowing which wall socket to expect you are more likely to bring the wrong power adaptor, therefore having to buy or borrow a suitable charger when you arrive. Varying different combinations of standards and plugs can all cause confusion when planning on staying in another country, especially for the first time traveller. However this isn't as complicated as it first appears, with only a handful of different types of sockets being used throughout the world this article tells you exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your device in America. This page contains links to simple instructions showing you exactly how to charge your devices when you are in America using their Type B or A 120 volt 60Hz plug outlets, Type B power outlets are used by most Americans. Power is different depending on which country you are travelling to therefore we suggest reading the power adapters page for a complete list of countries.

What is the best power adapter for America?

The best power adapter for America is a Type B power adapter which is suitable for powering any 120 volt appliance or device. [3] [AD]

What is the best power adapter for America?

What is a power adapter for an American power outlet?

Power adapters are small and lightweight plastic adapters that allow a different type of power plug on an appliance from a different country to correctly fit into an American power outlet. [5]

Do I need a plug adapter for America?

If the type of American power outlet outlet in your home country then you will need a power adapter.

Do I need a power adapter if I'm visiting America from Canada?

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

What does a power adapter for America do?

A power adapter for America enables a visitor travelling from another location to use their electronic appliances and devices in America simply by changing the shape of the power plug from one shape to another.

Does a power adapter change the voltage from an American power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 120 volt American power outlet and doesn't convert to a different voltage. If you wish to safely use a 220, 230 or 240 volt appliance you also need a step up power converter.

Where to buy a power adapter for America in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for America in Canada

America 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 America

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in America

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.

Electrical adapters for America

Travel Power Strips

A travel power strip including adapters

Travel Power Strips

Benefits of a travel power strip

  • Able to charge several appliances and devices at once via a single American power outlet.
  • Certain models of power strips are able to convert voltage for lower wattage devices such as laptops. Even if the electronic device isn't dual voltage it should still work with a American power outlet when using only a travel power strip, making them a cheap and lightweight alternative option to a dedicated power converter.
  • Most modern travel power strips should also feature a number of USB charging ports.
  • Offers surge protection. Voltage from power outlets in certain areas might be unstable, a sudden power surge might damage your delicate electronics. Some travel power strips will have a built in surge protector to protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid.
  • The power strip can potentially still be of use back at home as a power strip.
  • US and Canadian power strips include Type A, B, D, E/F, G, H, I, L and N plug adapters so should work in America.

Disadvantages of a travel power strip

  • Unlike a normal power converter, the conversion on travel power strips won't work with higher wattage appliances such as clothes irons and hair dryers.
  • Because of the size of a power strip it might be too bulky for hand luggage.
  • Travel power strips might be excessive if you only have a small number of items which need powering. [6] [AD]
Travel USB Wall Chargers

A compact travel USB wall charger

Travel USB Wall Chargers

Benefits of a travel USB wall charger

  • Ideal if you only have to power devices which are USB powered.
  • Instead of carrying multiple domestic power chargers you only need to pack a single unit.
  • Supplied with interchangeable heads which means they can be used in a large number of locations. Interchangeable adapter heads are typically small and lightweight which makes them easy to pack.
  • Most models will have a built in surge protector which will protect your electronics from being overloaded by an unstable power grid in some countries.
  • The charger can still be of use back home.
  • Interchangeable heads will fit into Types A/B, E/F, G and I power outlets so will work in an American power outlet.

Disadvantages of a travel USB wall charger

  • Restricted to USB outputs so you won't be able to power any electrical appliances, just USB powered devices. [7] [AD]
Power Plug Adapters

An easy to use Type B plug adapter

Power Plug Adapters

Travellers from Canada using any domestic 2 pin Type A or 3 pin Type B plugs will not need to use a power plug adapter for America as these fit an American power outlet.

Benefits of a power plug adapter

  • Light and compact.
  • Cheapest option.
  • Straightforward design makes it simple to operate.
  • Bringing a Type B plug adapter will work in America.

Disadvantages of a power plug adapter

  • Only one plug adapter per plug - for each appliance you will also need to use a separate adapter.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug to fit in a Type B American power outlet and not the voltage. So if your device doesn't support a 120 volt outlet and isn't dual voltage you'll still need to bring a voltage converter.
  • Accomodation might only have one wall outlet, so you'll only be able to power one device at a time.
  • You will also need to bring your separate USB charger if you need to charge a USB device.
  • If you plan on visiting more than just America you may need to bring multiple plug adapter types. [3] [AD]
Universal Travel Power Adapters

A universal travel adapter

Universal Travel Power Adapters

Benefits of a universal travel power adapter

  • Typical models are designed to work in over 150 countries.
  • All-in-one design, lightweight and small.
  • There are some models which include charging ports for USB devices.
  • Easy to use.
  • There are some models which include a surge protector built in, this will prevent any device from being overpowered by unstable power grids.
  • Retractable pins don't get caught against other items in luggage.
  • When you return home it will still work as a USB charger.
  • Changes shape to Types A/B, E/F, G and I plugs so will work with an American power outlet.

Disadvantages of a universal travel power adapter

  • Can't be used with high power appliances such as clothes irons, vacuum cleaners or curling irons.
  • The pins, shutters and other internal moving parts might be fragile on some universal travel power adapters which might make them prone to breaking whilst abroad.
  • Universal travel power adapters only provide power to one appliance.
  • A universal travel power adapter might not work in some countries; some adapters might not work in certain countries with less popular power outlets.
  • Missing an in-built voltage converter will mean it isn't suitable for non-120 volt electrical appliances. [8] [AD]
Plug Adapter Sets

A power plug adapter set

Plug Adapter Sets

Benefits of a plug adapter set

  • A set typically works out more economical than buying multiple individual power plug adapters.
  • Ensures that you are covered for all eventualities.
  • For anyone travelling to different locations this is perfect.
  • Includes Type A, B, C, D, E/F, G, H, I, J, L, M and N adapters so will be compatible with an American power outlet.

Disadvantages of a plug adapter set

  • Not flexible; you will need to decide which adapters to pack, if you don't know every country you'll be visiting you'll need to pack every adapter type.
  • Means lots of individual items to pack.
  • The remaining plug adapters will be redundant.
  • Not all plug adapter types are typically included (especially less common adapters), so ensure that your set includes one that works in America.
  • Only modifies the shape of the plug but not the voltage. [9] [AD]
Voltage Converters

A voltage converter has surge protection

Voltage Converters

Those travelling from Canada will not need to bring a voltage converter as the voltage from an American power outlet is 120 volts.

Benefits of a voltage converter

Disadvantages of a voltage converter

  • It will only change the 120 volts in America and not the shape of the plug to fit in a American power outlet, so you'll still need to pack a suitable power adapter.
  • The weight of voltage converters makes them too heavy and bulky for hand luggage.
  • Redundant when get back home.
  • Usually better value to bring a dual voltage travel appliance than to purchase a more expensive voltage converter just to bring your existing appliance in an incompatible location.

Comparison of electrical adapters for America

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 America 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 American 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 120 volt AC appliance in America 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)
Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy Buy

America power outlets and plug sockets

What plug sockets are used in America?

Type A and B power outlets

What plug sockets are used in America?

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

  • Plug Type A - The power socket, technically known as a type A power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral pins.
  • Plug Type B - The plug socket, technically known as a type B power outlet, is recognised by the two thin slots adjacent to each other for live and neutral blades with a single semicircle shaped hole below for the slightly longer earthed pin.

A growing number of hotels in America are upgrading their power outlets to include built in USB charging ports. [3] [AD]

Do Canadian plugs work in America?

Yes, a Canadian plug will work in America and doesn't require a power converter or a plug adapter.

Is an American power outlet the same as Canada?

A Canadian plug will fit into an American power outlet, the frequency and voltage range are both the identical to Canada.

What electrical frequency is used with an American power outlet?

The frequency of the alternating current found in an American power outlet is 60Hz. [11]

How do I use a 220 volt appliance in America?

Use a step up power converter if you need to bring a 220V appliance to America.

How reliable is electrical power in America?

While power outages are unpredictable, the electricity in America is classed as reliable as there is no pattern of frequent power cuts.

What is access to electricity like in America?

Access to electricity in America is excellent which spans the entire population.

Should I use a power bank in America?

A USB power bank

Should I use a power bank in America?

Although electrical outages in America aren't regular with electricity being available throughout the country, travellers are still recommended to bring a portable charger to recharge their cell phone and other USB powered devices.

  • The dependence on mobile phones for some people is high and the thought of being offline can make them anxious, particularly when being used abroad. During a trip to America increased reliance on cell phones for taking pictures, storing calendars, GPS, social networks and staying entertained can drain the batteries excessively. As well as the simple missed photo opportunities this can possibly leave you stranded without sufficient power to make an emergency call or being able to use GPS to find your way back to accommodation or hotel.
  • Using a portable charger in America eases those concerns as it means you can keep your smart phone powered without needing an American power outlet.
  • A 10,000mAh power bank can store enough energy to cover around 3 full cycles and a 20,000mAh power bank should keep a typical mobile phone powered for almost 7 days.
  • If your laptop supports USB-C charging then a portable charger for a laptop marked with PD (power delivery) which supplies 20Wh or more can be used to recharge your laptop. However be aware that some airlines prohibit power banks on an aircraft with more than 100 Wh of power and must not be kept in the hold so always ahead with the carrier.
  • Average consumer power banks won't work with high powered items that generate heat, but a rechargeable hair dryer or rechargeable cordless flat iron are available for travelling.    [4] [4] [12] [13] [14] [15] [AD]
How well do solar battery chargers work in America?

A solar backpack in the sun

How well do solar battery chargers work in America?

The daylight in America can be suitable conditions for a solar power bank, however it is likely to take time to recharge. The reduced surface area of the cells means a solar power bank needs to be left in strong daylight for a long period of time to provide enough energy for a single charge, and this might prove difficult to repeatedly unpack a solar power bank and wait for it to recharge in sunny spells.

  • The much larger panels found on a solar backpack give the bag the ability to generate more power within a faster period of time, and might generate charge when cloudy.
  • Phones which are plugged directly into a USB port of a backpack should trickle charge the battery during sunny periods in America, but might be inconvenient to have it continuously connected to the bag if it is to be used frequently. A power bank plugged in a solar backpack can be continuously recharged during the day, afterwards you can recharge the phone from the power bank at any time without daylight.
  • A solar bag that is suitable for America needs to have a solar cell efficiency of at least 22%, be able to generate at least 6 watts of energy and can be used with a 10,000mAH power bank or greater.
  • Solar bags are available in rucksack, backpack and laptop messenger styles which makes them perfect for travel, domestic and work use.
  • The flexible and durable solar cells used in solar powered bags have been built to endure scratching and bending, unlike normal firm solar panels.  [4] [16] [17] [AD]


  • Visit The USA - Measurements and Electricity (cited July 2018)
  • International Electrotechnical Commission - World plugs by location (cited July 2018)
  • Wikipedia - Mains electricity by country (cited July 2018)
  • Index Mundi - Power outages in a typical month (cited May 2018, data collected between 2006 to 2017)
  • Index Mundi - Access to electricity (cited May 2018, latest data collected 2010)
  • WikiPedia - List of countries by average yearly temperature (cited May 2018, data averaged between 1961 to 1990) [18]

America 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 America?

If travelling to more than one country the best travel charger for America is a multiple USB charger which includes swappable plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger. Americans use two different types of plug sockets (B and A) and using a travel charger like this ensures that you are covered for type A. Because these chargers are supplied with interchangeable pins and handle 100 - 240 volts it makes them ideal for multiple countries around the world simply by switching the plugs. If your device is compatible with Fast Charge then you will benefit from quicker charging times with one of these power chargers plus support for certain power demanding devices. Having a four port charger will allow you to charge more than one device simultaneously without needing to buy individual travel adapters on your trip to America or occupying additional power outlets. By only needing to pack a single international USB travel charger will also keep the overall size and weight down, making it ideal to fold up in hand luggage whilst travelling and suitable for recharging your devices at the airport or on the plane. Because of their space saving versatility these types of power chargers can be used at home as well as abroad so when you’re not travelling they can sit under your bedside table charging multiple smartphones and tablets without using up an additional power outlet.

If you travel frequently we recommend searching for this type of versatile travel adapter online - the multipurpose travel adapter illustrated here is the 4 Port USB Wall Charger which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous different countries with perfect reliably. [7] [AD]

What USB charger do I need for America?

Why use a travel USB charger for America?

  • Typically travel USB chargers include multiple USB charger ports, meaning you now only need to bring one charger to charge multiple devices. This helps reduce the weightand size of your luggage by only packing a single USB wall charger rather than bringing numerous chargers.
  • Most travel USB chargers include interchangeable plug heads for different power outlet types making them suitable when visiting other countries which will probably use different standards to America.
  • Good chargers are compact, rugged and lightweight - ideal for rigors of travel rather than risking bringing a domestic charger which might be hard to replace in America.
  • USB chargers will accept the 120 volt power outlets in America and different voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a chance that accommodation or hotel bedrooms in America might only have a single wall outlet, by using a travel charger with multiple USB ports means you can share out the single power supply with family or other traveler rather than having to wait to recharge each device one by one.
  • Because of their flexible nature they take the worry out of travelling to an unknown destination as they are guaranteed to work practically anywhere in the world.
  • Power outlets found in airports can be sparse and the demand for charging multiple cell phones from other passengers during departure can be high, therefore a USB travel charger with multiple ports and the capability to fast charge is perfect.
  • Sometimes the power grid in a country can be unstable, a good quality travel USB charger allows for unexpected surges and will help prevent damage to any devices attached to it. Attempting to repair an overloaded cell phone or tablet in America could prove to be difficult and costly.
  • Premium USB travel chargers will also include a power outlet strip to allow you to plug in multiple low wattage domestic appliances such as laptops, however these will be unsuitable for high powered domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Read the guide on using travel appliances with an American power outlet for useful advice on the most suitable power adapter for an American power outlet for high powered devices.
  • Certain mobile phones and tablets could require more than the normal 500 milliamps supplied by a normal 5 volt USB adapter to charge or provide fast charge. Higher priced USB chargers will support fast charging incase some of your devices require additional power.
  • On back at home travel USB chargers can also be useful by charging multiple mobile phones every day using one power outlet. [7] [AD]

What is the best USB charger for America?

A 4 port USB travel charger is the most compact option for travellers from any country who only have USB devices, but for visitors also wanting to use their domestic plugs these power converters provide larger but more versatile solutions. All three power converters offer surge protection which is useful for visitors of regions with unreliable power grids. These travel converters come with interchangeable type C, I and G plugs covering both America and over 150 countries around the world:

  • BESTEK Portable International Travel Voltage Converter - The BESTEK travel adaptor has 4 USB charging ports with 3 AC power outlets and is the best selling portable power converter for travellers originating from America visiting America.
  • ORICO Traveling Outlet Surge Protector Power Strip - Also having 4 USB ports but only 2 AC power outlets the travel adapter from Orico is also aimed at travellers from the US using type B plugs and is a more cost effective alternative to the BESTEK with one less AC outlet for almost half price.
  • BESTEK International USB Travel Power Strip - This power strip has just 2 AC outlets but offers 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 America. [7] [AD]

Power converters for America

What does a power converter for an American power outlet do?

Power converters enable travellers to use their 220-240 volt electric device with a 120 volt American power outlet.

Also known as: electrical converter, electrical transformer, voltage converter, power transformer or voltage transformer.

What is the difference between a power adapter and a power converter?

A heavy and expensive power converter will convert the voltage of 120 volts from an American power outlet to work with a non-120 volt device, however a more lightweight and smaller power adapter (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your appliance to slot into a power outlet in America. [19] [AD]

Do I need a power converter for America?

When you are visiting America from a different country check your device will accept a 120 volt power supply.

  • You need a step up power converter if you are travelling to America from a country that uses 220-240 volts and your device or appliance is incompatible with 120 volts. See the world power outlets guide to discover which voltage your country uses.
  • You won't need a power converter if you already own either a single voltage device that works with 120 volts or one that is dual voltage.
  • Electrical devices which originate from a different country which use a higher voltage (for example 230 volts) and used in a 120 volt outlet can take longer to charge or simply won't power up. If your device does not power up or charges slowly when visiting America from another region please check that it is compatible with a 120 volt power outlet otherwise you will need to bring a step up power converter.
  • You don't need a power converter if you wish to charge a smaller electrical device such as a tablet as these are typically support dual voltage and designed for international use, however you should always always check the device for dual voltage support first.
  • When powering high wattage appliances or generate heat (such as hair dryers and clothes irons) then you will need to use a much larger higher wattage heavy duty power converter to allow the appliance to be used with a 120 volt American power outlet.
  • It could be more cost effective to purchase a smaller lightweight dual voltage travel appliance than bringing a much heavier high wattage power converter to America in order to use your existing domestic appliance.
  • For more information read these comprehensive travel guides on how to use clothes irons, curling irons, blow dryers and hair straighteners with American power outlets which includes guides for some affordable dual voltage alternatives.  [10] [20] [AD]

Do I need a power converter if I'm visiting America from Canada?

You won't need to use a power converter as the voltage in America is in the same 100-120 volt range as Canada.

What kind of converter do I need for America?

You will need to use a step up power converter in order to use any 220-240 volt appliance in America. [10] [AD]

What is the difference between a converter and a transformer?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a converter and a 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.

How to convert 120 volts to 220 volts

  1. Use a step up power converter to allow you to use 220, 230 and 240 volt appliances with an 120 volt American 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 America before plugging that into an American 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 an 120 volt American power outlet. [10] [AD]

What voltage is used in America?

America uses 120 volts in their standard power outlets. [2]
What voltage is my appliance?

Dual voltage hair dryer

What voltage is my appliance?

The easiest method to see if a appliance is dual voltage is to look for numbers printed on the power plug or on the unit itself, typically near to where the power cord plugs into. The location will vary depending on the make or model of your appliance and could also state in the instruction manual.

  • Single voltage devices could have a specific number - such as 220V.
  • Single voltage devices could also have a small voltage range (around 20 volts) with a dash to accomodate small voltage fluctuations - such as 100-120V.
  • Dual voltage devices will typically say a large voltage range separated with a slash - such as 110/240V.


See the power adapter substantions section for more information on how we compared travel adapters.

What type of adapter do you need for America?

Which type of power adapter will I need to bring to America?

The type of plug adapter or power converter which is suitable for America will depend on your requirements, so before choosing the right adapter to bring we suggest using this checklist:

How many electrical items will you be bringing to America?

How many electrical devices are you packing

How many electrical items will you be bringing to America?

  • Trying counting how many devices and applicances you'll need to bring to America (such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops, eReaders, hair straighteners or curling irons).
    • Remember to take into account that you might own more electrical devices at a later date. Are you thinking about purchasing a new tablet computer soon?
    • There are an increasing number of USB powered rechargeable devices such as electric shavers which utilise USB as their power source. Therefore next time you replace a device it might use a USB adapter so check that your travel adapter has enough spare ports to support these as well.
  • Will you be travelling with a partner who might need to charge their phones?
What different types of electrical devices do you need to use in America?

Make a list of items you need

What different types of electrical devices do you need to use in America?

  • There are 3 types of electrical items:
    • Low wattage electronic items that plug into an electrical outlet - for example laptops and cameras.
    • High wattage appliances that plug into an electrical outlet - for example clothes irons and hair dryers.
    • USB devices that charge with a USB port - for example phones.
  • When you only intend to take just USB powered devices then a travel USB charger is ideal as you'll only need to bring that single charger .
  • Travel power strips are built for providing power and converting voltage for several low wattage devices, however unsuitable for high wattage appliances that require voltage conversion.
Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will you only bring USB electronics

Will you only be charging USB devices?

Will your devices work with 120 volt power outlets?

Is America the only location you intend to visit?

  • Single power adapters will typically only operate in a single country which they are made for, so if you want to travel to more than a single country then you may need to bring additional power adapters which can add to the weight you have to pack.
  • On the other hand universal travel adapters and travel USB wall chargers are perfect for visiting more than one country becuase of the inclusion of interchangeable heads.
How many American power outlets will be available?

How many power outlets will be available

How many American power outlets will be available?

  • The accommodation in America may only offer one wall outlet, this will present a problem when recharging the batteries of more than one electronic device overnight as you'll only be able to recharge a single device at a time after each device has finished charging.
  • To charge multiple devices simultaneously we suggest using a travel power strip or USB wall charger which can charge multiple USB ports and outlets. [6] [AD]

Are you intending on visiting anywhere else abroad in the future?

What is your budget?

  • A cheap power adapter which powers only one single device in America (provided that is compatible with 120 volts or is dual voltage) but paying a little more allows you to charge multiple devices simultaneously and use them in multiple countries.

Will you always have good access to electricity?

  • The voltage in America is stable however if you want to visit another country you may need an adapter to protect your electrical devices. Voltage can sometimes fluctuate in some other countries and this can potentially cause damage to your devices, so you will need to look for a power adapter which has surge protection built in such as a travel power strip.
  • You can prepare for a power cut and countries with limited electricity access by packing a portable charger or a solar backpack.  [4] [4] [16] [AD]

Would you like to use your charger when returning to Canada?

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you bringing just hand baggage

Do you bringing just hand luggage?

Are you flying long haul to get to America?

Arriving at an airport

Are you flying long haul to get to America?

  • For extended journeys think about an appropriate charger which is perfect for airports that works in different outlet types, one that can be packed in carry-on luggage and can charge phones and tablets.
  • Because not all airlines have power outlets we recommend bringing a battery portable charger for recharging on the go. When arriving you could need to use your mobile phone for making calls, sending texts, using sat nav or reading your itinerary; therefore please ensure that your phone will have enough battery power left. [4] [AD]

What can I connect to an American power outlet

Travel appliances that plug into an American power outlet

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to an American power outlet

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with an American power outlet

Mobile phones that can be connected to an American power outlet

Apple iPhones that can be connected to an American power outlet

Samsung Galaxy phones that can connect to an American power outlet

Amazon Kindle tablets which can connect to an American power outlet

A list of Apple iPads which are compatible with an American power outlet


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


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  3. Type B plug adapter - A Type B adapter, rated at 15 A and 125 V, featuring two parallel flat blades and a longer grounding pin, in compliance with NEMA 5-15 specifications. Suitable for travel to the US plug types and Canadian plugs..
  4. Portable charger - Portable chargers are invaluable batteries for travel, especially in unfamiliar locations. Advanced charging technologies offer fast and efficient power delivery to mobile phones, tablets and headphones via USB ports..
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  6. Travel power strip - Combining surge protection, AC outlets, USB ports and swappable plug adapters, the travel power strip is a comprehensive power solution for global travellers..
  7. 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A 4-port USB wall charger is an electrical device that provides simultaneous charging for up to four USB-compatible devices. It often includes interchangeable international plug adapters for global use..
  8. Universal travel power adapter - The universal travel power adapter is a versatile single solution for power on the go, compatible in over 150+ countries worldwide. A single unit compact design makes it a travel essential which easily fits into any travel bag..
  9. Plug adapter set - A plug adapter set is a future-proof travel essential, containing various adapters to fit diverse power outlets around the world to ensure compatibility in a wide range of countries..
  10. Step up power converter - Step-up power converters are engineered to convert lower voltage outlets of 100V/120V to higher voltages of 220V/240V, enabling the use of appliances designed for higher-voltage environments in lower voltage countries..
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  12. Rechargeable hair dryer - Rechargeable hair dryers ideal for travel are lightweight and cordless for mobility, have low-heat settings for hair health, and a fast-charging battery for time efficiency. Additional LED indicators can help monitor battery life..
  13. Rechargeable cordless flat iron - Modern rechargeable cordless flat irons use advanced battery technology for consistent temperature control. Suitable for airline safe travel with universal voltage and USB charging capabilities..
  14. 20,000mAh portable charger - A high-capacity charging device featuring 20,000mAh energy storage, capable of multiple charge cycles for mobile phones and some tablets. Suitable for extended periods away from power sources..
  15. USB-C PD power bank - A USB-C PD power bank utilises Power Delivery technology to facilitate high-speed charging, particularly for laptops requiring substantial power. A high wattage power bank ensures fast and efficient energy transfer, supporting USB-C enabled devices..
  16. Solar backpack - Incorporating large solar panel with USB outputs, solar backpacks are ideal as a reliable secondary source of energy for device charging in remote travel locations where electrical outlets are unavailable or unreliable..
  17. Solar power bank - Solar power banks integrate photovoltaic cells to offer a self-sustaining charging option, ideal when a backup power source is required for locations where electrical outlets are unreliable, scarce or unknown..
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  19. Power converter - Heavy-duty power converters are designed to convert voltage levels between different electrical standards, shifting between 110V/120V and 220V/240V with both 50Hz and 60Hz, often incorporating safety features such as fuse protection and circuit breakers..
  20. Heavy duty power converter - Heavy-duty power converters robust voltage transformation capabilities for designed for high-wattage devices, making them best suited for appliances like kettles and hair dryers that consume a significant amounts of power..
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