Hong Kong power adapters - what plugs are used in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong power outlet

Summary

The type of plug adapter, power converter or charger that you'll need to use when visiting Hong Kong will all depend on the voltage and type of device that you're attempting to power in a Hong Kong power outlet. If you do not know which voltage your device uses then please read the section about how to tell the voltage of your device first.

  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage and the plug fits in a Hong Kong power outlet then it should work in Hong Kong without needing a plug adapter.
  • If your device can run on 220 volts or is dual voltage but the plug doesn't fit in a Hong Kong power outlet then you will need a suitable plug adapter for Hong Kong such a Type G plug adapter [2]. A plug adapter for Hong Kong (or power adapter) only changes the shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Hong Kong, but doesn't change the voltage from 220 volts to use with another voltage.
  • If your device doesn't run on 220 volts and isn't dual voltage then you will also need a power converter for Hong Kong to convert the voltage from 220 volts to the correct voltage on your device. You'll still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Hong Kong if the power converter doesn't have the correct Type G plug adapter.
  • If you want to charge one or more USB devices such as cellphones or tablets then a USB travel power adapter is suitable and it should be dual voltage, however make sure that you bring a USB travel adapter which includes a Type G plug adapter otherwise you'll also need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Hong Kong.

Warning: If your device won't handle 220 volts you run the potential risk of an electrical fire hazard, blowing a fuse or damage to your device. Prior to using your device in Hong Kong please read the instruction manual first to ensure safe operation.

Background

If you are packing for a trip to Hong Kong it can often be useful to know if you can use any common electrical devices like cell phones or tablets when you're there. Without knowing which power socket to expect you are likely to bring the wrong charger, leaving you having to purchase a suitable power adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible and cause damage to your device. Varying different standards and voltages can all lead to confusion when planning to visit another country for the first time traveller. With only a handful of different types of plug sockets used throughout the world this guide shows exactly what you'll need in advance to charge your electronics in Hong Kong. This page has links to step-by-step instructions which shows how to supply power to your devices when staying in Hong Kong using the 220 volt 50Hz G Type Hong Kong power outlet, with the Hongkongers using 13 amp plugs for power outlets. Most power adapters will vary from country to country so we suggest reading the Wiki Connections global power adapters guide where you'll find a full list of destinations. We recommend referring to the Hong Kong Wikipedia page [1] for further information prior to visiting the location.

Hong Kong power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Hong Kong?

It depends on the type of plug you wish to use in Hong Kong and the location you are travelling from. If you are visiting from America then bring a power adapter for Hong Kong as an American plug won't fit in a Hong Kong power outlet, and because the voltage is different you will also need to use a power converter for Hong Kong to prevent damage or overheating to your appliance or device if it isn't dual voltage.

What is the best power adapter for Hong Kong?

The best power adapter for Hong Kong will be a Type G power adapter [2] which allows you to use any 220 volt appliance or device.

What is the best power adapter for Hong Kong?

Hong Kong power outlets

What kind of outlets are in Hong Kong?

The type of power socket used in Hong Kong is type G. You can recognise this plug supply by the 3 vertical holes containing plastic shutters in a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.

What kind of outlets are in Hong Kong?

What voltage is used in Hong Kong?

The common residential voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts.

Is the voltage in Hong Kong the same as in the US?

The voltage in Hong Kong is 220 volts, however 120 volts is used in the US. If your US appliance or power charger won't handle dual voltage then you will need to use a suitable power converter for a Hong Kong power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is a plug socket in Hong Kong the same as in the US?

A US plug won't fit in a Hong Kong power outlet so you will need to use a plug adapter for Hong Kong. Both the voltage and frequency are different so if your appliance or charger isn't dual voltage use a power converter for Hong Kong and check that it works with 50hz.

What is the electrical frequency used in Hong Kong?

The frequency of the alternating current from a Hong Kong power outlet is 50 Hz.

Hong Kong USB 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 travelling abroad.

What USB charger do I need for Hong Kong?

When travelling with more than just one device and visiting multiple countries then the best travel charger for Hong Kong to buy is a multiple USB adapter which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5].

Because these types of chargers are supplied with interchangeable plugs and can handle 100 volts - 240 volts it makes them ideal for over 100 countries around the world just by switching the supplied plugs over. If your device can support Fast Charge (not all USB devices will) then you will benefit from faster charging times by using one of these travel chargers, plus additional support for certain power hungry devices.

Unlike other adapters this means you can recharge multiple devices at the same time without needing to pack individual power chargers or occupying additional power sockets. Because you are only packing a single lightweight travel charger will also keep the size and weight down, making it perfect to fold up in hand baggage and on hand for recharging your devices at the airport or on your flight. Due to their space saving versatility these types of chargers can be used when back at home so when you're not travelling they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple phones and tablets without needing an additional plug socket.

We suggest searching for a versatile power charger of this nature at your preferred electronics retailer. The travel charger illustrated below is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been successfully tested with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries.

What USB charger do I need for Hong Kong?

Why use a travel USB charger for Hong Kong?

  • 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 Hong Kong.
  • A good USB charger is compact, rugged and lightweight; ideal for the rigors of travel instead of than risking packing a domestic charger which might be impossible to replace in Hong Kong.
  • USB chargers can accept the 220 volts used in Hong Kong power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Hong Kong 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 cell phones and tablets 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 Hong Kong could prove to be problematic and costly.
  • Higher priced USB travel chargers also incorporate a power outlet strip to plug in low wattage devices such as laptops, but please be aware these will be unsuitable for high wattage domestic such as hair dryers or clothes irons. Please see the section on using travel appliances with a Hong Kong power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong?

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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong.
  • 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 Hong Kong.

Power converters for Hong Kong

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Hong Kong?

Voltage converter

What is the difference between a plug adapter and a power converter for Hong Kong?

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 220 volts from a Hong Kong power outlet to work with a non-220 volt appliance, however a cheaper and smaller power adapter [6] (or plug adapter) changes the shape of the plug on your device to slot into a power outlet found in Hong Kong.

Do I need a power converter for Hong Kong?

If you are visiting Hong Kong from another region please double check the device can be used with a 220 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure your device is dual-voltage (marked with a 100-240 volt notation) else you may need to use an additional International travel voltage converter [9] to avoid the device from over-heating when powering up.
  • When supplying power to larger appliances if you are visiting Hong Kong from a lower 110 volt location you will need to use a much larger Step Down Voltage Converter [8] to convert the voltage from 110 volts to 220 volts.

See the WikiConnections world power outlets page to find out which voltage your country uses.

What voltage is my device?

Dual voltage hair dryer

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.

Travel appliances that can connect to a Hong Kong power outlet

Clothes iron
clothes iron

Curling iron
curling iron

Hair dryer
hair dryer

Hair straighteners
hair straighteners

Beats Pill speakers which can connect to a Hong Kong power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Hong Kong power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Hong Kong power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Hong Kong power outlet

iPhone
iPhone

iPhone 3G
iPhone 3G

iPhone 3GS
iPhone 3GS

iPhone 4
iPhone 4

iPhone 4S
iPhone 4S

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

iPhone 5C
iPhone 5C

iPhone 5S
iPhone 5S

iPhone 6
iPhone 6

iPhone 6 Plus
iPhone 6 Plus

Samsung Galaxy phones that work with a Hong Kong power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

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

Kindle Fire 1st generation
Kindle Fire 1st generation

Kindle Fire 2nd generation
Kindle Fire 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HD 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 6 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD 7 4th generation

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation
Kindle Fire HD 8.9 2nd generation

Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition tablet 4th generation

Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd generation

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 4th generation

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

iPad
iPad

iPad 2
iPad 2

iPad 3
iPad 3

iPad 4
iPad 4

iPad Air
iPad Air

iPad Air 2
iPad Air 2

iPad Mini
iPad Mini

iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 2

iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 4

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hong_Kong - Hong Kong Wikipedia page.
  2. Type G plug adapter - Allows appliances to connect to Type G power outlets without converting voltage.
  3. http://www.iec.ch/worldplugs/ - International Electrotechnical Commission World Plugs
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mains_electricity_by_country - WikiPedia - Mains electricity by country
  5. IKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger - A universal USB charger capable of charging up to 4 USB devices with swappable international adapters.
  6. https://www.amazon.com/Ceptics-GP-12PK-International-Worldwide-Universal/dp/B01DJEBLQU/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=CFDDSXZJ59CH648AVQ0H&linkCode=ll1&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=b865b6ca5e535d710bf1e1b3a790f622 - power adapter
  7. Power converter - A step up step down power converter transformer converts 110-120 volts up to 220-240 volts and 220-240 volts down to 110-120 Volts.
  8. https://www.amazon.com/mn/search/ref=as_li_ss_tl?_encoding=UTF8&bbn=10967761&camp=1789&creative=390957&fst=as%3Aoff&linkCode=ur2&qid=1451321648&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A!493964%2Cn%3A281407%2Cn%3A173541%2Cn%3A10967761%2Cp_n_feature_keywords_browse-bin%3A2888021011%5Cc2888054011&rnid=2887998011&tag=wikiconnections-20&linkId=A6EA2MIBWUPLQKJD - Step Down Voltage Converter
  9. International travel voltage converter - Travel voltage converters change the voltage of an electrical power supply by stepping up or stepping down the voltage and are often compact units which support both plug sockets and USB charging.