Singapore power adapters - what plugs are used in Singapore?

Singapore power outlet

Summary

The type of power adapter, converter or charger that's needed when visiting Singapore all depends on the voltage and type of device that you're trying to use with a Singapore 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 your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage and your plug will fit in a Singapore power outlet then it will work in Singapore.
  • If your device is 230 volts or is dual voltage but your plug won't fit in a Singapore power outlet you will need to bring a suitable plug adapter for Singapore such a Type G plug adapter [2]. Please Note that a plug adapter for Singapore (or power adapter) changes the actual shape of the plug on your device to fit into a plug outlet found in Singapore, but but is unable to convert the voltage from 230 volts to a different voltage.
  • If your device can't run on 230 volts and isn't dual voltage you'll also need a power converter for Singapore to convert the voltage from 230 volts to the correct voltage for your device. You will still need to pack a suitable plug adapter for Singapore if your power converter doesn't use the correct Type G 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 G plug adapter otherwise you will still need to use a suitable plug adapter for Singapore.

Warning: If your device won't handle the 230 volts used in Singapore you run a risk of damage to your device, an electrical fire hazard or a blown fuse. Before attempting to use your device in Singapore check the instruction manual to ensure safe operation.

Background

If packing for a trip to Singapore it can be helpful to know if you can use any common electronics such as mobile 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 potentially expensive adaptor on arrival that could be incompatible. Varying different voltages and standards can all lead to confusion when planning to travel to another 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 charge your electronics in Singapore. This page has links to step by step instructions which shows exactly how to supply power to your devices when staying in Singapore using the Type G, C or M Singapore 230 volt 50Hz power outlets, please be aware Type G power outlets will be used by a majority of Singaporeans. You'll discover power sockets vary depending on which area you are travelling to so please read the power adapters page for a full list of regions and countries. We also suggest reading the Singapore Wikipedia page [1] for more indepth information.

Singapore power adapters

Do I need a power adapter for Singapore?

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

What is the best power adapter for Singapore?

The best power adapter for Singapore is a Type G plug adapter [2] which is suitable for powering any 230 volt device or appliance.

What is the best power adapter for Singapore?

Singapore power outlets

What type of power outlets are in Singapore?

There are three different types of power outlets used in Singapore, these are type G, C and M with the primary power outlets being type G:

  • Plug Type C - You can identify the wall socket by two holes adjacent to each other for live and neutral.
  • Plug Type G - You can identify this plug supply by the three vertical holes forming a triangular configuration for live, neutral and earth.
  • Plug Type M - This power socket (known as a type M power outlet) looks like 3 large holes forming a triangle shape for live, neutral and earth.
What type of power outlets are in Singapore?

What voltage is used in Singapore?

The common residential voltage in Singapore is 230 volts.

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

The voltage in Singapore is 230 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 Singapore power outlet which can change the voltage from a 220-240 volt power outlet to 120 volts.

Is a plug socket in Singapore the same as in the US?

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

What is the electrical frequency used in Singapore?

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

Singapore 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 Singapore?

If you are travelling to more than one country and bringing along more than one device then the best travel adapter for Singapore is a multiple USB port charger which includes compatible plugs like a 4 port USB travel charger [5]. Singaporeans use three different types of power outlets (G, C and M) and bringing this ensures that you are covered for both types C and G.

Because these chargers come with interchangeable pins and can handle 100 volts to 240 volts will mean you can travel to multiple countries around the world just by changing the heads. If your device supports Fast Charge (please note not all USB devices can) then you will benefit from faster recharging times with one of these types of travel chargers, and compatibility with certain power hungry devices.

This means you can recharge multiple devices simultaneously without needing to bring seperate travel chargers on your Singapore trip or using up additional power sockets. Only bringing a single international travel charger will also keep the size down, making it ideal to fold up and store in hand baggage. Because of their versatility these types of chargers can be used back at home not just abroad so when you're not on holiday they can be used under your bedside table charging multiple tablets and phones without using up an additional plug socket.

If you travel to Singapore we suggest searching for an adaptable travel charger of this nature online; the travel charger illustrated here is the iKits 4 Port USB Wall Charger [5] which has been tested successfully with multiple USB devices in numerous foreign countries on a daily basis.

What USB charger do I need for Singapore?

Why use a travel USB charger for Singapore?

  • 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 Singapore.
  • 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 Singapore.
  • USB chargers can accept the 230 volts used in Singapore power outlets plus other voltage standards across the world.
  • There is a possibility that some hotel rooms in Singapore 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 Singapore 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 Singapore power outlet for useful guidelines on the most suitable power adapter for using a high wattage appliances with a Singapore 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 Singapore?

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 Singapore 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 Singapore.
  • 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 Singapore.

Power converters for Singapore

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

Voltage converter

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

A heavy and expensive power converter [7] converts the voltage of 230 volts from a Singapore power outlet to work with a non-230 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 Singapore.

Do I need a power converter for Singapore?

If you are visiting Singapore from another country check that the device can be used with a 230 volt supply.

  • If charging a USB device which was purchased in a country which uses a lower voltage (for example 110 volts) make sure that 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 Singapore 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 230 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 Singapore 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 Singapore power outlet

Beats Pill
Beats Pill

Beats Pill 2
Beats Pill 2

Jabra Bluetooth speakers which are compatible with a Singapore power outlet

Jabra Solemate
Jabra Solemate

Jabra Solemate Mini
Jabra Solemate Mini

Mobile phones which can be connected to the Singapore power outlet

A mobile phone
mobile phone

Apple iPhones that work with a Singapore 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 Singapore power outlet

Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4

A list of Amazon Kindle tablets which work with a Singapore 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 Singapore 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/Singapore - Singapore 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.