Adapters for Australia - What plug adapter do I need for Australia?

Power adapters for Australia

When planning a vacation it can be useful to know if you'll be able to power any indispensable devices that you'll be bringing along with you. However, by not knowing which power socket is being used you could end up either weighing your suitcases down with too many spare adaptors or bring the wrong power adaptor, leaving you needing to buy or borrow a potentially expensive power adaptor when you need it. Varying complicated standards and voltages can often cause confusion when planning to stay in a different country, especially if you've never visited before. With only a handful of different types of common standards being used throughout the world this article shows exactly what you'll need in advance to power your device in Australia. This page has links to instructions which shows exactly how to charge your devices when you're travelling to Australia using the standard 230 volt 50Hz I Type plug supply. Most power adapters change regionally so please read the Wikiconnections travel power adapters page where you'll find a complete list of regions.

What is the best power adapter for Australia?

The best power adapter for Australia is a Type I plug adapter which allows you to use any 230 volt appliance or device. [2]

What is the best power adapter for Australia?

What is a power adapter for an Australian power outlet?

A power adapter is a compact and lightweight plastic adapter that permits a different shaped power plug on an appliance from another region to fit into a power socket in Australia.

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

Will a power adapter change the voltage from an Australian power outlet?

Power adapters will only adapt the shape of a plug to fit into a 230 volt Australian power outlet and is unable to convert the power to a higher voltage. If you wish to safely use a 100-120 volt device you also need to bring a step down power converter for Australia along with the correct power adapter.

Do I need a plug adapter in Australia?

It depends on the country you are travelling from and the shape of plug you are attempting to use.

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

Canadian plugs won't physically fit in an Australian power outlet therefore you will need to use a power adapter for Australia, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Australia to prevent overheating or damage to your device or appliance if it isn't dual voltage.

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What does a power adapter do?

A power adapter allows visitors travelling from another country to use electrical appliances and devices in Australia simply by altering the shape of the plug.

Where to buy a power adapter for Australia in Canada

Power adapters for sale in an airport

Where to buy a power adapter for Australia in Canada

Australia 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 Australia

Arriving at an airport

Where to buy a power adapter in Australia

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. Wikipedia - wikipedia web page about Australia.
  2. Type I plug adapter - Type I plug adapters use three short flat blades in a V format with the top blade acting as a grounding pin, C$15-C$20.
  3. Wikipedia - power adaptor